How would you like to come with us to one of the special Victorian country homes in Cornwall, England? We visited this most special place when we were in Great Britain for our 50th anniversary three years ago. Make sure you have on your walking shoes as this is an enormous property! The estate takes up 900 acres with miles of footpaths and beautiful woodlands. If you wish to bring along a picnic this area would be great.
The beautiful parkland that surrounds this property is spectacular on this lovely Autumn afternoon. We are told that the property is managed organically so the area is a haven for wildlife and a great variety of wildflowers.
After we walk through the Gatehouse we will continue up the path to the home that once belonged to Thomas Charles, 2nd Lord Robartes, his wife Mary and their ten children. In 1881 there was a fire that ruined Lanhydrock where his mother Juliana perished. He inherited the home on the death of his father and had the home rebuilt for his family.
And what an enormous home it is! Let's all go inside and have a look about.
Notice the lovely woodwork as we walk about the home and the interesting plaster work on the ceilings.
There are over 50 rooms to view here, so we will look at a few of them before taking a look at the property.
The gardens were designed by George Truefitt in 1854. Juliana Agar-Robartes and her head gardener Joseph Bray planned the plants for the extraordinary setting. The gardens remain the same except for gravel paths dividing the flower beds instead of grass.
The 167 year old Irish Yews that surround the garden and home are expertly maintained. The 29 yews are pruned in July and August. It takes two weeks to complete the task. They are fed liquid seaweed fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks starting in May. These yews have played a part in the medical world. Up until recently their bark was sent away to help with cancer research. The active molecules in the bark improves cell stability.