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Port Eliot House & Gardens

Port Eliot House Port Eliot Estate | Saltash, Saint Germans PL12 5ND, England
+44 1503 230211
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Port Eliot Festival

One of the best literary/music festivals despite the mud. A real family event for all ages... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2017
Visit by Lerryn History Society

Our visit was only about three hours, which was definitely not long enough. Set in over 6,500 acres... read more

Reviewed 8 June 2017
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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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  • Average9%
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Port Eliot House Port Eliot Estate | Saltash, Saint Germans PL12 5ND, England
+44 1503 230211
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Reviewed 31 July 2017

One of the best literary/music festivals despite the mud. A real family event for all ages, especially the young.

Thank crown_house
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Our visit was only about three hours, which was definitely not long enough. Set in over 6,500 acres near St Germains in Cornwall the House is reputed to be the longest continuously inhabited building in the UK. Originally a monastery it is clearly still used...More

Thank lerryn
Reviewed 3 June 2017

We went as Friends of the HHA, specifically on the under-stairs tour (we had been to the house several times before). The tour was terrific, the steward(ess) who showed us round was hugely knowledgeable, humorous and interesting. The under-stairs was absolutely fascinating - National Trust...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 31 May 2017

We had a very interesting tour of the house with helpful and informative stewards. The most interesting room was the Round Room on the entire wall of which is a mural by Robert Lenkiewicz. The grounds were the location for the wonderful Elephant Fayre in...More

Thank bestwasthebest
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is the second time I have been here and it is still as stunning as the first time I went. The staff & volunteers are extremely knowledgeable about the House and it's history. They are so helpful. I found the tunnels under the House...More

Thank Kendra78
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This estate is in a truly beautiful rural valley beside the river Lynher. We were welcomed by a very friendly guide who told us the broad history of the estate and Eliot family. We then met several other guides as we passed through the rooms,...More

1  Thank Zaida H
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Visited under the auspices of Historic Homes membership. The house is rather quirky and somewhat run down in places. It is however a treasure trove of paintings with the piece de resistance being the Riddle Mural by Robert Lenkiewicz. This mural in itself is worth...More

Thank Johnofholt
Reviewed 13 May 2017

This definitely isn't a National trust property where the charm has being restored out of it and then put under wraps for fear of damage. The faded, worn and lived in interiors , tell the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived...More

1  Thank Steve W
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Found Port Eliot due to daughter.s Riding Event. A Fantastic Estate, wonderful grounds and incredible house. The staff were extremely communicative about the history of the house. We were welcome in the Tea Room without initially paying for access to the house, the tea and...More

2  Thank TEDBUK
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

This was an unexpected delight. Venetia, Maggi and their colleagues made our visit absolutely fantastic. The enthusiasm and depth of knowledge really helped bring the whole history of the Elliot family to life. The Round Room is the highlight of the visit but we could...More

1  Thank David B
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