Port Eliot

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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 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 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, Festivals, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Open 5th March to 29th June 2017. We are open Sunday - Friday from 2 pm to 5 pm (last admission to the house at 4pm) The house and gardens are closed 3rd - 5th June.

Admission charges

House & Gardens
Adult: £8.00
Child: £4.00 (16 years and under)
Public Transport / Groups / Seniors: £7.00

Gardens Only
Adult: £5.00
Child: £2.00

Season Ticket
Adult: £20.00

Joint Admission with Mount Edgcumbe
Adult: £10.00 House & Gardens

Getting there

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

If using Sat Nav follow directions to PL12 5ND and enter through the Tideford Cricket Ground entrance.

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

A bus service runs from Plymouth to St Germans via Saltash. For timetable information please contact Traveline South West visit www.travelinesw.com

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.
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A Story of Cornwall

  • 28 October 2017 7:30-9:30pm

On Saturday 28th October, the beautifully imposing Round Room at Port Eliot will be filled with music of myths and legends as the acclaimed Canoryon Lowen choir interpret some of our county’s most magical stories.

Canoryon Lowen is one of Cornwall’s most innovative and versatile choirs. A Story of Cornwall is directed by Nick Hart and Janet Wright and performs music from a very wide range of styles and genres.

Nick Hart was made a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh for Creativity in Music, and in 2015 his latest large scale work, A Story of Cornwall won the Gorsedh Prize for Composition and Performance.

The choral writing in A Story of Cornwall interprets the myths, history and culture of this extraordinary county in music, which is in turn lyrical, foot-tapping, classical and contemporary - and is infused with a passion for the beauty of its landscapes. It is narrated by local actor Kevin Kibbey and illustrated throughout with poetic photography.

Come and join us for a night that will cast you back to a time when the Lords and Ladies of the past would hold lavish banquets and dances for hundreds of guests. A cappella music and a warm welcome will greet you as you wander through the main rooms of the house.

Marvel at the treasures inside, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a glass of wine or warming autumnal punch at Port Eliot’s bar in the Dining Room. Delicious complimentary nibbles by house cook Kay will be served before the main performance of A Story of Cornwall.

The evening promises to be a spellbinding experience in one of South East Cornwall's most historical homes. Doors open at 7.15pm. Tickets are limited, so to avoid disappointment; please do not hesitate to book yours; https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/porteliotestate

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All tickets £15

Website

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/porteliotestate

Getting there

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

If using Sat Nav follow directions to PL12 5ND and enter through the Tideford Cricket Ground entrance.

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

A bus service runs from Plymouth to St Germans via Saltash. For timetable information please contact Traveline South West visit www.travelinesw.com

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.

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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