Central - Trip 2
We start the day at Pencarrow House. The present building is a Georgian mansion but the site has been occupied since prehistoric times. The current owners have owned the estate since the late 1500’s. The house boasts a fine collection of paintings, furniture and porcelain. The grounds are extensive – over 50 acres – and include an Iron Age hill fort, sunken Italian Garden with a quatrefoil fountain, ice house, palm house, ancient Cornish cross, and a grotto, which is believed to have been a secret meeting place.
We can lunch here or visit a local country pub and then move on to Prideaux Place, overlooking Padstow. This Elizabethan manor house fell into private hands (the current owners) when Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries. The house is still very much the family home and as such is filled with an eclectic mix of antiques, paintings, family photographs and comfortable furniture. The gardens have been described as “stunning” and are the subject of an on-going restoration programme. As well as the formal gardens and woodland walks there are numerous items of interest such as a classical Temple, an obelisk, a grotto and an exedra, a small stone arbour housing funerary urns whose inscriptions date back to 50AD.