This blog has been created to highlight what a fantastic opportunity this is for anyone interested in architectural heritage, and the practical and financial challenges that face houses in this condition.
Enys House 2013
Enys House in its prime, c. 1900
|The hallway around 1900.|
|The library, with original bookcases.|
|Wonderful original bellboard, made locally in Falmouth.|
|The Library in 1900, complete with some books!|
|The Drawing Room, c. 1900|
|Corner detail from the Drawing Room, much of the old plasterwork has now been removed, exposing the original stonework throughout the house.|
|The Dining Room, c. 1900|
Enys house was last used as a small preparatory school for boys between 1950-1953, and many of the remaining fittings in the bedrooms seem to date from that period.
|A dumb waiter, a very impressive addition to a provincial country house...|
...with original mechanical workings still visible!
|Work is happening right now on the roof (May 2013), and this corridor skylight shows the evidence!|
|The scale of the works needed to restore Enys to its former glory becomes ever more obvious as you proceed through the house. A great deal of work has already been done just to get it as good as this, new floorboards can be seen here for instance.|
|The only room in the house with panelling still substantially intact.|
A luxury bath from the past...
|One of the many bedrooms, all in a similar state of repair.|
|Upstairs corridor, it felt surprisingly light and and airy, not least because of the skylight at the end of the passage.|
|More evidence of the huge scale of works that need to be undertaken.|
|Another relic from past times.|
|Downstairs kitchen area, currently off-limits to visitors due to safety concerns.|
|Yet another bedroom.|
|Stairs leading down to the servants' area.|
|A view of the grounds.|
|One of a large number of outbuildings.|
|Clocktower, but the clock no longer works.|
Enys claims to be the oldest established garden in Cornwall, and today the gardens are open throughout the summer months. The bluebell fields are arguably the finest examples in the county, possibly even the country.
The Enys Trust
Telephone: 01326 259885