It was our last day in Cornwall. There was one place we wanted to see on our way back to Bedknobs B&B in Bodmin: Lanhydrock. It is a gorgeous estate just south of Bodmin. It offers one of the most extensive tours of all the National Trust properties.
A wealthy merchant by the name of Sir Richard Robartes began building Lanhydrock House in 1620. Portions of the house today date back to that time period. Sir Robartes died in 1624. However, construction was continued by his son, John Robartes, 1st Earl of Radnor. The design featured a four sided square surrounding a courtyard. In the 1700's, the east wing was removed.
In 1881, a major fire destroyed the south wing and heavily damaged the central portion of the house. The house was renovated after the fire and enjoyed a happy period of success until World War I when the heir Thomas (Tommy) Charles Agar-Robartes was killed during the Battle of Loos in France. Lanhydrock House with its 400 acres were donated to the National Trust in 1953 by Tommy's younger brother, Francis Gerald Agar-Robartes, 7th Viscount Clifden.
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Pam approaching the gatehouse built in the 1700's.
Dining room table.
One of many hallways.
Portable tea set.
A cutout of Tommy Agar-Robartes presiding over a living area.
One of several gardens.
St. Hydrock Parish Church
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