Visiting Cotehele with your dog

There's loads of space for your four-legged friends to stretch their legs around Cotehele. Explore miles of paths through the woodland, countryside and around the quay, or just relax together in the Barn restaurant or Edgcumbe tea-room.

Where can I go with my dog?

There are more than a thousand acres of countryside to explore at Cotehele and lots of fabulous dog-friendly walks. The popular Cotehele circular walk is a great place to start. 

Your dog is also welcome to join you in the Barn restaurant, Edgcumbe tea-room, shop, plant centre and the Bull Pen gallery.

Please keep your dog on a lead and under close control in the following areas:

  • around the visitor facilities
  • in the Barn restaurant and Edgcumbe tea-room
  • in grazing areas when livestock is present

Elsewhere, your dog can roam off the lead provided they are kept under close control. Close control means:

  • You are able to recall your dog in any situation, at the first call.

  • You can see your dog clearly at all times. In practice this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible.

  • Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent.

  • Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock, wildlife or are asked to use one.

River the dog waiting patiently at Cotehele Quay
River the dog waiting patiently at the dog parking station at Cotehele Quay
River the dog waiting patiently at Cotehele Quay


Where can't I go with my dog?

Only assistance dogs are allowed in the house, gardens and orchards.


What should I look out for at Cotehele?

Please help keep Cotehele special for all of our visitors by following the Canine Code at all times.

  • Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife by keeping them on a lead.
  • Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to keep your favourite places beautiful. 
  • Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care on narrow paths.
  • Be on the ball: not everyone loves dogs, so keep them close by. 


Facilities for my dog

Dogs can get a refreshing drink of clean water outside the toilet blocks, visitor reception, Barn restaurant, Edgcumbe tea-room and mill buildings.

There are four bins on the estate for dog waste. Please use these for your dog waste bags or take them home to dispose of. 

For more information and to see a map of dog bin locations, please see our handy guidance booklet.