The History of The Eagle House Hotel

The Eagle House Hotel was built as a beautiful town house after a lottery win by Coryndon Carpenter, the mayor of Launceston in 1755. He had handed the ticket to his intended wife and with the £10,000 lottery win they were married and this beautiful mansion was built just outside the north gate of the castle grounds.

The building was said to be completed in 1764 and named ‘Lower Madford’.

The house was once used as a prison for Napoleonic naval officers. It is thought the prisoners were responsible for the pair of French eagles standing proudly on our gate pillars.

The eagles were immortalised by the famous local Cornish poet Charles Causley. He addressed them with the words “your wings a-spread are made of lead, you’ll never fly at all” words from his poem titled “Eagle one eagle two”.

The house became the home of several important families from that time, including lawyer Mr Christopher Lethbridge, Mr J Darke and Mrs Horwood before the Dingle family into the 1960s.

In 1962 after the death of the widow Mrs Enid Dingley, The house was put up for sale and was purchased by Mr Gillbard who stated he wanted to retain what he could of the beautiful decoration in this building.

In 1963 Mr Gillbard applied for a residential and restaurant licence for the renamed Eagle House Hotel. The licence was granted by Launceston borough magistrates on Monday 27th may 1963.

In 1991 the business was sold to Mr & Mrs Statton in whose stewardship the hotel flourished into one of the towns flagship hostelries.

In August 2013 the Statton family sold the hotel to the Dunlavy family. The hotel ceased trading in 2015.

Mr & Mrs Perry brought the hotel in January 2017 and Launceston town council granted permission to re open this beautiful building as hotel. We are pleased to say.

We will continue to renovate the building keeping its beautiful Georgian features.

We are very pleased to welcome you.