The House from a circa 1912 postcard
House & Family History: Cotehele was the home of the Edgecumbe family for almost 600 years. The first manor here was begun by Sir Richard Edgecumbe in 1490, though it was left to his son to complete the house in 1520. Subsequent generations of Edgecumbes did not alter the structure of the House, and today Cotehele is one of the most complete medieval manors in England. The house retains such a link to its past that even today it does not have electricity, so visitors are advised to avoid dull, or overcast days! Cotehele was the Edgecumbe family seat until the 17th century, when they moved to Mount Edgecumbe, but the house stayed in the family until given to the National Trust in 1949. The House is composed of intimate medieval rooms built around three courtyards. The Great Hall has a superb timber ceiling, and boasts an enjoyable collection of arms and armour. The tower, which contains three bedrooms, was built in 1620. Charles I is said to have stayed here. (This history kindly provided by Britain Express: The UK Travel and Heritage Guide).
Collections: Cotehele has a superb collections of textiles, armor, and furniture.
Garden & Outbuildings: The House is set in extensive parks and woodlands, with enjoyable riverside walks throughout. Closer to the house are terraced formal gardens with a domed medieval dovecote, and a working corn mill. Below the house a path leads to the Quay, where a museum built with the aid of the National Maritime Museum explores the history of the Tamar. A traditional Tamar sailing barge is moored at the Quay. (This history kindly provided by Britain Express: The UK Travel and Heritage Guide).
Chapel & Church: The chapel dates from the 15th century. Within the chapel, in its original placement, is the oldest working domestic clock in England, installed in 1489.
Country Life: XVII, 822, 1905. LVI, 324, 360, 1924.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II*
Past Seat of: Edgcumbe family.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction