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
House Opening Season 2017
We are delighted to announce that the house and gardens are open from Monday 13th March to Thursday 29th June 2017 (by guided tour until Easter Sunday; tours start at 2.15pm and 3.45pm). Gardens open 2-6pm. The house and gardens are open every day except Saturdays and the 2-5 June 2017. Dogs on leads welcome in the gardens but not in the house.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding house visits, please email the Visitors Service Manager, Lynne Holman, at email@example.com.
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...