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Published: June 18th 2016
We had planned visiting another Cornish garden, Trerice, one of the National Trust gardens near Newquay, on 25 May.
We bought snacks at Co-op near our hotel, and caught the 11:30 bus for Newquay. Mark had checked the bus route and the timetables, and knew where we would get off. After getting off at Kestle Mill on A3058 road, we followed the uphill single-track street towards the destination. After seeing the signpost, we turned left and walked past the wall and the original gate for Trerice, and reached the visitor reception followed by the car park.
Upon arrival at the reception, we showed our membership cards and told me the receptionists that we had walked from Kestle Mill. They understood that we had used public transport and were ‘green travellers’ – and appreciated our hard work to walk from Kestle Mill. They gave two £1 vouchers which we could use both in the shop and in the tearoom.
As it was lunch time, first of all, we decided to have a picnic lunch at the Parade Ground. While having lunch, we realised that Trerice’ s ground was located in the middle of
the higher ground and in the lush countryside.
After the lunch, we explored the ground; we looked at vegetable garden, tried on the turf maze, browsed through the undercroft & second hand bookshop and rambled through Elizabethan knot garden & orchard, front court and kayling lawn. To match with the Elizabethan manor house, the garden and the ground have been maintained with a traditional medieval style with collections of scented plants – climbing rose, jasmines, lavenders wisterias, and alliums – and they attracted bumble bees.
We decided to listen to the talk which would start at the front court at 2:30. Having heard that a large number of tour groups were coming in the mid afternoon, the property manager delayed the talk a little to allow the tour groups to join the talk. The talk was done by one of the room guides, and started at 2:40. She talked about the history of the Arundell family, who owned Trerice for nearly 500 years, the history of the Elizabethan manor house, which included the loss of the north wing that which fell into ruin and was dismantled, and the time when the estate was purchased
by Cornwall County Council and fact that the northern end was restored to a semblance of the original north wing by Mr J.F.Elton. She also told that the house was resided by three big family – the Aundell family, the Ackland family and Mr. J.F. Elton – and exterior and domestic architecture are reflected by these people and their time.
After her talk, we started looking round the house. Having entered from Front Court, we went to the Great Hall. A big, airy room possessed 576 panes (some of which are original) mullioned window, impressive plasterwork ceiling dating from the early 17th
century, John Arundell VI’s time, and a long oak refectory table which design was inspired by a Tudor table, and was placed in the 19th
We then went down the lower level to the drawing room. In contrast to the great hall, the drawing room showed a modern style fitting with oak furniture, display of porcelain, which elderly visitors claimed the feelings of nostalgia.
Afterwards, we went upstairs, and looked round the Great Chamber and Long Gallery. Great Chamber showed elaborate plasterwork ceiling, strapwork, which details included pendants,
the Tudor rose motif, sword, oak leaves, vines and coat of arms. The Long Gallery presented portraits of the Arundell family, clocks and furniture, and led us to the musicians’ gallery. There were little open holes on the south wall which would allow the sound of music – crumhorns, shawns, lutes – to permeate into the Great Hall below.
Trerice experienced a great storm in the 1860s – and it destroyed the north wing, which had been used as a storage room. However, through the generosity and enthusiasm of Mr Elton and his family who were resident tenants in the 1950s, the wing was restored. We saw the Court Chamber, a 1920s style bedroom and Chough room where Mr Elton and his family restored and lived.
We bought Trerice’s guidebook and postcards with two £1 vouchers at the shop, and had a relaxing time in the tranquil garden till 4 o’clock.
The return walk to Kestle Mill was mostly downhill – it was easier than outbound journey.
We went back to St Austell just after 6 o’clock. We went to American restaurant adjacent to the cinema. We selected
main meals and desserts from the weekly offer – Mark had pasta and I chose hamburger for the main and we both had desserts.
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