The Experience

Evolving from House of Hackney comes the Castle of Trematon: an immersive brand experience in the house and grounds of the historic Trematon Castle and its magical garden in Cornwall.

So, if you have ever dreamed of ‘checking in to’ House of Hackney, you’re in luck. For a limited time only, we'll be inviting you in to our B&B&B at the Castle of Trematon. 

What’s with the extra ‘B’, we hear you ask? It stands for Beauty. For this will be unlike any other overnight stay you’ve experienced before – instead, we’ll be reviving the traditional B&B and infusing it with our distinctive and imaginative touch.

Each bedroom will be truly sumptuous, dressed in House of Hackney prints (of course) alongside designs by Royal Warrant-holding British craftsmen. The home-cooked breakfasts will be made from locally sourced, healthy vegetarian produce. And the beauty will come courtesy of the nine acres of sublime gardens and woodland that you will be free to roam – all set against the backdrop of a medieval motte-and-bailey castle in Cornwall.

And if that wasn’t enough, we will also be holding a number of carefully curated retreats at the Castle, all revolving around sensory wellness programmes that harness the healing powers of the natural world alongside those of gifted practitioners. 

A sense of peace and freedom awaits – all you need to bring is your sense of adventure. Read on to discover your new journey…

The History

Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall since 1337, Trematon Castle – or, as we have come to call it, the Castle of Trematon – is a picture-postcard miniature Norman motte-and-bailey castle and gatehouse, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Tamar estuary.  

Sitting atop the ruins of an earlier Roman fort, the Castle was built by Robert, Count of Mortain to strengthen the hold of William the Conqueror following his triumph in the Battle of Hastings. And yet, given that Britain hasn’t been invaded since (save for the brief, failed expedition at Fishguard in 1797), the fortress has never seen battle. 

In 1337, the Castle was bestowed on Edward the Black Prince (a former Prince of Wales), for whom the Grade I-listed gatehouse was built and who, legend has it, only stayed there once. Then, two hundred years later, came the most swashbuckling moment in the Castle’s history, when Elizabeth I ordered Sir Francis Drake to stash looted treasure – a hoard of gold, silver and emeralds pirated from Spanish ships while voyaging the Pacific Ocean – in Trematon Castle before it was later shipped to the Tower of London. 

The Castle then fell into neglect and ruin for centuries until, in 1807, the Duchy granted a 100-year lease to naval man Benjamin Tucker, alongside permission to construct a house within the castle courtyard. Yet more change came when part of the medieval castle wall was demolished to create a view from the house down to Plymouth Sound – and then again in 1812, when an ornate swimming pool was carved out in the lower reaches of the garden to commemorate a visit by the Prince Regent, who was later crowned George IV.  

Now, the Castle not only serves as the gateway to Cornwall, but to a mythical land dreamt up by its newest guardians: Frieda Gormley and Javvy M Royle. Here lies ‘Trematonia’, a “queendom” where Mother Nature reigns supreme. This is the place for those who seek to find a way to leave the world behind. To unlock new rituals and unearth the person you are destined to be… 

The Gardens

“The most romantic garden in Cornwall” – The Times

Formerly tended by celebrated landscape designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman, who have worked on commissions for the highest in the land, the extraordinary gardens at Castle of Trematon resemble the kind of backdrop you’d expect to see in a Pre-Raphaelite painting.  

Illuminated by the light from where the Celtic sea meets the Tamar estuary, the gardens are swathed with opulent borders and wild, romantic meadows to which Mother Nature herself is the only gardener – all offset by the 14th-century ruins and ramparts that conjure the medieval magic of the legends of King Arthur.  

The castle keep sits atop a mound carpeted with wildflowers, while towards the gatehouse lie banks of extravagant blooms, from rambling roses and large-petalled peonies to lush lupines and fragrant lilies. Come the summer months, the air is cloaked in the scent of aromatic wild herbs: thyme, marjoram, woodbine and fennel. 

The gardens then give way to an orchard – spangled with Poet’s narcissus and wild tulips growing underneath the apple and cherry trees – as well as enchanting woodland, where foxglove, magnolia and dogwood flourish amongst the ancient oaks. There are even palms, the House of Hackney signature, framing the magnificent view down to the estuary and beyond. 

And this is all without mentioning the Indian-inspired outdoor pool, an enclave where the hot tropics meet with the soothing maritime climate and pure waters of Cornwall. 

Out here, amongst all the rich colours and evocative scents, you’ll experience not only the sensory pleasure but the peaceful, un-lonely solitude of the natural world. It is a rare sanctuary that will inspire reverie and serenity, lasting long even after you’ve left. 

The Interiors

At the heart of Trematon stands a grand Georgian house overlooking the castle courtyard. Built in 1808, the 9-bedroom building was designed by Benjamin Tucker, who bought a 100-year-lease on the castle after it had fallen into ruins. Tucker was a follower of Sir John Soane, the influential British architect noted for his original interpretations of Neo-Classical style – and so the architecture of the house reflects Soane’s love of symmetrical, light-filled spaces. 

