Lanhydrock was saved by a woman ahead of her time. Anna Maria Hunt was a shrewd businesswoman who overcame personal misfortune to transform Lanhydrock for her son to inherit - an inheritance which was to prove fatal.
Lanhydrock House is a paragon of Victorian style and design. Yet it only appears as it does because it was completely redecorated in the 1880s following a fire which destroyed parts of the building and ended the lives of its occupants.
After the devastation of the great fire in 1881, Lanhydrock became a happy family home where Thomas Charles and his wife Mary raised a large family. But the shadow cast by the First World War brought tragedy to the family yet again.