Sunday, July 15, 2018

Pendoggett Day 5 (Wednesday) This old house

Looking for something to do that does not involve too much walking today so we decided to visit a stately home and then go into Newquay.

We headed to Trerice. It seems quite small when we arrived, but it kept us busy for the morning.  Like all National Trust properties, it has a huge restaurant, so we had some soup and then though about moving on.

Instead of Newquay we ended up at Lanhydrock.  This is a properly impressive house, it imposes itself, like a stately home should.  We arrived just in time to join the gardens tour, so heard some things about the trees that we wouldn't have found out otherwise. Then the long walk around the house, which was fascinating.  Unfortunately we ended up behind a group of eight or nine old women who like to fill the smaller rooms and just chat.  We got back to the cafe as it was closing, and just managed to purchase tea and flap-jack, before returning to the car to get out of the car park by 5:30.

Both these properties have been preserved as well as they have due to absentee landlords renting the properties for long periods.  In the case of Trerice one of the wings of the house was almost lost due to neglect, but the other survived unchanged. For Lanhydrock the lack of a landlord in residence meant that the fashion for remoulding the landscape didn't happen here, giving historians better insight into how changes occurred in the area.

On the way back we dropped in at the Port Isaac Co-op and got some food for dinner.

Miles so far 479.1
Walking minutes:150  Brisk minutes:33

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