Boconnoc is a large estate which today specialises in opening for events ranging from private weddings to steam fairs, along with classical concerts, yoga retreats and garden open days. There has been house on the site since 1086 and the current mansion built in the 18th century, is set in extensive parkland with a lake, sheep (of course!) and deer, as well as woodlands and an old sawmill.
Boconnoc has its own cricket team and the cricket ground and pavilion are amongst the most attractive in Cornwall, if not the world! The only drawback to the cricket ground is that occasionally deer stop play …
The grounds of Boconnoc are planted with avenues of rhododendrons and groves of azalea, both of which produce stunning displays of pinks in the spring. The house was renovated by the Fortescue family in recent years and is a tribute to Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue’s dream and determination to rebuild what was pretty much a ruin thirty years ago. The Fortescue family has been associated with the estate since 1717 through connections with the Pitt political dynasty and took ownership from the mid 19th century.
This place is a lovely setting whether for the excitement of a steam fair or the more measured sounds of a string quartet – either way pink works!