Cotehele

Photo: Adrian Platt

Originating in the 14th century, Cotehele is the most well-preserved manor house from the Tudor period. Cotehele features original furniture, armour, and numerous tapestries that remain virtually unchanged since Tudor times. The entire house feels as though you have stepped back in time. It is easy to feel as if you are living centuries ago, walking among the Tudors and the Stuarts.

Stop by the Great Hall for the best example of Tudor finery. With its high ceilings and stained glass windows bearing the Edgecumbe family crest, it is truly a sight to behold. The walls are hung with armour and weapons, allowing you to explore all the things a knight might have needed to survive in the intrigue of the Tudor courts.

For children, there is a children-only secret room to keep younger visitors entertained. This history-laden house also has gorgeous gardens which extend towards the River Tamar. Native and exotic plants mingle among the countless ponds, trees, and hedges. Stroll through the Mother Orchard to see sculptures come to life! Immerse yourself in the countryside on one of the walks that takes you through the estate. As you walk through the gardens you can see the 15th century dovecote and Victorian summerhouse. Duck into the working mill to see the forgotten talents of saddlers, blacksmiths, and wheelwrights. There is also a carpenter’s workshop and a cider press. The mill also has flour for sale that you can see being made in front of you!

St Dominick, Saltash PL12 6TA
Tel: + 44 1579 351346
Times: 11am – 4.30pm, Saturday – Thursday, mid-March – October