Take in the view from the tower

Two men on roof of the North Tower look at the view of the Calstock viaduct

If you’ve ever wanted to climb on the roof at Cotehele or wondered what’s hidden behind the closed doors there you’ll want to go along to ‘Cotehele Unlocked’.

On Thursday 20 June from 11am-4pm we'll throw open the doors to usually-private areas of the house and estate and you’ll be able to peek into offices, closets and greenhouses and, providing the weather is fine, even climb the spiralling 55 stairs to the roof.

‘Cotehele Unlocked will give people the chance to meander and mooch around the property and see it from a different perspective’ says Nick Stokes, Cotehele’s House and Collections Manager. ‘The view from the roof of the North West tower is particularly special.’

Other interesting areas to see

Make sure you take a look atthe ‘Clean Room’ – where some exquisite textiles, normally in store, will be displayed. Also of interest is the Flower Room, a tiny boiler room where volunteers have created the flower arrangements for the house displays since the 1970s.

Pair of visitors in the Great Hall at Cotehele, Cornwall

The Edgcumbe's play-house

The Edgcumbe family preserved Cotehele as a historic talking-point, rather than as a comfortable family home. Built in medieval times, the current house is mostly Tudor. Make your way through four floors of history to view the collection and learn stories about the family who owned it for 600 years.