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 and full of the accumulated treasures of such a long history.

The many varied rooms includes works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Van Dyck as well as a vast mural by South West England’s most celebrated 20th century artist, Robert Lenkiewicz.

Once home to Augustinian monks and having survived confiscation by Charles I, Port Eliot is a unique treasure trove with the rare distinction of being a Grade-1 listed house with Grade-1 listed gardens.

The earliest written reference to Port Eliot is in a 9th-century Cornish liturgical fragment kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. It refers to Ecclesia Lnanledensia, which is considered the pre-Christian name of this place.

The exact date of the foundation of St Germans priory is uncertain; probably it belonged to the Brito-Celtic age, and possibly even to the time of the great Germanus himself, who is likely to have been directly or indirectly the founder of the House.

While we are updating all our facilities to safely deliver a 2022 tour program to guests of all ages, abilities and interests, you can see a selection of paintings from Port Eliot at The Box, Plymouth.

What was it about Reynolds’ portraiture that attracted the Eliot family, and what does Reynolds’ approach to the portraits tell us about the lives and characters of his sitters? Family & Friends: Reynolds at Port Eliot runs from 24 July to 5 September 2021.

 The exhibition explores the enduring friendship between the eighteenth century’s foremost portrait painter Sir Joshua Reynolds and the Eliot family. Highlights include Ann Bonfoy of 1755, and the remarkable, rare early group portrait The Eliot Family of 1746.

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