Trelissick house - behind the facade

Explorer family playing on the Terrace of Trelissick house, Cornwall

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. It’s only upon stepping inside the house that its true character as a welcoming family home 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 team of talented pianists and visitors are welcome to play. This helps preserve the delightful ambiance of a family residence in the country – the perfect space to unwind after days out across the estate. 

A warm welcome to Trelissick House
Conservation assistant welcomes you to Trelissick House

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. Currently, Ralph Allen Daniell, a Cornish mining millionaire of the Georgian era, has once again taken up residence at Trelissick house in our current exhibition The money flows in. The exhibition brings his legacy to life through interactive displays and engaging stories.

The house itself is modestly furnished with plenty of space for visitors of all ages to spread out. Georgians favoured uncarpeted floors, large shuttered windows, impressive fireplaces and furniture in simple arrangements. With its fresh and open atmosphere, Trelissick represents a fine example of the Regency country house. 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. 

Take in the view from inside the house
The view from inside Trelissick house, Cornwall

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.

Trelissick House viewed from the river

I Dare, I Dream, I Do

As part of the National Trust's 'Women and Power' programme we are celebrating the contribution of women at our special places. Discover the story of Trelissick's Ida Copeland though our rolling programme of exhibitions throughout 2018.

Trelissick lost door keys

Unlocking Lost Trelissick 

We've been trying to unlock the secrets of Trelissick house, read on to find out what we've discovered