Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 19 September 2017 - T for Stately home

Hello everyone,

Sorry I haven't been able to blog last week. We are travelling and it is not always possible.

We have been travelling all over the UK and last week we were in Plymouth (Devon) where my hubby's sister lives. They took us over the border into Cornwall to visit a beautiful medieval/Tudor house called Cotehele. I have already shown some photos of the exterior and the gardens in last Friday's blog post.
The National Trust is a British charity that buys, restores and maintains these old properties and opens them to the public. This particular one has stayed the same for 500 years. (Often these stately homes get modernised through the eras, but this one hasn't).

We first went to have lunch in their lunch room before the kitchen closes. And because I will be joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard for the T-Party, where we all share a beverage....here is my drink:
Cornish cider! Lovely! The cafe had a beautiful ceiling:
Would you like a tour through the main house? I warn you, it is photo heavy!

The main house was beautiful. 
 This is part of the exterior.
I just loved all the furniture. This chair of turned wood is exquisite.
 Fancy a dining room table like this? I do.
The walls of the rooms were all covered in tapestries. This was against the cold as much as for decorative reasons.
 Behind one of the doors was a wine cupboard. 
Here is a closer look.
There were many bedrooms. All beds with heavy curtains. Again probably for the cold but perhaps also for privacy as all the rooms are adjacent, so you have to go through other bedrooms to get to yours.

The bedspread is lovely:
Here is another beautiful chair:

I love doors, as most of you know. So here is one that I liked:
Here is another bed:
It had rather fancy decorations. It was all made of ribbon:
It's not such a clear photo I'm afraid.

Then there was this impressive ebony cabinet:
Here is a detail:
Even in those days they had a children's high chair:
Another bed. I liked the wooden bed head:
Finally we got to see the kitchen:
I love that high bench/pew probably protecting them from the draft.
What a fantastic fire place! I'm sure whole animals would have been roasted on that fire.

Well done if you are still with me! It was a wonderful trip into the past. On the way out we enjoyed the stunning view over the river Tamar.
That is all from me lovely peeps,
Have a great week,
Happy T-Day,


  1. I really, really enjoyed the trip you took to Cotehele. It is a beautiful old castle and I also enjoyed all your explanations. I knew about the tapestries, but not the pew bench in front of the fireplace. I also had never seen an old wine cellar where each of the wines had their own place like that.

    I was also delighted you explained about the National Trust, because I've seen Chris share that that when she goes to those places. I had no idea it was a charity, though.

    Loved the high chair, the huge fireplace, and the beautiful table (although I prefer my own, thanks).

    Thanks for sharing your trip to Cotehele, your Cornish cider, and the lovely photos with us for T this Tuesday. I am thrilled that you are having so much fun in England. It seems to suit you, too.

  2. Oh wow, that house is a work of art, as are its furnishings. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. Happy T Day!

  3. Oh my-the more photo heavy of this kind of visit, the more I love it!!! That furniture, the tapestries, the fabrics- oh my -LOVE! Thank you for sharing and keep on enjoying your trip. Happy T day too!

  4. Wow. That is a gorgeous place. I am glad you shared some views. You sound like you are having a fabulous adventure. Happy T Day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  5. What a fantastic place you visited, so much to see and enjoy. Love the wood carvings, and the ceiling in the cafe is marvelous. Continue to enjoy your trip, happy T Day, and enjoy that cider, yummy! Hugs, Valerie

  6. love that old armoir and chair

  7. Wow, what a beautiful place and your photos are amazing! I enjoyed visiting and looking around the house with you; the richness of the tapestries and intricacies of the furniture are wonderful 😁. You can't go to Cornwall without having some Cornish scrumpy cider - cheers! Thanks for sharing and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  8. Thanks a lot for the amazing tour and the
    Cornish cider! Enjoy your trip furthermore!Happy T-DAY!

  9. This looks a beautiful National Trust house, all the photos look fantastic. I loved the wood panels and carved furniture.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip.
    Happy T day wishes
    Yvonne xx

  10. Thanks to the trust for preserving a glimpse into the past. The house is spectacular. The furniture and furnishings are gorgeous. I wouldn't want to dust the furniture with all those nooks and crannies. :-D Enjoy your trip! Happy T Day

  11. all I can say is Wow!! thank you sooo much for taking us with you on this tour. I loved everything-especially that fireplace.
    Enjoy your travels Kathy

  12. I can only imagine what it would be like to have such well-preserved houses that old close by. The beds are fabulous! And our doors look so plain, boring, and flimsy compared to those. Thx for the virtual trip :) Happy T Tuesday

  13. My goodness Lisca! i LOVE all that wood work.. going to make a point to show hubby... he will drool... Thank you so much for taking me with you! I treasure the time spent traveling with you!! Happy T day! Hugs! deb