DiCamillo Companion

Port Eliot House

  • House & Family History: The core of Port Eliot was built in the 12th century as a monastery for the adjoining St. Germans Priory Church (the former cathedral for Cornwall). The House was substantially altered and remodeled in the 17th and 18th centuries, leaving it as seen today. After hosting the legendary Elephant Fayre music festival from 1981 to 1986, Peregrine, 10th Earl of St. Germans, began a new festival at Port Eliot in 2003. The Port Eliot Festival, which is held each summer, is described on the Festival's website (www.porteliotfestival.com) as "an annual celebration of words, music, imagination, laughter, exploration, and – above all – fun."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Port Eliot is today a 6,000-acre Estate that extends into the neighboring villages of Polbathic, Tideford, and Trerulefoot. On the grounds is the Museum of Folklore.

    Chapel & Church: St. Germans Priory Church on the Port Eliot Estate was originally the cathedral for the whole of Cornwall.

  • Architect: Henry Harrison

    Date: 1829
    Designed: Gothic Entrance Hall and porch for 2nd Earl of St. Germans

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    Architect: Charles Rawlinson

    Date: 18th century
    Designed: Long Gallery for Edward, 1st Lord Eliot (demolished 1829).
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1804-06
    Designed: Remodeled House and designed new Stables for 2nd Lord Eliot

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 232, 1853. 2.S. Vol. II, p. 136, 1855.

    Country Life: CIV, 778, 828, 882, 1948.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 464, 793, 910
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 1075
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Country Life: 100 Favourite Houses
    Author: Green, Candida Lycett
    Year Published: 1999
    Publisher: London: Boxtree
    ISBN: 0752213334
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "The Aristocracy" (1997 - BBC TV documentary mini series). "Delicious" (2016-18 - TV series).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Albert Clarence Eliot, 11th Earl of St. Germans.

    Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01503-230-211

    Email: info@porteliot.co.uk

    Website: http://www.porteliot.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: Yes