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Lovely, lovely Lanhydrock
Member Name: LadyS
Advantages: Beautiful gardens and impressive house
Disadvantages: £8 per head pretty pricey for NT property
We visited Lanhydrock on a recent visit to Cornwall. I had been given two free entry passes to a National Trust Property and had heard great things so we packed up our picnic and set of prepared to be impressed.
This must be one of the "grandest" National Trust properties I have visited. You approach the property by walking down a very long avenue of trees. If you have impaired mobility (or just feeling a little lazy) then you can take a shuttle (well golf buggy) down and I would really recommend you do this, otherwise you will be worn out before you get there.
From the avenue, you are given your first glimpse of the house. There is a impressive gate house with its own little turrets and then through there the view of the huge house widens out beyond. The National Trust say that this is an unpretentious but wealthy house - well I would love to see what they think a pretentious one was!!
The house was built in the 17th century but rebuilt in the late 1800s due to a huge fire. The house interior is impressive, with the usual contrast between the elegant living and dining rooms of the main house and the more real feeling servants' quarters.
The most impressive feature of this property is the beautiful landscaping and outside space. The front and sides of the property are very formal with intricate and symmetrical designs that must take an army of gardeners to keep pristine. Behind the house are the more relaxed planting areas of fantastic floral borders and shrubs - even you are not a plant lover, you will enjoy exploring the paths that meander through the gardens.
There is a sweet little church in the grounds also, which had ladies from the village singing in when we went - not to everyone's tastes, but very sweet and a nice touch.
There is a fab coffee shop and I would definately recommend the ice cream though I hear the cream teas are pretty special too.
All in all we had a very enjoyable afternoon there, and I would recommend a visit to anyone in the area on hols. At £8 per head it is pretty pricey, but there is a lot to see and you can easily while away a happy afternoon here. There is plenty for little ones too - a great play area for them to lot of steam after being ever so careful in the house.
Lanydrock can be found near Bodmin, South Cornwall - easily signposted from all major routes around the town centre. Further details available from the National Trust website.
Summary: Great place for an afternoon out