Cornwall PL12 5ND
Port Eliot is a Grade 1 listed house, and its park and gardens are also Grade 1 listed. The house at Port Eliot has been lived in for over 1,000 years, and it is believed to be the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK. The earliest written reference to Port Eliot is from the 5th century AD. Augustinian monks were there from the year 937 AD. www.porteliot.co.uk
St Germans Church dates from the 12th century. It is a Grade 1 listed Norman priory church, built on the site of Cornwall’s first cathedral. It features original twin towers, a magnificent carved West Door, beautiful stained glass and fascinating monuments. http://www.stgermanspriory.info/
We shall have lunch at Scholars, a popular local wine bar – see reviews on Facebook and Tripadvisor.
St Germans Church is a 5-minute walk from the station, and Port Eliot is a further 5-minute walk. Venetia Lynch, Chief Steward at Port Eliot, will be our guide for both the church and the house. The detailed programme is as follows:
11.04 Arrive at St Germans station
11.30 Private guided tour of St Germans Church
12.30 Lunch at Scholars Wine Bar, St Germans. There is a special two-course pensioner lunch at £7.50
1.30 Private guided tour of the whole house at Port Eliot (£12.50)
3.30 Free time to visit the garden, then direct exit from bottom of garden to Scholars
5.00 Tea and biscuits at Scholars (probable cost £2)
5.45 Depart for station
Port Eliot and St Germans are in Cornwall, just across the county boundary. St Germans is on the main train line from Paddington to Penzance, so it is recommended that we go by train. The proposed trains are the 09.26 train from Exeter, which arrives at St Germans at 11.04. Coming back, we shall take the 18.25 train from St Germans, which gets to Exeter at 19.48. The cost of a return ticket is £13.40, or £8.85 with a railcard.
(Details updated 15 May 2018)