If you've ever visited Trelissick Gardens near Truro in Cornwall, you'll no doubt remember the stunning landscape and views over the Fal estuary and across to Tregothnan, Lord Falmouth's neighbouring estate. It is a wonderful experience, but one we now have the opportunity to make so much better for you and all future visitors, by opening parts of Trelissick House.
The family, who have lived in Trelissick House for over 100 years, are moving to a smaller apartment within the home. They are selling some of the contents of the house - from the rooms they are vacating - at auction.
We need to raise money urgently so we can secure these items at auction, which will help tell the fascinating history of this family and their home for future visitors.
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Trelissick’s colourful history stretches as far back as 1750 but its most distinguished owner was Leonard Cunliffe, a former director of the Bank of England. He fell in love with the house as he sailed past it on his yacht Laranda in the early 1900s.
In 1937 he passed the house down to his stepdaughter Ida and her husband Ronald Copeland. Ronald was the chairman of the Spode-Copeland firm of bone china manufacturers in Staffordshire and hence part of the Potteries aristocracy. They lived at Trelissick throughout their careers donating the house and gardens to the National Trust in 1955.
Now with your help we have the opportunity to tell the whole story of their contribution to Trelissick through the architecture, their paintings, works of art, furniture, ceramics and gardens.