A house full of intrigue and personal treasures

Generations of the Carew Pole family look down from portraits adorning the walls of the house and there are many stories to be told...

The house is full of personal treasures and family stories from generations back. Start your tour of the house in the inner hall with Charles I looking 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

Learn about Richard Carew, 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.

The Carew Pole family still live in the house today so expect to see historic collections next to recently collected personal treasures. The house is currently home to Tremayne and Charlotte Carew Pole with their two children Jemima and Lucian so you may see favourite toys lying around too.

Jemima, Charlotte, Lucian & Tremayne Carew Pole
Jemima, Charlotte, Lucian & Tremayne on the main lawn in front of the black walnut tree
Jemima, Charlotte, Lucian & Tremayne Carew Pole

On dates throughout the year you can find out how the conservation team look after the precious items in the house. By looking after the collection carefully we can preserve its life and keep telling family stories through the window of collected personal treasures for generations to come. Come along to one of our conservation in action days to find out more.

Book conservation
Person cleaning the spine of a book with a brush
Book conservation