I can’t quite believe it’s almost a year since we were last in Cornwall, and Monkey’s first visit to this wonderful corner of England. We were staying at Coombe Mill with Iona and the Redpeffer gang and I’d heard so many lovely reports about a certain National Trust property that I knew we had to visit during our stay. It was time to have some fun, Easter at Lanhydrock was on the cards and we arrived bright and early to make the most of seeing the extensive grounds.
Lanhydrock is a National Trust property close to the North Cornwall town of Bodmin. It has an extensive car park, and 6 different cycle trails which can be enjoyed along with a country house, formal and informal grounds.
Iona and family were keen to get back on the cycle tracks, but with a very reluctant peddler in Monkey, I knew we’d be better off exploring on foot. We weren’t to be disappointed. There’s a large cafe and playground as you enter Lanhydrock. You can also hire bicycles at this point too.
After a quick cuppa we decided to head towards the main house. Youngsters might find the walk a little tiring but we’ve got a good walker on our hands and armed with a map he’s always happy to go for a wander and keep Mum and Dad on the right path.
Lanhydrock House is a marvel and a real treat. It’s a truly beautiful Victorian Country House, with a dramatic entrance the house was refurbished following a great fire and brought right up to date with modern kitchens, a stunning library and even central heating.
It’s very child friendly, with areas where children can try on different things, touch exhibits and generally get a good feel of how the house would once have been. We were all really impressed with it, there’s a lot to see and take in and it’s a great place to explore.
Monkey was in his element trying hats on, learning to use a typewriter and experience Victorian schooling.
There was an Easter Egg trail for children to do, but Monkey wasn’t that fussed and was happy to work through a trail around the house instead. Once you leave the house there are some garages to explore with different carriages to marvel at. We particularly enjoyed looking at the fire engines.
Behind the house we found a small cafe which makes a good lunch stop. We took our fill of freshly made sandwiches, met up with our Redpeffer friends and continued our exploration. There are formal grounds around the house, a church to visit and then informal gardens as far as the eye can see.
The children were in their element playing hide and seek and enjoying Easter at Lanhydrock.
I got to admire the great house from all directions and to marvel at the flowers already in bloom.
Easter at Lanhydrock showed us an array of colours and a hint of how the gardens would look in their summer glory.
We spent all day at Lanhydrock but I still feel we didn’t see it all. The grounds really are extensive and I know we will be back when we visit Cornwall in August this year.
If you get the chance to explore Lanhydrock then I really would, it’s rather marvelous.