Opening times for 29 November 2023
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Assistance dogs only
Scooped ice cream available from the Sawmill on selected dates throughout the summer.
Dogs welcomed at Cotehele Mill. Assistance dogs only within the mill building and bakery.
No parking available at Cotehele Mill. Please use the car park at Cotehele Quay, a 15 minute walk from the mill. Shuttle bus available from house and quay on most days (dependant on volunteer availability). Drop-off point available.
From Plymouth/Callington, follow the A388 towards St Mellion. At the Vernigo Roundabout (for the St Mellion Resort) take the exit towards St Dominick. Follow the brown signs through the villages of St Dominick and Bohetherick where you will then arrive at Cotehele Bridge. Cross the bridge and follow the road to arrive at the lower car park at Cotehele Quay or drive up through a white gate for the upper car park near the house and garden. From Tavistock, follow the A390 through the village of Gunnislake. Continue on the main road pass the Co-op petrol station on your left hand side. Turn left after you see the brown sign at St Ann's Chapel and then continue to follow the brown signs. We recommend entering Cotehele via the A390 if you are in a large vehicle.
Parking: Park in the car park at Cotehele Quay, then it’s a lovely 15 minute, mostly-level walk along the woodland footpath. Car parking is £1 for 1 hour, £3 for 3 hours or £5 for over 3 hours. National Trust members park for free - just scan your membership card for your free parking ticket. Machines accept coins only or you can pay via the PayByPhone app. There are no electric car charging facilities at Cotehele. The nearest charging facilities are at Tesco Callington (PL17 7RD).
Sat Nav: get very confused in the small lanes so we recommend not using them
Cotehele Mill is a lovely 2½-mile walk from Calstock along the River Tamar and up a steep hill through the woods. Follow the signs. Bring a torch for late afternoons in the winter months.
Take the Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Calstock station. From there it's a lovely 2½-mile walk, signposted from the station, along the River Tamar and up a steep hill through the woods then down to the quay and along the Morden Stream. Follow the signs to Cotehele and then to Cotehele Mill. Bring a torch for late afternoons in the winter months.
The closest bus stop is in the village of Calstock. Take the Transport for Cornwall bus service number 79/79A service from Callington/Tavistock and stop at the bus stop on Calstock Quay. Visit transportforcornwall.co.uk for more details and timetables. Once at Calstock, follow the directions by foot.
NCN27, 8 miles. Hilly route from Tavistock to Cotehele Mill
Plymouth Boat Trips host cruises a few times a month along the River Tamar on route to Calstock and offers passengers the opportunity to stop off at Cotehele Quay. Visit plymouthboattrips.co.uk for more details and timetables.
Take a look at the map of Cotehele to help plan your visit.
Dogs are welcome to join you at Cotehele Mill. There are miles of paths and loads of space where they can stretch their legs and bowls of clean water once they’re thirsty. Cotehele Mill is a one pawprint rated place.
A Victorian watermill nestled in a wooded valley. Discover traditional craft workshops and leave with a bag of Cotehele flour.
The Morden stream
Cotehele Mill rests beside the Morden stream. Look out for wildlife, paddle in the stream and picnic on the meadow.
Visit our workshops, watch our resident craftspeople at work and find a bespoke, handmade item to take home with you.
Cotehele Mill is a 19th-century watermill that still produces flour from local grain today. It also has baking demonstrations, Victorian workshops and local wildlife to explore.
Whilst Cotehele Mill is closed, the potter and woodcraft workshops (not National Trust) might be closed too. Please check before making a visit.
Barry Mays - Woodcrafts
Barry has been a long-standing tenant at Cotehele Mill, creating bespoke woodcraft from locally sourced timber. Barry's studio and gallery at the mill is open Wednesday-Sunday
Zane Hazeldine - Pottery
Zane Hazeldine is Cotehele Mill's very own resident potter. Pop in to watch him work, have a chat and perhaps buy a hand thrown pot, platter or vase.
An apartment in Cothele’s atmospheric Tudor house, with stacks of historic charm and all-hours access to the gardens, river and estate.
A holiday cottage with a history, this cosy retreat is tucked into the valley on the Cotehele estate.
This working mill next to the Morden Stream is an atmospheric reminder of the recent past when corn was ground here for the local community. It’s believed that mills have worked in the Tamar valley since medieval times and this watermill dates back to the 19th century. The buildings surrounding the mill were used as stables, cowsheds, a hayloft and a ‘cherry house’ for storing cherries. The last of these buildings was added in the 1890s and they are now set up as a selection of estate and craft workshops.
The mill produces wholemeal flour, which is used at the Barn Restaurant and The Edgcumbe, and is on sale at the mill reception and in Cotehele’s shop. A range of outbuildings includes re-creations of wheelwright's, saddler's and blacksmith's workshops along with a traditional furniture maker and a working potter.
A hydro-electric scheme, which you can see beyond the waterwheel, generates clean, renewable electricity that goes to the national grid.
Rain and flooding destroyed the weir near Cotehele Mill causing the mill and hydropower plant to stop working. Find out how a project is getting the mill back up and running.
Cotehele has a team of more than 260 volunteers, who work in variety of roles across the estate, house and garden, and are always looking for more people to get involved.