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One of the smaller of Cornwall's many historic houses open to the public, Pencarrow is lesser known than some more prominent houses, such as its near neighbour, Lanhydrock House, but is crammed with historic interest and is well worth a visit.
Pencarrow House dates to 1765, when it was begun by Sir John Molesworth, the 4th baronet, and it was much altered a century later by the 8th baronet. The house is reached via a lovely shaded drive, which unfortunately does not allow a good view of the house itself. However a short walk from the car park brings you to the Palladian east front (see photo). This is lovely, though perhaps a bit austere, leaving no hint of the warmth inside.
Another humourous touch is provided by a large 18th century Chinese porcelain bowl; this was commissioned to portray a fox hunting scene, but the Chinese artisans employed to do the work were unfamiliar with European dress and custom, so the hunters are portrayed in Chinese dress, with nary a fox to be seen.
Pencarrow is surrounded by 50 acres of parkland, woods, and formal gardens, allowing enjoyable walks on a network of footpaths. A notable point of interest along the woodland paths is the Celtic Cross, moss-covered and suitably mysterious. Further along is the lake, a lovely pool amid the woodland greenery, and beyond that, the American Garden, featuring trees brought back from North America.
Address: Bodmin, Cornwall, England, PL30 3AG
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 4 m NW Bodmin, on A389
Phone: 01208 841 369
Historic Houses Association
OS: SX040 711
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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