Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park in Cornwall

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country park  Torpoint, Cornwall

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Mount Edgcumbe, Torpoint, Cornwall
 
Mount Edgcumbe, View over Plymouth Sound
Mount Edgcumbe, TStable Block Summer fete

MOUNT EDGCUMBE HOUSE & COUNTRY PARK

Magnificent House in a picturesque riverside location.

Mount Edgcumbe is a stunning Tudor home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. The house is located on a peninsula that extends into the River Tamar, giving Edgcumbe and the surrounding grounds some spectacular views over Plymouth Sound, one of England's finest natural harbours.

In the early-16th century the estate, along with the adjacent Rame peninsular came into the possession of Sir Piers Edgcumbe, through marriage. Sir Piers' family home was located ten miles to the north of the Rame peninsula, on the banks of the River Tamar at Cotehele. Sir Piers created a deer park at Mount Edgcumbe in 1539. The first family residence was started by Richard Edgcumbe (the son of Sir Piers) who in 1547, commissioned Roger Palmer, a local mason, to build a new house on the eastern slopes of the peninsula, overlooking Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar.

The Edgcumbe family eventually moved their household from Cotehele to Mount Edgcumbe during the late 17th century. In the 18th and early-19th century the Edgcumbe's undertook a large scale remodelling of the interior decor house and some external rebuilding.

The corner towers were re-stylised into the current octagonal form by Richard, 1st Lord Edgcumbe, in 1749. The grounds at Mount Edgcumbe were transformed into one of the finest landscape gardens in England, by Richard's son, an admiral in the fleet, who became 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe in 1789. The 1st Earl and his son between them created Cornwall's earliest landscaped park. The Grade I listed gardens survive largely unchanged - providing a stunning park land environment on the banks of the Tamar.

In the Second World War, the house was destroyed by German bombers during the 1941, Blitz on Plymouth. The house was left as a derelict shell until 1958, when Adrian Gilbert Scott was commissioned by the 6th Earl to rebuild the house using a steel frame and concrete floors. The house and the 865 acres of grounds were jointly purchased by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall County Council in 1971. The magnificent grounds and gardens were turned into a country park.

Parking is either in the grounds near the Deer Park, or adjacent to the River near the village of Cremyl. A passenger ferry runs from the village across the river to Plymouth. From the gates at Cremyll a wide avenue leads up to the house, high on the hillside. Trees line the avenue, creating a magnificent vista. Fetes are regularly held on the avenue.

After World War II the rendering was removed from the walls which now show as red sandstone with granite dressings. The external details mostly date from the early 19th century but the entrance at the centre of the north front has its original mid-16th century doorway surrounded by late-17th century Doric pilasters and a pediment.

The Waterfront at Mount Edgcumbe House - looking across the River Tamer

The Waterfront at Mount Edgcumbe House - looking across the River Tamer towards Plymouth Drakes sland

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Location:

Mount Edgcumbe House
Cremyll,
Torpoint,
Cornwall
PL10 1HZ
Tel: 01752 822236

Mount Edgcumbe, View over Plymouth Sound

The Orangery at Mount Edgcumbe

Mount Edgcumbe, Orangery

Mount Edgcumbe is rare among English country houses because of its post-War interior design. The comfortable house is decorated in neo-Georgian style. Much of the Edgcumbe family's collection of paintings and furniture were destroyed in the fire and, although the current owners are refurnishing the building, several of the rooms still have an empty feel. The Hall is the most impressive room and was rebuilt by Scott to provide a splendid staircase at the east end with a gallery on the first-floor. The Drawing Room, overlooking the 19th century garden, has a Boulle desk, a portrait of the 2nd Lord Edgcumbe by Reynolds and two Van de Velde seascapes.

In the Library is a 19th century painting of a tenants' dinner in the hall at Cotehele. The Dining Room has two 16th century Flemish tapestries with hunting scenes also brought from Cotehele. On the first floor are a number of comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms and a tiny chapel commemorating the 6th Earl's only son who was killed in the War.

Properties in Torpoint

Cornwall Online has 12 Character properties offering Accommodation in this area

Milly Bed and Breakfast
Polperro

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Milly Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Millys Bed and Breakfast in picturesque Polperro is an ideal location for your holiday or weekend break. Situated on the main street leading into the idyllic fishing village of Polperro this restricted traffic zone area provides peace and tranquility for all guests.
     Tel: 01503 272492

Seaview Holiday Village
Polperro,

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Seaview Holiday Village

Self Catering Static Caravan Holiday Park Cornwall caravan holidays in a truly stunning location then look no further than Seaview Holiday Park. With our simple holidays you'lll relax, unwind, play and explore, and our dreamy setting will help you forget your stresses and remember the holidays of your own childhood
     Tel: 01503 272335

