Port Elliot House And Gardens
Port Eliot House & Gardens
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 remodeled 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.
There is plenty more to see in the village, including a visit to the St Germans Church (Grade 1 listed, once the cathedral of Cornwall with more stunning original Norman masonry than any other Cornish church), a beautiful walk along the St Germans Quay along the Lynher estuary and for those with young children there is an excellent playground atmospherically set in woodland – perfect for a hot summer’s day. Then if you are feeling peckish, try the gorgeous The Long Gallery (afternoon tea, light lunch, tapas dinner or even a takeaway pizza) or the Eliot Arms pub.
Port Eliot Estate
Tel: 01503 230211