The Aston Martin Owners Club are holding their Concours event at Boconnoc on Sunday 17th September. As well as owners competing for the all important trophies, the event will be open for the public to come and peruse the fantastic collection of iconic cars, which will no doubt be buffed and shined to perfection. Amongst the 60 odd cars expected to show, there will be two very special and equally different Aston Martins on display; the very modern and striking Vulcan (only 24 ever made) and the classic Ulster.

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The Vulcan is Aston Martin’s Track-only supercar and is the most intense and exhilarating creation to date. The 800-plus bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan promises truly extreme performance. The Aston Martin Vulcan is a unique and exclusive creation, designed and engineered using deep and broad motorsport experience and renowned road car expertise. Drawing on a rich heritage, this car tailors its power and handling to both the capabilities of the driver and the characteristics of the track.


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This car was built in 1934, one of four built as four seaters and one of only two still in their original configuration.  Most Ulsters were converted to two seat race cars.  This particular Ulster was given to the Aston Martin Owners Club by member Lewis Treece and later gifted to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust.  It can be seen in the Aston Martin Museum on most days, when it is not out at events.



Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to see these impressive cars all in one place, at a beautiful location. There will be plenty of delicious food and drink stands to keep you fueled through the day too. The event will be open to the public from 10am – 4pm and will cost £20 per car of up to five people.

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Book Cover (002)The first ever book about the history of the Boconnoc estate has just been published. The book was launched at Boconnoc House on the 5th of August with an enlightening and educational talk by award-winning author Catherine Lorigan, describing her journey researching and writing the book.

The first five chapters follow the fortunes of the Cornish families, including Carminows, Courtenays, Mohuns, Pitts, Grenvilles and Fortescues, who have owned the estate over many centuries and have played important roles within the immediate locality and in national events. Catherine Lorigan explores their eventful lives – or in many cases deaths: dragged over a cliff by greyhounds, slain in battle, executed for treason or killed in duels.

The last five chapters explore how the medieval fortified house evolved into a Georgian mansion, how the grounds and gardens have been transformed and examines the relationship of the estate with the landscape in which it is set.

Using many primary documentary sources, this book is an important addition to our understanding of the importance of Boconnoc in the history of Cornwall as a whole.

Talking about the book, owner of the house and estate Elizabeth Fortescue said:
“This is a well-researched and excellently referenced book that after seven years of meticulous planning and writing has brought back to life the fascinating characters and history of the estate.”

Boconnoc House has been painstakingly restored to its original splendour by the Fortescue family over the last 12 years, resulting in receiving two awards: the 2012 HHA/Sotheby’s Award for Restoration and also the Georgian Group Award.

Boconnoc: the history of a Cornish estate, is available to purchase online for £17.99 at

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Unfortunately due to adverse weather conditions the Motorsport Carnival at Boconnoc has been cancelled this weekend (Sunday 13th August 2017). The organisers are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused and they will be contacting anyone who has booked tickets, trade stands and competitors over the next few days and refunds will be arranged.


For further information you can visit the Motorsport Carnival website.


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Ensemble Solaire announced as the winner of the Boconnoc Music Award 2017

Ensemble Solaire from the Royal College of Music has been chosen from over 750 students as this year’s winner of the Boconnoc Music Award.

They will be in residence on the estate for a week in July, performing two concerts. The first in Boconnoc House on Tuesday 18 July and the second on Thursday 20 July in Boconnoc Church. These inspiring concerts enable classical music lovers to see top musicians in the early stages of their development in the beautiful surroundings of Boconnoc.

Previous winners of the award have gone on to do a wide range of work from project managing the Michael Kamen Music Collection to playing with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ensemble Solaire is a fresh collection of young players formed in 2017 at the Royal College of Music made up of Renate Sokolovska (flute), Polly Bartlett (oboe), Elliot Gresty (clarinet), Matthew Horn (French horn) and Justin Sun (bassoon). The ensemble has performed in Cadogan Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and has been working closely with Olivier Stankiewicz; principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra.

During their stay Ensemble Solaire will also perform to pupils at Doubletrees School in St Austell. This remarkable school educates children with significant learning needs and aims to inspire pupils through music.

Elizabeth Fortescue of Boconnoc says “We are delighted that Ensemble Solaire have been given the Boconnoc Music Award this year and are very much looking forward to them staying at Boconnoc.”

Tickets cost £20 for the recital in Boconnoc House on Tuesday 18th July, drinks are served from 6.30pm with the recital commencing at 7.15pm. The concert in Boconnoc Church on Thursday 20th July starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased on arrival.

For further details call 01208 872 507.