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Pencarrow, Bodmin


PL30 3AG
Tel: +44(0)1208 841369
Fax: +44(0)1208 841722
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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, Pencarrow is stately and august – but not at all intimidating. Around the Palladian mansion are formal Grade 2* 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.

Geometry rules in the gardens on either side of the House, with circular lawns and rectangular beds. Some 50 acres of parkland, lake and woodland boast more than 700 varieties of rhododendrons and many camellias, easily accessible along well-maintained footpaths. Peacocks scream abuse at you, but Pencarrow is loved for the charming friendliness of the notices, urging you to enjoy the garden and woodlands.

There are lovely 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, Bodmin

With Disabled Access: Yes

Historic House, Grade 2* Listed, 14 public rooms, Gardens, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Children, Car Park, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available, Craft shop,

Weddings and Conferences
Pencarrow provides a truly beautiful venue for a wedding and reception. It is infinitely adaptable to suit formal and informal weddings and there are many options available, allowing you the freedom to create your own special day to your personal requirements. The Georgian house has four rooms licensed for ceremonies: the panelled music room and library, the lovely drawing room and the more informal old servants’ hall; the tearooms, with their vaulted brick ceiling, can also be used for the wedding ceremony, as well as a reception.

Or you can be married in a wisteria-draped arbour outside in the magnificent Grade 2* listed gardens, which also provide the ultimate setting for your wedding reception. The East Lawn is the ideal marquee area, while the lovely lawns, Italian Garden and fountain offer perfect focal points for your photographer.

Additional Services
All lunches and teas are freshly prepared to order. We use Cornish fare wherever possible. Items on the menu may vary depending on season and supply. Our prices will be updated for 2005 as soon as possible.

Opening Times
Gardens: March 1st to October 31st, 9.30am-5.30pm
House, tearoom and craft gallery:Sunday to Thursday, March 23rd to October 19th, 11am - 5pm (last tour of house at 3pm)

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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