Visiting Cotehele: what you need to know

Spring views from the East Terrace

Cotehele is open for visitors to the house, mill, garden, orchard and wider estate. The house is open (limited rooms) along with Cotehele Mill. You do not need to book your visit in advance. In this article you'll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.

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Arrival and parking

There are three car parks at Cotehele, with one being at the bottom of a very steep hill. If you are visiting the house and gardens, we recommend parking in the higher car parks. If you are visiting the quay and mill we would recommend parking in the lower car park at Cotehele Quay. 

All car parks at Cotehele are pay and display, please scan your membership card for a ticket, purchase a ticket via the machine using coins or pay by downloading the PayByPhone app. 

You are welcome to enjoy the garden and estate for as long as you like, but we ask for everyone to leave the garden by 5pm. We do not allow overnight parking or camping in any our car parks or on the wider Cotehele estate.

Admission and entry

You no longer need to book in advance to visit Cotehele or Cotehele Mill. We will continue to manage visitor numbers and at busier times we may ask you to come back later when we are quieter.

Entry to the house, garden and mill is free to National Trust members - please remember to bring your membership cards with you. If you are not a National Trust member you are able to join when you arrive, alternatively you will be able to purchase either a Gift Aid admission or Standard admission ticket. We'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid admission or Standard admission when you arrive - it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to help us to continue to look after Cotehele.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow the latest government guidance on your visit. And look out for signs while you're here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

We continue to prioitise the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors. We will continue to maintain our high standards of cleanliness, till and collection points will be screened and hand sanitiser will be available.

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed and crowded areas. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

If you’re showing any symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

 

What's open?

  • A limited number of rooms within the House are open from 11am-4pm. This includes the Great Hall, Dining Room, Punch Room, White Room, Kitchen and Breakfast room.

  • Most of Cotehele Mill is now open from 11am-4.30pm.

  • The quay, estate and car parks are open dawn-dusk. All of our car parks are pay and display, please purchase a ticket or scan your membership card at the machines. 

  • The garden is open from 10am-5pm, but the Prospect Tower is currently closed. The Valley Garden is open with access available to and from the entrances based on the river path. 

  • The Barn Restaurant located in the garden at Cotehele is open daily from 10am-5pm and is serving a menu of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Our indoor and outdoor seating areas are open.

  • The Edgcumbe tea-room located on Cotehele Quay is open for takeaway only from 10am-5pm. A limited takeaway menu of hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice cream is available.

  • The Quay Kiosk located at Cotehele Quay is open at weekends only for scooped ice-cream from 12noon-4pm.

  • The shop and plant centre is open daily from 10am-5pm.

  •  The Bull Pen Gallery is open daily rom 11am-5pm.

  • The second-hand bookshop is open daily from 10am-5pm. We are only able to accept cash when paying for goods. You can pay by card in the shop though.

  • The toilets in the farm yard, by the house and on the quay are open and are sanitised regularly though the day. All toilets are open from 10am-5pm and are locked overnight.

 

What’s closed?

  • Within the house we currently are unable to open the Red and South Bedrooms, the Old Drawing Room, Queen Anne's Bedroom and King Charles's Bedroom.
  • The Discovery Centre at Cotehele Quay is currently closed but we hope to reopen during the summer holidays.
  • The top floor of Cotehele Mill is closed due to the narrow and steep stairs to access this area.
  • Prospect Tower remains closed for now whilst repairs are made to the staircase and lighting.
  • Unfortunately, the play area by the house is also closed to due to maintenance. 

 

Accessibility

For the moment we have no shuttle vehicle in operation to help transfer visitors between the house, quay and mill. We hope to be able to reinstate this over the summer holidays.

The garden is made up of gravel pathways and cobbles. Most of the garden is step-free, apart from the area behind the house where there is around 20 steps in total. The Valley Garden has steep narrow paths with many paths containing steps.

You can read our full Access Statement here

Bringing a dog?

Dogs are welcome on the estate; we do ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a lead at all times. No dogs in the garden or orchards except assistance dogs.