We recently went for the most magical Cornish wedding of our ‘bestest’ friends! The wedding itself was sooooooo much fun, as all weddings should be! The gorgeous Bride even walked down the isle to the Jurassic Park theme tune, which was immense! šŸ™‚

While we were in Cornwall, we managed to experience some beautiful stately homes and mystical manors that made me want to un-pack my bags and move in! šŸ™‚ There are some crazy-niceĀ period properties, from; Tudor houses, Georgian Mansions and medieval Island homes that will leave you with home-envy!

One of the greatest things about stately homes and manors in England is that they are often supported by visitors who want to explore the beauty and heritage of these magnificent, historical homes. Through the help by organisations like the National Trust, anyone can choose to explore a range of these properties for a small fee. If you are planning to visit 4-5 manorsĀ or castles, you can explore the possibility of paying Ā£60 for a years membership (to over 500 period properties) and visit as often as you like!

My dream plan would beĀ to buy this membership and ‘live’ each day in a different period manor! I’m sure they wouldn’t notice if one of their beds was used…

…after all, ‘Earl Lloyd of Hand Luggage Only’ has a great ‘ring’ to it, right?!? šŸ˜‰

Take a look at some of the most impressive places that you will love to discover while in Cornwall!

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1.) St. Michael’s Mount

This tiny little tidal island houses one of the most picturesque medieval castles that is still a family home! Take a short boat ride (or walk in low tide) from Mount’s Bay coast to the island. This castleĀ even has it’s own restaurants that serveĀ locally sourced sea-food! Yum!

Don’t forget to explore the rocky-side of this small island… the gardens themselves are home to some of the worlds most exotic plants! Who knew!?!

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2.) Ā Trerice Manor

This Elizabethan manor house is as close to an “Alice in Wonderland” experience you can get! They host some beautiful summer tea-parties in their gardens, alongside the chance to learn some pretty nifty Tudor games, like; kayling, jousting and slapcock! ;-/

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3.) Ā Antony ManorĀ 

Still home to the Carew Poles’ family, Antony Manor is a beautiful place to explore some of the heritage and wonder that is in Cornwall! Remember, In the summer they hold Croquet on the lawns… So get practising! šŸ™‚

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4.) Trelissick HouseĀ 

Now owned by The National Trust, Trelissick House consists of a beautiful period property and 300 acres of estate! Don’t forget to pack your swimming outfit, this estate has a beautifully quaintĀ beach to enjoy!

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5.) GlendurganĀ 

Visit this garden estate and enjoy some of the very best in exotic plants and native trees from the UK. Just don’t get lost in the maze!

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6.)Ā Tintagel Castle

Unfortunately, Ā Tintagel Castle is now a ruin… but still worthy of a mention and a visit! Synonymous with King Arthur, this castle and ruins are a great place to explore some legendary tales and folklore!

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7.) Lanhydrock EstateĀ 

This Victorian country house is a perfect place to explore. Don’t forget to check out the gallery ceilings… there are some pretty epic (and scary) portrayals of beasts! Yikes!

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  • Hardy and Hay

    Lloyd, this post couldn’t come at a better time as Lee and I are currently OBSESSED with all things Cornwall (and Devon!). I can’t wait to show him this tonight, and I know exactly which ones will make him says “…wow!”.

    Thanks so much for such a nice read after a day of pretty intense work..I’m off to dream about walking across to St Michael’s Mount at low tide!

    šŸ™‚
    Flora
    http://www.hardyandhay.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! Sounds about right Flora! I love Cornwall (and St Michael’s appears to be quite the favourite too!).

  • Jani Tucker

    I am now in the mood to explore all theses castles and manors. And of course do the one or another ghosthunt ā˜ŗ

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Sounds like a plan Jani! šŸ™‚

  • I have been to England one gazillian times, and would you believe I have never been to Cornwall? What exactly is wrong with me? It’s on the list now… looks like a great place to visit next summer! Great post! Tammy

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Sounds like you need to sort that out on your next trip Tammy! šŸ™‚

      • You are absolutely correct! It would be fantastic if I could tour the entire UK coast line, that would take a year at least!

        • HandLuggageOnly

          But what a year that would be, right? ? šŸ™‚

  • What an impressive collection, i love them all, but most of all i love the first one on its own island, id love to live there x

    Leanne’s Lifestyle Blog

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Me too Leanne… Me too. šŸ™‚

  • Carina Ž
    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Carina!

  • Wow. Who knew there were so many incredible places to see in Cornwall! šŸ˜€

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I know right? I expected lovely beaches but its so nice to see that there’s so much more stuff to see!

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  • Nice – I grew up in Penzance – could see the Mount from our house – used to swim out to it as kids

    heading down there next week with the nipper

    Tristan

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Nice! You guys in Cornwall are so lucky! I absolutely love Cornwall!

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