Cornwall LivingIssue #84
From farming to festivals
You couldn’t really imagine Poldark at a music festival, but those are two of the characteristics – old and new – of Scorrier House.
Built in 1778 by the mining entrepreneur John Williams, Scorrier House was then at the epicentre of Cornish industrialism. Tin and copper was sought all around Scorrier as its occupant’s lives were dictated by commodity fluctuations. Farming took care of life when the chips were down.
“Thanks to its large interiors built during mining’s heyday, Scorrier House makes the perfect party venue.”
The Williams’s then chased their fortunate underground. Today, however, it’s a very different story. Seven generations later, Scorrier remains in the hands of the Williams family, however the family-run business has since moved above ground, into the beautiful house and gardens of the magnificent Scorrier Estate.
Thanks to its large interiors built during mining’s heyday, Scorrier House makes the perfect party venue. It’s licensed for weddings and includes all the amenities you might expect from any country house wedding venue but with one major difference: it’s completely private.
Along with privacy comes personality. Famous for their botanical adventures (the Williams’s once employed the famous plant hunter, William Lobb), the lofty conservatory is stuffed with exotic flowers from the world over. And, after fire damage a century ago, the family decided to turn the main hall into an art gallery. You therefore have a vast sweeping staircase and enough room to seat 120 people, all in one room!
Today, many know Scorrier House for the Great Estate Festival, which takes place every June. This ‘rambunctious garden fete’ takes place across several stages and venues in the grounds, garden and – this year – the house itself! Festival goers have the unique opportunity to join the grand tea and brunch parties taking place in the halls over the weekend – a chance to party like a Poldark, if ever there was one.
But the festival is just one of a series of public events taking place at Scorrier this year. Look out for its summer theatre, fun runs, wellness events and, this Easter Monday, an Easter egg hunt and a run in the grounds with tea at the house.
Parties aside, there are some elements of Scorrier that will not change. Still a working farm, cows, horses and dogs can always be found wandering the estate and, on a visit to Scorrier House, you’ll probably bump into at least one of them!
"Thanks to its large interiors built during mining’s heyday, Scorrier House makes the perfect party venue."