Lanhydrock  Bodmin.  Said to be the finest house in Cornwall, Lanhydrock is set in 910 acres of woods and parkland and is encircled by a garden of rare shrubs and trees.  42 rooms to view ranging from the kitchens to the Long Gallery, its plaster ceiling depicting scenes from the Old Testament. The museum traces the very interesting history of the influential Robartes family from 1600 through the

Civil War to the fire of 1880 which destroyed much of the house, to the untimely deaths of all  four male members in the first world war, effectively ending three centuries of ownership of Lanhydrock by the Robartes. Walks down to the River Fowey and Respryn Bridge and back through woods.  National Trust owned.

Lost Gardens of Heligan  Near Mevagissey.  The award winning gardens are thought to be the largest garden restoration project in Europe.  57 acres of gardens lost for 70 years are being rediscovered and restored as a working Victorian garden.  Containing a crystal grotto, an Italian garden, summerhouse, rockery and four walled gardens, one containing a fully restored pineapple pit.  22 acre sub tropical garden with fine specimen trees including large collections of palms, bamboos and tree ferns.  A fascinating place!

Pencarrow House and Gardens  Near Bodmin.  Georgian house and grade 2 listed gardens still owned and lived in by the Molesworth-St. Aubyn family.  Large collection of pictures, furniture and porcelain with marked walks through 50 acres of formal and woodland gardens.  Victorian rockery, Italian and American gardens with over 600 different rhododendrons.  Internationally recognised specimen conifer collection.  Lake and Ice House.

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