The house dates back to the 5th century and further spectacular additions, such as the mural in the Round Room by Robert Lenkiewicz and the maze in the gardens, are more recent. The grounds were landscaped in the 1790s by Humphrey Repton whilst the house was substantially altered by Sir John Soane at the turn of the 19th century, and both house and grounds have remarkable stories to tell.
Currently the house is occupied by the Countess of St Germans although the contents of the house reflect the accumulation of 30 generations of the ever prospering Eliot family. Amongst the family’s collections there are family portraits and a seascape showing Plymouth by Joshua Reynolds and several interesting pieces of museum quality furniture including an early Boule armoire. The park and more than 100 acres of gardens include a cast rhododendron garden, a maze, a bowling green, orangery, arboretum and magnificent view of the estuary and a Brunel viaduct. Considered one of the most magical gardens in England, the house and grounds remain secluded from the outside world. It is a tranquil haven.
Accessibility to parts of the house and grounds may prove difficult for some people and visitors are advised to check the website www.porteliot.co.uk for further information or telephone the Port Eliot Estate Office prior to their visit to discuss any accessibility problems. Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds, and Port Eliot is the venue for the annual Port Eliot Dog Festival & Whippet Tea Party, held on Saturday 6th May 2017.