Lanhydrock House near Bodmin, National Trust property and has a stunning seventeenth-century gatehouse and long gallery. One of the most fascinating and complete late 19th-century houses in England, Lanhydrock is full of period atmosphere. The gatehouse and north wing survive intact from the 17th century, while the rest of the house was restored in 1881. The garden has a stunning collection of magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias, and offers fine colours right through into autumn. All this is set in a glorious estate of 364 hectares (900 acres) of woods and parkland running down to the River Fowey, with numerous footpaths. Garden open daily all year round, 10am – 6pm. House opens March – October Tuesday – Saturday. Also open Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays throughout August. Shop and refreshments available all year, telephone for specific details.
St Michaels Mount
Stroll across the cobbled causeway to this wonderful little island, with a medieval castle, sub tropical gardens a 14th century priory church not to mention the lovely tea rooms this is without doubt a lovely place to visit, allow 3-4 hours for your visit and National trust members have free admission to the castle and gardens.
In 1954 Francis st Aubyn Father of the fourth baron gave St Michaels mount to the National trust, retaining a 999 year lease for the family to live in the castle, The Aubyn family continue to live and maintain the island as they have done since the middle of the 17th century.
Trerice House near Newquay.
An intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem, with an interesting interiors including fine fireplaces, plaster ceilings, walnut and oak furniture, set in delightful gardens tucked away in the Cornish countryside near Newquay, you can also enjoy the Barn tea rooms and little shop selling local produce. House, Gardens open March – November.
Tintagel 13th Century Castle.
Standing on windswept cliffs on the north Cornwall coast,this castle is believed to be the birthplace of king Arthur who, as legend has it, was protected from the evil magician merlin by his magical sword Excalibur, Below the castle on the beach is merlin’s cave which is accessible at low tide, It is said, Tintagel is one of the most romantic places with its beautiful walks along the Cornish coast. open daily April – October
St Mawes Castle
The best preserved and most elaborately decorated of Henry VIII’s coastal fortresses, St Mawes was built to counter invasion threats from France and Spain. Its counterpart was Pendennis, on the other side of the Fal estuary. The clover-leaf shaped fort fell easily to landward attack by Parliamentarian forces in 1646, and was not properly refortified until the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Take the St Mawes Ferry from Falmouth to visit this castle