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Address: Port Eliot House Port Eliot Estate | Saltash, Saint Germans PL12 5ND, England
Phone Number:
+44 1503 230211
14:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun - Fri 14:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Port Eliot is one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall and is a perfect...

Port Eliot is one of the most beautiful places in Cornwall and is a perfect outing for all the family. Children love to run free in the vast lawns. Others prefer the calm and dappled shade of the spring woodland gardens. Explore the treasures in the House. Gaze at the masterpieces by Reynolds and Van Dyck. Decipher the Lenkiewicz Round Room riddle mural. Wander amidst the rhododendrons and camellias. Get lost in the maze. Lie beside the unspoilt estuary. Bring your dog and picnic wherever you like. PLEASE NOTE: PORT ELIOT IS OPEN BETWEEN MARCH - JUNE AND SEPTEMBER ONLY (Please see website for more details)

The House and Gardens are extremely ancient and have been lived in for over 1000 years; the passage of centuries can be felt as you walk around the estate. The House was remodelled by Sir John Soane in the eighteenth century and sits in a romantic landscape laid out by Humphrey Repton which stretches down to a secret estuary on the river Tamar. It is a magical ensemble which in March 2008 was opened to the public for the very first time. The House and gardens have the rare distinction of both being awarded Grade 1 status.

Port Eliot is the historic seat of the Earl and countess of St Germans. The family have lived at Port Eliot for hundreds of years, and have accumulated a magnificent collection of exquisite furniture and paintings. But the house is still very much a family home - you will be beguiled by the warm atmosphere, roaring log fires, and you might see the family dog Roo sitting on the furniture.

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This definitely isn't a National trust property where the charm has being restored out of it and then put under wraps for fear of damage. The faded, worn and lived in interiors... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve W
Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This definitely isn't a National trust property where the charm has being restored out of it and then put under wraps for fear of damage. The faded, worn and lived in interiors , tell the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived here. Port Eliot is the for runner of shabby chic. All the guide were very... More 

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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Found Port Eliot due to daughter.s Riding Event. A Fantastic Estate, wonderful grounds and incredible house. The staff were extremely communicative about the history of the house. We were welcome in the Tea Room without initially paying for access to the house, the tea and cakes were first class, baked in the house and all at reasonable price. Sat outside... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was an unexpected delight. Venetia, Maggi and their colleagues made our visit absolutely fantastic. The enthusiasm and depth of knowledge really helped bring the whole history of the Elliot family to life. The Round Room is the highlight of the visit but we could have stayed a lot long entranced by Maggis commentary. The gardens are also fantastic and... More 

Thank David B
Bracknell, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this grand home yesterday which is owned by the Eliot family and is one of the oldest inhabited dwellings in the U.K. Excellent and informative guides throughout the rooms as we toured the house. It felt like every picture told a different story of the families history. Would thoroughly recommend a visit to anyone visiting the South West.

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St Germans , Cornwall
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237 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Port Eliot is a grand old stately home built in the 18th century within the shell of a medieval priory. The house is still occupied by the Eliot Family and is very much a lived in home. It is not a museum or over restored National Trust property. There are some magnificent paintings including some by Sir Joshua Reynolds. On... More 

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Port E, Wedding & Events Manager at Port Eliot House & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Robert, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about Port Eliot. The estate is looking forward to opening it's doors to more bespoke evening and daytime events. Our website is about to be relaunched and will be kept regularly updated with more details. We hope to welcome you back here in the future. Best... More 

Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Visited two days ago, and was great to have the tour below stairs. You can only imagine what went on down there in times gone by! The wine cellars were amazing, and part of the old monastery was still in evidence. Above all, the visit was very relaxed, the stewards were extremely enthusiastic and helpful. There was no feeling of... More 

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Port E, Wedding and Events Manager at Port Eliot House & Gardens, responded to this review

What a wonderful review. Thank you so much for taking the time to describe your experience of Port Eliot House. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit the Priory; we are hosting a one-off 'Port Eliot at Christmas' event in late December so perhaps you may wish to combine another visit? Details will be on our... More 

Cornwall UK
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114 reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

The house is fascinating. There are parts that have not changed since the early part of the 20th century. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and made it extremely interesting. The Church is also worth a visit as are the gardens. The only problem is they are only open for 3 and half hours for 100 days a year. You... More 

Thank hiitscharlie
Port E, Wedding and Events Manager at Port Eliot House & Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of Port Eliot and very happy to hear that you found the house so fascinating. We are only sorry you felt that you were rushed at the end of your visit. During the 100-day open season, the rooms in the House are available to view between 2 -... More 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We visited today and were lucky enough to have a guided tour below stairs. The guide was very knowledgeable and amusing. The house itself is fascinating with a lovely lived in appearance. The volunteers are all very helpful. This was our second visit and as on the previous occasion the Round Room with the Lenkiewicz mural is stunning.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

This is an amazing property. Still lived in and only open for 100 days per year. I love stumbling across unusual and quirky places and this fits the bill. Very peaceful and lovely grounds going down to the river. The church is wonderful . The house was a monastery before the dissolution of the monasteries. The tearooms are actually in... More 

Thank vwaves
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Second visit to Port Eliot. Great to be able to arrive by train + you get a discount. Did basement tour - who would imagine what went on "downstairs". Not a lot of "upstairs" to see but interesting to be in stately home where you may bump into the Lord or Lady. Latest trip was chiefly to revisit the fascinating... More 

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