Pottery, peacocks and plants at The Ranch House

The Ranch House garden at Churchtown, St. Issey is a tranquil, peaceful location bordered by beautiful countryside with a pottery studio and peacocks roaming around the grounds.
Pottery, peacocks and plants at The Ranch House

Photo by Alex Stevenson

It will be open to visitors on Sunday 7th August from 2pm to 5pm in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust as part of their Open Gardens scheme 2016. Admission is adults £3.50 with a 50p car parking charge for St. Issey Village Hall. Under-16s are free. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

A variety of garden rooms each offer their own surprises, with a variety of different seasonal plants, including a beautiful scented rose garden, and flowering shrubs such as red and pink hydrangeas. The garden rooms are planted in such a way that each provides a surprise, and there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

Pottery, peacocks and plants at The Ranch House

Photo by Alex Stevenson

An orchard has seven different apple varieties and a separate kitchen vegetable garden has a wide variety of crops. As well as the three pheasants who spend much of their time in the garden, there are also eight very showy Barnevelder hens and one Buff Rock Bantham.

Virginia Corley, owner at The Ranch House creates fused glass, ceramics and porcelain in the busy pottery studio and these will be for sale. Children are welcome in the garden, but under-eights are not allowed in the studio. 

Chris Betty, Communications officer for Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,

“We are so pleased that the Ranch House in St. Issey has chosen to open for the Trust, and we know visitors will love the plants and also enjoy visiting the pottery and seeing the peacocks and hens.”

The Trust’s Open Gardens scheme is sponsored by stayincornwall.co.uk. Pasties and cream teas will be available courtesy of supporters Crantock Bakery and Roddas as well as delicious home baked cakes made by Trust volunteers.

Please note car parking is available at St. Issey Village Hall, Gardeners Way, St. Issey, PL27 7RN. A short walk, (approximately 5 minutes) through the village takes you to the house and garden. For those with mobility problems please drop visitors at the driveway to the house before parking. A donation of 50p for parking will be gratefully received towards the village hall funds.

This is the sixth year running that the Trust has run their highly successful Open Gardens scheme. More details of all the gardens opening this year can be found here

Other gardens opening for the Trust in the year are: August 21st May Tree Garden, at St. Austell, October 2nd Garten Gardens, at Lower Treculliacks, Constantine, and October 9th Pedn Billy, at Helford Passage.