Port Eliot

Port Eliot
Estate Office
St Germans
Saltash
Cornwall
PL12 5ND
England

Website

www.porteliot.co.uk

www.porteliotfestival.com

E-mail

info@porteliot.co.uk

Telephone

01503 230211

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A tableaux from Daphne Du Mauriers Rebecca the gown maid from pages from a book the room is lit by candle light.

Port Eliot 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.

The House is called Port Eliot because it was formally known as Port Priory. In the Middle Ages it was a flourishing monastic port. For many centuries the house was approached by water across what is now the park. Until the 1890s my grandfather remembers an old oak tree in the park in which a large iron ring - to which boats were once tied up - was still seen. The building in which we stand is of a
multitude of different ages. The foundations in places are 9th century, there are 10th-century walls set with 13th-century lancet windows.

The House received a major refit in the 18th century by Sir John Soane. By the beginning of the 18th century, the Eliots had become rich and felt it appropriate to aggrandise their surroundings. Being dependent on the state of the tide as to when it was possible to reach the House was much too much of an inconvenience. So they diverted the course of the estuary by building a dam and creating the park. They constructed a new drive starting two miles north of the House at Tideford that wound its way along the estuary.

This was, and still is, a very picturesque and extremely impressive route by which to arrive at the House. The drive wends its way along the estuary and finally, as you enter the park, a majestic view unfurls in front of you, with the House displayed right in the centre of your gaze.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site, Museum

Opening hours

March 12th to 8th July each day except Fridays and June 9th & 10th 2012. Open 2pm to 6pm excpet May 19th as Museums at Night open from 8pm to 11pm. Te room open 12.30pm to 5.30pm and the New Long Gallery from 2pm to 5pm

Admission charges

Adult £8, concess £7 and £6. Children £4. Garden only adult £5 and children £2.

Getting there

Port Eliot is situated in the village of St Germans on the Rame Peninsula in SouthEast Cornwall.

The pedestrian entrance to Port Eliot is via the Lodge Gate in the village.

A bus service runs from Plymouth to St Germans (route 572/3) - please contact westerngreyhound.com (telephone 01637 871871).

First Great Western Trains stop at St Germans Station. From the station follow the signs to Port Eliot, via the Lodge Gate in the village. This walk should take approximately eight minutes.

Additional info

The house is readily accessible to everyone with lovely Spring gardens which are not too steep with an estuary walk. There is a train station in the village.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A sculpture of an elephant inside a historic house

Port Eliot House at Night

  • 17 May 2014 8:30-11pm

Experience over 1000 years of history by candlelight in this Museums at Night event. Explore the treasures of the Eliot family. Gaze at the exquisite collection of furniture and masterpieces by Reynolds, Van Dyck and Lenkiewicz.

Port Eliot in Saltash, home of the Earl & Countess of St. Germans, is a hidden gem in the Cornish countryside. Formerly an Augustinian Priory, the house has the distinction of being the oldest, continuously inhabited building in England. Built on 9th century foundations, this wonderful house has evolved through nearly 500 years of ownership by the Eliot family, who pride themselves on never throwing anything away.

We would like to offer you the opportunity to transport yourself back in time, to experience this magical house, filled with centuries of treasures, by flickering candlelight. This includes the basement and round wine cellar by candle light.

A beautiful candle-lit evening as Port Eliot opens its doors for a rare visit after dark, with tours of the tunnels under the estate and music from pianist and composer Paul K Joyce in Soane's Round Room, and recitals in the Priory church.

Also on display is the World war 1 exhibition, curated by the acclaimed set designer, Michael Howells. The social history and impact on the local area presented in a unique thought provoking way.

The grounds will be open for picnics prior to either event.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £8, concessions £7 and children (16 years and under) £4. Family ticket for £21.

Website

http://www.porteliot.co.uk

Getting there

Port Eliot is situated in the village of St Germans on the Rame Peninsula in SouthEast Cornwall.

The pedestrian entrance to Port Eliot is via the Lodge Gate in the village.

A bus service runs from Plymouth to St Germans (route 572/3) - please contact westerngreyhound.com (telephone 01637 871871).

First Great Western Trains stop at St Germans Station. From the station follow the signs to Port Eliot, via the Lodge Gate in the village. This walk should take approximately eight minutes.

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