Posted by: marymarthatours | October 18, 2014



Cornwall’s Lanhydrock House was the second of the stately homes on our 2014 Spring Gardens of Cornwall & Devon tour that I really loved.  (The other house, Coleton Fishacre, was described in the previous blog).

When we needed to make a substitution in our itinerary, we added a stop at Lanhydrock primarily because it has an extensive woodland garden behind the house and a formal Victorian parterre garden, both of which look great in the spring. 

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Another area of beautiful spring flowers is the bluebell woods along the walk from the coach parking lot to the house.


After walking past the bluebells, we reached the gorgeous 17th century gatehouse.  The house dates from around the same time, but demolition work in the 18th century and a 19th century fire destroyed much of the original structure.  Only the Long Gallery has survived in tact from the early period.

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Most of the current building actually dates from the late Victorian era, and the interiors reflect the decorating, furnishings, and life style of that period.  The house tour is one of the longest of any National Trust house, but it includes areas that one rarely sees in such depth in other houses.  These include the extensive kitchens (prep rooms, bakery, meat storage area, pantries) which I loved because they are set up to reflect the same time frame as my Downton Abbey Kitchen mini room.



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Another area of the house that I really enjoyed was the day nursery with its wonderful Victorian dollhouse, the night nursery, and the nanny’s room.  Martha especially appreciated the showy quilt on Nanny’s bed.  The old christening gown on the bed reminded us of our family’s baptismal gown, created from our great grandmother’s wedding dress and used for our own children’s baptisms.

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The rest of the house, the areas for the “grown-ups”, is just as impressive.  We loved the many rooms featuring William Morris wallpapers and the beautiful wood carving throughout.  I generally don’t care for the clutter and ostentatiousness of the Victorian era, but Lanhydrock certainly changed my mind.  And while I would rather live at Coleton Fishacre, I would love to have good friends living at Lanhydrock so that I could visit there often.

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(click on photos to see enlarged images)

(by Mary)

Photo credits:  All photos copyright by Mary Wallace and Martha Liska, May 2014.



  1. Good morning Martha and Mary,

    I loved this ‘tour’ of Lanhydrock, beginning with the field of bluebells, passing through the gate house, the details in every room and the glorious gardens. What a fine substitution you made. I know for sure our tour next August will be equally awesome!

    It’s a beautiful day here in Massachusetts, the trees are brilliant, the air so fresh. I’m off to a craft show in Ct. where my friend sells her beautiful baby sweaters. Maybe I’ll find a treasure or two at the nearby quilt shop.

    Enjoy this day God has given us. Kathleen Forletta

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