Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele

Artwork on display in the Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele, Cornwall

The Bull Pen Gallery is open Friday-Tuesday (closed Wednesday-Thursday). For the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff we’ve introduced social distancing measures and changes to payment, which will be via card only. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue to look after Cotehele for everyone, for ever.

Please book ahead before visiting the garden and orchard 

The garden and orchard at Cotehele are now open. We've introduced advance booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. You can book your tickets online or by calling 0344 249 1895. Where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. You do not need to book if your are visiting the quay, gallery or restaurant. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

For the moment the Bull Pen Gallery will only be open Friday-Tuesday from 11am-4pm (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays).

The safety of staff, volunteers and visitors is our priority, therefore we will be introducing social distancing measures including:

  • Where necessary, we will limit the flow of people coming into the gallery and plant centre to ensure they don’t get too busy.

  • Hand sanitiser will be available for customers and colleagues to use, a well as extra cleaning products to wipe baskets.

  • Protective screens at till points.

  • Where possible, we will create separate entrances and exits, so that it’s easier to keep a safe distance from other customers.

  • Although we will still be selling jewellery and other fashion accessories, we are unable to allow visitors to try on items before they buy.

  • Our staff and signs will reinforce these safety measures.

If you are visiting the Bull Pen Gallery, you will be required to wear a face covering. Please remember to bring one with you.


The Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele

Bull Pen Gallery is situated in one of the old farm buildings at Cotehele. Next to the medieval Barn restaurant, the bull pen was probably built when the East Range of the house was remodelled around 1860. It has been transformed into a light and airy space perfect for showcasing beautiful hand-crafted pieces.

We are proud to support the work of West Country artists and makers through exhibiting and selling their work.

The Bull Pen Gallery exhibits a range of ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewellery
Jewellery on display in the new Bull Pen Gallery at Cotehele, Cornwall
The Bull Pen Gallery exhibits a range of ceramics, paintings, sculptures and jewellery

Regular exhibitiors at Cotehele's Bull Pen Gallery

Paul Jackson

Paul is a ceramists based in Cornwall. Each piece of his work is first thrown on the wheel, with subtle alterations giving each piece character and strength defined by a journey of discovery. The journey then continues during decoration, where the pot’s elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of Paul’s concern for harmony between form, colour and the painted surface.

Michelle Cowmeadow

Originally from London, Michelle moved down to Cornwall at the age of 24. Throughout her life Michelle has enjoyed working in clay. Her pieces, often reminiscent of Grecian pottery have an usual and unique form. Concentrating on the decoration of her pots she brings her love of the classic to them by working in blue together with natural colours.

Whittle Design

Kerry and Natalie Whittle work together as Whittle Design from their small workshop near Plymouth. Mainly working with bronze, steel and copper, their main aim is the creation of new forms, textures and colours using a variety of heating, melting and welding techniques. Applying these hand-made production methods they have formulated a wide range of functional and decorative items, including mirrors, frames, clocks, wall hangings and sculptures.

Clocks by Whittle Design
Clocks by Whittle Design
Clocks by Whittle Design

Love art? Own Art

To help you manage your art budget, Cotehele Gallery offers the Own Art scheme, a national initiative that helps spread the cost of buying British art and craft allowing you to spread the cost over a number of months. Next time you’re in the gallery, please ask one of the team for more details and to sign up.


Riverlands summer collection of kichenware including tea towels, mugs and jugs

Cotehele shop and plant centre

The shop and plant centre at Cotehele is open daily. For everyone's safety we have introduced social distancing measures and changes to payment which will be via card only. Every purchase you make helps us to continue to look after Cotehele, thank you.