Whether it’s a rainy day or brilliant sunshine a visit to a National Trust Property never fails to disappoint. The National Trust owns and manages many beautiful stretches of coastline in Cornwall – we will talk about these in another blog. Here we’ll give you some ideas for a great day out for all the family at Cornwall’s National Trust Gardens and Houses. Wherever you are living or staying in Cornwall there is one near you.
Cotehele is one of our favourites, and virtually on our own doorstep being in South East Cornwall. The estate comprises a Tudor House, extensive gardens, Mill and Quay.
Above: Terraced gardens and the famous Cotehele Daffodils
The House was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries and holds important collections of artifacts, tapestries and furniture. The House looks over the Tamar Valley and the views across the beautifully planted formal terraced garden are stunning. The lush jungle-like Valley Garden stretches steeply down to the Tamar – there are many interesting plants and trees and a medieval stewpond and dovecote.
Above: View across the Tamar Valley & the Medieval Dovecote
Above: The Valley Garden
Behind the house are flatter gardens to explore – with an orchard, planted beds and borders and a formal pond. There are many interesting features in the house, one being the Great Hall with it’s collection of arms and armour and in December a huge dried flower garland that traditionally hangs from the Hall ceiling each year. Within the house is a chapel where you can see the oldest working turret clock, having been installed in about 1493.
Above: The Great Hall, Dried Flower Christmas Garland and the Medieval Clock
There is also a gift shop, local art and craft gallery and a restaurant in the tithe barn. There is also a working Corn Mill and Forge a short 20 minute walk away and down at the Quay you can see the restored sailing barge ‘Shamrock’, original buildings with exhibits and enjoy a Cornish cream tea or light lunch in The Edgcumbe tea room.
Above: The Water Mill and old cart
Above: Romantic gardens to stroll around
Above: Spy hole looking down into the Great Hall
Above: Looking towards the gift shop and Barn Restaurant
Above: Window in the House
Link to the Cotehele National Trust page for more info and how to get there: Cotehele