As one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in the country St Michael's Mount is a National Trust property family home island community and entrancing visitor destination all in one.
The castle and gardens welcome as many as 300000 visitors a year with many more exploring the island. The village has a restaurant cafe two shops and a picturesque harbour and is home to twelve families who all play a role in its upkeep such as running the boats or tending the gardens.
From April until October 90 plus seasonal staff come on board to offer our visitors an enjoyable and memorable day out.
St Aubyn Estates has been part of the West Cornwall landscape for more than 600 years. Nowadays, it is a modern, family owned enterprise spanning 5,000 acres with a diverse portfolio of businesses which include land and property management, tourism and hospitality, building and farming. James and Mary St Levan live on St Michael’s Mount, which they run in partnership with the National Trust.
In 1954 Francis St Aubyn (the third Lord St Levan) gave most of St Michael's Mount to the National Trust, along with a large endowment fund for its upkeep. He retained a 999 year lease for the family to live in the castle and a licence to show the historical rooms to the visiting public.
While the National Trust now ensures the preservation and conservation of the Mount, the St Aubyn family continue to live on and manage the island, as they have done since the middle of the 17th Century. This unique partnership gives St Michael's Mount a vibrant community life now as well as preserving its astonishing legacy built up since the island’s earliest known inhabitants during the Bronze Age.
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