Cotehele House and Gardens National Trust Cornwall

Cotehele House National Trust Cornwall

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COTEHELE HOUSE

Magnificent medieval manor Housein a picturesque riverside location.

Cotehele House is located 6 miles south-west of Tavistock, off the A390 in a picturesque riverside location.

Cotehele House,
National Trust, Cornwall
Location:

Cotehele House
St Dominick,
Saltash,
Cornwall PL12 6TA
Tel: 01579 351346

The Medieval manor house at Cotehele offers the visitor a unique mirror into the past. The buildings are as they were in the 16th century — Cotehele is one of the least altered medieval houses in Britain, with very little improvements or changes to the structure since the improvements by Sir Richard Edgecumbe and his son at the end of the 15th century.

The Edgecumbe family acquired Cotehele through marriage in 1353. The original house was a quadrangular building of red sandstone, which still forms the lowest levels of walls surrounding the inner courtyard. The original medieval manor-house was rebuilt between 1490 and 1520 by Sir Richard Edgecumbe and his son, Piers. They followed the original plan of the house, improving and enlarging the facilities using local granite, sandstone and slate. The family moved to Mount Edgecumbe, 10 miles to the south, in 1553, with Cotehele only occasionally being occupied ever since.

This Tudor home has remained virtually unaltered since the move to Mount Edgecumbe. A tower was added in 1627, which added three impressive bedrooms to the facilities at Cotehele. King Charles I is said to have stayed the night here. Most of the original furnishings and tapestries remain at the house. Each room has its own fine example of a tapestry. You enter the buildings via the Great Hall and you immediately walk into an impressive display of arms and armoury, set amongst a collection of period furniture and tapestries beneath the a high, arched timber roof. The contents of Cotehele House are on loan from Lord Mount Edgecumbe's trustees. Cotehele has three internal courtyards and a splendid old kitchen and a tower. The tower was added in 1627, providing the House with three impressive bedrooms. King Charles I is said to have stayed the night here. The chapel clock installed in 1489 is a great rarity. It is pre-pendulum and is powered by two 90 pound weights.

The family moved to Mount Edgecumbe in the 17th century but they continued to appreciate the historic value of Cotehele. The estate stayed in the hands of the Edgecumbe family until 1947 when it was accepted by the Treasury in payment of death duty and given to the National Trust. It was the first property to be acquired by Trust in this way.

The National Trust and National Maritime Museum have established a museum here to show the economical importance of the Tamar during this period. A restored Tamar sailing barge is moored alongside. A little further through woodland is the restored estate corn mill, which is now in working order.

The gardens are on many levels as they descend the steep valley to the River Tamar. The climate is mild and there are many exotic and tender plants. There are ponds, old yew hedges, a medieval dovecote, a daffodil meadow, terraced flower borders, fine trees and shrubs that provide colour throughout the year. The large estate has many footpaths. A short walk through the gardens and along the river leads to a quay, which was busy in during in the 19th century.

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Dorset Farm
Launceston

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Dorset Farm

Bed & Breakfast High quality 4 star rating Bed and Breakfast accommodation - All rooms are ensuite. Our farm has the River Tamar as one of our boundaries. You are welcome to explore our beautiful countryside, ancient woodlands and river. We even have remnants of the old Launceston to Bude canal running through. There is a wonderful variety of wildlife to try to spot ranging from butterflies to red deer.
  Visit England  4 star Guest Accommodation Tel: 01566 775772

East Penrest Farm
Launceston

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East Penrest Farm

Self Catering East Penrest Barn huge, luxury, converted barn - fantastic for relaxing holiday on child-friendly organic farm in beautiful, unspoilt countryside.
  Quality in Tourism / Visit England  5 Star Tel: 01579 370186

Freathy Farmhouse B&B
Millbrook

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Freathy Farmhouse B&B

Bed & Breakfast Freathy Farmhouse offers B&B stays nestled in the heart of a secluded country lane offering peace, luxuriously appointed rooms, organic homemade food, healing massage, soft white lavender scented bedding, breath taking scenery and coastal walks around Whitsand Bay and The Rame Peninsula . Truly a very special place to unwind.
     Tel: 01752 823167

Neptune Lodge Holiday Cottage
Upton Cross

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Neptune Lodge Holiday Cottage

