Gardens and views
Mennabroom is in an area of outstanding beauty whatever time of
the year you visit you will not be disappointed.
The farm is surrounded by Bodmin Moor with its unspoilt windswept ancient landscape. Deep in history dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Age, the landscape is made up of craggy tors, small hamlets, and ancient woodland and fast flowing streams. This is most south-westerly tract of extensive upland moor in Britain.
At Mennabroom apart from the two private gardens and patio area close to the farmhouse reserved for our bed and breakfast guests, visitors are free to explore the surrounding 40 acres – our little piece of heaven. The area around the cottages and farmhouse are surrounded by mature beech and sycamore trees with the borders filled with many acid loving shrubs such as camellias and azaleas.
Around the back of the farmhouse garden on the cottage drive you will find the grade II listed colt run which is where they used to run the wild ponies off the moor to capture them, well worth a visit to see and transport you back to the 13th Century.
32 acres are laid down to pasture and currently we have a flocks of Wiltshire Horn, Suffolk, Lleyn sheep, Oxford Sandy and Black pigs and a small herd of Dextrer Cattle. Our remaining land comprises of woodland, ponds, stream and river. An exquisite area of ancient deciduous woodland runs along the valley bottom and is intersected by the River Dewey. This natural conservation area provides delightful, peaceful walks and is a home to a wealth of wildlife. Approximately ½ a mile of the River Dewey runs through our land which eventually joins the Warleggan, an important salmonid spawning tributary of the River Fowey. At certain points along this stretch there are footbridges to enable you to cross the river.
Mennabroom currently has two deep unfenced ponds close to the drive on the opposite side from the waterfall. Care must be taken when close by and children must be supervised at all times. These ponds are fed by the stream crossing the drive and have brown trout in them. Beyond the ponds is the broadleaved ancient woodland through which the River Dewey flows. A feature throughout this woodland is the abundance of lichens and bryophytes. In the spring it is full of bluebells and orchids. Please keep to the meandering footpath so as not to disturb the flowers, bulbs and Royal ferns.
Great Gardens of Cornwall
Cornwall is well known for its many gardens. The spring gardens are the most popular time to visit. Within easy reach of Mennabroom there are 7 National Trust gardens, the closest being Lanhydrock 6 miles. In addition to these gardens, there is the famous Eden Project and the superb gardens of Pencarrow, Trebah and the Lost Gardens of Heligan to name but a few.