Cornwall’s First Stone Circle in 2,000 Years

Cornwall Pentillie Castle stone circle
Pic: Richard Downer

Award winning Pentillie Castle has unveiled a stunning new stone circle built atop the Pentillie estate in the Tamar Valley AONB, overlooking the Tamar Valley, Dartmoor and Plymouth Sound.

The stone circle, thought to be the first to be built in South East Cornwall for at least 2,000 years, is the folly of Pentillie’s owner, Ted Coryton. The position of the Pentillie circle follows the tradition of being in line of sight with important local features, in this instance Kit Hill, Brentor Church, North Hessary Tor at Princetown and the Mew Stone off Plymouth.

“It started as a mad idea,” says Coryton, “but then we thought it would actually be worthwhile – an opportunity to build something really simple out of natural unworked local material that would last for centuries”.

Pentillie is now hoping the stunning circle, with an outlying stone to record the winter solstice, the beginning of longer days and the growing season, will provide an interesting and unusual new location for wedding ceremonies or celebrations, as well as a venue for those wanting an outdoor event with a difference or just for quiet contemplation.

Pentillie Castle, the five-star luxury wedding and events venue, which is also the location for Sky One’s drama Delicious starring Dawn French, offers bespoke weddings, shooting and conference packages in the castellated Georgian house and stunning grounds, with B&B accommodation in nine double en-suite bedrooms.

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