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“Wonderful day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lanhydrock House and Garden

Lanhydrock House and Garden
Bodmin PL30 5AD, England
01208 265950
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Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Bodmin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing foliage
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Owner description: This 19th-century high-Victorian country house is one of the most fascinating in England.
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“Wonderful day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

A large stately home with a very interesting history. The interior is mostly from the Victorian era and many of its beautiful rooms are open to the public. A self guided tour takes you around the house including a large part of the servants quarters which is very interesting and great for fans of Downton Abbey - you get a very good picture of live above and below stairs at this grand estate. The National Trust have done a great job of making the visit as interesting as possible with plenty of information cards, interactive activities throughout the property and little touches like the smell of freshly baked cakes in the kitchen or a real afternoon tea laid out in the drawing room, it makes it seem like the house is still lived in and the family have just left the room. There is a beautiful and large estate to walk around (well worth walking down through the avenue of trees at the front of the house and down to the lovely River Fowey) and a small, but pretty garden and church behind the house. The garden has some lovely features to explore such as the gardeners cottage, well and tree tunnel which children will love to run around and discover. There are two cafes on site, one a small but sweet cafe in the old stables and the other a slightly more formal tea room - highly recommend the Gentleman's Tea which is a cheese scone with chive butter, a slice of fruit cake and a pot of tea - absolutely delicious and really good value - enough to fill you up for the rest of your visit! There is also a second hand bookshop in the courtyard which is great and has some fantastic bargains and the usual National Trust shop filled with goodies. There is a large car park at the top which is about a 5 minute stroll to the house but there is parking closer for the disabled and also a shuttle from the car park for people who would find the walk tough. There is also a nice plant centre in the car park which has some lovely plants as well as bits and bobs for your garden.

There is plenty to see and do here for all ages and for all types of weather - highly recommended day out. We spent the whole day here and still could have explored more of the estate so really good value for money.

Visited March 2013
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“Charming NT Estate in Cornwall–perfect rainy day activity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This National Trust estate gives you a real picture of "Downton Abbey" type family replete with it's own WW I tragedy as well as a downstairs love story. The heir apparent dies on the front lines. His younger brother never recovers and kills himself. The last male never marries and the family turns over the property to NT.
The bedrooms are beautifully laid out and you can see why so many hands were required to make a large country house function. Enthusiastic volunteers try to answer your questions. We got to see exactly how the meats were roasted in the giant walk in oven. I would not recommend for small children, even though a few touching stations were scattered about. Children 10 and up would be best.
We had a snack in the light snack cafe. Very reasonable. Lovely guest shop and used book store.

Visited March 2013
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“Definitely worth visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We took advantage of a sunny March day to visit Lanhydrock, in the middle of a very wet & cold break in Cornwall. The house is sizeable & was very enjoyable to wander around and look at all the interesting objects. The gardens are also interesting to explore, albeit it was still quite chilly when we visited and therefore we didn't linger too long! The whole estate is impeccably maintained - highly recommended.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

We'd normally enjoy visiting somewhere where the gardens were more extensive than the house, but on a cold March day, it was perfect this way round. Loved the kitchen, especially.

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“Great day out for a young walker”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Well we made the most of the one day sandwiched between the risk of hypothermia and drowning to taking the 18 month out daughter out to try out her walking skills.

The location is great and the staff were very helpful. The gardens were beauftifully laid out the the house was very interesting. The restaurant is particularly child friendly, the food is good and there are child seats. I understand that there is a child's adventures playground but frankly the walking did for Olive and she was asleep when we left.

It's not the cheapest place to visit but as it's National Trust run, I don't mind as venue is great.

Visited March 2013
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