Godolphin House is a National Trust owned house and gardens that sit at the base of Godolphin Hill, a spectacular viewpoint for seeing St Michael’s Mount and Penzance on one side and St Ives on the other, and only a 20 minute walk from the house to the top.
Settlements on the estate date back to at least the 1500s, though the house that remains there now is much newer and thrived due to the mining heritage in the area and within the family who owned it.
You can walk around the house which is one of the more interesting ones in Cornwall that is open to the public. There are quirky little cubby holes and odd peep holes in the thick stone walls, but I didn’t take any photos as many of the rooms have been modernised to accommodate guests it looks like.
There is an orchard to walk around for some peace and quiet and some really gorgeous spring gardens within the grounds. The one above was nestled between the main buildings, but there were some out near the paddocks too, and much different to Glendurgan Gardens or Trelissick.
This felt like the first proper day of spring and although there was a chill in the air coming from the North East, it was a perfect day to visit this place and go for a walk up the hill. Highly recommended.