Last week I visited the ancient Cornish town of Totnes & a 16th Century Cornish Stately Home called Mount Edgcumbe House.
Mount Edgcumbe House & Country park is reached by a ferry from Plymouth to Cremyll & is set amid extensive parkland right on the edge of Rame peninsula opposite Drake’s Island, both overlooking Plymouth Sound.
An island with history – used for prisoners during the Napoleonic wars & for WWII defence. It also lays claim to where Robert Lilburne (older brother of John the Leveller), Regicide of the English Civil War, was incarcerated for High Treason & where he died in 1665.
Edgecumbe house has a Bronze Age burial mound & shell encrusted grotto dedicated to Captain Cook, a deer park dating from Henry VIII’s permission to keep one, an 18th Century folly made of medieval masonry, Milton’s Temple & 108 different species of trees. It is Grade II listed, whilst the formal gardens are Grade I.