I’ve written about the National Trust several times on my blog already, but strangely I hadn’t gotten around to writing about my favourite National Trust property – Lanhydrock.
It is somewhere that I really do love to visit and it has so much there for families. There are obviously beautiful buildings to look around such as the gorgeous gatehouse.
The actual house itself is stunning, so much more so than my photograph has captured. It is steeped in history and has lots of rooms open to the public, each usually with a guide inside to answer any questions that you have about that room and the house in general. And to make sure that you aren’t stealing anything of course.
Sadly as we discovered when chatting to a lovely guide at Cotehele, people do often try to steal things from old houses.
The inside of the house is just as grand as the outside. So many beautiful ceilings and fireplaces. Most of the rooms are ‘dressed’ as they would have been back in Victorian times and you can really lose yourself in the history of the house.
Like all of the other houses managed by the National Trust Lanhydrock has little touches everywhere that helps to bring history alive. From the pastry cases or other types of food around the place to the toys, typewriters and more. I can’t believe how dinky the boys look in the photo below, we’ve been visiting Lanhydrock for years.
As much as I love the house itself, for me the part that brings me back time and time again is the outside areas of Lanhydrock. The house is actually nestled within 1000 acres of land including gardens, woodland and even cycle trails.
I don’t have photos of it, but under the cover of trees just off the car park, there is even a ‘stunt’ area for bikes as the boys call it. With a circular track to go around with bumps, a mini bridge part and more. They still love going around it and for smaller children there is a balance bike circle. This handily has a bench for parents to sit on and watch. You can also hire bikes if you didn’t manage to bring any with you.
Something else I don’t have photos of – due largely to the fact it is always full of other people’s children – is the really good adventure playground next to a cafe close to the car park. There are also picnic tables here if you don’t fancy the cafe. There’s a second place to eat right next to the house.
There are lots of beautiful areas to have a picnic in the gardens and lots of benches around to sit on to enjoy it. Considering what a popular place it is, with the size of the gardens and grounds it is usually possible to find a quiet place. Out of tourism season it is actually often really tranquil. I tend to prefer to be there in spring and autumn anyway, as my hay fever isn’t around then!
I suspect I will add to this post at some point with photographs of the bike trails and playground! I think the photos so far are likely to make you want to visit though.
Such a beautiful place, especially when the bluebells are all out in the woods. Check out the National Trust website for more information including opening times and events.