Cornwall’s wealthy landowners and families created some of England’s most beautiful country houses and stately homes which can form part of any group tour itinerary of the beautiful part of South West England.
On a bespoke historic house group tour in England you can visit the places where they lived, enjoy the landscapes, learn about and see what inspired these great families. We welcome the opportunity to customise your group’s tour to suit you or your client’s requirements. We are also very happy to research and design a completely new tour around a theme, so please do contact us with your ideas.
Here are some of Cornwall’s must see historic houses to include on a tour of the county
Lanhydrock, Bodmin – Set in a beautiful wooded estate, Lanhydrock is a beautiful country house surrounded by acres of stunning gardens. Destroyed by fire in 1881 the house was rebuilt in grand Victorian style, there are over 50 rooms to discover from the extensive kitchens, the elegant Victorian luxury of the family rooms to the servants’ quarters. Walk amongst the towering magnolias and splendid rhododendrons, the gardens are famed for their full colour all year round. There are miles of footpaths to explore the ancient woodlands and cycle paths to suit all levels of experience.
Trerice, Newquay – Not far from Newquay and nestled in a peaceful corner of rural Cornwall, Trerice is an enchanting Elizabethan manor house. The house has a fascinating collection of over 1000 artefacts with something of interest to visitors of all ages. The gardens are delightful and in 2013 over 800 young yews trees were planted to the intricate design of a new Elizabethan knot garden.
St Michael’s Mount, Marazion – This iconic rocky island with its medieval church and castle is still home to the Aubyn family and a community of about 30 islanders. There is a sub tropical terraced garden to explore and from the castle battlements there are spectacular views of Mount’s bay and the Lizard. At low tide you can walk across the ancient cobbled causeway from Marazion. At high tide there is a boat to take you to the island.
Cotehele, Saltash – Set high above the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the home of the Edgcumbe family for nearly 600 years. This magnificent stately home is dressed in tapestries and armour and the rooms have changed very little since Tudor times.
Visitors can enjoy the gorgeous grounds with their apple and cherry orchards, medieval ponds and dovecote. Wander down to Cotehele Quay and enjoy a Cornish cream tea aboard the 1899 Tamar sailing barge ‘Shamrock’.