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 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, Festivals, Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Open 29th February to 26th June 2016. 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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Port Eliot at Night: Canoryon Lowen Choir

  • 13 May 2016 7-10:30pm

On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May Port Eliot will be lit by candlelight and filled with music. Come and join us for a night that will cast you back to a time before electricity when the Lords and Ladies of the past would hold lavish banquets and dances for hundreds of guests.

On Friday night, the wonderful St Neot choir, Canoryon Lowen will be performing at various points throughout the evening and all through the house - the basement, the drawing room, the entrance hall to name a few.

Port Eliot’s knowledgeable stewards will be available to regale fascinating tales of the house if requested, or perhaps you would rather soak up the atmosphere with some nibbles and a glass of wine at Port Eliot’s bar, the choice is yours!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £10, Children £5, Concessions £8

Website

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

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Port Eliot at Night: Music in the Round Room

  • 14 May 2016 7-10:30pm

On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May Port Eliot will be lit by candlelight and filled with music. Come and join us for a night that will cast you back to a time before electricity when the Lords and Ladies of the past would hold lavish banquets and dances for hundreds of guests.

On Saturday 14th, we are very excited to have the fantastic local composer, Paul K Joyce, playing piano in the Round Room (complete with 40ft 'riddle mural' by Robert Lenkiewicz) and the esteemed guitarist Russell Bell and stunning singer Izzy Berncastle.

Port Eliot’s knowledgeable stewards will be available to regale fascinating tales of the house if requested, or perhaps you would rather soak up the atmosphere with some nibbles and a glass of wine at Port Eliot’s bar, the choice is yours!

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £10, Children £5, Concessions £8

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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