Lanhydrock House is a late 19th century country house, with formal gardens. It's set in 1,000 acres of parkland. There are plenty of places to explore within the parkland, and a cycle hub where visitors can try out the cycle trails. There is a shop, plant centre and children's play area, as well as cafes and a restaurant.
Where is Lanhydrock located?
Lanhydrock House is near Bodmin in Cornwall, close to the A30 and A38. The River Fowey runs through the parkland,
What is the history of Lanhydrock to the present day?
Lanhydrock was originally built in the 17th century, but the house was almost destroyed by fire in 1881 and was rebuilt along the lines of a modern Victorian family home. The Gatehouse and North Wing survived the fire, and the Long Gallery still has the original Jacobean plaster ceiling, depicting scenes from the Old Testament. The house shows daily Victorian family life, and tells the story of the loss of the Robartes family's son and heir in WWI.
What is there to see and do at Lanhydrock?
Lanhydrock House is a warren of rooms showing Victorian family life. The extensive kitchens, the children's nursery and the servants quarters give a glimpse of 'below stairs', in contrast to the 'above stairs' grandeur of the dining room, drawing room and family bedrooms. The history of the Robartes family is told through family portraits and artefacts from the last inhabitants. There is also an important collection of theological books in the library.
For visitors who enjoy the outdoors, there are extensive gardens, including a formal parterre, herbaceous borders and many flowering shrubs and trees. There are lots of areas to walk and explore through parkland, woodland and along the River Fowey. There are children's trails to follow, and a children's play area. For cycle enthusiasts, there is a cycle hub, where they can hire a bike and ride through the woodland trails, with different routes to suit all abilities.