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Address: Port Eliot House Port Eliot Estate | Saltash, Saint Germans PL12 5ND, England
Phone Number: +44 1503 230211
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14:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Fri 14:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Port Eliot is one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall and is a perfect...

Port Eliot is one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall and is a perfect outing for all the family. Children love to run free in the vast lawns. Others prefer the calm and dappled shade of the spring woodland gardens. Explore the treasures in the House. Gaze at the masterpieces by Reynolds and Van Dyck. Decipher the Lenkiewicz Round Room riddle mural. Wander amidst the rhododendrons and camellias. Get lost in the maze. Lie beside the unspoilt estuary. Bring your dog and picnic wherever you like. PLEASE NOTE: PORT ELIOT IS OPEN BETWEEN MARCH - JUNE AND SEPTEMBER ONLY (Please see website for more details)

The House and Gardens are extremely ancient and have been lived in for over 1000 years; the passage of centuries can be felt as you walk around the estate. The House was remodelled by Sir John Soane in the eighteenth century and sits in a romantic landscape laid out by Humphrey Repton which stretches down to a secret estuary on the river Tamar. It is a magical ensemble which in March 2008 was opened to the public for the very first time. The House and gardens have the rare distinction of both being awarded Grade 1 status.

Port Eliot is the historic seat of the Earl and countess of St Germans. The family have lived at Port Eliot for hundreds of years, and have accumulated a magnificent collection of exquisite furniture and paintings. But the house is still very much a family home - you will be beguiled by the warm atmosphere, roaring log fires, and you might see the family dog Roo sitting on the furniture.

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This is a fine old stately home

Port Eliot is a grand old stately home built in the 18th century within the shell of a medieval priory. The house is still occupied by the Eliot Family and is very much a lived in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
Robertscargill
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St Germans , Cornwall
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St Germans , Cornwall
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220 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Port Eliot is a grand old stately home built in the 18th century within the shell of a medieval priory. The house is still occupied by the Eliot Family and is very much a lived in home. It is not a museum or over restored National Trust property. There are some magnificent paintings including some by Sir Joshua Reynolds. On... More 

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Port E, Wedding & Events Manager at Port Eliot House & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Robert, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about Port Eliot. The estate is looking forward to opening it's doors to more bespoke evening and daytime events. Our website is about to be relaunched and will be kept regularly updated with more details. We hope to welcome you back here in the future. Best... More 

Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Visited two days ago, and was great to have the tour below stairs. You can only imagine what went on down there in times gone by! The wine cellars were amazing, and part of the old monastery was still in evidence. Above all, the visit was very relaxed, the stewards were extremely enthusiastic and helpful. There was no feeling of... More 

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Port E, Wedding and Events Manager at Port Eliot House & Gardens, responded to this review

What a wonderful review. Thank you so much for taking the time to describe your experience of Port Eliot House. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit the Priory; we are hosting a one-off 'Port Eliot at Christmas' event in late December so perhaps you may wish to combine another visit? Details will be on our... More 

Cornwall UK
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103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

The house is fascinating. There are parts that have not changed since the early part of the 20th century. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and made it extremely interesting. The Church is also worth a visit as are the gardens. The only problem is they are only open for 3 and half hours for 100 days a year. You... More 

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Port E, Wedding and Events Manager at Port Eliot House & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of Port Eliot and very happy to hear that you found the house so fascinating. We are only sorry you felt that you were rushed at the end of your visit. During the 100-day open season, the rooms in the House are available to view between 2 -... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We visited today and were lucky enough to have a guided tour below stairs. The guide was very knowledgeable and amusing. The house itself is fascinating with a lovely lived in appearance. The volunteers are all very helpful. This was our second visit and as on the previous occasion the Round Room with the Lenkiewicz mural is stunning.

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St Ives, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

This is an amazing property. Still lived in and only open for 100 days per year. I love stumbling across unusual and quirky places and this fits the bill. Very peaceful and lovely grounds going down to the river. The church is wonderful . The house was a monastery before the dissolution of the monasteries. The tearooms are actually in... More 

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Truro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Second visit to Port Eliot. Great to be able to arrive by train + you get a discount. Did basement tour - who would imagine what went on "downstairs". Not a lot of "upstairs" to see but interesting to be in stately home where you may bump into the Lord or Lady. Latest trip was chiefly to revisit the fascinating... More 

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plymouth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Not a large house but really interesting especially if you are able to visit" below stairs". The volunteers are especially friendly and knowledgeable about the rooms and paintings and furniture. Parking is in field but electric cart provides a regular service to the house. The church is also worth a visit

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Torpoint, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

This is a timeless, quiet and so relaxing place to visit on the banks of the St Germans River. Here is a wonderful and gentle ageing stately home still lived in by the same aristocratic family which has always lived there surrounded by lovely, serene, not over manicured gardens and parkland. Once a river inlet came up through the now... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

The house is still very much lived in and is not a pristine National Trust style property, but that made it all the more fascinating and alive. Try to visit on a day when the servants quarters are open which are full of all the stuff the family have never got rid of, a real time capsule. Some glorious pieces... More 

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Exmouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

How can one adequately describe a visit here? So incredibly different... We went a year ago, and just HAD to go back for more this year. As others have already said, the house is almost falling down in parts: and carpets are totally threadbare, and curtains shredding from the sunshine. But it is a HOME! Again, as others have said,... More 

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