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Pictures of Antony House

a Historic Building in the town of Torpoint, in the county of Cornwall

About Antony House

This elegant rectangular house was built for Sir William Carew between 1711 and 1721. The building, which is to a simple design is of silver-grey stone with foliage covered brick wings. This has been the home of the great Cornish Carew family for over 600 years, with a previous house having stood on the same spot.

The entrance facade shows dormer windows set into the roof, nine windows to the first storey, and eight below. The front porch with its graceful glass panelled entrance door is an addition of 1839. Given it's exterior appearance of light and grace, the interior of Antony House comes as a surprise, for the rooms are somewhat smaller than expected. None-the-less, the rich Dutch oak panelling of the period is a joy to behold.

In the Library, visitors to the house can see a copy of Richard Carew's Survey of Cornwall, published in 1602. Other rooms contain fine furniture made for the house, excellent family portraits, sporting paintings, and porcelain. There is also a superb collection of Soho tapestries in the tapestry room.

The ground floor is arranged with rooms leading off a central hall from which a fine staircase rises in two broad flights. At first floor level visitors can see a series of splendid bedrooms, lavishly furnished in 18th century style.

Antony House is surrounded by landscaped grounds and garden which were laid out by Henry Repton, these run down to the picturesque River Lynher, giving the opportunity for quiet riverside strolls. In the grounds there is much stone carving and a Burmese temple bell brought back by Sir Reginald Pole-Carew from India and Burma. The garden features a formal courtyard, terraces abundant with flowers, an ornamental Japanese pond and a Knot garden. There are lovely woodland walks and a huge collection of day lilies.

A visit to this beautiful house offers enjoyment for all the family. There is a restaurant for refreshment, glorious picnic spots, a shop for souvenirs, and at certain times of the year the house hosts special events including open-air concerts.

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