Near Padstow on the north coast of Cornwall you can explore the beautiful Grade I listed Elizabethan manor that has been home to the Prideaux family for over 425 years.
We were lucky enough to be able to shoot our latest collection there, and to find out more about the fascinating history behind this unique family home.
Steeped in History
The Prideaux Place estate was originally held by Bodmin Priory until the dissolution of the monasteries, when it was acquired by the Prideaux family who still live there today.
The house as it stands today was completed in 1592 by Nicholas Prideaux, but was extended by Edmund Prideaux in the 17th century and remodelled in the Gothic Revival style by Rev Charles Prideaux-Brune in the 1800s, giving it a distinctive medley of architectural features.
Fourteen generations of the same family have built a colourful history here. In 1944 the 121st Engineer Combat Battalion of the US Army marched from Prideaux Place to embark for the D-Day Normandy landings.
We’re not the only ones who have found inspiration on this beautiful estate: Winston Graham, author of the Poldark novels, was a regular visitor to the house and included Prideaux Place in his stories. It’s one of Cornwall’s most sought-after film locations, playing host to British acting royalty, and attracting visitors from around the world. Some of the big names in Prideaux’s visiting book include Joanna Lumley, Kiera Knightly, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Grant, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Imelda Staunton. While its walls have also been the setting for the Antiques Roadshow, Most Haunted, and Countryfile.
Today, Peter Prideaux-Brune and his wife Elisabeth live at Prideaux Place, and continue to make significant restorations in order to keep it open to the public.
Guided tours take visitors around some of the 81 rooms, giving a glimpse inside this unique family home. Its eclectic contents include Italian artworks, a collection of Teddy Bears from around the world, and England’s oldest cast iron cannon in the Armoury.
Outside, hedged walks lead down from the house entrance to landscaped Cornish gardens surrounded by an ancient park, which is home to a thriving herd of fallow deer. We loved the panoramic views of Bodmin Moor to the south, and stretching right out to the sweeping Camel Estuary and the north Cornish coastline.
Behind the Scenes
We were lucky enough to be able to shoot our latest arrivals in one of our favourite parts of the estate, the old barn known as ‘the Rink’, which as was once used as a dance hall. With its white painted walls and rustic beamed roof it was the perfect backdrop for showcasing our new collection.
Our Homegrown Style capsule featuring clean cut workwear shapes stands out against the well-worn barn interior, while the Cornish blooms featuring on our new dresses fit perfectly in Prideaux’s beautiful surrounding gardens.