National Trust Houses and Gardens in CornwallLanhydrock House and Gardens

Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 5AD

The finest house in Cornwall, superbly set in wooded parkland of 450 acres and encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees, lovely in all seasons. Come in good time to view the 49 rooms ranging from the richly furnished main rooms reflecting Victorian comfort to maids' bedrooms, the great kitchen and the newly-opened Nursery Wing. First built in the 17th century and largely rebuilt after a fire in 1881, the principal rooms all have beautifully worked plaster ceilings, including that of the Long Gallery magnificently illustrating Old Testament scenes. Through the crenellated gatehouse (1651) an idyllic walk down to the River Fowey at Respryn Bridge and back through the woods should not be missed.

Lanhydrock House
Lanhydrock House
 
The 17th century Gatehouse. Lanhydrock House, Cornwall
Looking across Lanhydrock to the Gatehouse from the Higher Gardens
Formal Gardens with Church in the background
Magnolia flowering in the Higher Garden
 

During the 16th century the Roberts family - later to change their name to Robartes, rose in affluence from their interests in the tin trade, as merchants and bankers. By 1616, Richard Robartes has risen to sufficient prominence to be knighted.

Lanhydrock - a monastic Barton (farm) and land had for a long time been a possession of the priory of St Petroc in Bodmin. During the Dissolution, the neighbouring Glynn family acquired Lanhydrock. The estate passed by marriage to the Lyttelton family and later still, again through marriage, to Thomas Trenance in 1577.

Sir Richard Robartes bought the Lanhydrock estate in 1620. Lyttelton Trenance - the son of Thomas Trenance - sold the estate to Sir Richard in 1620. During the year 1624, James I gave Sir Richard a peerage; becoming Baron Robartes of Truro, as he was wealthy enough in the King's view "to be a peer". Though, Lord Buckingham insisted that he should pay for the honour, or be fined to avoid it. The Barony cost Lord Robartes the sum of £10,000. Six years later, in 1630, Lord Robartes began the construction of a magnificent Tudor mansion - replacing the Barton that had been occupied by the Trenance family. Lord Richard Robartes, who never actually lived in the house, died in 1634 and his son John, 2nd Lord Robartes was left to complete the building programme.

Carving
Carving - detail from inside the church

In 1640, John, 2nd Lord Robartes who was already, at 36 years of age, the leader of the Cornish Group of Parliamentarians became Lord-Lieutenant of Cornwall. On the outbreak of the Civil War he immediately declared his loyalties to the Parliamentarians and set about the garrisoning of Lanhydrock. In the summer of 1644 the Royalists, under the command of Sir Richard Grenville, took control of the estate. John, 2nd Lord Robartes escaped by sea to Plymouth, though his children were held as prisoners at Lanhydrock. Later in the War Lord Robartes was appointed governor of Plymouth and was instrumental in raising the Royalist siege of the town.

Thomas James Agar-Robartes, assumed the name Robartes in 1822. He inherited the estate from his mother in 1861. Thomas was created Baron Robartes of Lanhydrock and Truro in 1869. On the 4th April 1881, a disastrous fire destroyed the house, leaving only the north wing, the entrance porch and gatehouse. Lady Robartes, aged 68, was rescued by ladder from an upstairs window, but died a few days later, from shock. Lord Robartes who never got over the loss of his wife Juliana and the destruction of the family home; died in the following year. Their son, Thomas Charles Robartes succeeded as the 2nd Baron Robartes and began the reconstruction of Lanhydrock. On the completion of the House, Thomas Charles Robartes restored the adjacent church in memory of his parents.

In the rebuild, the original grey granite was used resulting in a pleasingly symmetrical building laid out around three sides of a courtyard. The house, which is part of the National Trust, is open to the public, who can walk around 49 rooms that reflect all aspects of Victorian life, both above and below stairs.

The kitchen, larders and dairy still contain the utensils and equipment needed to feed a great household and the cellars, bakehouse and servants' quarters are also open to the public. In the family's apartments the Long Gallery in the surviving wing is most impressive, with its superb plaster ceiling created in the mid-17th century by local craftsmen; depicting scenes from the Old Testament and was. The house is furnished throughout in Victorian style but also contains some earlier 18th century furniture and tapestries. Lanhydrock House and its estate remained in the Robartes family until 1953 when it was given to the National Trust by the 7th Viscount Clifden.

