The Country Park
Created in 1971, the park covers over 800 acres and is owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Councils. Mount Edgcumbe has been famous since the 18th Century for its landscape and gardens. Scattered throughout the Park are buildings - Thomson's Seat, Milton's Template, the Folly, the Arch - consciously sited to create views and atmosphere. Individual trees and plantations are placed to enhance a magnificent setting above Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar. Woodlands contain specimen trees such as Californian Redwood and Stone pines, and provide shelter for the herd of wild fallow deer. The Coastal footpath runs along the shores of the Park from Cremyll to Whitsand Bay. Grassy lawns sweep down to attractive shingle beaches
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only a stroll away from the Cremyll Ferry.
Mount Edgcumbe House & Earl's Garden
Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cotehele built a new home in his deer park at Mount Edgcumbe in 1547-53. Miraculously the walls of his red stone Tudor House survived a direct hit by bombs in 1941 and it was restored by the Earl of Edgcumbe between 1958-64.
It is now beautifully furnished with family possessions, including paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Gerard Edema and William van der Velde, Irish bronze age horns, 16th century tapestries and 18th century Chinese and Plymouth porcelain.
The Earl's Garden was created beside the House in the 18th century. Ancient and rare trees including a 400 year old lime, a splendid Lucombe oak, and a Mexican pine are set amidst classical garden houses and an exotic Shell Seat. Colourful flowers and heather grace the re-created Victorian East Lawn Terrace, which has spectacular views over Plymouth Sound.
The Formal Gardens
The formal gardens are grouped in the lower park near Cremyll. Originally a 17th century "wilderness" garden, the present scheme was laid out by the Mount Edgcumbe family in the 18th century. The Orangery housed orange trees which were taken out each summer into the Italian Garden with its mermaid fountain and classical statues. The
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French Garden overlooked by a conservatory is formally laid out with flower beds and box hedges. This contrasts with the English Garden with irregular lawns around the pretty English Garden House (1729). Here are unusual trees - cork oak, magnolias, a ginko and a paulownia tree. The modern American and New Zealand Gardens (with a geyser) reflect family connections. Since 1976 Mount Edgcumbe has also housed the National Camellia Collection.
You can also relax and take a break in the Italian Garden when you visit our Orangery Restaurant which serves a varied menu of local, seasonal food. If it's a quick snack or that last minute gift you're looking for then visit the Cremyll Lodge shop just inside the gates in the lower park. Quick and convenient it is ideally located near to the car park and the Cremyll Ferry.
Barrow Park Centre
A recently completed renovation of the estates service buildings has seen the introduction of the Stables Cafe and gift shop next to the House.
You can also visit the sawmill and wheelwright as well as taking a peak at the resident bat population through the bat cam.
Entry to the centre is free, but opening times vary seasonally so please check with the House.
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