Although we arrived after 3pm when most of the homemade cakes were gone, leaving just crumbs and tantalising descriptions (like dark chocolate and Guinness), we still had a lovely time at Trevoole Farm at Praze-An-Beeble, just outside Camborne.
A couple of people had mentioned Trevoole to me, saying what a magical
place it was, and when I heard it was due to close at the end of the month I thought it was worth a visit. After the impatience Scrip has started to show this week (‘I want to go over there’, ‘I want to climb that’, ‘I want to close that gate’) we decided to go when she was napping and enjoy a calm, grown up afternoon tea.
Only currently open on Thursdays and Fridays, Trevoole Farm is self-catering cottages, gardens and a lovely café set deep in the Cornish countryside. With an old Morris Minor pointing the way to a narrow gate which opens out onto fields and ample parking spaces, the path to the café leads you via chalkboard signs past plants for sale, a collection of stone buildings, borders brimming with Cornish flowers and laden apple trees.
Tables are inside (in one of a couple of summerhouses decked out with vintage furnishings) or outside in the gardens in full sun or dappled shade, and the main wooden café building is large and airy. We were able to have tea and carrot cake (the only choice left by then) but they also offer lunches like Ploughman’s or homemade soup and a good selection of drinks. We had a wander around the gardens afterwards – which are also open on the National Gardens Scheme – and said hello to the pony and sheep grazing in the meadow.
It’s no surprise Trevoole Farm has been featured in Country Living – it looked ready for a shoot on the hot summer’s day we visited. The sad thing is that it’s due to close before we’ll be able to enjoy it again. Maybe someone else will open it up in the future as, if the rush on the cakes was anything to go by, there’s definitely appetite for Trevoole.