The best way to approach this stately home is to cross the Carrick Roads (the River Fal) on the King Harry Ferry. It is a beautiful house, first built in 1824, with many later additions. The local village is called Feock and it is just a few miles outside of Truro, in Cornwall.
Ida Copeland, politician, activist, philanthropist and enthusiastic promoter of the Girl Guide movement, handed over the house to the National Trust on the death of her son. Externally, the house is splendid, with cream ionic columns and large windows looking south past Falmouth and St Mawes to the English Channel. Internally, it is more like a family home, albeit a rather posh one. There is a collection of typewriters, some Spode China and lots of basic family portraits.
One of the ancestors, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, “discovered” Newfoundland, but his ship, the Squirrel, was lost with all hands in 1583. The Gothic water tower has a golden squirrel as a weathervane.
The gardens are superb, with many hydrangeas in full bloom at this time of year. The rhododendrons are best seen in the spring when they are glorious. Look at my instagram feed to the right and see some of my flower photographs.