A lived-in family home

Antony library

Your visit might include the house, taking in the personal touches of a grand yet comfortable family home. There are expansive views from the upstairs bedroom windows.

The house sits high above the river Lynher with sweeping views over the Repton designed landscape. The beautifully situated house is built from a rare pentewan stone which glows a silvery grey in the sunlight and gives the building its distinctive colour.

Antony is a house full of faces and personalities. Generations of Carews look down from gilded frames as you walk through the rooms. A rich family history tells of English Civil War intrigue and the remarkable scholarship and creativity of an aristocratic family.

Sunlit hall
Antony house hall with light coming in through the windows
Sunlit hall

The house is full of personal treasures and family stories from generations back. Charles I looks down from a portrait above the fireplace pictured at his trial in 1648, one month before his execution. The Civil War weaves its way through the family history. Meet Alexander Carew in the Library who opportunistically raised a militia for the parliamentarian cause and suffered the consequences of his decision.

Generations of the Carew Pole family look down from the staircase
Family portraits lining the main staircase at Antony
Generations of the Carew Pole family look down from the staircase

A portrait of Richard Carew hangs in the hall, a scholar, antiquary and author of the Survey of Cornwall (1602), an unrivalled portrait of Elizabethan Cornwall. Any subject could stir his curiosity from the rules of Cornish wrestling to the best way to pickle a pilchard.

A visit to Antony has the personal touch and the spirit of collecting is still alive. Expect to see two hundred year old portraits hanging next to twentieth century glass ornaments. The latest generation of Carew Poles live in the house too so you might even spot their favourite toys.