Lanhydrock House National Trust

Overview: 

Lanhydrock House is a National Trust property, nestled in the Beautiful Cornish Countryside, just a stone throw from Bodmin.  The house was once devastated by a fire and since, the house has been rebuilt in high-Victorian style. It is huge! And so interesting!  The gardens are also worth a visit on days when the weather is kind.

Review by Leanne: 

My experience, along with Hugo’s experience of Lanhydrock House was overall superb. For many reasons, so I’ll take you through my day in order of arriving. We arrived after finding it very easily, just off the A30 near Bodmin. We were able to park perfectly situated by the Café and children’s sand play park area at the top of the Estate, using our blue badge for Hugo. It was lovely to not receive any odd looks as we all jumped from the car and ran out of the car park in excitement, instead the volunteers just smiled and were so warm and friendly.

My Father and I enjoyed a coffee in the beautiful Café whilst the boys went off and played, it was great because the café overlooks the play area, so we even got to relax for a moment and held a whole conversation! Our day started off brilliantly.

We then were able to get a golf buggy lift down to the House. It is quite a walk and it would have meant Hugo becoming tired, anxious, moody then resulting in a full-blown episode, so Terry the buggy guy came to the rescue! He was amazing! And brilliant will the children. We then arrived at the fabulous house! The welcome team in the big granite archway were excellent, very informative, helpful and were keen to answer my questions and help regarding SEND information.

We then made our way into the house and the boys completed their Halloween trail as then ventured all of the rooms, corridors and grounds. It was excellent, Hugo was able to roam free and it felt very inclusive. They even have lifts for those with any form of wheels to access other floors within the house.

I would still (as always!) recommend the staff upon arrival to just ask “are there any additional needs?” and from there issue lanyard so staff are aware of people to be extra sensitive, caring and vigilant with. The house was of course, exceptional. We then headed around the grounds for a short walk and went back to the car park on the Buggy again and went home feeling very satisfied.

A great, inclusive, supportive, safe venue to visit.

Overall:

Big, lovely house. Full of interest and exploring. Extremely helpful staff and volunteers. Lots of open spaces. Very supportive of SEND, but still room for improvement (offer lanyard etc).