The second-hand bookshop at Cotehele

The bookshop at Cotehele

Find hundreds of good quality donated books in our volunteer run second-hand bookshop located within Retainers' Court, open from Monday 12 April, 12noon-5pm. Every time you buy a book from the bookshop you help care for Cotehele.


The second-hand bookshop at Cotehele will be reopening daily from Monday 12 April, 12noon-5pm.

We are delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to our bookshop, there's a few changes that have been made though to help keep everyone safe.

  • There is now a separate entrance and exit to the bookshop.
  • On entry please use hand sanitiser provided otherwise you will not be able to handle any of the books.
  • Please keep a safe distance from others inside the bookshop.
  • When you make a purchase, we will be able to accept cash but we are unable to provide any change. If you wish to pay by card or contactless, you can do so in the shop or reception.
  • We have also made changes to how we accept donations to the bookshop.

In line with government guidance, please wear a face covering whilst inside the bookshop unless excempt.

Donating books

We are so thankful for everyone's donations towards the bookshop. Although we are accepting donations, we are asking everyone to organise a donation with us in advance by calling the property office on 01579 351346. We will agree a date and time for you to donate (this is separate from our pre-booking system for the garden). Books must be donated in sealed boxes or tied up bags that we will keep, we will then put the donation aside for at least 72 hours before being put out on the shelves. If you arrive with books but haven't called ahead, we may ask you to leave and organise with us a suitable time to donate.

Our bookshop wouldn’t be possible without our volunteers

Without the help of our small team of dedicated volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to keep the bookshop open. They work hard sorting through all the books given by generous visitors to ensure the shelves are continually stocked.

Last year with your support, either through donating books or purchasing them, more than £8,000 was raised. All funds contribute to vital conservation work at Cotehele, ensuring that Cotehele will be looked after for everyone, for ever.

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

The money raised from our bookshop goes directly into funding the vital conservation work happening here at Cotehele. To everyone who has donated a book or bought one – thank you.