Heading down south, your first thoughts may gather you towards the patchwork of stunning vistas forming Cornwall’s unique natural landscape. But hidden amongst the scenery are golden reminders of Cornish heritage and times gone by.
Prideaux Place, sitting on the outskirts of Padstow, is an Elizabethan manor house with views overlooking the town’s harbour. Completed in 1592, the magnificent house has remained in the Prideaux family for over 425 years.
Having changed very little over the centuries, the house is a wonderful time capsule transporting visitors back through the ages. Combining traditional Elizabethan architecture with a later 18th Century influence, a large portion of the house is now open to visitors to explore.
Here you can discover all about the family’s fascinating family-tree and the many stories hidden within the walls. Make sure you keep an eye out for the family’s more unusual residents too. Particularly, Me Too, the faithful companion and teddy bear of Peter Prideaux-Brune himself. Rumour has it that, when the lights go out at night, all of Prideaux Place’s teddy bears and their friends gather together. What do they get up to? Well, you’ll have to ask them.
As well as the house, itself brimming with history, paintings and antiques, there is plenty to discover in the grounds. A stunning garden, the result of a carefully carried out restoration project, and a deer park are open to visitors and absolutely worth a visit in their own right. The deer park, one of the oldest park herds in England, is home to a herd of fallow deer. Keep your eyes peeled for Snowflake, the park’s only white doe.
If you’d like to visit, there are guided tours of the house available. Usually, these do not need to be booked in advance and visitors can choose from one of four tours that take place throughout the afternoon. The first tour commences at 1.30pm, and the final begins at 4pm.
During your tour you will be shown around Prideaux Place, which is still lived in by the Prideaux family today. Learn all about the house’s history and look at the many artefacts and family photographs inside. If you are feeling peckish, a group cream tea can also be arranged in advance.
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