Pencarrow House and Gardens

Pencarrow House and Gardens

Pencarrow estate has been the home of the Molesworth family and their descendants since Elizabethan times. A guided tour around the 50 room Georgian mansion does much more than display a superb collection of antique furniture, paintings and porcelain; it makes the family's history come alive whilst having that warmth which reminds you it is still the privately owned and cherished home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family.

Pencarrow is approached by a magnificent mile-long carriage drive through an Iron Age hill fort. Around the Palladian mansion are Grade II* formal gardens, a large Victorian rock garden and ice house, celtic cross, 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland with more than 700 varieties of rhododendrons and many camellias, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths. There are lovely Tea Rooms, and a Wendy House with plenty of toys for the children to enjoy. Dogs are welcome off the lead in the woodland (on the lead around the house) and visitors can also pick their own soft fruit when its in season.

Pencarrow is also a popular film location with films including “A Congregation of Ghosts” starring the late Edward Woodward, Great Country Houses for Athena Films, “The Red Dress” , “The Weekend” and in July 2012 "A Question of Honour" each adaptations of novels written by Cornish author Rosamunde Pilcher who enjoys a huge following in Germany with films serialised on the national German TV station Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.

Guided tours around Historic Georgian House open to public during the main season. Sundays through to Thursdays 11am-5pm - House,Restaurant and Craft Shop, Closed Fridays and Saturdays. Last tour of the house is at 3pm.

Gardens open March 1st - October 31st, 7 days a week 10.00am - 5.30pm.

For Admission Prices for House, ground and gardens - please see website.

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Dog Friendly


  • Facilities
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Guided Tours available
  • Group Visits available
  • Restaurant/Cafe


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets

Opening Times

March 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013
10:00 am - 17:30 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday,

The gardens are also open from March until October.

Father's Day Treat
Sunday 16th June - 10.30am - 3.30pm
Classic vehicles from the Cornwall Vintage Vehicle Society will be providing a fantastic display at Pencarrow. The house, gardens and Peacock cafe will be open all day, so why not treat your Dad to an extra special day out.  Normal admission rates apply.

Waiting for Godot
Sunday 16th June - 7.30pm
The grounds at Pencarrow provide the perfect setting for open-air theatre. Waiting for Godot, once famously described as a play in which ‘nothing happens, twice’, is one of the most profound, moving and funny plays ever written. Both deadly serious and seriously funny, Beckett’s timeless masterpiece explores what makes us tick with clarity, dramatic force and genuine humour.


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