A manor at Trebah was first recorded in the Domesday survey of 1085 when it was owned by the Bishop of Exeter. The first record of the place name is from the early 14th Century as Treveribow. By Tudor times it was recorded as Trebah. From other Cornish names, one would expect it to be pronounced "tri-BARR" but it's actually pronounced as "treeber" - to rhyme with beaver. This could be because it's the remnant of the "trever" within "trever-RIB-ow".

The current house was built in the 18th Century. In the early 19th Century, the house was purchased by a wealthy Quaker who began work on a 26 acre pleasure garden. The gardens were improved and extended by subsequent generations and owners to reach a peak just before the Second World War. In 1990 the ownership was passed to Trebah Garden Trust - an independent charity who have since been working to preserve, enhance, and re-create the garden for the enjoyment of the public.

The gardens are open all year round to the public (admission charge) which also provide access to the private beach (Polgwidden Cove).

On walks

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