Discovering Lanhydrock

10 September 2016

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After a day exploring the beautiful Cornish coastline we decided to stop by Lanhydrock, a late Victorian country house which conveniently was only a few miles from our Airbnb accommodation in Bodmin.

Our visit was a little rushed as we arrived just before the last entry time, although this wasn’t really a bad thing because most people were leaving which means we largely had the house to ourselves.

Lanhydrock House belonged to the Robartes family. It was built in the 1620s however a major fire in 1881 caused extensive damage to the property. Thomas Charles, 2nd Lord Robartes, had Lanhydrock rebuilt for his family.

The First World War had a devastating impact on the Robartes family, including the heir to the estate who was killed at the Battle of Loos in September 1915. The house was given to the National Trust in 1953.

The house is huge with 50 rooms to explore. I went a bit crazy taking photos of everything!

My favourite part of the house was the long gallery, which was one of the few parts of the house that survived the fire in 1881.

The estate on which the house is built covers 900 acres, but unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore the gardens as we hard arrived so late. I’d love to return to Lanhydrock to see more of the estate if I find myself back in Cornwall.

Visitor information

  • Lanhydrock is owned and managed by the National Trust so it is free for members to park and visit. If you aren’t a member it’s £3 for all day parking and £12.65 to visit the whole property.
  • It’s about a 10 minute walk from the car park to the house but there is a shuttle service available
  • Lanhydrock House is open daily between March and October, plus some winter openings. The estate, garden and cycle trails are open all year round.


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