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.
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