National Trust Lanhydrock House
Lanhydrock House
Nearby is the magnificent Lanhydrock House owned by the National Trust. Set in nearly 450 acres of woods and parkland it belonged to the Robartes family from 1620 until 1953 and was formerly a quadrangle around a courtyard. However the east wing was demolished to create the present layout.
Following a fire in 1881 all but the Entrance Porch and North Wing (which has a 35 metre long gallery with a plaster barrel ceiling baring scenes from the Old Testament) had to be rebuilt. This impressive granite clad house now makes for a fascinating tour, with some 49 rooms to be viewed.
Lanhydrock is surrounded by delightful Victorian Gardens, famed for their magnolias, camellias and azaleas, and a Gatehouse dating back to 1641 provides further interest. An avenue of mature trees offers a pleasant walk to Respryn Bridge on the River Fowey.
The Bridge was held for King Charles during the Civil War when Royalist troops were encircling the Parliamentarians at Lostwithiel in 1644.
The Gatehouse at Lanhydrock House
Eden Project
Eden Project
We are close to the Eden Project, the largest greenhouses in the world. What was an exhausted clay pit at Bodelva has been transformed into a global garden for the 21st century. Discover the fascinating insight of mankinds dependence on plants.
Cotehele House
Enchanted and remote, perched high above the wooden banks of the Tamar, Cotehele was owned by the Edgcumbe family for nearly six centuries. One of the least-altered medieval houses in the country, it contains original furniture, armour and a remarkable set of tapestries.
Cotehele House
Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are within easy reach
These gardens were rediscovered by Tim Smit in 1990 who has set about returning them to their former glory.
The Gardens have existed since the 16th century but after the first world war came, taking the team of gardeners, the garden slowly declined until it was entirely covered with brambles. These gardens have now reemerged in their finery once more.
Also within easy reach are: St Mellion Golf and Country club, Bodmin moor, Looe, Polperro and Plymouth.
Lost Gardens of heligan
Nicola Renfree
Trecorme Barton
Quethiock Liskeard
Cornwall PL14 3SH
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