News! We were given National Trust membership as a gift for Stu’s Birthday which is perfect when I’d already decided to share some more of our days out! Cornwall has many National Trust gardens and properties, and we can’t wait to explore! First up – Trelissick!
Unfortunately many are closed until March, but Trelissick is open this month, and conveniently is the nearest National Trust property to us!
This week, we were lucky with a lovely sunny day; and we decided to make the most of it, with the first -of many I’m sure- National Trust walk!
Located in Feock (near Truro) Trelissick is a beautiful garden on the Fal estuary, with a 40 acre garden as well as woodland walks, it is a must for those who enjoy roaming around in nature! You can also take the King Harry Ferry over to or from Falmouth or the Roseland Peninsula from the small dock in the garden!
As well as the garden and beach, there is also Trelissick house, which is now partially open to the public. You can have a look around the ground floor of the house, and there are friendly welcoming staff who are glad to share their knowledge of the house and its former inhabitants!
There is an on site restaurant, for food and drink or if you are visiting the house you can pop into the Kitchen, a now modernised tea-room, with a delightful snug to have a hot drink and some cake! There is also a gift shop and plant shop on site too, should you want to take advantage of any garden inspiration while you’re visiting!
We arrived to ample parking, at a charge (free for NT members) and though it was fairly busy, walking around it was still quiet. Many come for the woodland walks, which is great for bringing along any four-legged friends!
We were greeted in the reception area, where tickets can be purchased and were then given a map. The lady on reception also pointed out a couple of places of interest. Trelissick gardens is noted for its camellias, rhododendrons and collections of exotic plants; which former residents’ collected on their travels around the world.
We then set off, walking around, there is a lot to see, of course many plants, trees and flowers, as well as tennis courts and of course the riverside, with views of Falmouth.
We also spotted some birds and other wildlife on our walk, and some sheep grazing in the grounds!
Taking a walk around the house; we learned a little of the history of Spode china associated with the family there, of which there is a collection; the flowers hand painted on these plates were taken from the gardens!
In the gorgeous sitting room, being musical; we played the piano a little (not well I might add!) much to the amusement of the staff!
We loved the stunning orangery too! I also enjoyed a small exhibit as you enter the house, showing how the house is cared for by the National Trust team; and the equipment needed for cleaning and preserving both the house and items within!
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While we were in the house, it seemed only right we stopped in for a cup of tea in the kitchen cafe!
Sat in the snug, we enjoyed the view of the holiday cottages, including the Water Tower, which is beautiful, and complete with its own resident bats! I’m almost sorry we don’t live further away so we could stay here!
We also visited the gift shop, which sold a range of things, both souvenirs and items for your own garden, as well as national trust gifts and some locally produced items, and foods.
We stayed for a good couple of hours or so, and really enjoyed our day! It’s so local we’ll definitely be going back a lot more often!
Do you have any favourite places to visit where you live?
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