Pencarrow, a Georgian house with 50 acres of Grade 2* Listed Gardens, must be one of Cornwall's finest stately homes. It is still privately owned and lived in by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family whose ancestor John Molesworth purchased the estate in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Pencarrow lies at the foot of a valley midway between Bodmin and Wadebridge. It is approached through a mile-long drive, flanked by stunning specimen conifers from around the world, nearly 700 varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and hydrangeas. The imposing Palladian style house, built in 1771, contains a superb collection of paintings by many famous artists, including a unique collection of works by Sir Joshua Reynolds, set amongst outstanding furniture and porcelain.
One of its claims to fame is the visit in 1882 by Sir Arthur Sullivan when he stayed for several weeks and composed much of the music for his comic opera "Iolanthe". There is ample parking and the licensed tea-rooms seat 60. Group bookings, by arrangement, are taken throughout the year.
Pencarrow is very dog-friendly - dogs can run free in the woodland areas, although must be kept on leads closer to the House and formal gardens.
We welcome children - there is a playground area with charming Wendy House, a Childrens' Garden Trail, and quizzes as you tour round the House. There's also plenty of wildlife to spot!
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Our opening hours for 2019 are as follows:
The House, Peacock Cafe and The Shop open SUNDAYS TO THURSDAYS, 31st March 2019 to 3rd October 2019. First tour of the house is 11.15am and then every 45 minutes, the last tour being 3.00pm. Shop open from 10.00 - 5.00, Cafe open from 10.30 - 5.00 (last orders 4.30)
The gardens are open from 1st March until 31st October 2019 and are open DAILY, 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m..
The House is open for group bookings from just before Easter to 31st October by arrangement. Group discounts available for bookings of 20 or more.
Admission prices for 2019
House and Gardens: £11.50
Gardens Only: £6.50
Children: UNDER 16's NOW GO FREE
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