Polgover Holiday Caravan
Widegates, near Looe

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Polgover Holiday Caravan

Self Catering Static Caravan Polgover Holiday Caravan set in an ideal position for touring the whole of Cornwall and the beaches on a stunning coastline,This quiet rural location offers spectacular views over the magnificent Cornish Countryside, and yet only 4 miles from the beach and coastal path. Sleeps 6
     Tel: 01503 240248

Cleese Farm
Looe

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Cleese Farm

Bed & Breakfast Cleese farmhouse is a country farmhouse offering traditional bed and breakfast accomodation in a cornish dairy farm just a two mile drive east of Looe. In a delightful setting with picturesque views of the sea and wooded valleys. Our Georgian farmhouse boasts many period and original features creating a unique charm and atmosphere. 2 B&B rooms ( 1Dble + 1Family/Dble )
     Tel: 01503 240224

Bucklawren Farm B&B
Looe

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Bucklawren Farm B&B

Bed & Breakfast Six en-suite luxury bedrooms with sea and rural views, Set in an exceptional peaceful location Bucklawren Bed and Breakfast has a large spacious lounge to relax, and all bedrooms are equipped with tea and coffee facilities, fridges, TVís and hairdryers. All you need for a relaxing stay. Sleeps 12 +
Bucklawren Farm B&B   AA  4 Star, Gold award Tel: 01503 240738

Frogmore Holiday Cottage
Looe,

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Frogmore Holiday Cottage

Self catering Self-catering Holidays near Looe,in a traditional stone and slate farmhouse set in grounds of Ĺ an acre approached by its own driveway; surrounded by countryside but close to all amenities - located on the beautiful Whitsand Bay coastline, near Looe in East Cornwall. The holiday Cottage, has been modernised into a comfortable home of character set in its own grounds and surrounded by countryside.  It is within 2 miles of several beaches, 3Ĺ; miles of the popular fishing town of Looe and within 800 yards of the National Trust Coastal Footpath.
     Tel: 020 8952 0016

Bucklawren Farm
Looe

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Bucklawren Farm

Self catering Bucklawren is a collection of holiday cottages sleeping 2 to 8 people set an idealllocation, close to the beaches - ideal for exploring Cornwall and west Devon, with their many attractions. There is golf, cycling, riding, tennis and water sports all available close by and also the safe bathing beaches of Millendreath, Seaton and Looe. Luxury holiday cottages sleeping 2, 4 , 6 and 8 people
Bucklawren Farm   Quality in Tourism / Visit England  4 and 5 Stars Gold Award Tel: 01503 240738

Penvith Cottages
Looe

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Penvith Cottages

Self Catering Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Penvith Cottages (each sleeping 4 people) , set in acres of glorious unspoilt countryside with stunning views across open fields and valleys and within easy walking distance of the South West Coast Path. 3 day short breaks available
Penvith Cottages   CTB member,   Tel: 01503 240660

Notter Mill Country Park
Saltash

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Notter Mill Country Park

Self Catering Holiday Cottages / Chalets set in a quiet secluded river valley setting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Open all year, Early and late season breaks. Some of our Holiday Cottages are adapted to meet the needs of wheelchair users, with combined toilet and walk in shower and easy access to rooms. Sleeping 4,5 and 6
Notter Mill Country Park   David Bellamy  Gold Award Tel: 01752 843694

Whitsand Bay Fort
Rame Peninsula

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Whitsand Bay Fort

Self catering + Camping + Touring + Holiday Park Premier coastal park around a historical Napoleonic Fort overlooking sandy beaches with the best views in the South West. Historic coastal resort over looking the sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay. A few miles west of Plymouth and east of Looe. Tucked away on the forgotten Rame peninsula, a hidden gem of South east Cornwall.An authentic Napoleonic hilltop fort with the finest views in the South West. Luxury lodges, touring and camping.
  CTB member, AA  AA 4 Pennants Tel: 01752 822597

Weddings in Cornwall at Whitsand Bay Fort
Torpoint

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Weddings in Cornwall at Whitsand Bay Fort

Local Business Wedding Ceremonies overlooking Whitsand Bay - offering some of the Best Views of South-East Cornwall - bespoke ceremony and reception venue, providing luxury wedding accommodation. Our Cornish Wedding Venue is set in a coastal location that provides breath taking and contrasting views in every direction. The Cornish coastline provides spectacular views across a 4 mile sweep, while youíre also treated to the idyllic Tamar Estuary. Whitsand Bay Fort has an historic pedigree, providing a completely unique setting for your wedding, with the underground tunnels and gun emplacements providing rare photo opportunities
     Tel: 01752 822597

Freathy Farmhouse B&B
Millbrook

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Freathy Farmhouse B&B

Bed & Breakfast Freathy Farmhouse offers B&B stays nestled in the heart of a secluded country lane offering peace, luxuriously appointed rooms, organic homemade food, healing massage, soft white lavender scented bedding, breath taking scenery and coastal walks around Whitsand Bay and The Rame Peninsula . Truly a very special place to unwind.
     Tel: 01752 823167

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