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Many Georgian stately homes are, so the guidebooks tell us, built round the core of the old Elizabethan
or Tudor manor house. This, I find, is often difficult to imagine, but not at Pencarrow House.
Here the money ran out after they had built two Georgian frontages, and you can still see the old house tucked away round the back from the other two sides.
My abiding memory is of a cold, damp and rather gloomy place, but I am sure that was because it was a cold, damp and rather gloomy day,
and nothing to do with the house itself, which is still a family home. Must go back there when the sun is out.