cornwall in colours: muted shades

The natural colours of stone and slate and wood with a little help of delicate shades of blue paint fading nicely in the Cornish weather are beautifully illustrated in the outbuildings of Godolphin estate.

A rare opportunity to get a photo of my favourite doors closed. Usually one is open to allow access into the courtyard and the second hand book stall, but because of Covid restrictions the buildings are not open. The textures are just amazing.

And the neutral stonework is a perfect neutral foil to the lush colourful herbaceous borders.


  1. How old is this place? What scenes of Cornish played out here? Does anyone live here now to retell the stories? Surely a Daphne du Maurier setting . . .

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is about 700 years old but these buildings probably date from the 15th to 17th century with later additions. The house is no longer lived in but can be rented for holidays.

      1. That’s about the time frame I was thinking, Jude.

  2. All those beautiful old blue doors. I do love the colours in these images Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The doors are fabulous. Makes you wonder why we feel the need to paint everything.

  3. BeckyB says:

    oh these are just so wonderful – fabulous muted colours

  4. Susan K. Hagen says:

    Lovely progression of images. Doors are an intriguing study, aren’t they? Great post!

  5. All photos amazing. What a lovely subject to photograph. I love the old stone buildings ….. and those doors!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the doors are fab.

  6. Interesting narration.The closed door with pillars amazing!

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