The House from an 1830 print
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 HarrisonDate: 1829
Architect: Charles RawlinsonDate: 18th century
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
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.)
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Country Life: 100 Favourite Houses
Author: Green, Candida Lycett
Year Published: 1999
Publisher: London: Boxtree
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade I
Current Seat / Home of: Albert Clarence Eliot, 11th Earl of St. Germans.
Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home