Welcome to PortEliot Estate


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. More

Port Eliot House and Gardens has now reopened the gates for our annual House Open Season. From 1st March - 28th June visitors are able to roam freely in the gardens and explore the ancient treasure chest of a house that Lord and Lady St Germans call home.

We are open every day of the week except Fridays from 2pm-6pm (also closed 6th and 7th June) Tickets cost £8 for adults (concessions £7) and £4 for children Groups are welcome and private tours are available on request, please contact grace@porteliot.co.uk.

Guided tours

of the house are available throughout March from 2 pm and 3.30 pm, included in the normal entry price. Also included in this price are guided tours on Mondays of the Georgian kitchen and the fascinating basements with the china closet and candle lit wine cellars to explore. The basement reveals some of the oldest parts of the house with 9th century walls and 12th century lancet windows from the monastery. We are still open for private tours in 2014 from 1st March to 30th June except Fridays.

Port Eliot Tearoom in the Big Dining Room

The delightful tearooms will be open daily (except Fridays) from 2pm to 5pm serving a variety of hot and cold drinks and cakes. Groups are advised to book in advance. Please contact grace@porteliot.co.uk for more information.

PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL - 30th July to 2nd August

Every summer Port Eliot throws open its gates for the Port Eliot Festival, a four day celebration of music, literature, fashion, food and entertainment across 18 venues and stages. Find out more about camping in the parkland, events in the children's area, activities for teens, arts and craft workshops and fun on the river by visiting www.porteliotfestival.com. More


We are Dog Friendly!

Dogs welcome on leads in the grounds. Garden ticket required.

The gorgeous Long Gallery Tea Room also welcomes dogs and is open for afternoon tea from 1st March to 31st March and then for lunch and afternoon tea, from April to the end of June.

St Germans Priory Church, adjacent to Port Eliot is the finest, oldest historic church in Cornwall. more...


Hudson's Heritage awarded Port Eliot their "Best Picnic Spot" 2012. Judge for yourselves how gorgeous it is! Thanks also to Urlaub Cornwall for recommending Port Eliot to their German readers "Empfohlen von Urlaub Cornwall".

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Port Eliot - Statement - 5 March 2015

Lord St Germans and his Trustees have invited The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community to conduct a feasibility study, to explore the possibility of the purchase of Port Eliot House, some of its contents and its walled garden and stables, for the benefit of the local community.

The Grade I-listed House and gardens play a central role within the local community and Lord and Lady St Germans and their Trustees are keen for this to continue. The Foundation's feasibility study will seek to explore whether the House could provide a central hub, in the same vein as Dumfries House, in which The Prince's Charities could operate and provide relevant services to local residents, visitors and community members.

The Prince's Foundation expects that the feasibility study will be completed during the summer of 2015. If the project goes ahead, it will facilitate an ongoing programme of reinvestment in the rest of the Port Eliot Estate by Lord St Germans and his Trustees. Lord and Lady St Germans will continue to own, live on and run the 3,500 acre estate.

The annual Port Eliot Festival will continue, curated and organised by the original festival team, and run, as ever, by Lady St Germans.

Lord St Germans said, "Port Eliot is the oldest house in Cornwall and believed to be the oldest continually inhabited house in the whole country. The proposed partnership would ensure the preservation of centuries of history and the future of Port Eliot's collection of fine art and antiquities. It would also be extremely beneficial to Cornwall, providing education, training and commercial opportunities to an underfunded part of the county."

This is a feasibility study and period of consultation only.

Port Eliot – history:

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. The earliest written reference to Port Eliot is from the 5th century AD, Augustinian monks were there from the year 937, while the earliest remaining evidence of a dwelling on the site is a 1500-year-old glazed tiled floor, dating from the late Iron Age. In the 18th century, Sir John Soane remodelled the Grade I-listed priory and house and landscape gardener Humphrey Repton created the gardens and park. Port Eliot is full of the accumulated treasures of its long history, from works by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Van Dyck to a mural by South West England’s most celebrated 20th century artist, Robert Lenkiewicz.