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Marsh Villa Gardens


St Andrew's Road, Tywardreath, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2LU

Tel: +44 01726 815920

Marsh Villa Garden, Par, Cornwall


Discover three acres of beautiful gardens that boast vibrant beauty throughout every season.

In 1985, when the present owners took over, Marsh Villa was little more than a badly drained meadow capable of sustaining only few livestock. But by 1988 a slow planting programme was in full swing and now it has matured into a lively and interesting plot. The resulting garden offers easy access to a series of garden 'rooms', each with its own distinct character and atmosphere.

Even though it has only a short past to delve into, it is worth touching on the history of Marsh Villa because it was once a tidal creek and featured in Daphne du Maurier's 'House on the Strand'. Now the garden is famous for its endless varieties of some of Cornwall's most colourful trees - the late-flowering hoheria, the paulownia and the parrotia to name just a few.

The mention of a 'marsh' doesn't do this garden justice, to aptly describe this intimate and flourishing spot that truly sums up the theme of small is beautiful. Discover the glades and wildlife of these wild gardens and your sights and senses will be dazzled throughout an afternoon of exploration. Duck under the metre-wide leaves of paulownia and marvel at the dragonflies dangled above the water lilies hiding in the natural pond.

Despite being small, don't under-estimate the horticultural diversity on offer and make sure you take time to wander through the woodland areas and marshland trails of this enchanting site. Border perennials provide plenty of shade if you want to shelter out of the glare of the sun, and paths lead from the main garden to the marsh, which is a haven for wildlife spotting.


Attraction Facilities

  • Plant Sales

Key Features

  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Establishment Features

  • Tea / Coffee Shop


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Leave the A390 at the traffic lights in St Blazey, 3 miles east of St Austell. Take the first turning left, passing over the level crossing, into St Andrews Road. Marsh Villa Gardens are 800 yards on the left.

Public Transport Directions

Marsh Villa Gardens are adjacent to Par Railway Station.

Opening Times

Opening (1 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
Monday - Wednesday10:00 - 18:00*
Thursday - SaturdayClosed*
Sunday10:00 - 18:00*

* Sunday-Wednesday 10am-6pm 1st April - 30th Sept

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change