So this month ended up glorious in places! There has been some lovely sunshine, I hope you’ve had some too! Last weekend it was beautifully sunny, so; we’ve once again made the most of our National Trust membership, and headed off to Godolphin.
We’ve made a list of National Trust places in Cornwall; so hopefully we’ll be able visit most of them and I’ll have blog content for the rest of the year!
This week, while we had some sun, we visited the historic gardens of Godolphin. (Near Helston.)
Godolphin was once one of the most fashionable houses in Cornwall, back in the 17th century! Nowadays you can visit most of the year; (though the house is sometimes closed as it is let out to holidaymakers; it is worth checking before you come to avoid disappointment).
What Godolphin does boast, year round is 16th-century gardens, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. Which has barely changed over the years.
The King’s Garden is the walled privy garden to Godolphin’s state room, the King’s Room. The perfect sun trap, the King’s Garden is a private space for relaxing and absorbing Godolphin’s tranquil atmosphere. Box hedges follow neat paths sheltering the flowering primroses below. In spring admire the large flowering magnolia trees providing shaded spots to take a moment to relax and breathe.
The King’s Garden leads you in to the King’s Room, open for you to visit throughout the year.
Godolphin’s side garden is believed to be largely unchanged since the 16th century. The three remaining visible compartments of the original nine compartment Tudor design provide a wealth of traditional, seasonal planting.
We arrived mid-afternoon, and stayed for around two and a half to three hours; just taking a leisurely stroll around the gardens and woodland. There is ample parking, with a main and overflow car park. And the entrance is a short walk from here.
At the entrance, we chatted to one of the friendly staff; and she told us what we could expect to see; giving us a map of the grounds with some numbered points of interest.
I also took a children’s bluebell trail to try as I went around the gardens (well you have to try these things when you’re a blogger don’t you?). It
was fairly simple, four stamps to collect as you walk around the gardens; and a question which can be answered at each point.
Each of the stamps is located in a little blue wooden box which was “tucked away”; in fairly plain sight if you know what you’re looking for!
It was quite fun even for us adults; and we learned a little about the types of bluebells you see around even locally!
We also did just walk, admiring the blossoms and flowers, on what was undoubtedly a beautiful day for it!
A lot of the house is closed off as it is a holiday let; but there are a couple of places to explore; and see the sheer magnitude of the stonework! It is truly remarkable when you see the buildings up close.
Things to do:
There is also the Potting Shed, where you can find out more about the flowers seen in the gardens. In the Cider House, there was an exhibition on the Bluebells, and some of the folklore and historical uses of the flowers.
There was also a craft station for children to get creative; and a video of the restoration process of Godolphin house, which was really interesting! It was a gorgeous day for a wander, there was so much colour; and considering it was such a lovely day, it wasn’t too busy.
There is a trail in the woods, known as the barefoot trail; which we had a go at (mostly) which is great fun; and if the kids want a go at making mud pies, there’s even a mud pie kitchen on site!
There is plenty of seating around to generally sit and enjoy your surroundings; and even though we were there ’til closing we never felt rushed!
We did of course stop off in the “Piggery” tea room; for some cake and a drink, and there is a small gift shop to be found here too.
We had a lovely afternoon, and definitely recommend it as a fun way to enjoy good weather in Cornwall; especially if you want to avoid the inevitably rather crowded beaches!
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