Sunday, 23 November 2014

Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Cornwall Part 1

About 10 minutes from where we stayed in Cornwall was Lanhydrock House and it seemed a good place to have some lunch and look at the house, when we journeyed down, while we awaited the 4.0 pm arrival at our cottage



It was the family home of Thomas Charles, 2nd Lord Robartes, his wife Mary and their ten children.
In 1881 a fire devastated the house and Thomas Charles had Lanhydrock rebuilt for his family





The house has over 50 rooms to see so we will have a bite of lunch first


The estate covers 900 acres and there are some pretty gardens but we do not have the time for that so will concentrate on the house




We will be soaking up the atmosphere as we take in the sights, smells and sounds of this Victorian home as we step back in time, from the downstairs world of the kitchen staff, through to the grand family rooms







plate warmer


long corridors on each floor


Kitchen spit





many different kitchens for different uses


the bread oven



the salting bins on the right


dairy room with the churn on left


lets bake


house keepers sitting room



Viscount Clifdens Estate Office


and now to some family rooms




Stuffed animals and birds are not something I like but they were very common in large Victorian houses
I will leave the rest for another post as there are so many pictures

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Lostwithiel, Cornwall

On our recent trip to Cornwall we stopped off at the nearest town to where we were staying to stock up on groceries


Lostwithiel - a small but interesting town nestling at the top of the Fowey Estuary in a sheltered valley, dating back to the 12th century





















Adding on the following photograph as I was so impressed with it and forgot to include it in the cottage photos 
It is one of the bathrooms in our cottage and the owner had painted this lovely mural on the wall - a continuing of the birds on the branches of a tree depicted on the window blind