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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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Lovely visit

Visited today with my Mum, moved to area recently and wanted to see... Lovely welcome and very... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Carolyne G
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
Extensive grounds - limited interest.

We visited Port Eliot for the gardens and did not go into the house. The grounds are large, and... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2018
Alan C
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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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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Port Eliot House Port Eliot Estate | Saltash, Saint Germans PL12 5ND, England
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Reviewed June 5, 2018

Visited today with my Mum, moved to area recently and wanted to see... Lovely welcome and very informative guides especially "Maggie". House absolutely lovely, very informative and as I love history absolutely fascinating...so much better than any NT property I have ever been in...and local...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2018

We visited Port Eliot for the gardens and did not go into the house. The grounds are large, and while there were a number of interesting and colourful trees and bushes, there were large parts of the grounds where there was nothing of particular interest....More

Thank Alan C
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Reviewed May 29, 2018

The house is fascinating and has an interesting story, the shabbiness added to the charm and gives a better insight into how much of 'the landed gentry' lived than the sanitised NT offerings. We also saw the cellars and tunnels. Shame about the tearoom being...More

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Reviewed July 31, 2017

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

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Reviewed June 8, 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

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Reviewed June 3, 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
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Reviewed May 31, 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
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Reviewed May 30, 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
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Reviewed May 28, 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

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Reviewed May 24, 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

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