Godolphin House

All the rooms that are in a fit state to admire are off limits unless you rent the place for a holiday.  The main hall is under restoration, so you can look at its fireplace and plaster walls.  The best feature of the place is said to be the 700 year old gardens, but they look likely slightly unkempt gardens to me.

But don’t be downhearted – there is the delightful double loggia, built around 1630 it is a set of first floor rooms set on two sets of 8 columns either side of a screen wall.  Now that is worth seeing.

Eight Tuscan columns this side of the wall, and eight more through the gateway support the suite of first floor rooms

Eight Tuscan columns this side of the wall, and eight more through the gateway support the suite of first floor rooms

At about the same time the main hall was built, and its undercroft is worth exploring.  The Godolphins made huge sums from mining copper and tin from their estates surrounding the house, over several centuries, peaking in the 17th century, when Godolphin House was the grandest in Cornwall.

The main hall of the 17th century with large windows - the undercroft has smaller ones.

The main hall of the 17th century with large windows – the undercroft has smaller ones.

The undercroft - complete with big timbers, woodworm of several kinds, drainage grooves in the floor (animal slaughter? Or to aid cleaning after broaching a new barrel of ale?

The undercroft – complete with big timbers, woodworm of several kinds, drainage grooves in the floor (animal slaughter? Or to aid cleaning after broaching a new barrel of ale?

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