Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Perched high above the River Tamar, Cotehele stands as one of the best-preserved Tudor houses in the UK. Inside the fortified manor house, discover a rich collection of tapestries, arms and armor, pewter, brass, and old oak furniture. Outside, wander the formally planted terraces, explore the Valley Garden (including a medieval stewpond and dovecote), and visit the orchards. Walk down to the quay and hop aboard the restored sailing barge "Shamrock." To learn more about the history of Cotehele’s once bustling quay, visit the Discovery Centre. For an authentic Cornish experience, pop into the Edgcumbe tearoom for a Cornish cream tea. For Cotehele and beyond, use our Saltash vacation builder to get the most from your Saltash vacation.
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We visited on the way back from a long weekend and wished we'd allowed more time. The house was fascinating and so well furnished with period pieces. The guides were pleasant and in the main unobtrusi... read more »
First, this is a very good NT attraction and well cared for. We visited and showed our membership cards at the main house but then we split up and did various aspects of the site separately. What wasn... read more »
This National Trust property and gardens is superb, steeped in history with an outstanding collection of original artifacts. Unfortunately we did not give ourselves enough time because we spent too lo... read more »
An excellent small National Trust house with relaxing and diverse gardens. The house itself is not a personal favourite; however it has a lot of history, and interesting nooks and crannies. The gardens however can be explored close to the house on the level (mostly) - which are the more formal areas, or you can roam further afield down the valley or to the orchard areas. There's also a folly up above the gardens - a triangular tower with great views. The orchards are particularly interesting as the new plantings are an experiment in preserving ancient Cornish varieties - something to be applauded. And if you visit at the right time of year you may encounter cider-pressing, and be able to bring your own apples and pears for identification. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable property with much to do.
Beautiful grounds..let down by out of date attitudes of staff and facilities to make families with young children feel at ease!
Brilliant NT house and gardens situated in a fantastic location.
Fascinating house and lovely grounds.
I have visited this little piece of heaven since I was a child living in plymouth ,as I grew older I found solace & great pleasure in walking on the estate & sitting down by the quay sketching & absorbing the beauty of the vistas around me. It was a very tranquil & spiritually uplifting place for me. I love it.
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