For some, Port Eliot can be a retreat of tranquility and magic for others it can become a fantastical pleasure ground of music, drums and laughter. An extraordinary marriage begins in an extraordinary location. Port Eliot hosts bespoke wedding celebrations, each as individual as the couple at the heart of them.
A Port Eliot wedding can be a classical fairy-tale or a story of Bohemian decadence (perhaps even a little bit of both). As a private house with extensive grounds, a superb contacts book and an open mind, Port Eliot provides an unforgettable setting for all styles of celebration.
Where better place to celebrate your wedding day, than in the woodland gardens and park of an ancient stately home and mediaeval monastery in south east Cornwall (the oldest continually inhabited dwelling in the UK). Whether you take the House for a day or the grounds for a weekend retreat, you and your guests will be welcomed to Port Eliot and made to feel at home.
Port Eliot House is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and partnerships, but for those seeking something a little more traditional, the Norman church of St Germans Priory next door can bring a touch of 13th-century grandeur to the ceremony.
The charming Georgian Orangery, with its secret garden and chandeliers entwined with silk flowers, can accommodate 130 guests for a civil ceremony.
The Boat House is an 18th Century building in the picturesque manner. It is truly a hidden gem, offering stunning views over the Lynher estuary. Get married under the canopy of the boathouse porch, with all of your friends around you.
The Round Room
Port Eliot’s central room boasts a 360° masterpiece mural by Robert Lenkiewicz alongside great works by Reynolds and Van Dyck. This most spectacular room provides an unforgettable backdrop for any Champagne reception.
The Drawing Room
Once the Refectory of the monastery, the impressive Drawing Room has most recently been remodeled by Sir John Soane. He created the delightful enfilade, which runs from the conservatory and through several rooms, bringing a wonderful amount of natural light into the house. Adjoining the Salon, it is one of the most glorious rooms in which to hold civil ceremonies (up to 120 people) and overlooks the splendidly landscaped Repton Park.
The Big Dining Room
The Big Dining Room is the perfect area to host a grand feast for up to 60 wedding guests. With an enviable black book of inspired chefs, dining at Port Eliot runs the gamut from haute cuisine banquets to the best locally sourced, home-cooked farm-fresh food. Our specially selected chefs offer the finest catering...
...Of course, anything is possible; it is only limited by imagination and budget.
One of the most beautiful places in Cornwall, Port Eliot offers something for everyone; young-hearted love to run free on the lawns, others prefer the calm and dappled shade of the woodland garden. Guests can wander amidst the rhododendrons and camellias; get lost in the maze, or marvel at the landscaping designed by Sir Humphrey Repton in the Grade I Listed garden, as they walk along the hidden gems of the estuary walk and the viaduct.
Wedding receptions at Port Eliot can be wonderfully personalised, not packaged, at every level. However you chose to embellish your wedding – fresh flowers, décor, drinks, menus, music and more – we can help tailor the day to your individual tastes.
And when the vows have been spoken and the dining is done, the celebrations can really begin. As night falls, Port Eliot can be transformed into an enchanting wonderland when the air shimmers with tinkling fairy lights and candle-lit paths with glowing lanterns floating along the river like magical little boats.
Whether your taste is for classical charm, or rock and roll lavishness, Port Eliot makes a spectacular and unusual setting for any wedding. Few stately homes can boast a setting as picturesque as Port Eliot’s. It nestles in a rolling Cornish valley, is flanked by a Brunel viaduct and presided over by a castellated stately home set in Humphry Repton- designed parkland.
We aim to ensure you have a highly individual and exclusive wedding. We revel in unusual ideas! Every wedding is unique. At Port Eliot, one of the most important days of your life can be truly magical. You will have the support of Lucy, our wedding manager, before and on the day of your wedding.