On our second and last day in Cornwall, we went to the Lanhydrock stately house near Bodmin. It dates back to the 1600s though they had a fire in the 1800s so most of it has been rebuilt and redecorated. Luckily they saved quite a lot of what was in the house so there are some nearly 400 year old furniture and antiques in it. It was owned and lived in by the same family for most of that time until 1969 and still has that lived in feel to it.The Great Hall is still the original 1600s room with a full plaster carved ceiling of the stories of Genesis. It's quite something to see! You get a very good idea of how people, both the upstairs and the downstairs staff lived in Victorian times. We both really loved it. There are extensive gardens and wooded paths too that you can enjoy.
We went to the town of Lostwithiel after that, on the recommendation of Nigel, our host at the Pendragon. It's a pretty little place with an old church. We went in there to find it filled with floral arrangements for a floral festival raising money for a hospice and the church. Many businesses and organizations sponsored an arrangement which were all gorgeous and had little adornments that reflected the business. for instance, one for the fire safety and rescue people had a yellow hard hat. The drugstore/chemist had a microscope and little glass antique medicine bottles. Outside there was a table with tea and cake set out so we sat down and had a cuppa and a piece of cake for a nominal price since the sun had temporarily come out. The weather wasn't overly great today.
Close to there is a ruin of a round castle called Restormel. We had a look around there under grey skies. It used to be a stronghold for Edward the Black Prince and apparently saw action during the English Civil War. There are some good views of the valleys around it from the grounds and better views from up on the castle walls.
Our last destination of the day was the old seaside town of Fowey (pronounced Foy). It's another hilly town with narrow lanes that weren't really made for cars. We found a parking lot on the edge of the town near a ferry that goes across the river to another little town, Mevagissey i think. We'd probably have gone over if we'd been there earlier in the day, which we might have been had we skipped the castle, but again, it was mid afternoon by the time we got there. There were lots of whitewashed or painted cottages with cute names like 'Baggywrinkle'. Unfortunately trying to find somewhere for lunch was more difficult than we thought it would be. It's about 3 o'clock and it turns out most of the pubs stop serving food at 2:30 though later in summer they will serve all day. An artist set up on the little square at the waterfront was trying to be helpful suggesting places to eat and he was not impressed that his town would be so rude as to stop serving food in practically the middle of the day! Well, the pubs at least, where you usually find the best food! We finally found a restaurant that was open and had a pretty good meal there.
We looked in a few of the shops and took a mini bus they have that goes from the centre square to the parking lots. There were only two others waiting for the bus when we were, but when it arrived, all these people came out of nowhere including someone with his elderly mother in a wheelchair! They had been parked at another parking lot way up a very steep hill. We all squeezed in and we made it back to the car in one piece. I don't know how buddy thought he was going to manage the wheelchair up that hill so it's a good thing he didn't have to!
We got back to the hotel about 4:30, much more reasonable than yesterday. Our lunch was so late and so heavy that neither of us was going to be hungry. We'd had cream tea for dessert so I had wrapped up the second of two large scones home wtih me. Graham bought a sausage roll for later. We actually had a little nap and after having our bits of food, went to the bar in the hotel, it's an honesty bar where you write down what you take and it's added to your bill. They also have a cellar with a games room with a pool table so we took our drinks down there and played a few games. Which i lost, nothing unusual there ;)
On the way back north, we stopped over in Bath and met up with friends who came over from Bristol for lunch. I took G. to the Roman Baths after lunch along with one of the couple that we lunched with (the Mr. had to go back to work) I thought he'd like the Baths, as i did, but he thought they were a bit overpriced for what you get for 12£
We walked around a bit to see more of the architecture in the city centre like the Circus and the Royal Crescent, elegant Georgian terraces where the houses are now worth well over a million or more pounds! We were getting footsore and tired and decided to see if the hotel did food. It's a Holiday Inn express, and no they don't. wha? Rather than go looking for a pub or place, we thought just get sandwiches and take them back to the hotel room. But by this time the sandwich shops were closing! Aggh! We ended up with premade ones from the grocery story, Sainsbury's, along with some chips (crisps) and pop and took a quick taxi ride back. It's an early night for us after some tv, both worn out! We've done a lot of walking around this week!
En route back to Manchester, we stopped off at a friends' place in Little Malvern for a visit on the way back to Manchester on Saturday and got home finally about 4. We put over 950 miles on the car and almost as many on our feet, or so it feels! Time for a takeaway and a night in with the telly!