Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall

Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall

Situated on the Rame Peninsula, the extraordinary estate of Mount Edgcumbe covers over 865 acres and comprises of a wonderful manor house dating back to the 1500s, formal gardens, a national camellia collection and beautiful parkland and coastal paths. 

This lovely park is easy to find along the winding, narrow lanes of the Rame Peninsula. Follow the signs and you’ll find the main car park near the manor house, from which you can choose to explore the house or the extensive parklands.

The day I visited was an overcast February Sunday morning, but it hadn’t deterred people; it was great to see families out walking their dogs in the park, taking in the fresh sea air. On Sundays, the stately house is open to the public, and due to current Covid restrictions they’re only offering guided tours, but it’s a wonderful way to learn about this fascinating home with very knowledgeable staff.

Mount Edgecumbe House was built in the 1500s, owned by the same family who own Cotehele. The design of the house was revolutionary in that it was built for the views rather than a form of defence, with windows looking outwards rather than inland. The principal seat of the Edgcumbe family, the house was tragically completely gutted by a German bomb during World War II. Due to the hard work and persistence of the then current Earl, the house was completely renovated in the exact, original style. Luckily, all the priceless artwork and furniture was rescued and reinstated when the house was completed.

Home to an impressive art collection including paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Willem van de Velde, as well as 16th century tapestries, Bouille furniture and other priceless artefacts, this is a wonderful house to visit as you’re led through each exquisite room. There is also a fascinating, moving display on World War II and what life was like for the people of Plymouth and the surrounding area.

Surrounding the house are Grade I listed gardens, which include the National Camellia Collection. Developed in the 18th century, there are formal flower beds, classical statues, and ancient and unusual trees to discover. It’s lovely to meander along the paths and take a moment to sit on one of the benches.


After visiting the house, take some time to explore the grounds. From the front of the house you can walk all the way down to Cremyll, where you can catch the ferry over to Plymouth. There’s also a fabulous café for lunches, tea, coffee and cake. Around this area, the former stables, you’ll also find a selection of workshops with artisanal makers selling their crafts. You can also hire bikes, electric bikes and even segways to explore the grounds.

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