The West Country Sights


  • Off A30, A38, and B3268 Map It
  • Bodmin
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

One of Cornwall's greatest country piles, Lanhydrock gives a look into the lives of the upper classes in the 19th century. The former home of the powerful, wealthy Robartes family was originally constructed in the 17th century but was totally rebuilt after a fire in 1881. Its granite exterior remains true to the house's original form, however, and the long picture gallery in the north wing, with its barrel-vaulted plaster ceiling depicting 24 biblical scenes, survived the devastation. A small museum shows photographs and letters relating to the family. The house's endless pantries, sculleries, dairies, nurseries, and linen cupboards bear witness to the immense amount of work involved in maintaining this lifestyle. About 900 acres of wooded parkland border the River Fowey, and in spring the gardens present an exquisite ensemble of magnolias, azaleas, and rhododendrons. Allow two hours to see the house and more time to stroll the grounds. The house is 3 miles southeast of Bodmin.

Sight Information


Off A30, A38, and B3268, Bodmin, PL30 5AD, England

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Sight Details:

  • £11.70; grounds only, £7.20
  • House Mar.–Oct., daily 11–5:30; Nov., weekends 11–4; Dec., daily 11–4; garden mid-Feb.–Dec., daily 10–6; park daily dawn–dusk; last admission 30 min before closing

Published 08/18/2015


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