Pentillie is a beautiful castle and estate situated next to the River Tamar in Cornwall, just on the Devon border and a convenient five minute drive from the A38. We couldn’t resist a trip to explore its rolling acres and relax in the peace of a grand old castle.
I had such a warm welcome. My room was big, warm and comfortable with lovely views (it’s impossible not to have a good view here!).
A Cornish destination wedding here would be a dream. It’s like a home from home, with large, comfortable rooms, lovely food and gorgeous views over the estate. Pentillie’s wooden floors and antique furniture really give the place a grand feel whilst maintaining a cosy and relaxing ambience.
Having been through a varied history of ownership, Pentillie is still family-owned and has been somewhat of a star of the screen. Having featured in Channel 4’s Country House Rescue series as well as a film and a drama, this impressive country house certainly has a few stories to tell.
I took a tour round the estate with Sammie, daughter of the estate’s owners, visiting the gardens, mausoleum, old sawmill and bathing hut on our journey before seeing what a wedding at Pentillie might look like.
With terraced gardens, huge reception rooms and 55 acres of woodland gardens for photos, a wedding at Pentillie would be rather special. They even offer elopement packages if you fancy escaping, just the two of you. The team will happily tailor-make a celebration specially for you, to make sure you have the day you’ve always dreamed of. At the moment they can cater for up to 60 guests for a ceremony in the castle and an extra 40 for an evening reception. They can accommodate up to 200 with the addition of a marquee, however renovations are underway to allow up to 150 guests in a separate area of the castle.
You can get married in the romantic bathing hut on the banks of the River Tamar, the Loggia on the South Terrace with views across to Dartmoor, the Pavilion, covered in romantic wisteria or the castle itself.
I enjoyed a delicious dinner – Pentillie don’t have a restaurant as such, but they do host ‘Dinner in the Castle’ most Thursday evenings. The menu is classic and delicious, with choices such as Cornish rarebit, monkfish and apple tart on offer. They also offer exquisite Cornish afternoon teas where you can escape for an afternoon of delicious treats and a wander around the gardens and woodland – bliss!
Pentillie are passionate about sustainability, winning Eco-Friendly Hotel of the Year at the Best Loved Hotel Awards, and Highly Commended at the 2016 Cornwall Tourism Awards. They have a biomass boiler, electric car charging points and work hard to encourage guests to conserve energy and travel to the castle by sustainable modes, offering a discount to those who do.
There’s really so much more to explore at Pentillie than I managed on my short trip, but the whole atmosphere is charming, with friendly staff and gorgeous grounds, and I’d love a chance to go back and see some more. I would highly recommend it as a venue for your luxury country wedding.
Pentillie Castle in Cornwall offers:
award-winning 5 star luxury B&B
the opportunity to celebrate your wedding in complete privacy with exclusive use of all 10 bedrooms
a truly unique history going back to 1698 when the castle was built
a spectacular setting just 20 minutes from Plymouth city centre
spring and summer entertainment with outdoor theatre on the terraces, and events such as Defender Day and PenGrillie
55 acres of woodland gardens to explore
bi-monthly ladies luncheons
afternoon teas every Sunday, Monday or Thursday subject to availability
dinners in the Castle as well as our Eat the Seasons dinners focussing on foraged and locally (from the Tamar Valley) sourced produce
corporate events with team-building opportunities
the chance to exclusively hire Pentillie Castle and host anniversary or birthday celebrations