The house from a circa 1912 postcard
House & Family History: Cotehele, one of the most complete medieval manors in England, was the home of the Edgecumbe family for almost 600 years. 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 their primary seat to Mount Edgecumbe, but the house remained a secondary family home until it was given to the National Trust in 1949. Cotehele is composed of intimate medieval rooms built around three courtyards. The great hall has a superb timber ceiling, and boasts an important collection of arms and armor. 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 15th century chapel has, in its original placement, the oldest working domestic clock (installed in 1489) in England.
Country Life: XVII, 822, 1905. LVI, 324, 360, 1924.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II*
Past Seat / Home of: Sir Richard Edgcumbe, until 1489; Sir Piers Edgcumbe, 1489-1520; Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbe, 17th century; George Edgcumbe, 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 17th century.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction