Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park is just a few miles from Plymouth (although technically it’s in Cornwall) and it’s every bit as grand as you’d expect the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe to be!
The house looms on a hill on the stunning Rame Peninsula and the gardens roll on for 865 carefully tended acres. The gardens are Grade I listed and for the most part they’re free to wander around if the house isn’t open or you just want to enjoy the scenery. Look out for the National Camelia Collection as it’s beautiful. There is a fee to enter the Earl’s Garden.
The house was first built during the 1500s and was carefully restored at the end of World War Two. The house was the first of its kind in the country to be built to enjoy the surroundings rather than as a defensive building, so expect fantastic views across Devon and Cornwall.
If you’re ever on a Plymouth holiday you can take the foot ferry across the river to Cornwall in just a few minutes and you’ll land pretty much at the foot of the gardens – so bear this attraction in mind if you’re ever staying in the area.
Phone: 0844 682 0380
Address: Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