Antony House and Gardens
Antony Estate, Torpoint, PL11 2QA Tel: 01752 812191
Overlooking the beautiful tidal Lynher River this grand 18th-century mansion is nestled in parkland and stunning gardens.
Visit this family museum and follow the fascinating history of the Carews back to Domesday when they lived nearby in a 15th Century manor. They built the present house in the early 1700s. Antony's formal courtyard, terraces and ornamental design were a result of the Restoration that provoked a surge of more elaborate and formal garden designs. A sketch of the front of the garden, done by Edmund Prideaux in 1727, shows the original design and walled garden. It also shows a dovecote that still remains to be seen here today. Explore the interior of the house, adorned with paintings, furniture and textiles collected by the Carew family over almost 600 years.
For six weeks from 1st September 2008 Antony House turned into a film set as over 400 cast and crew from London and America flocked to the site to film important scenes for Disney’s remake of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inside the eighteenth century house, and within the confines of its atmospheric grounds.
The Tim Burton directed film stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway and was released in 2010 but why not visit Antony House now and see the places used to recreate the much-loved Alice story.