Since our founders Frieda and Javvy have become its new custodians, the house has undergone an extensive renovation; one that celebrates the Castle’s intriguing history while welcoming in the botanical beauty of the surrounding gardens. 

As Frieda and Javvy believe in the restorative virtues of colour, the palette for the interiors draws inspiration from the serene natural tones found in the ground’s flowers and foliage – think a myriad of greens, lilacs, yellows, clay-pinks and earthy reds. The house itself is painted a lichen-green as both an ode to Cornwall’s native moss and a symbol of the purity of its coastal air. 

Adorned in House of Hackney’s imaginative prints, the interiors also act as a miniature museum for irreverent British design. In keeping with our ethos of championing local factories and generations-old techniques, the décor is anchored by timeless yet characterful creations, crafted by artisans – the finest our fair isle has to offer. From the artwork to the lighting, each piece you see is available to buy and take home with you (or purchase later via the House of Hackney website) as a memento of your stay. 

The Accommodation

Luxurious yet comfortable, each room boasts breathtaking views out on to the gardens while welcoming in their botanical beauty through our nature-inspired motifs. To ensure the deepest of sleeps, the beds (all king or super-king) are either antique or four-posters handcrafted by Titchmarsh & Goodwin, then topped with traditionally made mattresses – filled with wool, cashmere and silk – by EPOC Handcrafted Beds. Each bed is also dressed in fine linens by Peter Reed and, of course, blankets and cushions by House of Hackney. Lining the house are exquisitely woven carpets and rugs, the fruits of a special collaboration between House of Hackney and Axminster Carpets.

The ‘Flora Fantasia’ room

Occupying the master bedroom, ‘Flora Fantasia’ takes its design cues from the exquisite flowers in the Castle gardens, subverting the traditional shapes of the room’s furnishings through an unexpected floral motif. Pride of place hangs a painting by Cornish-based artist Teresa Pemberton, whose work (like ours) is rooted in nature.

The ‘Wild Card’ room

As the ‘mistress’ bedroom of the house, ‘Wild Card’ also draws inspiration from the fantastical gardens – this time contrasted with the rosettes of our iconic, perfectly proportioned leopard print. On the walls you’ll find supernatural, psychedelic creations by London-based artists Henry Colborne and Seana Gavin.

The ‘Tulipa’ room

Once again capturing the magic of the Castle’s surroundings, the spellbinding ‘Tulipa’ motif echoes the tulips that line the orchard each spring. The walls also bloom with beautiful artwork by Nicolette Vine.

The ‘Cosmos’ room

We looked to the heavens for inspiration on this room – specifically the star-strewn sky that glimmers above the Castle at night. Cloaked in the celestial wonders of the ‘Cosmos’, complete with a Bellerby globe and art courtesy of the Tate, this is a room fit for the most curious of explorers.

The ‘Flora Delanica’ room

Cosy yet regal in feel, ‘Flora Delanica’ is steeped in botanical beauty – mirroring the lush landscapes of Trematonia while honouring the exquisite floral collages of 18th century English artist Mary Delany. Flourishing on the walls is artwork by Nicolette Vine and Henry Colborne (who also hails from Hackney).

The ‘Rainbow Rose’ room

Inspired by its views over the rose-clad medieval gatehouse, ‘Rainbow Rose’ is adorned in a pastel-hued print of an English rose garden, set against the backdrop of a rainbow. A painting by Cornish-based artist Henrietta Dubrey acts as an ode to the theme of Mother Nature reigning over the Castle.

INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN
INTERIOR & PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH DEAN

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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The Bathrooms

In sympathy to the original plans for the house, the bathrooms are shared (with one bathroom per two bedrooms), all beautifully refurbished with classic Georgian-style bathware courtesy of Burlington. The join bathroom for ‘Flora Fantasia’ and ‘Wild Card’ even retains the original canopy bath. Mirrors are the only luxuries missing from the Castle of Trematon, as the intention is that guests spend their time looking inwardly instead.  

Then elsewhere on the grounds lays another enchanting option for your stay: the pretty Tudor-style Gate Lodge. Nestled against the historic castle walls, the two-storey lodge features a cosy bedroom and sitting room (again decked out in House of Hackney) as well as your own private bathroom and kitchen. 

For more information on the Castle of Trematon and our experiences, please give us a call on +44 (0)20 7062 6122 or email castleoftrematon@houseofhackney.com

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In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns.

In our House, we also can’t get enough of plants. From clusters of geraniums to giant leafy ferns, botanicals have the unique power to infuse a room with colour, vitality and life. But amidst all this, the loveliest addition might just be to carve out your own quiet little nook.

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