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St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA
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Step-free route available around the garden (excluding Valley Garden). Shuttle bus available to drop-off at Cotehele house, mill and quay (days vary). Please check Access Statement on our website for more information.

About Cotehele

An atmospheric Tudor house with Medieval roots, a working mill on an historic quay, a glorious garden with valley views and an expansive estate to explore.

Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. The Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. The interior tour has changed little over the years, although the furnishings were titivated as Cotehele continued to inspire its adoring owners.

Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote and leads down to the river. Seek tranquillity in the Upper Garden or visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries.

From early spring flowers to herbaceous borders in high season, to the orchards in the autumn and snow drops in winter, you’ll find horticultural activity all year round.

In the 19th century local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market.

Bringing your dog

There’s load of space for your four-legged friends to stretch heir legs around Cotehele. Explore miles of paths through the woodlands and around the quay or just relax in the Barn Restaurant or the Edgcumbe at the Quay. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the house, formal gardens and orchards.

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Worth Knowing

It wouldn’t be a National Trust visit without a break for cake. Stop by the Barn Restaurant or The Edgcumbe for a cream tea, grab an ice cream from the quay kiosk or find the perfect picnic spot in the meadow. The shops are a great place to pick up a gift or plant, and you can discover local artists at the Bull Pen Gallery.

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What Visitors Say

"Lovely National Trust house. Large grounds to walk through, although when you walk down, you have to walk back up again. Luckily the tearoom does a reviving cream tea. Also a delicious pasty. There is a mill but they're not milling flour, although there was a great lady baking rock cakes and scones, which were the lightest I've ever tasted. Great day out."
"The estate is extensive, with areas of grass and mature trees to walk through without needing to pay the entrance charge. However, once through the entrance you can choose to explore the buildings or flower gardens, pick apples in the orchards (in September) or visit the second hand book shop, gallery, gift shop or café."
"What a stunning place to explore! I could just sit in the beautiful garden for hours. Very helpful volunteers dotted about the house who answered your questions about the place quite readily."

Cotehele News & Events

01 Jan

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with the National Trust

More than 2000 metres of bunting will adorn National Trust places across the South West during the Jubilee weekend Knitted crowns, tea parties and picnics are some of the things to see and do. Trees […]

30 Apr
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Blossom picnics in the orchard at Cotehele

Pick up a blanket from visitor reception and wander up to the orchards for a peaceful picnic among apple blossom and birdsong. Bring your own picnic along with you, or pick up something tasty at the Barn Restaurant to enjoy under the boughs of blossom.

09 Apr
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Easter Egg Hunt at Cotehele

This spring, treat your little ones to a world of adventures at Cotehele on the Easter ‘adventures in nature’ trail. Make your way along the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family.

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