"Excitement around every corner
- a true gardeners delight"
C.Sanders, Hampshire

Alice's Seat

This beautiful open-fronted summerhouse with cob walls and thatched roof is a faithful re-creation of the original structure built for Alice Hext who purchased Trebah with her husband Charles in 1907. It was rebuilt in 2002 using green oak timbers and the cob and cobbles came from the garden. It recently won a prestigious Civic Trust award.

Surrounding the summerhouse are scores of plants chosen specifically for their fragrant flowers including Osmanthus, Myrtus and the delightful 'Christmas Box' Sarcococca confusa. To sit here with the sun on your face and breathe in such an intoxicating mixture of perfume is one of the delights of a visit to Trebah.


Summer shade
beneath the thatch

Alice's Seat Facts

  • It was originally known as Alice's Retreat
  • It was re-ridged in 2008 by a master thatcher
  • The reed used is a hybrid of rye and wheat and grown in Cornwall