Pencarrow estate has been the home of the Molesworth family and their descendants since Elizabethan times. Sir John Molesworth, 5th Baronet, completed the existing 50-room Georgian mansion in 1771. A guided tour around the eleven public rooms 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 lived in home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family.
Approached by a magnificent mile-long carriage drive, the Palladian mansion is surrounded by formal Grade II* Listed gardens, set out by Sir William Molesworth from 1831. A large Victorian rock garden, planted with shrubs, was built with boulders brought by cart from Bodmin Moor. Some 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland boast more than 700 varieties of rhododendrons and many camellias, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths. Pencarrow is loved for its charming friendliness, urging you to enjoy the garden and woodlands. There are lovely 17C cottage Tea Rooms, with plenty of toys and a Wendy house for children to enjoy. The atmosphere at this grand mansion is warm and gentle, and dogs are allowed off the lead in the woodland.
~Pencarrow - the friendly family home privately owned and lived in by the Molesworth-St Aubyn family
~Heritage Award Winners "Most Enthusiastic and Informative Staff" and "Best Property for Families"
~Dogs' Trust Top Award "We are Dog Friendly" for Tourist Attractions
~Independent Newspaper "Top Fifty Stately Homes" and "Top Ten Gardens"