Mevagissey Buckingham House: A House with History

Immortalised in Literature and a TV Star!


Mevagissey's Buckingham House is a distinctive, characterful and charming Georgian building. The house is steeped in history and now rightly enjoys Grade II listed building status.


The house is believed to have been built in the late 1700s for a sea admiral. The name 'Buckingham House' was introduced many years ago, probably because it is believed that the house was once owned by the Dukes of Buckingham who also owned Buckingham House in London (which later became Buckingham Palace). Rumour has it, the house left the ownership of the line of dukes when lost in a game of cards! 


More recent history of the house has been recorded in the delightful autobiographical account of life in Mevagissey by Mary Lakeman: 'Early Tide'. The Lakeman family lived at 17 Tregoney Hill from 1919 and a chapter of the enchanting book is devoted to describing early twentieth century life here. The author comments: 

Historic Buckingham House in Mevagissey

"This was our new abode into which we moved when I was eight. It is the tall granite building just below the first sharp bend of the hill, which has since been given the grand name of Buckingham House and where summer visitors now disport themselves. In the fabric of that house there surely must still be some residuum of the intense joy, the gaiety and dedication that went into our preparation and occupation… Ah yes, it was fantasy realised, a dream come true, our going to No 17.'


Mevagissey Buckingham House

Many of the features described in the charming book are still in evidence today, including the grand spiral staircase with mahogany banister and the coloured glass door to the first floor landing lavatory. Amongst other enchanting stories, Mary tells of the challenges faced when bringing a grand piano into the house and up to the splendid first floor room (now our Guest Room 2):


"Just how that piano got up the spiral staircase will never be known. It got stuck by the coloured glass door of the lavatory. A small army of fishermen, superintended by Stanley Behannah executed the operation 'Steady boys. Now then. Heave Ho'. Mother's face down below was pinched with terror and she lapsed into hysterical laughter when the instrument as she called it, reached the landing."


We are very fortunate indeed to have some of the history of our beautiful home in Mevagissey so eloquently captured in print. A copy of the delightful book is available here for guests to enjoy. And of course many of the beautiful, original character features are still present for guests to see and enjoy during their visit. 

Comfortable rooms in Mevagissey

The architectural delights of the property have continued to attract attention in modern times: visitors to Mevagissey often stop to photograph the elegant house exterior. Recently the house featured in the Boots Order & Collect TV advert:  the delightful window at the beginning is our very own Buckingham House, and the view over Mevagissey harbour is filmed from our stunning Room 4. (Although there is no giant perfume bottle to be seen by the harbour!)


Mevagissey's Buckingham House really is the ideal choice for guests who wish to enjoy a comfortable stay in a characterful property, steeped in history, in a central Mevagissey location.