Trelissick house - behind the facade

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. With a more reserved interior, its true character as a relaxed space to enjoy the spectacular maritime views becomes apparent.

A warm welcome

Inviting 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. 

Trelissick house from the water
Trelissick house viewed fromt he Fal in winter
Trelissick house from the water

Not your typical country house

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. 

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

A varied history

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.

The house is open from 11am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm) every day. The show rooms are on the ground floor only, guided tours of the upper floors and cellars are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The staircase in Trelissick house, Cornwall

Upstairs, Downstairs house tours

Visitors to Trelissick house have free rein of the ground floor show rooms. If you wish to see upstairs and the cellars below, please book onto a guided tour in advance of your visit.