Guests staying in one of our self-catering properties will find themselves just down the road from Port Eliot House & Gardens. This stunning Grade I listed house and gardens in St Germans is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK – there is a tiled floor which dates from the 3rd & 4th century so around 1,500 years old! It is open for visiting from 1st March to 28th June (except Fridays) with guided tours available. Their tea rooms are well worth a visit for light refreshment…which you might well need after exploring the house with its 11 staircases and vast gardens. You can even get married there!
Plus dogs are welcome in the grounds (on a lead).
If you are visiting at the end of July, then try to visit their spectacular Port Eliot Festival which is 4 days of music, literature, food and other entertainment.
For more information, visit their website.
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.