Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Trerice in Cornwall, England



Today I'd like to share another National Trust property that Grayden and I visited while we were in Great Britain for our Golden Anniversary.

  


This is Trerice, a property that was owned by the Arundell family for 500 years.  The house was finished in 1573, incorporating an earlier farm house.  The grounds were so lush and green and well manicured.

The house was passed into the Acland family of Killerton in Devon when the Arundell family passed away in the mid-eighteenth century.

The Cornwall County Council bought the estate in 1919 for war veterans after dividing the land into small farms.  The National Trust purchased the property in 1953.  One of the tenants, Mr J F Elton generously enabled the north wing to be restored.


The walled garden was expertly cared for with flowers and espaliered trees and vines that are so British and oh so lovely.


Let's go inside and view the Great Hall that was part of the medieval farmhouse that was rebuilt in 1570 by John Arundell V. 


The plastered ceiling dates to the early 17th century.  Much of it was restored by the Acland family in the 19th century.  It is gorgeous!




When the medieval farmhouse was restored, the 576 pane mullioned window was put into place.  Some of the original glass remains.  Can you fathom that?  From 1570--amazing to say the least. 


This old print of Trerice shows it in a different light than the way it is landscaped today. 



Upstairs we enter Madam Arundell's Chamber, based on an inventory from 1698.  The barrel ceiling was one of the reasons the National Trust bought Trerice. 


This ceiling has much of its original plaster work.


It's quite impressive to view the canopy bed coverings with the lovely pleated rosette.


This handsome chest with its burled wood caught our attention.



Don't you love looking out the leaded window and seeing the knot garden?  Even through the old glass it warms my heart.



Madam Arundell's bed chamber was full of interesting furniture. 

From her bed chamber we enter the Long gallery.



Around the Long gallery we see the plaster work in the Great Hall that leads us to the Musicians' gallery.  The openings allowed music into the rooms without seeing the musicians.


I always stop to view the lovely china on display. 


Stepping into the Court chamber we enter the area of the house that was rebuilt in the 1950's by the Elton family.  In the 1860's this part of the house collapsed during  a violent storm.  The large chest on chest looks quite lovely in this new addition.

Leaving the home we always love viewing the gardens a little closer.


The Elizabethan knot garden and orchard are spread out before us.  Such a lovely spot to rest.



The perfect Autumn colors climbing up the back of Trerice along with the walled garden ended our visit on a lovely note. 



The convolutions of this old tree trunk made me wonder how many eyes looked upon its beauty throughout the times folks lived here at Trerice.