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.

LanhydrockIt 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.

LanhydrockYou 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?



  1. March 22, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    We visited when we stayed at Coombe Mill in Cornwall a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it. So much to see and explore inside the house and the grounds are huge!

  2. March 22, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I absolutely love it there – the first National Trust property I visited. Such a beautiful place x

  3. March 23, 2016 / 8:42 am

    I’ve never heard of Lanhydrock – or been. It look so beautiful – no wonder you would make up magical stories in your head when you were young. It’s so interesting going back to places you visit as a child and seeing it with a different perspective. Looks like a really fun day out. #whatevertheweather

  4. March 23, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Lovely to see your photos and remember our trip from this time last year. I can’t wait to go back and see it in the summer. It really is rather special #WTWW

  5. March 23, 2016 / 9:57 am

    I think of seen signs to Lanhydrock when we visit my in-laws in Bodmin? We’ve never been though. We live fairly close to Hever Castle and not too far from Polesden Lacey, we’re hoping to go there this summer. Sarah #WhateverTheWeather

  6. March 23, 2016 / 10:15 am

    That looks like such a magical place to visit, I can understand why you used to love visiting it as a child #whatevertheweather

  7. March 23, 2016 / 11:08 am

    It’s funny revisiting places as an adult isn’t it? Lanhydrock is just so beautiful. How wonderful to have been able to grow up with it as a familiar feature and to share that now with your own children.

  8. March 23, 2016 / 11:48 am

    What a beautiful place. That is definitely a “must visit place” for us. We moved in Devon now, woop woop! I will be spying your Conrwall living for some ideas. High fives to Evie from Olivia. xx

  9. March 23, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    It looks lovely and it’s nice to remind people that a visit to Cornwall isn’t just sand and sea. There’s some amazing places there.

  10. March 23, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    I have never been but it looks amazing. So lovely that Evie could just run about and you didn’t have to worry. Will definitely visit if I’m ever in Cornwall xx #whatevertheweather

  11. March 23, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    We have just got a national trust membership so I am on the look at places to visit with it. This place looks beautiful

  12. March 23, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Wow, looks amazing. I visited a couple houses in Germany and Austria that were pretty amazing. Always an interesting look into history.

  13. March 23, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Wow! Lanhydrock looks stunning, definitely somewhere to add to our list of national trust properties to visit 🙂 All that space to run around outside, my toddler would have a field day! #whatevertheweather x

  14. March 24, 2016 / 12:37 am

    What a beautiful place! When I read Jane Austin this is the type of place I envision the Lords living in. That kitchen though!

  15. March 24, 2016 / 5:24 am

    What a lovely place to visit – I love National Trust properties. Sounds like a great place to visit with little ones too, nice that there were little activities around the house. x

  16. March 24, 2016 / 12:56 pm

    I’ve never heard of Lanhydrock, it looks so beautiful – my list of must-visits in Cornwall is getting really long! Those kitchens look amazing, I just know I’d be drawn to the gardens outside though – I love how historic houses always have so much space for the little ones to let off steam. #whatevertheweather

  17. March 24, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    What a stunning property. We always visited National Trust properties when we were little, but I don’t think we ever went to Lanhydrock. It looks like you had a lovely day #whatevertheweather

  18. Jenny - Monkey and Mouse
    March 28, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    It looks like a great place to explore and love the photos of Evie happily running off into the distance. Typical little toddler enjoying life. 🙂 Completely get what you mean about not reading all the information, we find that too. It would be great to read a bit more, but until the kids can read too or want us to read it to them, then it’s not really of interest to them and they’re off! 🙂 x

  19. March 29, 2016 / 8:11 am

    It looks like you visited on a much quieter day than us. Mind you, it’s to be expected at Easter. It’s such a lovely house and I was so impressed by how friendly and helpful all the volunteers were. It is a brilliant family day out X #whatevertheweather

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