Self catering Neptune Lodge sleeps up to 7 people offering holidays on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor in a sheltered spot. - the holiday Lodge is set in a peaceful position with far reaching panoramic views over rolling hills towards the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor National Park,
We are able to enjoy an exceptional dark sky, our visitors from towns or cities are amazed at how many stars are visible from here. Bodmin Moor is nearby and can provide more extensive walking and is a World Heritage Mining site. Approx. one mile away at Upton Cross is the Sterts Open Air Theatre
Neptune Lodge Holiday Cottage   Inspected by Quality in Cornwall   Tel: 01579 364044

Notter Mill Country Park
Saltash

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Notter Mill Country Park

Self Catering Holiday Cottages / Chalets set in a quiet secluded river valley setting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Open all year, Early and late season breaks. Some of our Holiday Cottages are adapted to meet the needs of wheelchair users, with combined toilet and walk in shower and easy access to rooms. Sleeping 4,5 and 6
Notter Mill Country Park   David Bellamy  Gold Award Tel: 01752 843694

Pencrebar Farm
Callington

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Pencrebar Farm

Self Catering Fully equipped, spacious residential caravan set in the beautiful Tamar Valley. Situated in this idyllic part of Cornwall, on a working farm, the modern caravan provides comfortable accommodation for up to 5 people. Stunning views across spectacular countryside. Ideally located for exploring both Cornwall & Devon
     Tel: 01579 382102

Polhilsa Farm
Callington

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Polhilsa Farm

Bed & Breakfast + Self Catering Traditional Cornish Farmhouse bed & breakfast with two fishing lakes stocked with Rainbow Trout and Carp. An ideal location for touring, golf, walking, cycling. Open all year, short breaks available
  Quaity in Tourism  4 star Tel: 01579 370784

SF & SE SANDERCOCK - Plant Hire
Upton Cross

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SF & SE SANDERCOCK - Plant Hire

WEB HOSTING SF & SE SANDERCOCK Agricultural Contractor & Plant Hire in East Cornwall - Plant Hire Groundworks Excavation in Callington, Liskeard, Looe, Polperro, Launceston
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The Crooked Inn
Saltash

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The Crooked Inn

Bed & Breakfast Set in the beautiful and peaceful countryside of Cornwall with views over the Lynher Valley. The Crooked Inn is 6 miles from the historic Plymouth. with the added attraction of traditional Cornish hospitality this family-run inn has en-suite accommodation making it an ideal base for a Westcountry holiday.
     Tel: 01752 848177

Todsworthy Farm Holidays
Gunnislake

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Todsworthy Farm Holidays

Self Catering Two delightful self-catering cottages in a barn conversion , each sleeping up to 6. Located in the beautiful Tamar Valley. Absolutely ideal for exploring both Cornwall & Devon. Wheelchair access a priority with wheel in shower facilities and hoists available.
Todsworthy Farm Holidays   Quality in Tourism / Visit England  4 Star Gold Tel: 01822 834744

Weddings in Cornwall at Whitsand Bay Fort
Torpoint

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Weddings in Cornwall at Whitsand Bay Fort

Local Business Wedding Ceremonies overlooking Whitsand Bay - offering some of the Best Views of South-East Cornwall - bespoke ceremony and reception venue, providing luxury wedding accommodation. Our Cornish Wedding Venue is set in a coastal location that provides breath taking and contrasting views in every direction. The Cornish coastline provides spectacular views across a 4 mile sweep, while you’re also treated to the idyllic Tamar Estuary. Whitsand Bay Fort has an historic pedigree, providing a completely unique setting for your wedding, with the underground tunnels and gun emplacements providing rare photo opportunities
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Whitsand Bay Fort
Rame Peninsula

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Whitsand Bay Fort

Self catering + Camping + Touring + Holiday Park Premier coastal park around a historical Napoleonic Fort overlooking sandy beaches with the best views in the South West. Historic coastal resort over looking the sandy beaches of Whitsand Bay. A few miles west of Plymouth and east of Looe. Tucked away on the forgotten Rame peninsula, a hidden gem of South east Cornwall.An authentic Napoleonic hilltop fort with the finest views in the South West. Luxury lodges, touring and camping.
  CTB member, AA  AA 4 Pennants Tel: 01752 822597

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