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  • Writer's pictureJane Caterer

Creating the garden at Fallen Angel: the perfect romantic retreat

When we first saw the plot that was to become the romantic retreat that is Fallen Angel it was a hidden gem in a forgotten garden. It was so over grown that we owned it for 2 months before we stumbled across – quite literally - 2 beehives. Don’t worry, we have rehomed the bees!

Before there was any property on this plot the land was horticultural. Once a property was build on the land there was evidence amongst the overgrowth of a well-stocked and thoughtful garden, that had thrived in the fertile soil and clement conditions. Clearly in its hay day it had been a stunning hidden garden and we were determined to restore it to its former glory. We had no choice but to strip the land bare for the build but what we were left with was heaps of granite and fertile soil. We were determined to give the landscaping and planting the same care and love that we applied to the house.

Equally, Fallen Angel is a black rubber stealth house, designed to disappear into the hillside. It was important to us to provide a beautiful garden for it to nestle in and to extend the idea of stealth to the discrete and tranquil oasis, perfect for two to hideaway in.

Inspiration came from Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in close by Penzance and we were very fortunate that the founder of Tremneheere, Neil Armstrong, imparted his knowledge to us on garden design and planting. As with Tremenheere, Mousehole has a unique climate in which many sub-tropical plants thrive providing a beautiful setting for original art.

With this in mind, we commissioned Ken Gill (our neighbour in Newlyn) to design a sculpture that would take pride of place between the palms and we assembled a team of experts, from lighting consultants to stone wall specialists, and sourced materials from throughout Cornwall, including plants from Hayle Plants, Palm Traders and Tremenheere, wood from Falmouth Dock which we used for the steps, to create a magical sub-tropical garden where you can close the ancient Moroccan gate and leave the world behind you.

Binoculars are waiting for you in Fallen Angel so you can watch the seals at play around Mousehole island, watch bottlenose dolphins chase the mackerel and, if you are particularly lucky, catch sight of the basking sharks that visit Mounts Bay each year. Or maybe just sit back on the curved love seat for two with a glass of something chilled.

You can see more of these beautiful gardens here.

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