Stately Homes and Lost Gardens

Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2010

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Neil and Annette drove down from Bromley to meet us in Tiverton and after a hearty family lunch loaded up the car we were off again to Hessenford a village so small it did not rate inclusion on the TravelPod  map so I had to put Looe as the nearest "real"place . When we arrived at the Copley Arms Hotel the place was heaving with diners and bar patrons but we eventually managed to get to our rooms up steep and narrow staircases. Like many old pubs in UK this one has grown from the original premises built in the 1600's by incorporating adjacent buildings of slightly later vintage with a possible a modern addition which is usually so in keeping with the original it can be hard to work out what is old and what isn't. When the rush died down we had dinner and escaped upstairs for an early night.
Sunday was fine and a little overcast and we opted to go to Lanhydroch a beautiful country home with really great gardens owned by the National Trust. The house was the home of the Agar Robartes family since the reign of James 1st It was rebuilt after a fire in 1881. Unusually there was no restriction on photography inside the building and those I have included, I hope give an idea of the size and style of the place. When we finally came out of the house and had a cup of tea we still had an afternoon of wandering around the grounds and gardens. By climbing the wooded hills behind the house we had great views of the house itself and the surrounding countryside. The day had grown steadily sunnier and our hotel was a welcome site when we got back especially as we found that on a Sunday evening it was far less busy

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