Secret Cotehele tour and lunch

Conservator delicately vacuums a tapestry at Cotehele, Cornwall

An in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour of Cotehele House starting with coffee and followed by a two-course lunch. SORRY SOLD OUT.

Wednesday 15, Thursday 16, Monday 20, Tuesday 21 November, 10am-1.30pm

£25, booking essential on 01579 351 346, press 0

This is an in-depth tour of Cotehele House after it has closed for winter conservation. You'll meet the team as they give the house its annual deep-clean, learn about conservation practices and peek behind closed doors. Morning coffee and lunch in the Barn Restaurant is included.

The Christmas garland, this year with 32,000 flowers all grown and dried on the estate, will be on display in the Great Hall and the First World War 'Home and Away' exhibtion will be on in the Breakfast Room.

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.

Conservation Assistant attends to the mattresses and beds in Cotehele House, Cornwall

A Winter's Tale: behind-the-scenes in Cotehele House in winter

Winter is our time for in-depth cleaning of the Cotehele House show rooms. Although from the outside it looks like the house might be asleep, inside is a hive of conservation activity.

First World War memento at Cotehele, Cornwall

First World War: Home and away

2018 is Year four of the First World War exhibition in the Breakfast Room featuring photos, trench art and personal items loaned from members of the local community (daily until 6 January, except 25 - 26 December). BOOKING ESSENTIAL with garland ticket between 25 November - 24 December.