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. Almost all of the rooms are now back open and you don't need to book ahead for your visit.

Cotehele House is open daily from 11am with last entry at 4pm.

To help keep all our staff, volunteers and visitors safe, we recommend wearing a face covering inside, though this is not mandatory. 

On your visit you will be able to step into the majority of the rooms, but unfortunately due to their narrow entrances and limited capacity, we still are unable to open the chapel, King Charles and Queen Anne bedrooms. 

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