The Grand Houses of Cornwall Tours (2)

This tour will take us on a journey into Cornwall’s fascinating history, and provide a wonderful insight into some of Cornwall’s most impressive and historical buildings.

We start by visiting the ancient stannary town of Lostwithiel which dates back to the 12th Century. Here we can explore the numerous unique and intriguing antique shops which have earned this historical town its label of “antique capital of Cornwall”.

Following the wooded valley we then head to Lanhydrock House which will take us back to Victorian times as we explore this perfect example of a country house and estate. Discover two sides of Victorian life, from the kitchen and servant’s quarters where all the hard work went on to the elegant and luxurious living areas, with a high Victorian style.

This grand Victorian house has many stories to tell, find out how the First World War affected the fortunes of the Agar-Robartes family, also how a terrible fire in 1881 gave birth to a new chapter at Lanhydrock. The stunning gardens and grounds are not to be missed with their beautiful herbaceous borders and ancient woodlands.

After lunch we will make our way to Padstow, my home town on the North Coast of Cornwall. Padstow has been made famous recently by Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth, both celebrity chefs with restaurants in the town.

We will visit the fine Elizabethan Manor House of Prideaux Place, home to Prideaux-Brune family for fourteen generations and who still live here today. The family kindly allow visitors into their home, and we can have a guided tour of the house and learn about it’s fascinating past with links to the Second World War, Rosamund Pilcher and Poldark.

Built in 1592, Prideaux Place also has an ancient deer park, home to one of the oldest herds of fallow deer in the country. We may be lucky to enough to find Jim feeding the fallow deer and learn more about the ancient herd.

We could end the afternoon enjoying a cream tea on the terrace at Prideaux Place overlooking the deer park with beautiful views beyond.

Itinerary (timings are approximate)

9.00 am – Collection from your accommodation.
Morning – Explore the historical town of Lostwithiel before visiting Lanhydrock house.
12.30pm – Lunch in a traditional Cornish Inn.
Afternoon – After discovering the delights of Lanhydrock we travel onto Padstow and the delightful Prideaux Place, with hopefully time for a Cornish cream tea to end the day.
5.00pm – Return to your accommodation.

** Here in Cornwall we are fortunate to have an array of amazing period properties to visit, each with their own story to tell. If you wish, we can create a tailor made tour specifically to suit your interests. So please get in touch and we can start to create your perfect day out, stepping back in time to hear about the people that built and lived in these wonderful old buildings.

For further examples please see The Grand Houses of Cornwall Tours (1)