This is the home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn's and definitely a lived-in house, not a museum! You will see all the things the family loves best, including their photos, hats on the classical statues and the grandchildren's toys left around - just like your home! The smell of lunch being prepared wafts through from the private quarters, making you anticipate with pleasure your imminent visit to the tearooms for your own meal.
The 50 acres of gardens include the Italian Gardens, lovely lawns with magnificent specimen trees, woodland walks and lots of flowering plants and shrubs. In Spring the Gardens and mile-long carriage drive are ablaze with camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as primroses and daffodils, closely followed by a haze of bluebells in May. Later on the blue hydrangeas are a magnificent sight all around the gardens and lake. Did you know that the monkey puzzle tree got its name here? Charles Austin, a parliamentary lawyer, stayed here in 1834 and when he saw the 'Araucaria imbricata' he said, "That tree would puzzle a monkey," and the name stuck!.
AddressWashaway, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 3AG
Opening times11am - 5pm
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