Egloshayle is situated on the banks of the River Camel. The village was once a thriving river port to rival Padstow, located five miles downstream. The remains of Bronze Age settlements have been found in Egloshayle, whose name derives from the Cornish for estuary 'hayle' and church 'eglos'. The parish church of St Petroc contains a stone pulpit dating from the fifteenth century and a Norman font.
Pencarrow House lies within the parish of Egloshayle. Built in the eighteenth century and boasting a mile-long drive, the surrounding woodlands and gardens contain more than a hundred and fifty species of specimen conifers, seven hundred species of rhodedendrons and sixty species of camelias.