Godolphin House and Estate
Discover Godolphin, one of the most fashionable houses in Cornwall in the 17th century. You can soak up the atmosphere of peace and antiquity as you explore this romantic home.
Wander around the 16th-century garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. It has barely changed over the years.
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.
Take a leisurely stroll around the lush estate, and you may discover the Leeds engine house and stack, the remains of the Godolphin family mine.
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.
On Sunday 17 August, in the orchard at Godolphin, there’ll be a delightful collection of things to see and do without shoes. We’ll be providing a temporary, multi-textured trail which includes some surprises, along with a bunch of barefoot arty-crafty activities for children. Grown-ups might like to quiz the barefoot podiatrist (Steve Bloor from Natural feet, or join the taster sessions – barefoot running, karate, yoga or hoop dancing. Folk looking for relaxation can treat themselves to a foot massage, reflexology, nail art, balms and lotions or a beautiful henna design.
Loads of people have been barefoot walking this summer; using the trail at Godolphin, doing the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ challenge and exploring the coast and countryside on our monthly barefoot hikes. The festival is a chance to get together and try different experiences and learn more about the benefits – it’s not just about walking.
Natural Feet, Pure Nuff Stuff, Meadow Yurts, Natural England, Creative Claws, Penzance Natural Centre, Elemental Fitness, Hoop Dance Therapy, Amanda Brown yoga and Kevin Gilbert karate have all donated time or tents. Plus, we’ve got Archie Brown’s to supply delicious summer food.’
The Festival will run from 10am to 4pm. This is a free event, but normal admission charges apply. Those who’ll miss the Barefoot Festival can still experience Godolphin’s famous barefoot trail, which is open every day for the rest of the season. Further information is available on 01736 763194. Godolphin House is closed on 17 August; next open 6 – 11 September.