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St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA
01579351346
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Disabled car park available closer to the garden. There is no shuttle bus in operation until further notice.

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.

Opening Dates & Times

The house (limited rooms), mill garden, estate, restaurant, tea-room (takeaway), gallery and shop at Cotehele are open. You don't need to book your visit in advance. The quietest times to visit are weekday afternoons.

Worth Knowing

It wouldn't be a National Trust visit without a break for cake and Cotehele has plenty of options. Stop by the Barn Restaurant or The Edgcumbe or find a picnic spot on the quay.

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."

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