Historic Houses & Stately Homes in Cornwall

With its mild temperature and sunny climate, Cornwall has always attracted the attention of gentry and royalty, resulting in a number of spectacular manor houses with sprawling gardens overlooking the lush countryside.

Gardens and Lanhydrock Church

Gardens and Lanhydrock Church by Derek Winterburn is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Popular houses in North Cornwall

  • Prideaux Place – This privately owned house has 46 bedrooms but only six are in use, as the rest haven’t been touched since the American Army left in World War II
  • Pencarrow – Designed by architect Sir Robert Allanson, Pencarrow is located at the foot of a valley, on a former Iron Age hill fort. For art fans, its fine interior features are the setting of a collection of paintings, ornaments and antique furniture

Learn more about other arts and heritage spots in North Cornwall.

Popular houses in South Cornwall

  • Antony – Explore the formal and informal décor within this 18th century mansion, which was the setting for Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland
  • Boconnoc – Left to ruin after the Second World War, the estate, which is registered in the Domesday role of 1086, has taken 12 years to restore. Book a room and enjoy the art courses on offer
  • Trewithen – Designed by architects Thomas Edwards and Sir Robert Taylor, the house is unlike any other in Cornwall. You’ll find the species of plants growing in the garden are just as unique
  • Mount Edgcumbe – One of the most popular tourist spots in South Cornwall, the restored 18th century house has 865 acres of country park to roam. You can even take a cruise on the River Tamar from this grand attraction

Learn more about other arts and heritage spots in South Cornwall.

Popular houses in West Cornwall

  • Godolphin Estate – Take a free tour of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, which includes a sprawling granite Tudor and Stuart house

Learn more about other arts and heritage spots in West Cornwall.

Popular houses in Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley

  • Port Eliot – This rare Grade 1 listed house, park and garden is not only home to fantastic artwork by Robert Lenkiewicz and architecture by Sir John Soane, it also welcomes visitors for artist drawing days and literature festivals
  • Lanhydrock - A late Victorian country house as well known for its garden and wooded estate as it is for the manor itself. Cared for by the National Trust, visit Lanhydrock to discover its fascinating history

Learn more about other arts and heritage spots in the Bodmin Moor & Tamar Valley region.

At a glance

Spectacular houses boast history and art and they wouldn’t be complete without also having a stunning garden – enjoy a stroll among the flowers and ignite the artist in you

Many of the homes are now under National Trust ownership but plenty still house the descendants of the original family who built the structure

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