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. 






22 comments:

  1. Seeing your photographs of Trerice bring back many happy memories of holidays spent with my parents and sisters. We would visit every year, I remember I liked the gardens best, my mother liked the restaurant and so we would always head there after a long walk around everywhere. It’s such a handsome building.

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    1. What lovely memories you have FB. I'm so glad you visited Trerice with me today. It is imprinted on my heart with only one visit.

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  2. What an amazing place! You're so lucky to have gotten to see it all. I like to imagine what it would be like to be one of those people who lived there. Thank you for sharing it with us. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Trerice is an amazing place, Teresa. Thinking about all the years one family lived here says to me it was quite wonderful way back when.

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  3. Marvelous old estate with so much history, Whenever I see lawns and gardens so beautifully maintained, I feel a little sheepish about my puny efforts. Wonder how many gardeners are employed.

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    1. The scale of these huge estates makes any home gardens of today seem puny, Vee. We always see large staffs of gardeners, some of which volunteer their time and efforts to maintaining these gardens. Thanks to the National Trust for keeping them in good condition for all to visit.

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  4. That grass certainly is lush and green. I hope they have a ride on mower! I love looking at old prints and drawings of houses, they provide such a valuable insight to the history, and the earlier architecture and features that might otherwise be lost, or not properly restored. Have a lovely evening. xoxo

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    1. Deb, I'm sure you noticed the erosion on the bank in the print. The stone wall is the perfect solution as you can see in the photo that I took. And yes, a riding mower would be imperative with so many of these large properties. I hope tomorrow the fog lifts and you have a better view. xoxo

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  5. What a beautiful property. So nice to have good memories of this beautiful country. We were supposed to be in Oxford right now. Sigh.

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    1. Oh Ellen, I'm so sorry your trip to England had to be cancelled. Our daughter and son-in-law were supposed to be in England now celebrating their 30th anniversary. So many things have changed for all of us. Hopefully a vaccine will be available soon.

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  6. There are many things to amaze on this wonderfully old property. Certainly window glass from the 1500's is one of them! The ceilings are amazing, as well as those gardens (I love the view you captured from the window!) And, oh the china . . .

    Thank you for sharing another highlight from your golden anniversary trip!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Going to England is like visiting a huge museum full of treasures such as glass from the 1500's and beautiful old plastered ceilings. All works of art to enjoy thanks to the National Trust.

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  7. Absolutely lovely. Oh, when will we travel again?
    Amalia
    xo

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  8. Wow that must have been one of your favorites to visit! The gardens are lovely

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    1. Trerice is a standout, Liz. It's so hard to pick favorites in Great Britain as it's like picking a favorite child.

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  9. What a beautiful home and garden. I really love your posts about these National Trust properties, Martha Ellen. Of course, part is because I so love England but they are always really interesting and have such a lot of history as well as beauty.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie, I know we both have a place in our hearts for England. The National Trust is a treasure that we all have to thank by giving them our support.

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  10. Such a lovely visit. The architecture is amazing. Love the garden. So much history. Just think of how many people have wandered through there. The tree trunk could tell some wonderful stories.

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    1. Thank you for visiting today, Linda. Trerice was a joy to visit.

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  11. You saw some beautiful places over there. Each and every photo is a pure delight to look at and study. Thank you so much for sharing these Martha Ellen. A joy to see :)

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed looking at Trerice, Denise. It is a joy reliving it all over again in this post.

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