Hidden in shaded woodland, Godolphin escaped modernisation and contemporary fashions. The granite-faced terraces and sunken lawns of the Side Garden have seen little change since the 16th century and Victorian farm buildings tell the story of Godolphin as a tenant farm.
The estate, once busy with prosperous tin mines, is now part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and is wonderful walking country, rich in archaeology, rare plants and wildlife.
Don’t forget to visit Godolphin Hill on the south-westerly reaches of the estate. Here you can breathe in some of the best views in Cornwall looking out over St Ives Bay to the north and the famous St Michael’s Mount to the south.
Disappear into the tranquil and mysterious woodland, where the years of mining have left an unnatural, undulating landscape. Go for a stroll along the river and don’t forget to stop for a refreshing cup of tea and slice of home-made cake in our tea-room.
A great place to stay
For a truly unforgettable break, why not enjoy a holiday at Godolphin? A fantastic opportunity to stay in one of the most fashionable Cornish houses of the 17th century.
Soak up the outdoors and enjoy this lovely rural location with Cornwall's rugged landscape on your doorstep.
Please note we are unable to hold weddings at Godolphin, but can host wedding receptions as long as there are no more than 20 guests and the house is booked for a minimum of three nights.
Kick off your shoes and go barefoot. This season why not try something a little different on your visit to Godolphin? Our permanent barefoot trail is open daily and free with admission. Whatever the weather, it's a great way to experience the outdoors. Whether it's soft bark or cold cobbles, give your feet a treat with this specially designed, multi-textured trail.