History of the House
Cadson Manor, just outside the small Cornish town of Callington, has been in the Crago family for many generations and has the pleasant atmosphere of an old-established family home.
Cadson Manor was here on the Eastern borders of Cornwall when King Charles I and his troops crossed the Bridge over the River Lynher in 1643, fresh from victory at the Civil War Battle of Braddock Down, and here it is still, dreaming among its own green fields, now that Charles and all his men are half-forgotten.
Nowadays the manor rarely has visitors arrive by horse or coach-and-horses, although we have had visitors using slightly newer forms of transport:
From the outside, Cadson Manor presents an appealing Georgian face, with elegant sash windows that bring light into the spacious rooms. Renovation work on this wonderful old building has turned up many remnants of a much earlier time, and during your stay you may notice here and there medieval timbering or stonework features integrated during the renovations – reminders of the earliest days of Cadson Manor.
Around the Manor
Cadson Manor is set in an ancient landscape which has slowly evolved over thousands of years to meet the needs of the generations of Cornish folk who have lived in and loved this area, from the distant days when Cadson was near the border of independent Old Cornwall, to the more recent days of the Civil War.
At Newbridge, where the road from Callington crosses the river, there is no longer a toll to pay for crossing the beautiful little River Lynher, where the National Trust now maintains a pleasant riverside walk.
Crossing the 15th Century bridge over the Lynher would once have cost you one shilling and sixpence (7½p) – that was the cost to take your coach and six horses across. It was just one penny if you were travelling on horseback.
These days you no longer need the extra horse to assist in the climb from the valley floor to Cadson and the ‘Take Off’ stone, where the horse was unhitched and sent back to the Tollhouse at the bridge. This is the old route of the A390 to Liskeard; the modern replacement for this short stretch of road runs lower down the hill.
Cadson is home to a wide variety of birds and here in the summer the kingfisher frequents the lake by day. In the evening a barn owl may be seen hunting the wetland above it. Buzzards, heron, ducks, geese, pheasant and partridge are all to be found here. At night you may well hear the cry of a fox or the hooting of owls.
Looming majestically next to Cadson Manor is the old Iron age Hill Fort of Cadsonbury. On the slopes of the hillfort and sometimes venturing down into the grounds of Cadson Manor, or wandering near the lake, you may be lucky enough to spot the shy, pretty roe deer, or perhaps even the majestic red deer.