Outside the original 17th century gatehouse is the main entrance to the house and Victorian gardens. There are 22 acres of spectacular gardens at Lanhydrock containing herbaceous borders and formal parterres. The parterres have bronze urns brought from the Chateau de Bagatelle in Paris and taken to Lanhydrock in 1857. The gardens still maintain the 19th century plan. The wooded higher gardens contain rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias, subtly blended into the indigenous oak and beech woods. Lanhydrock has around 1,000 acres of woodland and meadows complete a network of footpaths.

Properties in Bodmin

Cornwall Online has 31 Character properties offering Accommodation in this area

The Threshing House and Acorns
Bodmin Moor

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The Threshing House and Acorns

Bed & Breakfast + Self catering A recently converted 400 year old barn with comfortable and spacious bed and breakfast accommodation. All rooms en suite. Perfect location for exploring Tamar Valley and Bodmin Moor. Acorns, a self contained part of The Threshing House, with accommodation for 2 adults + cot, formerly part of Darley Farm is a converted farm building in a rural setting with superb views of Caradon Hill for peaceful self catering accommodation.
     Tel: 01579 362771

Henwood Barns
Liskeard

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Henwood Barns

Self Catering Traditional granite barns with beamed ceilings, set in their own courtyard, in the tranquil village of Henwood on Bodmin Moor - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and World Heritage Site. Ideally suited for walking, Horse Riding and touring Cornwall and Devon. Easy access to North and South coasts and Dartmoor National Park.
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  3 star 4 star Tel: 01579 363576

Hendrifton Farm
Liskeard

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Hendrifton Farm

Self Catering + Touring Our holiday facilities include self-catering cottages, touring pitches for touring caravans. We are situated in a small farming community, and surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet centrally located for visiting Cornwall’s main attractions. You will find a warm welcome from your resident hosts who are on hand to ensure that your holiday is a pleasure.
     Tel: 01579 344 652

Higher Searles Down
Liskeard

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Higher Searles Down

Bed & Breakfast Higher Searles Down is an old farmhouse offering bed and breakfst in a beautiful region of the World famous Bodnin Moor. Enjoy the peace and quiet of Higher Searles Down - surrounded by farmland, with sweeping views down to the distant sea.
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  4 stars Silver Award Tel: 01208 821412

Redgate Smithy
St Cleer

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Redgate Smithy

Bed & Breakfast Redgate Smithy is a 200 years old converted smithy, and is now a welcoming AA 4 Star B&B situated just above beautiful Golitha Falls on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor. Extensive breakfast menu served in the Conservatory overlooking the garden. Watch the birds over breakfast!
  AA, SECTA  AA 4 Star, AA Breakfast Award Green Acorn Award Tel: 01579 321578

Polhilsa Farm
Callington

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Polhilsa Farm

Bed & Breakfast + Self Catering Traditional Cornish Farmhouse bed & breakfast with two fishing lakes stocked with Rainbow Trout and Carp. An ideal location for touring, golf, walking, cycling. Open all year, short breaks available
     Tel: 01579 370784

Higher Menadew Farm Cottages
St Austell

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Higher Menadew Farm Cottages

Self catering A place where you can refresh, relax and unwind; families and couples love it here. Our stylish, 4 & 5 star self catering country cottages are exceedingly comfortable, welcoming and superbly equipped perfect for an enjoyable, memorable and effortless holiday at any time of year.
  Quality in Tourism/ Visit Britain  4 and 5 Star Gold award Tel: 01726 850 310

Rosemary Cottage - Wadebridge
Wadebridge

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Rosemary Cottage - Wadebridge

Self Catering Rosemary Cottage is a self-catering Cornish holiday cottage in the North Cornish moorland village of St Mabyn a short distance from Wadebridge. Accommodation sleeps 6 plus a cot in 1 double bedroom and 2 twins.
     Tel: 01564 784 312

