The Original Garden Visitor's Guide


Pencarrow, the much-loved home of the Molesworth-St Aubyn family for nearly 500 years, is set in 50 acres of Grade II* woodland and garden where dogs and children are most welcome. Superb specimen conifers from around the world tower over a profusion of azaleas, magnolias and camellias galore, with 700 varieties of rhododendron adding to the blaze of spring colour; blue hydrangeas line the mile-long carriage drive throughout the summer.

Start exploring and you’ll find a surprise around every corner – ancient Celtic cross, a 2,000 year old Iron Age hill fort, Victorian lake and ice house, grotto, restful Italian gardens with fountain and an enormous rockery that was once the largest in the country.

The Georgian house boasts an impressive library with secret door (think of Harry Potter meets Narnia), elegant but “lived in” reception rooms, period bedrooms and collections of family prams, dolls, oriental porcelain, fascinating antique furniture and portraits.

Fact File

Opening Times: Gardens: daily 10.00 – 5.30 from March 1st – October 31st. (Open 7 days a week)
House, café and shop: 2nd April 2017 - 28th Sept 2017 (closed Fridays and Saturdays)
Guided tours of the house start at 11.15 and then every 45 minutes, the last tour 3.00pm
Admission Rates: Adults: House & Gardens, Adults £10.75 Concessions (over 60's) £9.75.
Gardens only: Adults £5.75 Concessions £5.25 Children under 16 free
Group Rates: Group rate and disabled concessions available
Facilities: Shop, Plant Sales, Cafe
Disabled Access: Yes (partly). Wheelchair loan available – booking required
Toilets on Site: Yes.
Car/Coach Parking: Yes.
Guided Tours: Yes, booking required on arrival at house.
Special Events: Please see website for craft fairs, outdoor theatre etc.
Length of Visit: House: 1 hour; gardens 2+ hours
Booking Contact: Tracy Davies, Pencarrow, Washaway, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 3AG
Booking Tel No: 01208 841369
Location: 4 miles north of Bodmin on A389