So a while ago, Scott and I visited Trelissick Garden’s with our shiny new National Trust cards. We’ve visited the area before and done the walk down to the beach and along by the King Harry ferry which is very beautiful, but this was our first time in the gardens.
The gardens near Feock in Truro have been under ownership of the National Trust since 1955. Famous for its many species of rhododendron, azalea and hydrangeas which flower during the spring and summer.
The house and gardens were originally started in 1750 by John Lawrence. The Daniell family then bought the estate in the 1800’s, continuing to develop the house and gardens.
Mr Daniell then went bankrupt and the estate was passed onto the Boscowen family, before going to the Davies-Gilbert family.
In 1918 the estate was bought by Leonard Dareham Cuncliffe, a banker who lived there until his death in 1937.
The estate came under the ownership of his stepdaughter, Ida Copeland, who used it as a summer house until its donation to the National Trust in 1955.
Most of the house was retained by the family who continue to live there, with a small section of the house recently being opened to the public.
Trelissick has it’s own car park – free for NT members, not free for everyone else.