First recorded as being Lords of Prideaux Castle, Luxulyan 1000 years ago, the family has been based at Prideaux Place since 1592, still lived in by the family who built it.
The house, surrounded by 40 acres of landscaped grounds and with its ancient Deer Park, is a charming mix of Elizabethan, Strawberry Hill Gothic and Georgian eras. Each room has its own individuality from all these different ages and one of it has been spoilt by Victorian additions.
The 18th-century outbuildings in the Stable Courtyard are worth a visit by themselves and the newly restored gardens are a compliment to the 1740’s Temple, Exedra and the 1750’s Double Dairy and battlements. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of Padstow and enjoy our fully licensed tearoom for a light lunch or Cream Tea overlooking the Deer Park to the Camel Estuary and beyond.
Now an international film location where such luminaries as Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Richard E Grant, Ralph Fiennes, Kiera Knightley, Joanna Lumley and Peter O’Toole and many other famous names have all acted.
Today’s opening hours
Daily 10am to 5pm.
Closed on Saturdays and 1st May.
House: 21 to 25 April and 12 May to 3 October: tours Sundays to Thursdays, 13:30pm - 16:30pm.
Grounds and café: 7 April to 25 October, Sundays to Fridays, 10.30am to 17:00pm.
Padstow is easy to find, from the A30 take the Wadebridge/Padstow road where signposted.
The nearest railway station is Bodmin Parkway with bus connection to Padstow, just a 10 minute walk from the town centre.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
House and garden: Adults: £10, Children (12-16 years): £5
Grounds only: Adults: £4, Children (12 -16 years): £2
Group Rates on Application
Group bookings for 15 or more are available all year round by appointment and by prior arrangement German and French speaking guides can be provided.
Group cream teas should be booked in advance.
Please contact Carmen Hocking on 01841 532411 or email us on : firstname.lastname@example.org
A word from the owner
Mrs Thatcher, as she was then, made an impromptu visit to the house when staying in Cornwall and Peter Prideaux-Brune answered the door. She asked if she could have a look around the house. Peter went to ask his father and was told rather abruptly 'no, not now, I'm having my lunch!' So Peter took her around and she was incredibly knowledgeable and charming.
An entry in the Parish Register shows that a peel of welcome was rung for the future Charles II in 1645 on his way to Pendennis Castle and family history relates that he spent a night here at Prideaux Place, a story however unproved. Also as the Prideaux family were Parliamentarians at the date it may seem unlikely. Cunningly the young Elizabeth Prideaux was married to Sir William Morice of Werrington who was Charles II’s Secretary of State and arranged for the future King’s return to the throne.
We have Charles II’s signed Pardon forgiving the Prideaux family for their part in the Civil War and restoring all their lands and chattels. Ironically Sir Beville Grenville, the great hero of the Royalist cause, who died at the Battle of Landowne, was a close relation to the Prideaux family. Indeed, the Grenville Room here is his third, and only surviving son’s Dining Room from Stowe House, Kilkhampston, the panelling, inset with paintings by Verrio and even his stone wine cooler. All moved here when the house was destroyed in 1739.
More recently HRH The Princess Royal visited Prideaux Place to attend a Save the Children reception.
Choose Prideaux Place for your special day. Choose between the The Great Hall, Drawing Room, Elizabethan Dining Room and outside in the Temple/Gazebo.
Ultimately, the greatest compliment we can offer is that Prideaux Place and the staff provided us with the best day of our lives. It exceeded our expectations and quite simply was perfect.
We welcome requests for corporate hire.