Lanhydrock House and Gardens, Cornwall
Lanhydrock is the perfect historic country house and estate. Explore the high-Victorian interiors of this wealthy but unpretentious family home, and discover evidence of the Robartes family all around the house. Generations of the family have walked in the Long Gallery, contemplating historic events such as the English Civil War, Jacobite Rebellion or the First World War. The gatehouse and north wing (which houses the Long Gallery with its biblical plasterwork ceiling – chilldren enjoy spotting all the familiar stories and characters) are 17th century, while the rest of the house was restored after a fire in 1881, to include the latest advances in design and technology. There are 50 rooms to explore, with the servants' quarters and 'below stairs' being particularly evocative. The garden is firmly Victorian, with a magnificent collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons, and is full of colour all year. Beyond you can follow numerous paths through woods and parkland down to the banks of the River Fowey, haunt of otters and kingfishers.