The Garden House
St Mabyn, nr Wadebridge

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The Garden House

Self Catering The Gardenhouse sits in the grounds of a beautiful Georgian farmhouse with stunning views and its own camellia and magnolia filled walled garden is between Bodmin Moor and the rugged north Cornish coast.
     Tel: 01208 841378

Polglynn Holiday Cottage
St. Mabyn

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Polglynn Holiday Cottage

Self Catering Situated in North Cornwall near Wadebridge just outside the village of St. Mabyn. Polglynn is within easy reach of Rock, Padstow and the Camel Trail. Polglynn offers luxury, spacious en-suite accommodation for up to four people plus cot if required. VISIT BRITAIN 5 star Gold Award
  Visit England / Quality in Tourism  5 star Gold Award Tel: 01208 850538

Menkee
St Mabyn

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Menkee

Bed & Breakfast Welcome to our beautiful listed Georgian farmhouse with its spectacular gardens and view towards the north Cornish coast. Set in 2½ acres of mature gardens. Ideally located for exploring Cornwall
     Tel: 01208 841378

Rosevean
Bodmin Moor

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Rosevean

Self Catering Set within the small hamlet of Mount, just on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Rosevean is a modern semi-detached house providing spacious and comfortable accommodation. Positioned in the middle of Cornwall, it provides the ideal base for touring. Sleeps 6 - 8
     Tel: 01580 291 803

Skisdon
Wadebridge

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Skisdon

Self Catering Five spacious self catering apartments housed the East and West wings of Skisdon a Grade II listed building first mentioned in 1350. The apartments are individually decorated and furnished capturing a certain ambience. It is an ideal location for exploring Cornwall and its many treasures.
5 holiday aparrtments - sleeping 4 to 6 people
     Tel: 01208 841372

The Garden House
St Teath

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The Garden House

Self Catering Ideally placed for exploring Cornwall. Furnished to a high standard, very warm for winters and aircon for hot summers. Own private garden. Close to all ammenities and near by town of Wadebridge. Sleeps 2 plus cot. Well behaved pets welcome.
     Tel: 01208 850529

Quies Cottage
St Tudy

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Quies Cottage

Bed & Breakfast Grade 2 Listed Cottage in the heart of St Tudy. Close to Bodmin Moor, Camel Trail and the Coast. Excellent pub, St Tudy Inn, within 100 yards. One double bedroom with en-suite shower-room. Second double bedroom available with separate bathroom.
     Tel: 01208 850094

Hengar Manor Country Park
Bodmin

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Hengar Manor Country Park

Self Catering and Caravans This Country Holiday Park is in the heart of Cornwall surrounded by 35 beautiful acres of landscaped gardens, parks, mature woodland and lakes. Just relax on holiday it wont be long before you realise it has received a David Bellamy Silver conservation award.
    David Bellamy Silver Award Tel: 01208 850382

The Old School House
Cardinham

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The Old School House

Bed & Breakfast The Old School House is a pretty Victorian school and school house modernised to provide comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in this quiet heart of Cornwall. Within easy reach of the coast and moorland it is the ideal base for a relaxing break.
     Tel: 01208 821303

Mount Pleasant Farmhouse & Cottages
Bodmin

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Mount Pleasant Farmhouse & Cottages

Bed & Breakfast + Self Catering A perfect moorland retreat ideal for family holidays and those seeking the quiet seclusion of the moor, yet only a sort drive away from the Cornish towns and fishing villages.
  AA  3 stars Tel: 01208 821342

Downhouse Farm
Bodmin

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Downhouse Farm

Self Catering This traditional semi detached cottage is situated on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, with its fabulous scenery and stunning lakes you will see an abundance of wildlife on your stay in this peaceful corner of Cornwall.
     Tel: 01208 821 191

Barley Crush
Warleggan

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Barley Crush

Self Catering This recently converted barn offers you the ideal holiday location. Sleeping 4/5. Centrally located for touring Cornwall, full of character and set in an idyllic rural location, Barley Crush quite simply offers you the very best of holiday accommodation.
  Alistadair Sawdey's Special Places   Tel: 01420 588302

