Mount Edgcumbe House (1547) was a pioneer building in the development of the great Elizabethan country home. Its revolutionary
layout reversed centuries of defensive design with the house looking outward to maximise the spectacular views.
The House was struck by incendiary devices in 1941 and fire gutted the interior. The family rebuilt using the original walls and turrets and furnished it with possessions saved from destruction. Today
visitors can enjoy portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Alexander Stanhope Forbes and Nicholas Condy amongst a myriad of paintings, tapestries, period furniture and some of the earliest examples of porcelain made in Britain. Admission fee’s apply to House entry.
The Shipwreck Exhibition:
Metta Catharina An ordinary ship, an extraordinary story During a storm in 1786 the Metta Catharina was dragged to her doom in Plymouth Sound. She lay undisturbed in the deeps off Mount Edgcumbe for 200 years before her remains were uncovered by amateur divers. Explore the story of the ship and crew, understand what life was like onboard and marvel at the amazingly preserved cargo and personal possessions. Shipwreck exhibition, admission is included in the price of a ticket for the House and Earl’s Garden.
The Earl’s Garden
One garden – the Earl’s Garden around the House – was always retained as the family’s private retreat. It is situated on the shoulder of Mount Edgcumbe itself, protected from prevailing winds, and offers wonderful glimpses of the sea through a canopy of Mexican pine, Cedar of Lebanon and a magnificent Lucombe oak. This calm green space is populated with three summer houses and an extraordinary shell seat. The public are welcome to visit and entry to the Earl’s Garden is included in the price of a House ticket.
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