As usual when we have visitors, the place to visit is the historic place at Tolverne with the Smugglers Cottage.
What a shock to find the place closed and looking like a dump, which is no less than an abuse of Roseland’s historic past relating to D-day.
When Tregothnan took over from the Newman family, they first took the soul out of the place by no longer displaying the D-day history and by over staffing and over pricing.
They tried to make the place posh.
It did not help to promote local Tregothnan Tea, which is not pure Tregothnan Tea, but blended with Tea mostly from Assam. Then they closed the place without giving any date for the reopening.
How come the Newman family could run Tolverne as viable business for many years and Tregothnan messes it up? Closing Tolverne may also affect the very beautiful boat trips up the River Fall to Falmouth.
To keep Tolverne and Smugglers Cottage open is of public interest, and it would be appropriate for the Cornwall County Council to intervene.
As well as the Roseland resident’s creation of “Friends of Pendower Beach” we should create a “Friends of Tolverne” to preserve this Roseland treasure, and not leave it to Tregothnan to ruin this historic place.
Official response from Tregothnan – 5th August 14.39:
Smugglers at Tolverne is closed in 2013 for essential works before a tenant can re-open the premises in 2014. The site is safety fenced while it is designated as a building site. (Signage may have been tampered with on Saturday when police found an intruder on site.) In the meantime it is an absolute requirement of future tenants that industrial shipping is not moored immediately off the property to block the historic views. The looming superstructure of the industrial ships blocks the Repton Pool at Tolverne and deters vessels from mooring in its shadow. Confining the layups of larger vessels to the south of the Repton view will have a negligible effect on the revenue to the local authority and will allow the 1812 designed landscape to continue with minimum intrusion.
However, Tolverne is also very much at the heart of the progressive Tregothnan estate and has been a communication centre for millennia. Having already invested substantial sums in the essential infrastructure at Tolverne, the estate has begun long awaited plans to restore and protect one of Cornwall’s best treasures. Tregothnan has actively managed the Fal river reaches for many centuries. It is this continuous stewardship that has created this unique estuarine valley, often referred to as the least spoilt in the UK, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and a site of special scientific interest. Having directly operated the site since the retirement of the Newman family, Tregothnan fully understands the nature of running a business in this sensitive environment whilst also complying with all regulations. Most of the memorabilia associated with Smugglers was regarded by the previous tenant, Mr Newman, as his private property and was sold at public auction. Key pieces were indeed bought by Tregothnan at the public auction for return to Tolverne. When appropriate permissions are granted, it is hoped that a dedicated memorabilia area will house collections from the war and other eras on the river.
It is unfortunate that Smugglers has had to close for a season and Tregothnan Estate would like to thank local residents for their support and understanding. It became clear that the industrial shipping would not be moved in time for the tenants new season the decision was taken to begin essential works on site. Talks were held with local residents as well as e-news updates and information freely dispensed at the UK’s largest charity garden opening in April this year.
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