is a truly unique building found near Saltash and Torpoint on
the Cornwall and Devon border.
Both the house and the grounds that surrounded it are Grade 1
listed - the building is thought to have been lived in for over
1000 years, making it the oldest continually inhabited dwelling
in the UK.
Being a busy, working house, it has collected treasures over its
time, many of which are on display to the public. Then there are
the 11 staircases, 15 back doors and 82 chimneys to take in!
The grounds, which were once an estuary until the water was
diverted away, contain an 18th century Boat House plus
stunningly arranged gardens, a glasshouse, a Rhododendron
garden, a summerhouse and a nine arch Romanesque viaduct
designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for The Great Western
Railway in 1864. A walk around the grounds is worthwhile anytime
if you don't mind getting a little wet on a rainy day.
Note, Port Eliot is open April to September.