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“One the National Trust's loveliest properties!”

Lanhydrock House and Garden
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Bodmin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This 19th-century high-Victorian country house is one of the most fascinating in England. Colourful gardens, riverside walks and family friendly cycle trails.
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“One the National Trust's loveliest properties!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We paid our second visit to Lanhydrock on a grey April day, but the sun came out and made our visit all the more pleasurable. It's a beautiful house, with furniture and belongings set out as if the family still live there. Whether or not you like the Victorian style, you cannot fail to be impressed by the attention to detail given to furnishing the rooms. We both love the extensive kitchen wing, with different rooms devoted to every type of food preparation you could imagine. There are a few slightly gruesome artefacts that might not be appreciated by all, such as the game hanging in the pantry and the tiger skin rugs in various lounges, but they just add to the realism of the era depicted.

As you progress through the house you are given written and visual clues to the family that lived in this house, as well as the servants. It's fascinating to follow the parallel lives of those above and below stairs. Thoughtfully provided are items that the visitor is encouraged to touch, such as samples of the Arts and Crafts wallpaper, napkins to fold, and so on. The volunteer room guides were great; happy to chat and answer questions if asked, but they didn't intrude if you preferred to self-guide.

The gardens are lovely, with plenty of walks for those who fancy exploring further, or for these who just want to sit and enjoy the views of the house and garden there are seats nearby, as well as a cafe serving light snacks and cream teas and a restaurant serving lunches.

It's a fair stroll to the house from the car park, but there is a buggy type vehicle that gives lifts for a small fee. There is a good gift shop with the usual section of NT gifts, as well as some interesting craft and food items sourced locally, such as St Justin jewellery that was so pretty it inspired us to drive down to Penzance to view the whole range in the showroom.

Visited April 2013
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Isle of Man
Level 6 Contributor
155 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“'Arts and Crafts' period beauty”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

The rebuilt areas of this house showcases some lovely 'arts and crafts' items and William Morris wallpapers in lovely settings. The array of kitchen quarters- ie bakery, dairy room etc were set beautifully with seasonal items which impressed me. The volunteers were a real asset.

The only tip I have is-leave more than and hour and a half to get round it all. I was short of time and was rather puffed after legging it up the hill to get off the site.

Visited April 2013
Thank Manninagh
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Day trip”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

A lovely day spent in the house and gardens. Great for walking, too. Plenty to see and do at the National Trust property that has the feel of a family home.

Visited April 2013
Thank cdarragh01
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice day out”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Liked being able to deal plenty inside in such poor weather.
Staff very nice and helpful.
Bags of history

Visited April 2013
Thank Ian G
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Beautiful house and gardens!”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

We visited this house on a lovely sunny day and it was just amazing. The rooms are beautiful and really well laid out, staff are friendly and helpful. The gardens are well kept and the tea room is reasonably priced.

Loved the touch and feel display that shows the wear taken on items once they are regularly touched. It has pieces of cloth from 2010 and it allows you to touch them therefore illustrating the damage caused, very interesting.

Visited April 2013
Thank Kimberleyanddarren
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