The first visit of 2009 was to Lanhydrock House and Gardens, near Bodmin, Cornwall. A full coach took new and exisiting members was a great success. The beautiful spring National Trust gardens were at their best.
Lanhydrock was the home of the Agar-Robartes family until 1969. After a fire in 1881 the Jacobean house was refashioned to create a Victorian home with the latest technology.
Tours leader Monica with members
The gardens were planned by George Truefitt in 1854. They surround the house and provide colour all year round but in spring a magnificent display of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias fill the air with fragrance.
The estate covers 900 acres and is a romantic pastorial backdrop to the house and there are many footpaths to explore in the woodlands.
One of the magnolias in full bloom.
Val Diggle on one of the scooters available for the disabled to use.