Cornwall at Pentillie Castle Tour, September 1-4 (Organised by Backwater Tours)


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  • Exclusive use of luxurious Cornish castle
  • Superb views of River Tamar from some bedrooms
  • Fabulous grounds and surrounding woodland
  • In an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Visit the Eden Project and Dartmoor

Built in the 17th century, Pentillie Castle is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Cornish banks of the River Tamar. Set on an estate that spans almost 2000 acres, the Castle offers luxurious accommodation. All ten bedrooms are en-suite (some with Victorian style roll-top baths!) offering views over the River Tamar and surrounding woodland. Relax in the Drawing Room where you can help yourself to a drink (or two!) from the honesty bar, or sit out on the terrace.

Pentillie Castle is quite simply one of the most relaxing places you will ever stay at. It is not a hotel (there is no room service, reception etc), but rather it is what so many country house hotels only claim to be  a chance to be a guest in a fine country home, amongst friends.

History James Tillie, who served as land agent to the nearby estate of Sir John Coryton, built Pentillie in 1698. When Sir John died in mysterious circumstances, Tillie married his widow, joining the two estates and considerably improving his wealth. He had grandiose ideas of himself and commissioned a statue of his likeness to stand outside the castle.

When Tillie himself died he asked to be interred in a purpose-built mausoleum at Pentillie so he would be ready for his resurrection. A statue of him still remains in the mausoleum. In 1809 William Wilkins remodelled Pentillie into a commanding castle fit for its location over the Tamar Valley.

Today the estate is managed by the latest generation of the Coryton family who are keen to preserve the magic of Pentillie for centuries to come. During the most recent restoration of the mausoleum, the Corytons have uncovered even more of the fascinating history.
Eden Project A living Theatre of Plants in the heart of Cornwall.The Eden Project is a gateway into this fascinating interactive world of plants and people, a living Theatre, exploring our global garden inheritance – revealing plants, as you’ve never seen them before.

The word Dartmoor conjures up many things to many people. Some think of ponies and cream teas, others picture vast tracts of wilderness and bottomless bogs. Backwater Tours have planned a Tulip Run across the moor.


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