When I was a little girl, my favourite place to go in Cornwall was Lanhydrock House. It was such an enchanting place to me, frozen in time in such a beautiful era. My imagination used to run wild and I used to love making up stories about the people who would have lived there and what they would have gotten up to.
It was so strange to return as an adult with my own little girl and to see the house from an adult perspective, learning about the history and seeing how the actual people who lived there enjoyed the house, rather than the stories I used to make up in my head.
I have always been fascinated with period houses, but there is nothing quite like Lanhydrock, particularly when it comes to size and beauty.
By the time you’ve walked around the inside of the house, you’ve covered 1/4 of a mile. That’s only through visiting the rooms that are open, not including the ones that you don’t see.
What’s even more fascinating is that most of the interior of the house was destroyed in a fire, the only part that was saved from the flames was the great hall which now plays host to old books and a grand piano. Some of these books date back to 1580, a must read for the classic readers of philosophy.
It took us just over an hour to view every room and that was without taking in all of the information available to read (I did have a toddler).
I find with most period properties, there are only a couple of rooms still in keeping and your visit is over quite quickly. But Lanhydrock is a different story, you could easily spend the day here.
Being a National Trust property, there are a lot of activities on for children of all ages, with little stops around the house including learning how to fold napkins, playing in the school room and identifying creepy crawlies.
The kitchens alone are huge and were our favourite part of the house. There was a whole quarter dedicated to the kitchens. The main room had a giant spit roast, there was a pantry, a dairy room, a room for making bread, a room for making cheese….the list goes on.
After roaming around the grand and beautiful rooms we headed outside to make the most of the gardens.
The estate itself covers 1,000 acres. There is a beautiful brand new wooden park for little ones, woodlands to explore and riverside paths.
You even have the option to hire bikes to cycle around the vast estate and beyond, something we’ll definitely be returning to do in the warmer months.
But today was so icy cold, we tried not to stay outside for too long. Evie however had other ideas and at every opportunity ran off as fast as she could, and oh boy is she fast!
I spent the majority of my time chasing after her trying to get her to stay off the pristine lawns.
She had so much energy to burn and it was nice to be in a car free, wide opened space so we could just let her go.
We explored the outdoors for as long as we could all bare. Jumping in muddy puddles and running through the trees, leaving when our noses were red and when we were to cold to stay out any longer.
If you’re visiting Cornwall, Lanhydrock is a must visit. You can spend the entire day on the estate, taking advantage of all that is on offer.
For more ideas of places to visit in Cornwall with children, be sure to check out my Cornwall Living section on the blog!
Have you got any beautiful period properties near you? Have you ever visited Lanhydrock?