Many people have often assumed that Derek owned Minack (Dorminack) but this was
not the case. Derek and Jeannie Tangye had the tenancy of Minack through the
Tregothnan Estate for the whole period they lived there.
The Tregothan Estate, under Lord Falmouth, own Dorminack, whilst Oliver Land,
adjacent to Dorminack, is a separate plot of land which was purchased by Derek and
Following Derek’s death the tenancy was advertised in 1997. Applicants for the tenancy
were expected to submit a very lengthy application detailing not only their expectations
of why they should acquire the tenancy but also their agricultural background, and the
agricultural machinery and equipment they would employ and bring with them along
with their business plans and aspirations for the tenancy.
The tenancy was advertised as a tender for a set number of years, those details are
not being disclosed here as it is not deemed appropriate. The holding includes
Dorminack cottage, outbuildings and land; in total 21.325 acres. The land includes areas
of ‘croft’, copse and cliff lands. The cottage is a listed building.
There were four applications - one from two of the Trustees as a joint application, two
from separate individuals, (one of which was an Associate Trustee) and the fourth from
the successful applicant, Jane Bird and her partner, Peter Clough. Jane is still the tenant
today and runs a small horticultural business from Minack. She also continues to
participate in Plant and Flower displays and competitions.
If you have any particular queries regarding the tenancy please contact us and we will be
happy to help.
The Dorminack Tenancy
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