Arrive early (11am) for good parking. Disabled near the entrance. Daffodil heaven in the Spring with a Show collection at the end of April. Then Camellias, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Fritalleries etc. Fabulous summer borders. A Lily pond to sit & watch the world go by with Dragon Flies hovering.
Don’t miss the lower garden with Dove Cote & pond.
For Grandparents with their charges there is an Easter Egg hunt with a trail to follow & a reward. Great fun.
In the winter there is the famous Winter Garland made with flowers grown especially at Cotehele & dried, then woven into a 80 foot garland, unique in the world. A lovely log fire & Carols in December.
Go down to the River Tamar & Pub, The Edgecumbe. They do a good cream tea & have a little garden. There are also boat trips on the ShamrockThere is another car park & walk up the hill to a sweet little chapel overlooking the River. This is where Richard Edgecumbe escaped his enemy Bodrugan in the 15th century. He rebelled against Richard 111, who it was rumoured had killed The Prince’s in the Tower.
If you are energetic you can walk to the Cotehele Mill which has existed since medieval times. The working Watermill produces flour for the Restaurant.
Cotehele House built between 1485 and c.1560 is a treasure trove of Tapestries, arms & amour. Well worth a visit.
Warning. Narrow lanes! But full of primroses & bluebells in Spring. A delight to look at.