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“Wonderful day out”

Lanhydrock House and Garden
Ranked #1 of 36 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.
Reviewed September 29, 2013

These gardens are absolutely beautiful, from the wonderfully manicured trees to the lovely herbaceous borders there is so much to see. We visited during the last week of September and there was so much colour and it seemed there was more to come. The walks along well laid paths can be a bit on the steep side in parts but there are lots of seats along the way and it's well worth the effort to take in the stunning views of the gardens, house and surrounding countryside. There is evidence all around of the care that is bestowed on these gardens, it must be a joy to work here and see the seasons through this captivating place, I wish we lived nearer!! As you walk around you will also come upon some very interesting artwork which gives another aspect to gardening which we liked.

Unfortunately we didn't visit the house which looked really impressive so can't comment on it but if we return we will take it in.

As with all NT properties the tea room offers hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, light lunches and of course delicious cakes. Take time to rest either inside or on a nice day outside in the courtyard before continuing your journey around the garden. There is also a rather nice restaurant opposite the tearoom which sells rather more substantial meals but unfortunately for us they had run out of several things, maybe we should have dragged ourselves away from the garden and made our way there a bit earlier, never mind our cakes were lovely.

If you love gardens you really won't be disappointed with Lanhydrock, and I'm sure whatever season you visit there will be lots of interesting things to see, enjoy!!

Thank cymraes191267
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

This National Trust house and garden is an excellent place to spend half a day or more. I especially enjoyed being able to explore the 'below stairs' aspects of the Victorian family, as well as the family rooms which are very well furnished and give you a very good idea of life in the 19th Century.

The grounds too are well worth exploring.

Thank Colin_JS
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

House and Garden's stunning; as it happens we only had time for a short stop enroute to another destination. Lanhydrock made for a pleasant break in the travelling - it's expensive if you don't have National Trust membership but I can see why - incredibly well kept gardens and a massive house to upkeep!
Food, drink and facilities all reasonably good quality and priced for an attraction of this kind.

We did feel that many of the volunteer's / staff throughout the house were a bit pushy. There's a fine line between offering information or making a suggestion and being pushy but unfortunately the staff in the house presented as quite rude, snappish and touchy with this; often making us feel like naughty children in school! (We weren't misbehaving at all!). Not so much what they saying/offering/suggesting but how they were doing this.

Thank Greg F
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We have visited Lanhydrock over the years and it has always been worth the visit for the nicely laid out rooms, excellent gardens and walks around the grounds and beyond - the walk from Bodmin Parkway Railway Station is well worth doing. However, it has always been a case of looking like an exhibition of mainly Victorian/Edwardian grandeur rather than seeing it as someone's home. That has all changed with what appears to have been a focus on displaying as much as possible of what is held by the National Trust with the dining table fully laid out for a meal and a large number of personal possessions placed on furniture within reach of the public, almost as if you wandered in to the building unexpectedly. I only hope that items do not start to disappear into pockets resulting in a reversal of this improvement to the atmosphere and enjoyment of a visit. The staff are now dressed in period costume and have taken on a more helpful and informative stance in contrast to the previous attitude of acting as security guards looking suspiciously at everyone, only blighted by one female member of staff who told my wife off for reading a folder of historical information left on a seat for the public to use in one of the rooms saying, 'that's not for the public to read, you know, just staff'. In any case, more rooms seem to have been opened up, and it is a particularly impressive building. The tea room is small but the food and drink available very nice, especially the cakes and well worth a visit. The website is also informative and a good starting point. Overall, it is nice to see improvements have been made with the aim of improving the customer experience and the visit is much the better for it.

Thank Viatori-lasso
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Loved the property, it still has personal touches in the rooms so that you could really imagine the people living and working there in years gone by. The gardens are extensive, with a really good view over the whole estate when you get higher up the garden.

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