Cornwall

Trerice Manor House, Newquay

A Cornish manor house in North Cornwall, Trerice was a product of good marriages and positions held at the Royal Court. Originally built by the prospering Arundell family between 1572 and 1573, it was inherited over 200 years later by the Aclands of Killerton, at which time major restoration work was carried out. Eventually, the house was taken over by the National Trust in 1953 and later opened to the public.

These days, Trerice affords a great day out in Cornwall for all the family, whatever the weather. Little changed over the years, it is both an intriguing time-trap encapsulating life over the centuries and a bountiful playground, home to fascinating antiques, tranquil gardens and a newly opened mowhay maze. With many aspects of the manor house specifically aimed at children’s entertainment, it serves as a great way for all the family to learn, explore and haven fun together.

During your visit to this Cornish gem, keep an eye out for the house’s original 16th century glass among the Great Hall’s 567 panes, the mistake in the Great Chamber’s plasterwork, the 300-year old longcase clock and, of course, the beautiful views. For extra tales and information as you go, each room is manned by a talented guide brimming with knowledge and ready to share some of the house’s many secrets with you.

While on rainy days the inside of Trerice provides a welcome retreat, on sunny days it’ll be hard to keep your little bundles of energy contained for too long. Fortunately, Trerice’s grounds are home to a Bowling Green (game of Kayling or Slapcock, anyone?) and are also host to a number of thrilling events and activities throughout the year. From archery to traditional outdoor games to tearing around the knot garden, tots to teens will be kept thoroughly busy.

Once your energy has been expended, head to Trerice’s barn. Almost equalling the size of the main house, the barn was once used to store grain and is now home to the onsite restaurant. Dig into some light lunch or opt for a home-baked goodie washed down with a hot or cold drink. For a fully authentic experience, a slice of the restaurant’s famous lemon meringue pie is a must try, full of tart lemon and mounted with high peaks of creamy meringue.

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Trerice, Kestle Mill, near Newquay TR8 4PG | 01637 875404 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trerice

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