Sunday snapshots: Trerice Manor


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. 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 is a bit lonely, so I hope the two get together every once in a while.

Trerice, gardens

Girl doing cartwheels in the gardens at Trerice Manor, Cornwall Girl doing cartwheels in the gardens at Trerice Manor, Cornwall

Gardens at Trerice Manor, Cornwall

Trerice Manor, Cornwall - facade

Trerice Manor House, Cornwall - seen from the back

Trerice Manor House, Cornwall - seen from the back

Trerice Manor House, Cornwall - seen from the side



32 Responses to “Sunday snapshots: Trerice Manor”

  1. The Travel Fool 25 March 2012 2204 #

    Nice photos. If I was a ghost I would haunt there also.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 26 March 2012 1016 #

      Good point 🙂

  2. Jessica 26 March 2012 0712 #

    Your daughter has excellent taste!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 26 March 2012 1011 #

      It certainly is a beautiful house.

  3. ItalianNotes 26 March 2012 0832 #

    Beautiful colours and suggestive surroundings. Did you get the chill with lilac fragrance?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 26 March 2012 1012 #

      Much as I’d like to chat with the girl, sadly no. Not the tiniest whiff.

  4. InsideJourneys 26 March 2012 1301 #

    I love stone mansions and Inspector Lynley! Thanks for sharing. It’s a beautiful post. And what’s a mansion without a few ghosts?

  5. robin 26 March 2012 1316 #

    Someone’s doing a great job on those gardens.

  6. Bru 26 March 2012 1344 #

    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?

  7. Andrea 26 March 2012 1423 #

    I’m a mansion-lover myself and this one looks awesome!

  8. Goody 26 March 2012 1601 #

    Your daughter seems to have had a great time there! How could’n be in such a wonderful and peaceful place! Stunning shots!

  9. Lisa 26 March 2012 1818 #

    What a gorgeous spot – I don’t think I could help but try out a cartwheel on that stretch of lawn either!

  10. Alexa Meisler 26 March 2012 2038 #

    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!

  11. Anwar 27 March 2012 0717 #

    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…

  12. Turkey's For Life 27 March 2012 1202 #

    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.

  13. Louise 28 March 2012 0159 #

    i want that house. And Nathaniel Parker.

  14. Sophie 28 March 2012 0201 #

    What Louise said.

  15. dtravelsround 28 March 2012 0330 #

    So lovely!

  16. Christy @ Technosyncratic 28 March 2012 1955 #

    I thought this looked familiar!! 😀 It looks very Cotswolds-y…. and it also looks like a good place for cartwheels. 😉

  17. Vera Marie Badertscher 29 March 2012 1633 #

    That tower is a natural for a ghost! I’ve always wanted a house with a tower.
    And what lovely, typically unruly, British gardens.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2012 0043 #

      I know! I want a house with a tower, too!

  18. Sherry 29 March 2012 1928 #

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2012 0049 #

      True, Sherry. There could absolutely be worse places to haunt if you’re a ghost.

  19. Julie 29 March 2012 2213 #

    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…

  20. Lisa 30 March 2012 0156 #

    This looks gorgeous and relaxing. My last trips in England were to Bath and Bristol. I really love England.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 1 April 2012 0105 #

      I do, too. Never seem to tire of it.

  21. Nichole 31 March 2012 0039 #

    The architecture! The gardens! ah I would die happy being there.

  22. Turtle 5 May 2012 1243 #

    I’ve studied your photos closely for about five minutes now trying to see a ghost…

  23. The GypsyNesters 24 May 2012 1739 #

    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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 25 May 2012 1628 #

      Thanks, Veronica. I really like ghost stories, too.

  24. Ava Trerice 18 October 2014 2147 #

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 19 October 2014 1056 #

      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.

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