Trelissick house - behind the facade
Set atop sweeping countryside, Trelissick house is a striking sight with its neoclassical columns. Erected by Thomas Daniell in 1824, this facade represented wealth and status. With a more reserved interior, its true character as a relaxed space to enjoy the spectacular maritime views becomes apparent.
Welcoming you into the house today are friendly and knowledgeable volunteers that bring Trelissick to life. The relaxed atmosphere is accented by the melodies from those playing the piano in the Drawing Room. Trelissick boasts its own group of talented volunteer pianists and visitors are welcome to play. This helps preserve the delightful ambiance of a residence in the country – the perfect space to unwind after days out across the estate.
Tales of the past are presented through a rolling programme of exhibitions which create windows into the lives and adventures of the house’s previous residents. From 16 April the life and times of Trelissick's Ida Copeland will be revealed as part of the National Trust's Women and Power programme. Her political career, social activism and philanthropy in the early-mid 20th Century made her one of the most remarkable owners of the estate.
Trelissick isn't your typlical country house visit. With the ground floor having only been open to the public since 2014, the space is presented as rooms with a view. It is modestly furnished with plenty of space for visitors of all ages to use it at their leisure. With its simple and open layout, we encourage you to enjoy the exceptional maritime views which are the spectacle of Trelissick house. The East Library and Solarium are the best spaces to sit down and soak in the scenery. Popping into the house kitchen for a spot of tea or cake you’ll find another charming setting to pause and enjoy the ambiance. Settle down in the snug, the cosy area adjoining the kitchen and an ideal social space to take a break in comfort.
The house as it stands today was originally built in 1755 and each family that has occupied it has lent their vision to its appearance and scale. With each successive owner adding floors and facades, the different layers of the house become an allegory for its patchwork history. While each family who resided here had different backgrounds, ventures and ideals, they all shared the same view which you can enjoy today.
Come and be part of the ebb and flow of life in this warm, welcoming family home.