If you’re going to lose yourself in a National Trust house during a Cornwall holiday then why not go for the most fashionable one of its day? Godolphin paved the way in 17th century housing trends, and it’s still an impressive place for a wander.
This historic house has a medieval garden, and its setting on an ancient estate makes it a place of mystery and escape. But before we get carried away with the romance we’d better let you know what you can expect to find during a visit. The garden dates back to the 16th century, and as little of it has been changed over the centuries it’s one of Europe’s most important historic gardens.
There’s one thing Cornwall’s historic properties share and that’s that they were built to enjoy the county’s scenery – and Godolphin certainly makes the most of its vantage point. If you walk to the estate’s south-westerly edge you’ll reach Godolphin Hill, one of the best vantage points in Cornwall. Stand and soak in spectacular views over St Ives Bay in one direction and St Michael’s Mount in the other. There’s plenty to see as you stroll around the estate, so look out for the Leeds engine house and stack, and what remains of the family’s mine.
If you venture into the patch of woodland on the estate you’ll notice something strange, and that’s that the landscape has an unnatural appearance from years of being mined. The riverside walk is perfect for an easy stroll during your visit, and you’ll be able to take some time out in the cafe too.