Discover….Historic houses in Cornwall

Cornwall is blessed with some magnificent period properties. Grand houses with even grander gardens are dotted throughout the Cornish landscape. And some of the most impressive historic houses in Cornwall are right on your doorstep, all within easy reach from Hengar Manor.

Here we look at five of the most popular historic houses in Cornwall – all within a relatively short drive of our North Cornwall Holiday Park.

Pencarrow House (6 miles / 15 minutes from Hengar Manor)

Pencarrow HousePencarrow House and Gardens is located just down the road from our holiday park. This 50-room Georgian mansion has been home to the Molesworth family since Elizabethan times and you can enjoy guided tours of the property, taking in the fine paintings, furniture and architecture. There is also 50 acres of parkland and woodland to enjoy as well as tea rooms and even a Wendy House for the kids!

Lanhydrock House (10 miles / 20 minutes from Hengar Manor)

Lanhydrock House and gardensA magnificent Victorian property, Lanhydrock is one of the grandest historic houses in Cornwall. Set in 1,000 acres of wooded parkland, there’s plenty to explore after you’ve looked around this grand period property. There’s 50 rooms to see; you can play the Steinway piano in the Long Gallery – and there’s even a museum and second-hand bookshop.

Prideaux Place (14 miles / 27 minutes from Hengar Manor)

Prideaux PlaceDescribed as one of the jewels in Cornwall’s heritage crown, Prideaux Place is well worth a visit. This stunning Elizabethan property has been home to 14 generations of the Prideaux family and is one of the Westcountry’s oldest houses still in habitation. It sits on the hill above Padstow and boasts beautiful views out over the Camel Estuary. It is bursting with Cornish history and has a fine collection of paintings, porcelain and furniture. There is also a café for light lunches and cream teas and you might even catch a glimpse of a heard of deer in the park.

Mount Edgcumbe Country House (39 miles / 1 hour 18 minutes from Hengar Manor)

Mount Edgcumbe Country House
Mount Edgcumbe Country House is one of the South West’s most popular attractions. This 400-year-old property is open from April through to September with the wider park open year round and is free to the public. The free area of the park includes the National Camellia Collection and the majority of the formal gardens.

Boconnoc House and gardens, near Lostwithiel (18 miles / 46 minutes from Hengar Manor)

boconnoc-houseBoconnoc House is a breath-takingly beautiful property and one of the marquee historic houses in Cornwall. With a grand entrance and stunning gardens it is well worth a visit. The estate and house were taxed in the Domesday Roll AD 1087 and the first recorded owners were the De Can family in 1268. Boconnoc lays on several of Cornwall’s biggest events, from the annual steam fair and spring fair to the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show and the house and gardens themselves are open with guided tours available.

Trerice House and Gardens (23 miles / 39 minutes from Hengar Manor)

Trerice House, Newquay, one of the many beautiful historic houses in Cornwall
An intimate Elizabethan manor and a Cornish gem, Trerice remains little changed by the advances in building fashions over the centuries. Today the renowned stillness and tranquillity of Trerice is much prized by visitors. Look out for Tudor-themed family and adult workshops, family trails and special Living History days.

Port Eliot House and Garden (28 miles / 48 minutes from Hengar Manor)


One of the most picturesque and beautiful historic houses in Cornwall, the Port Eliot estate is well worth a visit. Marvel at the landscaping designed by Sir Humphrey Repton in the Grade I Listed garden, as you walk along the hidden gems of the estuary walk and the viaduct. The house and gardens are extremely ancient as the site was once a monastery; the passage of time can be felt as you walk around the estate. Amongst the camellias and other flowers are old magnificent trees.

Want to see more even more of what Cornwall has to offer? Why not visit some of the beautiful public gardens in Cornwall…