Port Eliot

Port Eliot you will find not only a bewildering array of shrubs and magnificent trees, but also turn of the century summerhouses, fountains, ornamental ponds and even a secret maze which children love to explore while you lie on the bank with a good book and look out at the estuary.

The Boat House is an 18th Century building in the picturesque manner. It functioned as a working dock until the arrival of the railways in the 1860’s. Prior to this all journeys eastward started from the Boat House quayside to Plymouth to fetch household supplies and make connections to London. Today it is the scene of the infamous One Minute Disco at the Port Eliot Festival and home to the Caught By The River venue.

The Rhododendron Garden is over 100 years old, planted by successions of Eliots. Many species and hybrids are represented here, mainly laid out at the end of the 19th century. Small paved paths meander through these lovely plants with gloriously blowsy and scented blooms. Picnic beneath them on a sunny May afternoon or in one of the Summerhouses.

Springtime at Port Eliot is sensational. Wander amongst thousands and thousands of daffodils, find the ravishing camellia glade, and be stunned by drifts of wild garlic, primroses, hellebores, hyacinths, crocuses and snowdrops.


From the A38, follow the signs for St Germans (B3249). Turn left into the Port Eliot/Tideford Cricket Ground Entrance. Follow the gravel drive down to the car park.

From Torpoint, turn right at Polbathic and follow the signs for St Germans and then Port Eliot. The entrance to Port Eliot is on the B3249 outside the village on the way to the A38.


  • There are spaces for vehicles of registered drivers with disabilities beside the house
  • A vehicle is available for those who require assistance between the house and the car park/Tea Room
  • The paths are rough and uneven in places
  • Dogs are allowed off the lead on the Park on Wednesdays and on other days on the lead in the gardens
  • Tea Room
  • Toilets

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Address: Port Eliot Estate Office, St Germans, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 5ND
Telephone: 01503 230211
Email: info@porteliot.co.uk

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