A whole new month has begun, and of course we’ve been busy visiting! In this post I’m sharing our visit to the lovely Trerice!
At the end of September, we had to get in a few visits so I will still have monthly content for you; as many places close for renovations and refurbishment over the winter months.
Also our National Trust membership runs out in January so we wanted to see as much as possible. It’s been AMAZING to explore so many places!
An Elizabethan Manor House not far from Newquay. Trerice is a fascinating house, with lots of rooms to explore, and the gardens are beautiful, with lots to see and do!
When we arrived, it was fairly busy, but there was adequate parking. It was a short walk to the entrance. Generally it is easy to walk around the gardens, though people with mobility issues may struggle in some places, and with stairs inside the house.
There are several gardens at Trerice, including this knot garden, which is a really interesting horticultural feature, and so eye catching as you enter.
We really enjoyed talking with the knowledgeable volunteers about Trerice and its history. We visited a few years ago; and it looked very different to the way it does now. Thanks to the work of the trust, you can really get a sense of the grandeur of the house, which before was quite empty, and required a lot more imagination.
There were modern elements in the house; as the house was lived in for a very long time. This means walking through the house is also a wonderful comparison between the classic older parts and the more modern. The property was actually rented for many years; and the family funded the majority of the renovations.
Outside there has been a lot of work, recreating the historic gardens, which gave a great glimpse into the past.
Things to do
We had great fun playing some of the outdoor games available at Trerice; such as Slapcock which is a little like badminton, and Kayling which is a Cornish skittles style game.
For younger visitors; there is also an opportunity to dress up in some Elizabethan style clothing; take a walk around the turf labyrinth in the mowhay field and also sit down to do some brass rubbings!
Trerice has lots of events running throughout the year, so it is well worth looking up what is going on when you plan your visit. While we were visiting, there was an archaeological dig on site, exploring newly discovered parts of the house!
There was also a trail, to find out more, and also a chance to learn and discover local archaeology finds! I obviously had to have a go, and got a badge! So that was fun!
Check out our visit to nearby NT Trelissick in this post!
Of course no day out for me is complete without stopping for a nice cup of tea! The restaurant at Trerice, was well stocked with a great selection of hot and cold food and drinks! I had a giant National Trust shortbread biscuit, and it was so good!
We had a great day out at Trerice; and are so glad to see that it has changed and improved so much since our last visit. It is quite different to a lot of the places we have visited; and there is so much to do, I really recommend it as a day out for all the family!
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