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Helpful information

Pencarrow is unique, we are a family home and not part of the National Trust.

The gardens are open every day until the 31st October 2022 10.00 – 5.00pm

The house is open for guided tours every day (except Saturdays) until the 28th October. We are not taking pre-bookings but you will need to book onto a tour on arrival

First tour of the house will start at 11.15 and then every 45 minutes, the last tour being 3.00pm (tours generally run to these timings but can slightly change from time to time)

The cafe is open every day (except Saturdays) until the 28th October 10.30 – 4.30pm – lunches served from 12.00 – 2.30pm – last orders 4.30pm

The shop is open every day (except Saturdays) until the 28th October 10.00 – 5.00pm

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5 - 16 year olds

Under 5s

Registered disabled

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Peacock café

The Peacock café is housed in a beautiful vaulted building with plenty of space outdoors. Here you will find tempting cakes, lovely lunches and a great selection of teas and coffees. All our food is freshly made and locally sourced with the best Cornish produce. Alongside you will find our natural children’s play area – complete with a one of a kind slate roofed Wendy house!

Please note that there is no charge for visiting the Café only, just let our friendly staff in the shop know on arrival.

Outside seating at the Peacock CafeDelicious homemade cakes in our cafe

Gift and plant shop

In the cobbled car park you’ll find what was once the stables and carriage yard. Our gift shop has a range of local treats from food and drink to artisan soaps, cosmetics and cards. In the plant shop you can peruse at your leisure the selection of herbs, flowers, shrubs and trees.

Fun Fact: We work together with Treseders, a family-run nursery between Bodmin and St Austell where the owner, James Treseder, is a descendant of another James Treseder. Back in the 1820s he served his garden apprenticeship under the great plant hunter William Lobb before founding his own plant import business in Truro. The Treseders and the Molesworths undoubtedly would have done business in the Victorian era, as they are doing now.

Cornish crafts in the gift shop

A dog friendly day out

We love dogs at Pencarrow! Your furry friend is most welcome to explore our gardens. We just ask that in the area around the outside of the house and the café you keep them on the lead as we have free range chickens and peacocks, but for the rest of the grounds feel free to let them run off some steam.  Please do not leave your dog inside the car on warm and sunny days. We are sorry but no dogs inside the house itself (except assistance dogs), they are welcome in the small room in our cafe and in the outside seating area. You can also treat your pooch to a doggy ice-cream from our cafe (old sock flavour is very popular!) Water bowls are available outside the gift shop and the café and there is a dog poo bin at the entrance to the car park.

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Corporate events

Organising a corporate event? At Pencarrow we can cater for promotional events, conferences, receptions and VIP dinners – whether in our marquee or outside. Simple buffets and light refreshments can be provided in-house. Guided house and garden tours can be incorporated into your event and we are always pleased to adapt to suit clients’ individual requirements. Please give Tracy a call to discuss your event 01208 841 369.

Corporate events at Pencarrow

Visitors with limited mobility

On arrival please call in at the gift shop (situated in the main car park) and let them know of any particular requirements you may have for your visit.

• Parking – we have disabled parking available just outside the house entrance. There are also places to park very close to the café. Please call into the gift shop situated in the main car park and they will direct you.
• The Peacock café, gift and plant shop are fully accessible.
• Toilets – we have a unisex disabled toilet.
• House tours – ramps are available for wheelchairs access into the main house. There are seats in most of the rooms on the tour for those who cannot stand for long periods of time. For those who cannot manage the stairs, we are able to offer access to a film of the upstairs part of the tour, which visitors can watch downstairs.
• Gardens – the paths are hard, gravelly and mostly level but as the gardens are listed and old we ask for your understanding that some of the walkways are uneven. There are gentle slopes on the walk to the American Gardens but wheelchair users with strong arms or motors have said it is worth the effort! We have two ramps onto and off the grass on the East Lawn. There are steps around the garden; but we have a map in the Gift Shop which shows you where these are. The more robust mobility scooters may be able to access the slopes to the lake, however the smaller less sturdy scooters may struggle to cope with the terrain.
• Assistance dogs are welcome, including in the house and Peacock café.
• Wheelchairs – we have two wheelchairs available for use. It is advisable to book these ahead of your visit, please telephone 01208 841 369.
Sadly we regret due to safety that we can no longer allow mobility scooters inside the house. We do have wheelchairs to use and of course your own wheelchair is allowed.

"We enjoyed a really interesting tour of this lovely old house. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was nice to visit a property that is still owned and lived in by descendants of the original family."

Group booking enquiry

At Pencarrow we are happy to cater for groups. We have plenty of parking suitable for coaches. Please fill in the form below about your trip and we will contact you as soon as possible:

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