Cotehele is located near Callington and Saltash and it is a Medieval house with superb collections of textiles, furniture and armour set in extensive delightful grounds. It was originally built by Sir Richard Edgecumbe, a Lancastrian who was fleeing forces from the rival Yorkists in Cotehele woods in the 15th century. He survived by pretending to drown in the river and built the house as monument to his narrow escape. Later the family moved to Mount Edgecumbe which is near Torpoint. This relocation probably saved Cotehele from any major development work and today it still remains largely in tact in its Tudor splendour. To show how authentic it is the National Trust website advises not to visit on dull days as there is no electric light.
Visitors to Cotehele include Queen Victoria. More recently, it was used during the filming of Twelfth Night in 1996. Cotehele is certainly a unique experience in Cornwall.
Contact details are as follows.
Cornwall PL12 6TA