Christmas 2018 at Cotehele

Christmas is a magical time at Cotehele. There are loads of things to see and do with plenty of eating and shopping choices to keep everyone happy.

The Commemoration Garland

For the centenary of the First World War Armistice we've been working with print-artist Dominique Coiffait to create a paper garland of seasonal flowers that winds around the walls of Cotehele's great hall. The printed flowers, foliage and wildlife will be interwoven with reproductions of some of the artefacts we've been displaying in our First World War exhibitions over the last four years.

The Christmas flower garland

This year's garland will be in a new colour scheme to complement the Commemoration Garland by Dominique Coiffait. You can see the finished display daily until 6 January (except 25 & 26 December), 10.30am-4pm.

A volunteer gardener places a flower in the Christmas flower garland at Cotehele, Cornwall

The Christmas garland at Cotehele

Each year Cotehele gardeners build a 60ft-long garland from thousands of flowers grown on the estate. A tradition since 1956, the garland adorns the Tudor Hall throughout Christmas.

Christmas eating 

With two restaurants to choose from, you won't go hungry at Cotehele this Christmas. The Barn Restaurant near the house has a tasty winter menu and we'll serve traditional roast turkey Christmas lunches daily throughout December.

The Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele Quay is offering warming winter one-pot dishes, jacket potatoes, and a seasonal cream tea for you to enjoy. You'll also find warm-mulled cider and mulled-apple juice.

Christmas shopping

Whether you're looking for a sprig of mistletoe, a memento of the garland, or gifts for your family and friends, you’ll find something for everyone in the shop and plant centre or in Cotehele Gallery.

Cotehele exclusive

We're exclusively stocking Garland Scarves, a beautifully designed silk scarf which features the garland flowers.

Cotehele Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting and selling the work of West Country artists and craft makers. 'Deck the Halls' winter exhibition is a coming together of old and new artists to celebrate the festive period with shine and sparkle to illuminate the imagination. You'll also find work by Commemoration Garland artist, Dominique Coiffait, including screen prints and lino prints of elements used in the Great Hall artwork.

There are birds, bees, butterflies and even mice hidden amongst the flowers of the Commemoration Garland artwork
Detail of the flora and fauna in the Commemoration Garland artwork
There are birds, bees, butterflies and even mice hidden amongst the flowers of the Commemoration Garland artwork