Trerice House, Cornwall National Trust, near Newquay

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Trerice is a small Elizabethan manor house near Newquay, Cornwall. Trerice is an architectural gem hidden away down narrow country lanes. Behind the Dutch style gabled facade are ornate fireplaces, elaborate plaster ceilings, and a collection of English furniture of the highest quality - oak and walnut furniture, interesting clocks, needlework and Stuart portraits. Of note is the magnificent Great Chamber with its splendid barrel ceiling

The summer flowering garden is unusual in content and layout and there is an orchard planted with old varieties of fruit. There is a good blue and white border alongside one of the walls, and further borders in front of the Manor House. Rare and unusual plants, shrubs and climbers.

There is also a quintessentially English Lawnmower Museum in the hayloft behind the Great Barn.

3 miles from Newquay near Kestle Mill

near Newquay

Trerice was built in 1573 by Sir John Arundell on the site of an earlier house, when he inherited the estate from his father(who was knighted after the battle of the Spurs, was Esquire of the Body to Henry VIII and also served under Edward VI and Queen Mary). Sir John Arundell was the commander of Pendennis Castle during the Civil War, but the family recovered their position after the Restoration. Trerice was altogether in the ownership of the Arundell family for over 400 years

However in 1802 it passed to the Acland family of Killerton in Devon. The owners did not live here in the 18th and 19th centuries, so the house escaped alterations. The property was sold in 1915 and was re-sold a number of times before it was purchased by the National Trust in 1953.

Trerice has a traditional E-shaped facade, but with Dutch style gables which are are unusual in Cornwall - their presence may be because Sir John Arundell serviced in the Low Countries for Elizabeth I, and was taken by the style. The bay to the left of the entrance is occupied by a two-storey window that lights the Great Hall, and many of the 576 panes are still the original 16th century glass.

The drawing-room on the first floor faces south and is believed to have been adapted from the medieval solar. Elizabethan plasterwork decorates the barrel ceiling and overmantel is ornately sculpted.

The Hall features Stuart portraits and in the court chamber upstairs, a painting of Charles I by Henry Stone.

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