Godolphin Gardens in early Spring

Godolphin is a historic estate built on land rich in tin and copper. It was developed by the Godolphin family before political power beckoned and the grounds and buildings became a tenant farm holding. Around 1300 Sir Alexander Godolghan built a castle here, laid out on a 4.5-acre site divided into 9 equal-sized squares. The…

Winter Light

Light and shadows of a winter’s afternoon, muted colours of earth and wood and stone.

Six on Saturday | Godolphin Gardens

Since not a lot has changed in my garden since last week – more of the same – I thought I would use a few flowers from a recent visit to another Cornish garden which is a short drive away  from me and open all year round. Famous for its bluebells in late spring I…

Cornish favourite: Godolphin

A series of narrow lanes lead to Godolphin House and Gardens midway between Godolphin Cross and Townshend. The gardens are open all year round (though it is always best to check before travelling a long distance). Located in a very peaceful part of west Cornwall, the estate includes the Leeds engine house and stack, the…

Conquering Godolphin Hill

We’ve visited the Godolphin gardens several times since discovering this charming estate in the middle of the countryside of west Cornwall, but never found the time to walk up the hill. Now we are living only a 15 minutes drive away we definitely have the time. In spring you see delicate violets hunkering down amongst the yet to…

Bluebells in the Woods

One of the most rewarding sights in spring is discovering that cobalt blue haze in the woodland. We are very lucky in the British Isles as we have around 40% of the world’s bluebells, so what we take for granted is actually quite unique. All photos taken in Godolphin estate, nr Leedstown, Cornwall.