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