has the rare distinction of being a Grade 1 listed house with a Grade 1 listed park and garden. Like most houses, Port Eliot has a front door and about there the similarity ends. There are 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys. The roof covers half an acre and not once in living memory has it been completely watertight. More
Port Eliot House and Gardens has now reopened the gates for our annual House Open Season. From 29th February – 26th June visitors are able to roam freely in the gardens and explore the ancient treasure chest of a house that Lord and Lady St Germans call home.
House Opening Season 2017
From 5th March - 29th June, Port Eliot House and Gardens will reopen the gates for its annual House Open Season (valid ticket required). Visitors can enjoy roaming freely in the gardens and exploring the ancient treasure chest of a house that Lady St Germans calls home.
On Mondays and Thursdays during the house opening season, included in the normal ticket price, guided tours of the fascinating basement with the china closet and candle lit wine cellars will be given. The basement reveals some of the oldest parts of the house with 9th century walls and 12th century lancet windows from the monastery. Bespoke private tours for larger groups and small parties are available via prior arrangement. Please contact the Visitors Service Manager via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tearooms in the Long Gallery
The wonderful tearooms in the Long Gallery, St Germans, offer a delicious variety of homemade meals and cakes. Groups are advised to book in advance. For more information and to check opening times, please contact email@example.com or telephone 01503 230861.
Port Eliot Festival 27th - 30th July 2017
Every summer Port Eliot throws open its gates for the Port Eliot Festival, a four-day celebration of music, literature, fashion, food and entertainment across 18 venues and stages. Find out more about camping in the parkland, events in the children's area, activities for teens, arts and craft workshops and fun on the river by visiting www.porteliotfestival.com
Port Eliot – history:
The House at Port Eliot has been lived in for over 1000 years and believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. The earliest written reference to Port Eliot is from the 5th century AD, Augustinian monks were there from the year 937, while the earliest remaining evidence of a dwelling on the site is a 1500-year-old glazed tiled floor, dating from the late Iron Age. In the 18th century, Sir John Soane remodeled the Grade I-listed priory and house and landscape gardener Humphrey Repton created the gardens and park. Port Eliot is full of the accumulated treasures of its long history, from works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Van Dyck to a mural by South West England’s most celebrated 20th century artist, Robert Lenkiewicz.
Dogs welcome on leads in the grounds. Garden ticket required.
The gorgeous Long Gallery Tea Room also welcomes dogs and is now open for hot drinks, light lunches and afternoon tea, 9am – 5pm.
St Germans Priory Church, adjacent to Port Eliot is the finest, oldest historic church in Cornwall. more...