Godolphin House, Cornwall

Out of all the National Trust houses in Cornwall, Godolphin House is my favourite. It’s hidden up country lanes, and the surrounding landscape doesn’t seem to have changed since the house was first built. If you want to see inside the house, you have to be careful with your dates, as it’s only open one week in four. The rest of the time, the National Trust rents it out as a self catering property. You can check here exactly when it is open or whether you will just be able to see the garden.

Godolphin House
Godolphin House

The gardens when we visited in July had beautifully planted herbaceous borders.

Part of Godolphin House garden
Part of Godolphin House garden

By pure fluke, we just happened to be there when the house was open and you can sense its history  straightaway at the ancient front door.

Door at Godolphin House
Door at Godolphin House

Iliked the humorous detail  of these old Dutch tiles in one of the bathrooms.

Tile work detail at Godolphin House
Tile work detail at Godolphin House

There is the most intricate Venetian glass chandelier in one of the bedrooms; I struggled to take a decent photo and  you can see me with my camera in the mirror.

Chandelier at Godolphin House
Chandelier at Godolphin House

The piggery has been converted into a small shop, cafe and loos. There’s only sandwiches and cakes on sale but the cakes are both delicious and big…..

View from the loos
View from the loos

This granola bar was enormous, jutting off the tea plate and enough for two.

Granola bar in cafe at Godolphin House
Granola bar in cafe at Godolphin House

And this was also a typically good National Trust piece of coffee cake.

Coffee cake in cafe at Godolphin House
Coffee cake in cafe at Godolphin House

 

Author: Kate Roxburgh

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