When we were down in Cornwall, we had to take advantage of our National Trust membership and visit a couple of properties in the area. We started at NT Lanhydrock, in Cornwall….
The walk down the long driveway to the house was beautiful, and Boo took advantage running about. She found benches, flowers and tree roots to inspect along the way, too!
It’s a beautiful house and estate, with lots to look at. It was refurbished in Victorian times, and the house is all set up to show us what life was like, both upstairs and downstairs. As always with National Trust houses, there was also a children’s trail, so Boo was all about finding the trains this time!
And we then wondered around the extensive gardens…
The camelias were simply stunning. Fortunately, I already have one in my garden, though it’s still a tiny baby, otherwise I’d have had to buy one after this!
They had formal gardens, and then a huge area to explore with gorgeous magnolias, a little church, a stream – it was lovely!
A great day out!
And then on the way back home from Cornwall, we made a stop at NT Killerton in Exeter, Devon. The house is fairly small, compared to others we’ve visited, though I loved the library and Boo enoyed hunting for teddies!
It really set itself apart with the fabulous costumes they had on display there..
And the secret door that led to a wardrobe full of dressing up!
Boo loved it, though Little Man was more about pulling clothes onto the floor than trying them on!
Back outside, there were hundreds of daffodils that Boo delighted in running through..
And she can never resist a tree stump…
The gardens needed exploring, too, of course..
They had loads of bright and bold fritillarias there..
And I spotted this little creature in amongst the shrubs!
Both were really beautiful places, and I loved watching the children roam, run and enjoy them. I’ve always had a passion for history, so I find the houses fascinating, and my new-found interest in gardening means that I’m always bowled over by the gardens at these places. We’ve been National Trust members for just over 3 months now, and can barely remember what we did without it – we love these days out and adventures!