Central - Trip 1
One of the great National Trust properties in the country is Lanhydrock, and that is where we start our day. Lanhydrock has 30 acres of formal woodland garden and its present layout was started in 1957. The original Jacobean manor house was refurbished after a devastating and tragic fire in 1881. The house itself is a living museum giving the visitor the opportunity to see the difference in lifestyles between and downstairs. The grounds are criss-crossed with innumerable twisting paths, so extensive that one of the facilities available is bike hire. They are also a haven for wildlife with so many different species that a dedicated birdwatcher or natural history buff could stay occupied for days.
We will have the choice of either lunching at Lanhydrock or visiting one of the local country pubs. After lunch we will head north towards Newquay Airport and visit the one acre Japanese Garden. This was opened as a nursery originally in 1988 but the proprietors had always intended to create a large Japanese garden and it took 6 years to get the layout to a standard that they felt was suitable for showing to the public. The proprietors describe it as “a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space.”