Go Back in Time at Cornwall’s Stately Homes

July 10th, 2017

There is a lot to discover in Cornwall, and if you fancy something a little different to the sandy beaches this summer, why not visit one of the stately homes near our luxury Falmouth resort? Steeped in history, many have links to Cornwall’s rich mining industry, feature fascinating exhibitions and stunning grounds to walk in. There are child-friendly trails within their grounds, as well as tea rooms and cafes for you to grab a spot of lunch.

Godolphin House

Located near Helston, Godolphin House was a symbol of status as much as it was a family home. The Godolphin family had wealth in the tin industry, and today you can visit the World Heritage Mining Site to walk around the beautifully-kept gardens and grounds, in addition to visiting the house and noting how the family displayed their wealth through art and lavish furnishings.


Built in the 1750s, Trelissick is a beautiful house and garden, located just outside of Truro. The country estate has stunning maritime views leading to the River Fal, and there are many woodland walks to enjoy, taking you through the wider edges of the grounds. The house has been home to many families; tin miners, farmers and politicians, all connected by their love for the outdoors. There are many stories to discover about the house, grounds and garden, such as the Spode china collection and family portraits.


At Trerice you can learn about its history from the guides, highlights of which include the 16th-century glass in Great Hall window, wooden skittles and a 300-year-old longcase clock. The collection of artefacts at Trerice is sure to interest visitors of all ages. The Elizabethan manor house also has a delightful garden where activities like archery are held throughout the summer.

Caerhays Castle

Caerhays Castle, just an hour’s drive from Falmouth, is stunning, particularly because of its impressive structure and 140-acre gardens. The castle was designed by Regency architect John Nash around 200 years ago and has played a significant role in the history of Cornwall and its tin mining industry. You can visit the castle and its gardens, walk through the extensive grounds, and even visit the stunning beaches which are part of the estate.


An elegant example of 18th-century architecture in Cornwall, Trewithen is a gem that has barely changed in appearance since 1715. Since that date, ten generations of the same family have lived there. The Dining Room is Trewithen’s grandest room and looks over the well-kept, south lawn. With its columns, arcading, plasterwork and wooden carvings, it is a excellent example of the rococo design popular in the 1750s.

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