The Godolphin Estate, situated between Helston and Hayle is a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, managed by the National Trust. Surrounded by beautiful woods and the starting point of a great walk up to the top of Godolphin Hill, this property was quite literally built on top of the minerals that funded it. Every Thursday at 11am the National Trust host a guided walk around the estate. Taking in the stunning views, the 3 or 5 mile ramble is an excellent way to discover the natural and historical importance of this area.
Successive generations of the Godolphin family were responsible for creating a house which was a status symbol as much as a dwelling. The gardens surrounding the main buliding date to the 16th century and are some of the best preserved Tudor gardens, filled with a wealth of seasonal plants. The gentle climb to the hill top is well worth an exploration, with fabulous views from St. Michael’s Mount to St. Ives Bay.
The piggery has been converted into a café, serving excellent cakes and cream teas with tall windows looking straight out into the chicken run. Blankets are provided for those who wish to picnic in the orchard and honey made from native black bees, hived in the side garden paddock, is on sale. The potting shed has a wealth of well-thumbed books and some comfy chairs, for all green fingered visitors to relax and read in.
Families are well catered for. Not only the riverside walks, with wooden troll bridges and shallow pools for wading in the summer months, but also closer to the main house there is a barefoot trail, taking you on a multi textured walk through the woods and mud pie making at their very own mud pie kitchen, numerous seasonal events are put on, such as an Easter Egg trail and a Soundscape trail during the summer.
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