Welcome to this week’s episode of Cornwall Sunday.
Ever seen The Inspector Lynley Mysteries? Then, this may look familiar to you.
That tall, dark and dashing Scotland Yard sleuth is also the 8th Earl of Asherton, and this is his ancestral home. On TV, that is.
And that’s why we went in search of it. My oldest daughter, you see, is weirdly drawn to impressive stone mansions. My youngest is content just as long as she has some tumbling around space. And I, well, it’s not that I expected Nathaniel Parker to be around exactly, but you never know, do you…
Trerice Manor House
In the real world, this is Trerice, a Tudor mansion owned by the National Trust. If you’re ever in Newquay and want to get away from it all, Trerice is an excellent outing. I’d advice getting a ticket for the garden only, though. Inside, furniture from various eras seem to be haphazardly thrown together. The exterior and the gardens, however, are simply glorious and worth every penny.
This is Cornwall, so Trerice is naturally frequented by otherworldly beings. In this case, it’s the ghost of a servant girl who was seduced by the lord of the manor, then cruelly tossed aside when she became pregnant. The lass committed suicide but her spirit remains. She is invisible, but you know her by a sudden scent of lilacs and a chill in the air. Especially in the library.
There’s another ghost roaming about as well: a stable boy who was trampled to death by bolting horses. I imagine being a ghost can be a bit lonely, so I hope the two get together every once in a while.
Nice photos. If I was a ghost I would haunt there also.
Good point 🙂
Your daughter has excellent taste!
It certainly is a beautiful house.
Beautiful colours and suggestive surroundings. Did you get the chill with lilac fragrance?
Much as I’d like to chat with the girl, sadly no. Not the tiniest whiff.
I love stone mansions and Inspector Lynley! Thanks for sharing. It’s a beautiful post. And what’s a mansion without a few ghosts?
Someone’s doing a great job on those gardens.
Lovely photos of a beautiful property. I love Trerice – and I enjoy wandering around the haphazard furniture inside the house. Is the portrait of Sir Walter Ralegh still hanging on the wall?
I’m a mansion-lover myself and this one looks awesome!
Your daughter seems to have had a great time there! How could’n be in such a wonderful and peaceful place! Stunning shots!
What a gorgeous spot – I don’t think I could help but try out a cartwheel on that stretch of lawn either!
This place looks so peaceful. The mansion certainly retains its beauty and elegance. I’m sure the search for this place was well worth it. Great shots!
Beautiful! What a lovely mansion. I’m getting set to head to England soon so if i make it to Cornwall will need to make sure to head here. I’ll try my best to avoid the ghosts though…
Oh, I just love Cornwall and I ADORE the Inspector Linley Mysteries! 😉 I didn’t realise this manor was in Newquay and we’ve been to that area many times.
i want that house. And Nathaniel Parker.
What Louise said.
I thought this looked familiar!! 😀 It looks very Cotswolds-y…. and it also looks like a good place for cartwheels. 😉
That tower is a natural for a ghost! I’ve always wanted a house with a tower.
And what lovely, typically unruly, British gardens.
I know! I want a house with a tower, too!
Those gardens are impressive! They really do take very good care of this place. I can’t imagine why I’d leave it if I could stay there forever, like its ghosts.
True, Sherry. There could absolutely be worse places to haunt if you’re a ghost.
Such a wonderful mansion! And I like the garden as well! Such a beautiful place, I wish I ever had the chance to get there…
This looks gorgeous and relaxing. My last trips in England were to Bath and Bristol. I really love England.
I do, too. Never seem to tire of it.
The architecture! The gardens! ah I would die happy being there.
I’ve studied your photos closely for about five minutes now trying to see a ghost…
Lovely. Don’t you love those perfect blue days? I love places with ghost stories, and I share your hope that the two here get together from time to time! -Veronica
Thanks, Veronica. I really like ghost stories, too.
I love the comments! I cannot wait to visit the ol’ family grounds, someday. Here in America, no one can pronounce my last name correctly! I wish there were pictures of the dungeon, as I have had strange dreams of such a manor house and dungeon, ever since I can remember. Must be a family thing. Haha.
Ava, how exciting: Trerice is your family/ancestral home! It’s a lovely house, in one of the most beautiful, interesting and mystical parts of England. Hope you get an opportunity to visit it yourself.