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Antony House

Age group: 8+

Location: EAST Cornwall


Contact: nr Torpoint, PL11 2QA

TEL: 01752 812191


Antony House is the name given to an early 18th-century house, which today is in the ownership of the National Trust. It is located between the towns of Torpoint and the village of Antony in south east Cornwall, on the Rame Peninsula. It is a Grade I listed building.


The house is faced in silvery-grey Pentewan stone, flanked by colonnaded wings of mellow brick and overlooks the River Lynher. It was built for Sir William Carew between 1718 and 1724, and ever since has continued as the primary residence of the Carew family, who have owned the estate since the mid-16th century. Sir John Carew Pole gave the house and formal gardens into the care of the National Trust in 1961, on the understanding that the family could continue to reside there. Currently Sir Richard Carew Pole, previously president of the Royal Horticultural Society, lives there with his family.


Antony House hosts a splendid collection of portraits, including a portrait of Charles I of England at his trial. The grounds were landscaped by Georgian garden designer Humphry Repton and include the formal garden with the "National Collection of Day Lilies".


Antony is a beguiling mixture of the formal and informal. It's believed to be one of the finest surviving Queen Anne buildings in the West Country.


The house and gardens are open to viewing by the public between March and October.


DID YOU KNOW..? Filming for the 2010 Disney film production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, took place in the grounds of Antony House in September 2008!

Torpoint 2 miles, Looe 14 miles, Saltash 15 miles, Liskeard 15 miles