Two years ago, on the last day of a summer holiday in Cornwall (a beloved destination for our family), we visited the open gardens at Trematon Castle. Walking around its wildly beautiful wonders, set against the medieval backdrop of the motte-and-bailey castle, felt like something out of a dream. It captivated our senses and imaginations – so much so that we were still thinking about it days after we had returned to London.
Then, serendipitously, we received a call from a friend who, knowing our love for Cornwall, was wondering if we would be interested in taking on a special project… a little place called Trematon Castle.
Enchanted by the gardens alone, we accepted the offer to take on the estate. The timing was right: after a decade in London, we had been craving a slower, simpler pace of life. So, we uprooted ourselves and answered the call of the wild.
At first, we didn’t have a plan for the grounds, but we could feel the power of sensory healing emanating from all around: in the serene shades of green foliage, in the meditative sound of birdsong, in the heady perfume of the flowers and the swaying arms of ancient trees.
We invited friends who had been burnt out from city life to visit – after just a few days spent communing in nature, they left feeling rebalanced and rejuvenated. And so, a vision for Trematon Castle revealed itself to us: as the new custodians of this magical place, we would harness its restorative power and create a haven for people looking to re-wild themselves and reconnect with nature.
Thus, it is with great pride and pleasure that we introduce the Castle of Trematon. Starting from this summer, we’ll be lowering the drawbridge and inviting you in for a series of holistic retreats, all carefully curated to revive the soul and the senses through the elements of nature.
Although dreamt up long before the current situation unfolded, we feel that the time for ‘The Summer of (Self)Love’ is now. We’re all desiring freedom and peace more than ever, and it can be found in spades amongst our 9 acres of gardens and woodland. As fortunate as we are to have plenty of space, we aim to strike a balance between this and cultivating an intimate, personalised experience. So, each retreat will be limited to between 7 and 12 guests, with the constraints of social distancing transformed into an opportunity for all to roam wild and free.
We’re ready. Are you?
Frieda & Javvy
Founders of House of Hackney