Port Eliot House and Garden // St Germans

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Port Eliot is one of the most fascinating and historic places in Cornwall with the house and gardens offering a great day out for all the family. There are many reasons to visit whether your passion be architecture, history, art, gardening or simply stunningly tranquil walks for you and the dog. The grade 1 listed house dates back as far as the 6th century and was substantially altered by Sir John Soane at the turn of the 19th century. An outstanding country house, there are 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys not to mention half an acre of roof!

The park and more than 100 acres of gardens include a vast rhododendron garden, maze, bowling green, orangery, boat house, arboretum and magnificent views of the estuary and the Brunel viaduct. The house's walls are home to a large number of paintings by Reynolds and other works of art by Romney, Ramsey, Van Dyck and many of the Dutch Old Masters. Visitors will be able to see these works on their tour around the house. The family has a history of commissioning artworks, and the house also features the work of Robert Lenkiewicz, whose mural covers the wall of the magnificent Round Room, designed by Sir John Soane.

The estate is home to a tea room, and Norman church to visit and newly opened this year is the Long Gallery and each Wednesday the basement is open for guided tours so visitors can explore life below stairs. Wednesdays are also the day that dogs can roam off lead on the Park.

Opening on March 12th to 7th June and 11th June to 8th July 2012. Open each day, except Fridays, from 2pm to 6pm (last admission at 5pm). The Port Eliot Tea Room is open at 12.30pm, the Long Gallery from midday to 4pm and St Germans church from midday.