Making the most of your time at Cotehele
There’s plenty to see and do at Cotehele, whatever your interests. From the atmospheric Tudor house where time has stood still; the bountiful orchards and stunning garden with ponds, groves, valley and dovecote; the play areas and family activities; the working Victorian Mill on Morden Stream to the expansive woodlands and riverside you can easily fill a day here exploring all we have to offer.
Visiting the house
Cotehele house is open daily from 11am-4pm until Sunday 3 November. Everyone is welcome to explore the house at their own pace and our friendly and knowledgeable room guides are happy to share stories about the place, the collection and answer any questions you may have.
We’ve got a new free trail for children, Hidden Creatures at Cotehele, which features some of the animals families will discover around the house and if you’re here with small children we’ve got hip-seat baby carriers which you can borrow, and a place to leave your pushchairs and bulky bags while you explore inside.
The garden and orchards
Cotehele garden is wonderfully varied, with formally planted herbaceous borders with their own distinct colour schemes, a market garden which harks back to the Tamar Valley’s productive past, apple and cherry orchards, peaceful ponds and a medieval dovecote in a sloping valley which leads down to the quay.
There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the peace and tranquillity and the upper garden pond is the perfect place to relax and recharge.
From the quay it's just a short walk along the Morden Stream and acroos a small meadow to the working Victorian mill, where you can see the waterwheel turning and discover the story of the Langsford family who lived and worked here for generations.
The estate is open daily from dusk til dawn so there’s plenty of time to explore the countryside while you’re here. There are many walks off the beaten track through meadows, woodland and along the riverside – you can pick up a walking guide from reception or come along and join a guided walk on the 2nd Monday of each month from 11am (May-October).
Recharge and refuel
There are lots of places where you can grab a bite to eat and drink or enjoy a leisurely lunch or Cornish cream tea at Cotehele. There’s the Barn restaurant and the Piggery takeaway by Cotehele house, the Edgcumbe tea-room on Cotehele quay or the quay kiosk for tasty ice creams.
If you’re bringing your own picnic you’ll find benches on the meadow by the adventure playground and by the play area on the quay.
Ever thought about membership?
National Trust membership is great value – starting from just £6 a month – and gets you free entry and parking at hundreds of special places like Cotehele all year round.