Godolphin Estate

Breage, United Kingdom

The Estate is the former seat of the Dukes of Leeds and the Earls of Godolphin. It contains a Grade I listed Tudor/Stuart mansion, complete with early formal gardens (dating from circa 1500) and Elizabethan stables (circa 1600). The present house is remnant of a larger mansion.

From 1786 it was owned by the Dukes of Leeds who never lived there. In 1920 the 10th Duke of Leeds sold it to the sitting tenant Peter Quintrell Treloar.

The house and gardens were acquired by the National Trust in August 2007. Various events are held throughout the year. The house is approached from the north and consists of three wings around a square courtyard and the front wall of a further building on the south side. The main buildings originally stood to the south of this with two projecting wings. One room of the 16th-century remains in the east range; this has linenfold panelling. Opposite the hall range is the Jacobean range; the north side is castellated and has a loggia of seven bays on the ground floor. Stylistic features here appear to be of the mid 17th-century and suggest that the accepted date for the house of after 1712 is very unlikely. The house is available as a holiday let for approximately three weeks each month when it is not open to the public.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in United Kingdom


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John Thornton (9 months ago)
The house was an unexpected and enjoyable experience. Lovely gardens with lots of history and character. Plenty to keep you interested. Dogs welcome on lead in gardens and outbuildings/cafe. Cafe has tables outside and good choice of food. You can even stay on holiday in house - it sleeps 12!
Marie Cook (10 months ago)
Lovely place to visit, The house is amazing and steeped in history,, every room is open but only for 1 week of the month, as it is then rented out by the national trust. Nice grounds to walk around..
Justine Batchelor (10 months ago)
Sat nav directions are not good. We borrowed a tramper that was good for the other half. But wasn't sure where we could go as there were some places had steps. The house is lovely so was the tea room. Good day out in all.
Nicola Andrews (13 months ago)
Beautiful gardens and walks. Lovely cakes & drinks available from The Piggery with seating inside and out. Borrow a picnic blanket to sit on the grass. A lovely couple of hours in a wonderful setting.
Winston Carter (2 years ago)
Really enjoyable visit, house wasn't open but we were able to walk around grounds and outbuildings learning the history of the place and how it was used. Cafe was well stocked and staff were reallly lovely and helpful. Recommend Godolphin Hill Walk, views at the top were amazing and you can even see St Michael's Mount on a clear day. Would definitely go again.
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