Thomas Chicheley built the ‘new’ house and laid out the formal gardens in 1650. Forced to sell because of financial difficulties, the estate passed through several hands until it was bought by Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden. His son, Francis, chose Lanhydrock as his home and the house remained empty until it was rescued by George Bambridge in 1938 and his wife Elsie, daughter of Rudyard Kipling. Several garden designers have been involved with the estate including Charles Bridgeman, Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. There is also a walled garden built by William Emes in 1790s and the more recent Victorian parterre, West Garden and Dutch Garden.