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“Exceptional” 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 17 Attractions in Bodmin
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing foliage
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Owner description: This 19th-century high-Victorian country house is one of the most fascinating in England.
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This is a National Trust property and it is exceptionally well maintained.

The house is large, without being ostentatious. The whole house appears as if it is still lived in, with lots of personal type belongings that give you a real sense of how the owners lived.

There is a good contrast between the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' areas, and is a treasure from a bygone era.

There are beautiful gardens around the property, and a church and graveyard to the rear.

If you are able to get to Lanhydrock House, you won't be disappointed.

Visited May 2013
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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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“What a fantastic display of tulips.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

What a difference a month makes! The flowers were out including tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons and even some magnolias. Look out for the garden tour as that is very interesting and informative.

Visited May 2013
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“Something for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Not our first visit to Lanhydrock, but it won't be the last either! It's being improved all the time and the new car park area should be really good once completed. For first time visitors, be aware that there is quite a long walk from the entrance to the house - it's downhill going, but uphill coming back when you might already be tired! Luckily, there is a 5 seater buggy that runs back and forth - a friendly driver and a very reasonable suggested 50p per person 'charge'. The house is always fascinating to go round - there seems to be more to see each time we've been and the information is excellent. Lots of children were doing the 'spot the trains' hunt while we were there - as with many NT properties, they are trying to do more to keep younger visitors entertained. For less mobile people, there is even a little lift to get to the upper floor.
Can definitely recommend the restaurants - the housekeeper's room is smaller than the servants' hall, but the same menu is served in both. The stables ice cream kiosk was doing a roaring trade on the sunny day, even though it was quite cool, and the queue for coffees etc was almost permanently out to the courtyard!
The gardens are extensive and hilly, but well worth the walk round, and for those of a more vigorous nature, the estate offers even longer walks.
There's a second hand book shop with lots of good quality books on offer, and of course the NT shop has plenty to spend your money on!

Visited May 2013
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Launceston, United Kingdom
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“Avoid school holidays”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Although we would not normally visit in the school holidays we had relations staying so off we went. The car park was very uneven but we were told improvements are under way. It is a long walk for the elderly to the house so take advantage of the golf buggy if you need to. Suggested donation is 50p extra to admission.
We decided to see the gardens first as everyone else headed to the house first. The gardens are lovely and well worth a visit. The house had quietened down a bit by the time we went in although still quite busy. I was disappointed in the room guides only one of which said hello as we entered the room. At other properties I have visited it seems to be the norm to welcome the guests. Perhaps they had been too busy earlier.
The house is large with many different rooms to see but lacks a flow so you end up going back on yourself sometimes. This is annoying when it is so busy. One of the reasons for this is the obsession The National Trust have with making you exit through their shops to try and shake the last coins out of your pockets. They would have got more money from us but the cafe and restaurant could not cope with the amount of customers.
I will review again after my next visit, not in the holidays, and am sure I will enjoy it more.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful piece of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We stopped at Lanhydrock house late in the afternoon, which unfortunately meant we only had an hour to walk around and take in the sights. A proper tour of the house itself will easily take an hour, as there is so much to see and learn in each of the rooms which have been so well preserved.
The gardens, located at the back of the house, deserve time and attention in their own right too. This is a lovely place to spent calm quality time.
National Trust members get in for free :-D

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