Two and a half miles south-east of Bodmin is one of Cornwall’s grandest houses, situated above the Fowey valley. Lanhydrock House was constructed in the 17th century but was rebuilt after a fire in the late 1800s, resulting in a profusion of High Victoriana. The house is owned by the National Trust, with 50 (or so) rooms open to the public. One of the few remaining 17th-century interiors is the long gallery, which has a stunning barrel-vaulted ceiling depicting scenes from the Old Testament. Another highlight is the restored Victorian kitchen and servants’ quarters. In spring, the bloom of camellias, azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons and bluebells is breathtaking; footpaths lead from the gardens into the 1,000-acre area of park and woodland beyond.