Spotlight on Lanhydrock - National Trust
Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Lots of our guests have said what an enthralling place Lanhydrock is to visit, and it is certainly our number 1 favourite National Trust property in Cornwall.
A perfect day out for every season.
Situated near Bodmin, it is a magnificent late Victorian country house with extensive servants’ quarters, gardens, parkland and a wooded estate.
Lanhydrock House and Gardens is voted number 7 of the top 10 most photogenic locations in Cornwall.
The house has over 50 rooms to explore, it is encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.
As well as the formal gardens the house is set in a wooded parkland of 1,000 acres with an extensive network of footpaths zigzagging through the beautiful countryside.
Taking time, you’ll enjoy the sweeping views over the gardens and the valley landscape.
There is a lot to see here, you will get the real feel of a wealthy but unpretentious family home. This is the ultimate Victorian house and estate.
The kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs'.
The spacious dining room and bedrooms are truly elegant.
You can walk through the 17th-century Long Gallery among the rare book collection under the remarkable plaster-work ceiling.
After a devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian style, with the latest state-of-the-art ovens and warming cupboards in the kitchen and dining areas, central heating systems and fire hydrants.
The house also includes a museum with World War One artefacts in Tommy's Bedroom.
Lanhydrock puts on one of the county's most colourful spring shows, with cream and white magnolias featuring amongst a flurry of wild blooms that carpet the woodland.
In summer the bedding plants in the formal gardens are splendid.
The parkland in the autumn is glorious as the greens turn golden and umber in the warmth of the late summer sun.
Try a winters day frosty walk here, its exhilarating, with a National Trust cafe Hot Chocolate and something delectable, delicious and sustaining after - what reward!
It's pretty obvious that this is a prime garden for walkers, there are plenty of shots on Instagram to whet your appetite.
Not only is there 30-acres of formal and informal woodland to explore, but the garden opens onto an extensive network of footpaths zig-zagging through 900-acres of beautiful countryside.
We recommend the Bluebell walks in April.
Relax, enjoy, wander, soak up the atmosphere. This is the ultimate Victorian house and estate.
If you don’t know of iWalkCornwall can we recommend them to you, a free online app with a wealth of walks throughout the county, downloadable to your phone with a £1.99 charge.
iWalkCornwall offer a free 3.3 mile easy/moderate walk of Lanhydrock estate
Starting from the gatehouse into the formal gardens and climbing through the magnolia arch to the Higher Gardens overlooking Lanhydrock.
The route then descends through the woodland gardens and the Great Wood to the river.
The walk then follows the River Fowey to Respryn Bridge and returns via the drive passing through the gatehouse and the parkland to Lanhydrock house.
Spend the day - you can see so much here, and whatever the season you visit there is splendour in the grounds.
28 minutes and 26 miles from Primrose Cottage
References: National Trust, Visit Cornwall, iWalkCornwall