DiCamillo Companion

Tresco Abbey

  • Earlier Houses: The current House was built alongside the ruins of an old priory.

    Built / Designed For: Augustus Smith

    House & Family History: Tresco is a small private island measuring one mile by two miles, and is one of the five inhabited islands which, together with approximately 200 islands and islets, form the Isles of Scilly. The archipelago is 29 miles southwest of Land's End and has year-round mild climates. In 1834 the Duchy of Cornwall leased the Isles of Scilly to Augustus Smith, a squire from Hertfordshire who later became lord proprietor of the islands and built his home, Tresco Abbey, alongside the ruins of an old priory.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The garden is unique in all of England because of the collection of exotic plants sustained in an outdoor environment.

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Dorrien-Smith family; here since 1834.

    Past Seat / Home of: Augustus Smith; 19th century; Thomas Algernon Dorrien Smith, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01720-422-849

    Fax: 01720-422-807

    Email: contactus@tresco.co.uk

    Website: http://www.tresco.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No