Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Trereife House

On Easter Monday Davina and I went to visit Trereife House (of Country House Rescue fame). It was the last day of their four-day Easter Fair. Having seen the house and heard some of its history on the TV program, we thought it was a good chance to see it for ourselves. We had a lovely day.

This is the original front of the house , which is now at the back

This is what they about themselves:
Trereife House (pronounced Treave), a beautiful centuries old family owned Estate, steeped in history, is being lovingly restored by the 7th generation family and is now open to the public.
The house and grounds offer an unforgettable setting for almost any occasion, warmly hosted by the Le Grice family, Tim, Liz, Georgie and Pete and their faithful hound Duke.
The predominantly Queen Anne Manor House, which in parts dates back to the reign of Elizabeth 1, and the formal gardens, are set in rolling grounds, in the stunning countryside just outside Penzance,  South West Cornwall.
More info at:

During the TV program Tim Le Grice comes over as a bit bonkers, he is a bit eccentric, but not bonkers. He is a man who has been trying everything to keep his family home, but mostly his ideas have not worked. But, after Ruth Watson’s input things have begun to change for the better.
Davina in one of the renovated en-suites

We were fortunate enough to join in a tour of the house which Tim was giving, so we met Tim, Liz, and Duke (briefly). Tim gave a fascinating tour. He is steeped in his family history and it was a really interesting time.

The fair was good; we had a bottle of Raspberry cider and a Meze Plate (Falafel Salad) for lunch, which we enjoyed whilst sitting on a lawn in front of the house. The weather was beautiful, so it felt almost perfect.

Thanks to the Le Grice family we had a really good day.

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