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A Day Out To – NT Cotehele House and Gardens

The summer continues! We recently used our National Trust membership and visited the lovely Cotehele in Saltash, heading a little further afield to the Tamar Valley!

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Cotehele is a (mostly) Tudor manor house, formerly owned by the Edgecumbe family, also owners of Mount Edgcumbe House in Torpoint.

As well as the Cotehele house, there is plenty to explore, with orchards, woodland, valley gardens and don’t forget to stop by the quay!

Cotehele House

Upon arrival; after quite a long drive (thank heavens for air-con!) finding ample parking; we stopped first of all in the Barn Restaurant, which was a beautiful airy space. Very in-keeping with the surroundings with wooden beams and other historic details.

The Barn Restaurant at Cotehele

We had a lovely cream tea (Jam first – we may be close to Devon, but still in Cornwall!) There was of course a great range of hot and cold food and drinks available.

Also if you would prefer to grab something to eat or drink on the go; on weekends and in the school holidays the Piggery is open; to grab ice creams, snacks and drinks to carry around with you as you explore the gardens! 

Cream tea at Cotehele

Cotehele House

Cotehele house is truly beautiful; originally built in medieval times, though mostly Tudor in style.

An impressive entryway at Cotehele House
We have also visited nearby Antony House, which you can read about here.

The Edgecumbe family really wished to keep the house as a testament to history; revelling in ‘the good old days’; the house is filled with stunning tapestries, hangings and other historic items, kept in such beautiful condition. 

A bedroom at Cotehele House

There is also a historic chapel in one corner of the house, with its own story to tell. A small, beautifully historic kitchen; as well as an informative WWI exhibit in what would have been the breakfast room.

Historyic kitchen in Cotehele House

A short walk from the house will take you to the upper gardens and the orchards. These were great outside spaces to wander in, in this sunny weather, and there is so much to see! Perfect for nature spotters, and flower and plant enthusiasts alike. 

Cotehele House

Exiting the main area of the house; you can either drive to, or take a short walk down to the quay, beside the Tamar river. You can stop here for an ice cream, as we did; or head into the Edgcumbe tea room for a bite to eat.

The Tamar and the Quay

Here you can also learn about the quay, and see the Shamrock, a beautiful Tudor ship; which unfortunately was covered over when we were visiting, as it is undergoing restoration. We also popped into the visitor centre to learn more about the history of the quay.

The Tamar, Cotehele, Cornwall

We decided to walk back up to the car park taking the woodland walk. It was nice and cool, and we were delighted to find a historic chapel; built by Richard Edgcumbe I; to give thanks for the safe escape of he and his men from King Richard III’s men in 1483.

Richard Edgcumbe's chapel, Cotehele gardens

We finished our walk, taking a slow wander through the valley garden. Spotting the dovecote and some more picturesque plantings, a waterfall, and even some pretty dragonflies.

Cotehele gardens, dovecote.

Of course, as with most National Trust properties; Cotehele also has an on site gift shop. Selling local items, including food and drink, as well as souvenirs and other National Trust items. There is also a plant shop; should you wish to take home some of the plants you can see around the gardens.

We had a wonderful day out, and of course you can find out more on the National Trust Website.

With the summer holidays now here, it is great to note, that many of the National Trust properties also offer trails and other activities for younger visitors.

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5 thoughts on “A Day Out To – NT Cotehele House and Gardens

  1. Oh the photography makes me swoon. This post is fabulous. I feel like I’ve gone there with you. All that’s missing is the taste of the treats you ate along the way. This job my kind of historical building. It is old and gallant and fell in love with it. Thank you for sharing!

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