Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
Cremyll, Torpoint, PL10 1HZ Tel: 01752 822236
One of the jewels of south east Cornwall, but possibly better known by those in Plymouth, who can visit by ferry, the country park, formal gardens and house offer something for everyone.
Home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe for 400 years, the house and its furniture have been restored to reflect the 18th Century after a bomb during WW II destroyed almost everything. The adjacent Earls Garden with its shell grotto is only accessible to those paying to enter the house.
Down beside the river the colourful 18th Century gardens in the Italian, French and English styles are part of the country park and can be visited for free. The newly established American plantation and New Zealand garden complete the formal area which also includes the Orangery Restaurant. It is also one of only three Grade I Listed gardens in Cornwall.
A superb landscaped park, fallow deer, woodland and coastal walks, military fortifications and marvellous views, combine to make Mount Edgcumbe one of the most spectacular attractions in the West Country at any time of the year.
In the early spring the National Camellia collection is in full bloom and shortly afterwards the Rhododendrons brighten up all but the darkest corners while daffodils and bluebells carpet the woodland floor.