Welcome back to Cotehele House

A view of the armour in the medieval Great Hall at Cotehele

We are delighted to have the house open for visitors once again, starting with the Great Hall, breakfast room, dining room, Punch Room and White Bedroom.

We can't wait to welcome you back, but you might find things a little different to when you last visited the house.

To help keep everyone safe we are opening the house in stages. On your visit, you will be able to look around the Great Hallbreakfast room, dining room, Punch Room and White Bedroom.

We ask that you wear a face covering in these areas, unless you are medically excempt. We also ask that you check in using the NHS COVID-19 app and sanitise your hands on entry.

The house is open from 11am with last entry at 4pm.

The route

Please enter the house through the doors in the East Range, or via Hall Court if you require step free access. Once inside the house you will be guided by a one way system and exit via the recently replaced wooden steps on the north side of the house. 

Although the rest of the house remains closed for now, we look forward to opening it as soon as we have the capacity to do so. Do keep checking our website for the latest opening information.

A pair of jawbones flank the door in the Great Hall at Cotehele in Cornwall

The whale’s tale: the puzzle of Cotehele's giant jawbones 

For nearly 150 years, a mysterious pair of whale jawbones have flanked the doorway in the Great Hall at Cotehele in Cornwall. Cutting edge DNA analysis and a recent housekeeping discovery have shed new light on the bones and how they came to Cotehele.

More about Cotehele

This fortified manor house is set on a high bluff on the Cornish bank of the river Tamar, which gave natural protection from skirmishing armies approaching from the east.

Inside the rambling stone walls you'll find a fascinating collection that reflects the antiquarian taste of the Georgian Edgcumbes. The family developed the interiors between about 1750 and 1860 in a deliberate attempt to evoke a sense of nostalgia and recreate the atmosphere of the 'good old days'.

Granite and slatestone

The house is an architectural hotchpotch, mainly re-built in Tudor times. The chapel was first consecrated in 1411, and was re-modelled in the early 1500s. At a similar time the Great Hall was widened, and the south wall was moved forward, ‘squashing’ the chapel into a corner.

Wisteria grows on the wall in Hall Court and puts on a wonderful show in spring
Wisteria flowering in the hall courtyard at Cotehele, Cornwall
Wisteria grows on the wall in Hall Court and puts on a wonderful show in spring