Sunday 31st May, 2015
We had a day out at Lanhydrock Estate on Sunday, it started off wet and cold but dried up later on, so we we able to walk down to the river at Respryn.
Lanhydrock is one of the best National Trust properties to visit in Cornwall, there’s always something different to see and loads of information about the history of the house and the Robartes family who bought the estate in 1620.
Lanhydrock Estate (4.5 miles)
The rain was still falling as we walked through the car park and into the ticket office – when we emerged on the other side though – it had stopped! Magic!
We walked down the long drive and through the archway into the formal gardens, and after reserving a table for lunch at the lovely restaurant in the stable yard, we went into the house for a wander around.
We have seen the house loads of times but we like it – it’s always interesting. It was originally built in Jacobean style but after a fire in the 1880s it was rebuilt in late Victorian style. Here are some pictures of some of the things I enjoyed this time:
Anyway – if you haven’t been to see it – nows the time before it gets too busy.
We had a delicious chicken and leek pie with fresh veg for lunch and then a visit to the little church in the grounds:
The Parish Church of St Hydroc was dedicated to the saint in 1478 and some original parts of the building remain. Between 1886 and 1888 a full restoration was funded by Thomas Charles, 2nd Lord Robartes in memory of his parents who died shortly after a devastating fire had damaged the house in 1881. The finely carved alabaster panel above, representing The Last Supper was installed along with a memorial window paid for by the Estate tenants in memory of Tommy Agar-Robartes who was the heir to the estate and was killed in the Great War in 1915.
Then we set off to walk around the gardens:
On the way I managed to practice my close up bird shots:
and then through the woods to the river
And then back up the long, long uphill, tree-lined driveway to the house:
before heading back to the car via the tea rooms.
Total walking this year: 387 miles.
Oh…..and that weird looking kitchen instrument? It’s for cutting into sugar pyramids. Which reminds me – nothing to do with walking but – have you read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton? If not – let me know and I’ll send you the book (first to ask gets it). It’s a very good read (and you can learn all about sugar pyramids in the 1680s).
See you soon!
Associated artwork for Ricketyrambler by Mr RR: