House & Garden

Burncoose House and Nurseries is the oldest part of the Caerhays Estate which is owned by the Williams family. The Williams family originally arrived in Cornwall in 1650 and settled at Burncoose in 1715.  Successive generations were major players in the heydays of Cornish tin mining between 1750 and 1850.  For a period the world price of copper was set from the Burncoose office and the family employed 10,000 people within the Gwennap Parish alone.  The family has therefore been settled and working from Burncoose for over 300 years; a period that puts them amongst the few in Cornwall who have stayed at one place for so long.

Perhaps best known today for its world-famous nurseries, which opened in 1984, it is now become one of the biggest of UK plant mail order businesses. 

The 30 acres of woodland garden at Burncoose has a magnificent spring display of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias with spectacular hydrangeas in the summer.

Burncoose House - Various before pictures
Burncoose House - Various before pictures
Burncoose House - Various during pictures
Burncoose House - Various after pictures


Architect, Mark Ledgard explains:

“The project comprised the refurbishment and repair of Burncoose House for the Caerhays Estate and specifically for David Williams.

The work is described on the drawings and photographs appended, and consisted of a thorough repair of all external and internal fabric.

The building is Grade 2 listed; the work included the reinstatement of both internal and external joinery and specifically reversing alterations made in the mid 20th century, re slating, renewal of services, replanning to incorporate bathrooms adjoining bedrooms.
Further work included; the reconstruction of the Conservatory precisely to replicate the original provision, the construction of a rear court yard, the renewal of the kitchen, and the formation of various new openings. The building was repainted and redecorated throughout and all floor finishes were renewed.

The work was carefully specified to ensure that it respected the original fabric and finishes, and with the result that one needs a very sharp eye to tell what we have done!”

All the repair and refurbishment work was undertaken by KPK Builders who are based on the Estate.

Plans: Elevations | Ground Floor | Roof
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Burncoose House - Conservatory - Before
Burncoose House - Conservatory - During
Burncoose House - Conservatory - During
Burncoose House - Backdoor