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Pencarrow House and Gardens, Washaway

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For nearly 500 years, Pencarrow has been the much-loved home of the Molesworth-St Aubyns, ever since John Molesworth arrived from Northamptonshire to become the Auditor for the Duchy of Cornwall and Queen Elizabeth I.

Still owned by his descendants, Pencarrow is anything but a museum. Family photos, children’s toys, hats on classical busts and the pet dog Oscar bring this Cornish mansion alive and allow you a glimpse of what it’s like to live surrounded by so much history. And please don’t be too surprised at the odd cobweb here or there – after all, this really is a family home.
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  • Enjoyable half day walking around the grounds of Pencarrow house. Nice shady areas, lots of wildlife and birds. By the lake is a great place to sit for a while.  more »
  • We went on a day when the house was closed though the gardens and grounds were open. A good time to go if you want to avoid other people. We had a fantastic walk round the grounds and gardens, absolut...  more »
  • House is by guided tour only as part is the family home. We felt quite rushed and not time to look at artifacts in rooms most of guides information is about the portraits on walls so much more to see....  more »
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  • A very good guided tour of the house. Beautiful gardens and walks to explore. Cafe/restaurant excellent. We had a very chilled out visit.
  • Well worth a visit. Beautiful grounds and very comprehensive house tour. Good value.
  • Gorgeous dog-friendly grounds, lovely little cafe with outside seating with resident peacocks watching you consume your cream teas!
  • Had a really great day .Everybody so friendly .food good .excellent tour of the house..and lovely walks.
  • Peaceful gardens, lovely tea room with light meals as well. Interesting and historical 🏠