Antony House and Garden
The grounds, landscaped by Repton, sweep down towards the Lynher estuary and include formal gardens with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies.
Still the home of the Carew Pole family after hundreds of years, this beautiful early 18th-century mansion contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and textiles. The grounds, landscaped by Repton, sweep down towards the Lynher estuary and include formal gardens with topiary, a knot garden, modern sculptures and the National Collection of Daylilies. The Woodland Garden has outstanding rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. The magic of Antony was recognised by Walt Disney when it was chosen recently as the set for the film Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. Note: members free to Woodland Garden (not National Trust) only when house is open.
* Spot the locations used in Disney's Alice in Wonderland movie.
* Soak up the unique atmosphere of a family home.
* Hunt for the modern sculpture installed throughout the gardens.
Making the most of your day
Varied year-round family events programme and activities
Overlooking the beautiful tidal Lynher River this grand 18th-century mansion is nestled in parkland and stunning gardens.
Visit this family museum and follow the fascinating history of the Carews back to Domesday when they lived nearby in a 15th Century manor. They built the present house in the early 1700s. Antony's formal courtyard, terraces and ornamental design were a result of the Restoration that provoked a surge of more elaborate and formal garden designs. A sketch of the front of the garden, done by Edmund Prideaux in 1727, shows the original design and walled garden. It also shows a dovecote that still remains to be seen here today. Explore the interior of the house, adorned with paintings, furniture and textiles collected by the Carew family over almost 600 years.
In a fine landscape created by the long lived Hon. Reginald Pole Carew and Humphry Repton (one of the great landscape gardeners) in the 1790s, it comes as a surprise to find an explosion of radiant blooms gushing from the enclosed summer garden, the knot garden and the summer borders. This really is a spectacular hotspot on the specialist horticultural trail that has been developed throughout the magnificent grounds and includes the National Collection of over 600 types of daylilies (Hemerocallis).
Explore the rainbows of this family friendly garden with the children in tow, and watch their glee as they are captivated by the cacophony of colours, the fairytale Japanese pond, the 10 metre Yew Cone and the fascinating modern sculptures decorating the soft, green lawns. If the sun hasn't got its hat on then not to worry, you can lead them on an adventure through the incredible interior. And make sure you take a well-deserved break in the excellent café that caters for all.
National Trust Members may visit the adjacent Antony Woodland Garden for no extra charge on days when Antony House is open.
For six weeks from 1st September 2008 Antony House turned into a film set as over 400 cast and crew from London and America flocked to the site to film important scenes for Disney’s remake of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inside the eighteenth century house, and within the confines of its atmospheric grounds.
The Tim Burton directed film stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway and was released in 2010 but why not visit Antony House now and see the places used to recreate the much-loved Alice story.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Antony. For details of forthcoming events, please visit our website.
Please check website for opening times throughtout the year. Please note that MOST areas are accessible to disabled visitors.
Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the house or garden.