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.
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