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Tudor house with superb collections, garden, quay and estate

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.

The restored sailing barge 'Shamrock' is moored at the quay where you’ll also be able to treat yourself to a proper Cornish cream tea in the Edgcumbe tea-room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden valley to our sister property Cotehele Mill.

Discover more about what there is to see and do

Shamrock day on Cotehele Quay

Sunday 9 August 11am-4pm

Enjoy Shamrock, the 1899 Tamar sailing barge. Explore her deck and hull and learn about her history. Other family activities too. Free entry.

What's on at Cotehele

Make swords and shields on Fridays during the school holidays

Make swords and shields on Fridays during the school holidays

Join us for a summer of medieval fun. Enjoy a different family-based activity every weekday (27 July – 31 August) and hold the antique weapons in the house every day in August (1-30 August). Also don’t miss Costume Sundays at Cotehele Mill (Sundays 26 July – 30 August). Visit the events page for details and to discover what's on for you and your family this summer.

Dogs at Cotehele

We welcome dogs on miles of paths on the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.

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