Treveddoe
Warleggan

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Treveddoe

Self Catering Treveddoe is an 85 year old farmhouse set on the site of an Elizabethan Manor, facing south with uninterrupted views over its own farmland, on which sheep and South Devon cattle graze. The fields behind the house at the top of the farm lead onto Bodmin Moor, a famous Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty .Sleeps 8 people in four bedrooms
     Tel: 02392 468886

Trewint Farm
Bodmin Moor

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Trewint Farm

Bed & Breakfast Trewint Farm is a Delightful, Large, Victorian Farmhouse with Panoramic Views offering ETC 5 star Gold en-suite accommodation. It is in a Lovely, Quiet, Rural Location on the edge of the Picturesque village of Blisland with its Award Winning Camra Pub
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  5 star Gold award Tel: 01208 851190

Torr House Cottages
Blisland

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Torr House Cottages

Self catering Luxury self catering holiday cottages in Blisland, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These beautiful barn conversions and adjacent farmhouse enjoy lovely distant views of the Cornish countryside. Centrally located for exploring Cornwall.
Torr House Cottages   Quality in Tourism / Visit England  4 Star Tel: 01208 851601

Hallagenna Cottages
St Breward

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Hallagenna Cottages

Self Catering Five charming Cornish Cottages set on the a former working farm on the edge of open moorland in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 5 holiday cottages Sleeping 2 to 4 people
Hallagenna Cottages      Tel: 01208 851 550

Fowey Valley Cottages
Lanhydrock, Bodmin

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Fowey Valley Cottages

Self Catering PRIVATE HOT TUB Fowey Valley Cottages is locally famous for its unique charm and well maintained landscaped gardens. Both cottages have been extensively updated for 2011 It is only 15 mins drive to one of the Best beaches in cornwall (Polkeris) Only 15mins drive to Fowey. Two cottages Sleeping 2 and 4
     Tel: 07737034522

Lanhydrock Farm Cottages
Bodmin

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Lanhydrock Farm Cottages

Self Catering COTTAGES WITH HOT TUBS 2/4 AND 6 BED COTTAGES.Two Fishing lakes and direct access to UKs Premier National Trusts LANHYDROCK HOUSE 500acres estate.15 minutes to EDEN and Beach with Pub and restaurant.See my website with availability page and prices.
     Tel: 07737034522

Ruthern Valley Holidays
Bodmin

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Ruthern Valley Holidays

Self Catering + Camping + Caravans + Tourers A peaceful holiday retreat of 7.5 acres, with a choice of self- catering accommodation lodges, We are a family run site set in 8 acres of woodland, tucked away in a peaceful little valley not far from Bodmin. No bar or entertainment, centrally located. On the Camel Cycle Trail. David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation.
Ruthern Valley Holidays      Tel: 01208 831 395

Coldharbour Farm
Bodmin

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Coldharbour Farm

Self Catering Six stone cottages imaginatively converted from traditional farm buildings, dating from the 1800s, arranged around a delightful, atmospheric courtyard. Garden with BBQ, childrens play area, games room and laundry facilities.
     Tel: 01208 74201

Scrumptious
Bodmin

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Scrumptious

Bed & Breakfast A great value B & B offering a warm welcome and comfortable accommodation close to Bodmin town centre. With pubs restaurants and many places of interest to visit, all within easy walking distance. Free Wifi - available 24/7. The accommodation is 200 yards from the Camel Trail - walking and cycle track.
     Tel: 01208 75939

The Countryman Hotel
Camelford

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The Countryman Hotel

Hotel + Bed & Breakfast The Countryman Hotel - Something for everyone 10 Bedrooms - Ensuite rooms available ,situated just a two minute walk from the centre of the historic market town of Camelford. There are 10 tastefully furnished and decorated bedrooms, all with H/C, colour TV and tea/coffee making facilities. En-suite facilities are available, as well as single and family rooms.
     Tel: 01840 212250

Maymear Cottage
St Tudy, nr Wadebridge

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Maymear Cottage

Self Catering A comfortable, well equipped end of terrace two bedroomed cottage with attractive enclosed back garden. The picturesque and friendly village of St Tudy, with its pub and shop, is an ideal base for exploring all of Cornwall. Sleeps up to 4 people, well behaved pets welcome.
     Tel: 01840 213120

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