Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall

Now run by the National Trust, this estate was once the home of the Agar-Robartes family until 1969.

The gardens are wonderful, the kitchens and rooms for storing fish, beef and dairy products an insight into the efficiency and self sufficiency of such a stately home as well as the extravagance.

 The dining room

The roasting spit in the kitchen

The tiger rug from the men's domain- the smoking room

The nursery

The night nursery

Nanny's room- notice the patchwork cover- I remember making one like this years ago.

School room

The housemaid's closet

The long room was the fabulous jewel of them all- a pianist played as we walked and viewed the plaster work in the ceiling.( 1642)

And the book cases- all numbered and arranged in blocks along the length of the room.

Oh the gardens and the Church- a parish church where three members of the choir were practising- glorious Cornish singing.

A quote from the library;  It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it- Oscar Wilde


Claire said...

It's a whole different world isn't it? Gorgeous pics, amazing to visit. I'm loving your blogging!

nattyj said...

Oh how I wish we were there exploring with you! What a beautiful place, love the table setting & the green, lush, well clipped gardens! xxx

Rochelle said...

gee, that looked like an amazing place. Haven't been there. wonder what adventures will happen today?

tjoyy said...

oh mum that patchwork makes me want to cry - what ispired you to get into english paper piercing? Meet with lots of patchworking women at the moment for a project I am working on and some hand stitching nutters like me