Venues Port Eliot House and Gardens
Port Eliot House and Gardens
  • Located near Saltash, Cornwall
  • 1000 year-old Grade I-listed house
  • Gardens designed by Sir Humphrey Repton
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Outdoor and indoor spaces available
  • 200 guest capacity
  • Luxurious bridal suite
  • Furniture featured in ITV's 'Victoria'
  • No corkage charge
  • Hire on an exclusive basis

Located near Saltash in Cornwall, Port Eliot is an absolute hidden gem. This Grade I-listed house and its gardens are positively steeped in history, having at one time been an Augustinian monastery and later a home to the aristocracy. Still a working estate today, it is now available for weddings on an exclusive-use basis.

Licensed to hold civil ceremonies, couples may choose to tie the knot in any one of Port Eliot's grand reception rooms. Alternatively, the 13th century St. Germans Priory is just across the way. Port Eliot's very own wedding coordinator will be on hand throughout your planning process to see to every last detail.

History

With the earliest written reference to Port Eliot dating back to the 5th century, it's impossible to recount this phenomenal estate's entire history in just a small blurb, so we certainly won't attempt to!

Some of the more significant historical facts to note, however, include that the estate was home to an order of Augustinian monks from the year 937, and that the earliest evidence of a house on the site is a tile floor which dates back 1500 years ago to the Iron Age.

Remodelled in the late 18th century by Sir John Soane, the house has been the family seat of the Earl of St Germans for over 500 years.

Facilities

The Orangery

This light and airy garden space is both eclectic and elegant and is perfect for your ceremony, whether your celebration be large or small.

Ceremony capacity - 130 guests*

The Boathouse

This 18th century structure is truly romantic in every sense of the word and offers panoramic views over the Lynher estuary.

Ceremony capacity - 140 guests*

The Round Room

The "Magnum Opus" of Port Eliot's grand house, the Round Room boasts a 360 degree masterpiece mural by Robert Lenkiewicz, as well as pieces by Rembrandt and Van Dyck. It can host any part of your day you wish, whether that be the ceremony, champagne reception, or wedding breakfast.

Capacity - 100 guests*

The Drawing Room

Boasting panoramic views over Port Eliot's Repton Park, the Drawing Room is an elegant indoor setting for any part of your wedding day, and can adjoin the Salon to increase its capacity.

Ceremony capacity - 110 guests*

Drinks or informal buffet capacity - 100 guests

Banqueting capacity - 60 guests

The Dining Room

This opulent and lavishly decorated room is ideal for smaller receptions, lending your proceedings a more intimate feel and allowing you to keep your family and friends close throughout the day.

Ceremony capacity - 100 guests*

Evening reception capacity - 110 guests

Banqueting capacity - 60 guests

The Gardens

With vast expanses of land unfolding around Port Eliot's main house, the gardens are the perfect setting for a festival-style outdoor wedding. As Port Eliot is already home to a yearly music festival, they are already perfectly equipped to handle multiple marquees, and even glamping!

Whether you want a more traditional white marquee, some oversized tipi tents, or a massive party yurt, Port Eliot's event coordinators will help you track down the right vendors and will ensure that the set-up is as genuine as a real festival.

Capacity - dependent on your choice of marquee (maximum 200 guests)

Religious Ceremonies

For couples wishing to have their ceremony elsewhere, perhaps with added historical significance and grandeur, a 13th century Norman Priory is a short walk from the house. Contact the church directly for more information.

*These numbers represent seated guests. Added standing guests can be accommodated during civil ceremonies.

Catering

Although there are no on-site caterers at Port Eliot, a number of excellent catering companies are within easy reach, and the venue's wedding coordinator will happily make suggestions to suit your budget and tastes.

Couples are invited to provide their own wines and champagnes for their reception at no extra corkage charge.

Accommodation

For the newlyweds, two nights' accommodation in the Terrace Suite is included in all of Port Eliot's wedding packages. This sumptuous suite comprises a bedroom featuring a bed from the ITV series 'Victoria', a sitting room, and a bathroom with an incredible 6 foot-long bath.

For your guests, festival-style 'glamping' in the house's gardens can be arranged in the warmer months. There are also a number of excellent hotels and B&Bs nearby. From Spring/Summer 2018, self-catering accommodation within the house will be available for up to 12 further guests.

For more information on booking your wedding at Port Eliot, get in touch via the contact details above or below this listing.

Address
Port Eliot
St Germans
Saltash
Cornwall
PL12 5ND

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