Our Visit To National Trust Cotehele in Cornwall


Before our recent holiday to Woodovis Park in Devon, I hadn’t ever been to Cotehele House in Cornwall. It seems odd that it took us going on holiday in Devon to visit somewhere in Cornwall, but it isn’t far from Woodovis at all.


National Trust's Cotehele House


We’ve had National Trust passes for a while now and it means that where ever we go on holiday, we always keep an eye out for new places to visit. In the past that’s included the beautiful Arlington Court, Corfe Castle and Dunster Castle.


We love old houses and castles and the National Trust are great at putting on events and trails etc for children, so it means we all get to enjoy the day out with minimal moaning about being bored.


National Trust Cornwall Cotehele House - A Cornish Mum


Our visit to Cotehele was a bit shorter than our usual visits to National Trust places, as poor Si was really not very well at all during our weekend away. Hence we didn’t explore every bit of Cotehele such as the Quay and Mill, which is a good excuse to go back soon.


National Trust house Cotehele - A Cornish Mum


Cotehele is beautiful, the grounds really are stunning when in full bloom like they were for our visit.


National Trust Cotehele gardens - flowers - A Cornish Mum


Bee at Cotehele Cornwall - A Cornish Mum


National Trust Cotehele House garden


The house itself sadly didn’t have all of the rooms open due to not having enough volunteers available for each room – if you’ve been considering volunteering somewhere in that area, they I am sure would be so grateful for more people. The rooms that were open were lovely and of course full of history.


A lot of the house is quite dark to protect the tapestries on the walls, which did limit my photography of some rooms. The guides/volunteers were really friendly and helpful. One actually showed us secret compartments in an antique desk, which the boys found really interesting.


Cotehele House - The National Trust - A Cornish Mum


For me though, as lovely as the house is it really is the gardens that will encourage me to visit again. Considering how many people were visiting at the same time as we were, the whole place was still pretty tranquil. I really want to head back with my camera during the week later in the year when it’s quieter, as it is such a prime spot for photography.


We did drive down briefly to where the Quay area is and I definitely want to get there with my camera in particular, as it looked beautiful. So you can expect a second Cotehele post at some point, with all the bits that we missed this time!


Stevie x

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  1. 22 April 2017 / 10:29 am

    We made our first visit to Cotehele this spring too. I agree – the grounds are beautiful; spring was springing everywhere! The quay and the mill are definitely worth exploring.

  2. 23 April 2017 / 10:31 pm

    It looks beautiful Stevie. What would we do without National Trust places, you always know you are going to have a good day out and they are always in the most wonderful grounds. x

    • 25 April 2017 / 5:41 pm

      They really always so beautiful, with so much room for children to run around outside. Imagine having been the people who actually got to live in some of those houses?!

      Stevie x

  3. 24 April 2017 / 6:47 pm

    It looks lovely, we so need to get National Trust passes as a family, there aren’t that many properties near us but it’s a good excuse to go and explore a bit further afield!

    • 25 April 2017 / 5:44 pm

      There are quite a few in Cornwall thankfully and I do love going to ones when on holiday too!

      Stevie x

  4. 28 April 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Wow, amazing photos Stevie! Sad that they don’t have enough volunteers but hopefully your post will help raise awareness so they get a few more.