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“Still as good as ever....”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Cotehele

Cotehele
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Saltash
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Still as good as ever....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

I think it must have been at least 50 years since I last went and I was so pleased that it really hasn't changed that much. It is such a pleasure to wander about and soak up the atmosphere, I might be a little biased as I was born just the other side of the river Tamar overlooking Cotehele. The guides were extremely helpful and informative, the gardens are not as tidy and as formal as they used to be but this I think is for the sake of the wild life more than anything, however, there have been many improvements elsewhere. There is the usual shop and garden section where one can purchase plants etc but there did not seem to be much from the Cotehele vegetable garden, I do hope that as the season progresses that will change and the Trust takes full advantage as I for one would purchase the "Home grown" produce. I used the Cafeteria twice and the refreshments were very good and value for money. Well done the National Trust and thank you for a good day out.

Visited June 2014
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England, United Kingdom
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“Nice property, but no 'heart'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

The property itself was interesting, but because it had never been lived in 'properly' it had a more museum quality to it. The Trust volunteers were as usual fabulous. We were a bit taken aback by being asked to leave our backpack which contained two cameras (it is specially designed for this purpose), my phone and purse. We were allowed to take it in provided we carried it in front of us. This should have been made clearer in the NT members book, and for the life of me I cannot see what harm it would have done. The shop selling locally made glass and so fourth was nice but pricey and we felt that they should have been more aware of back packs than the house! We loved the walk to the mill ect which was also interesting. Lovely gardens and fabulous cream tea - the scones were divine.

Visited June 2014
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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“A real gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Fortunately it was a beautiful day when we visited this outstanding NT property and gardens, we were able to walk around at leisure and take it all in. The house is very grand and imposing, a real joy to wander through and try to imagine what it was like to live here all those years ago, lovely tapestries and artwork hanging on the walls all adding to the grandeur of this family home. Check out the bed covers, how did the servants manage to wash those works of art, no dry cleaners available then!! Guides are available throughout and are more than happy to give information and talk about the house and it's occupants through the ages, just ask. For those who may have difficulty walking there are seats in the rooms where you can rest a while before moving on, not something we've found in many properties.

Then there are the gardens...... A paradise for those who love their garden, there's so much to see and the views across the countryside are stunning. Lawns, hedging, borders are all kept beautifully and inspire you to give gardening a go, pop into the shop and buy a plant or two to start you off. The weather was a plus during our visit so we were able to take our time and walk around at leisure before visiting the tea room. Here they have a choice of lovely cakes and light lunches, tea, coffee and cold drinks, staff are lovely and very helpful. There were two coaches full of passengers whilst we were there and the staff coped admirably, full marks to you all.

After you've had your fill of the house and gardens take time to visit the quay and mill, transport is available (50p) for those who don't want to or can't manage the walk. It's very peaceful sitting by the river and if you missed the tea room there's a small cafe with outside seating where you can enjoy a snack and drink. Walk along then to the mill before catching the bus back.

We had a most enjoyable day out at Cotehele and would definitely return if in the area again.

Visited June 2014
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“Lovely Estate and Gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Went to Cotehele by mistake, thought we were going to a different place. But really enjoyed our time there. went to the house and gardens first and then got the mini bus which is available outside the house down to the mill. Had a lovely time wandering around the mill and admiring the water wheel. Then got the mini bus back to the harbour area, where there is a lovely ice cream parlour and pub which serves cream teas and food, must try the ginger scone cream tea with lemon curd.. my friend said it was amazing. The mini bus runs every 20 mins and we got it back to the house car park.. There is a car park near the harbour as well. Really pleased we went here by mistake and had a lovely day.

Visited June 2014
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Leicestershire
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“Extensive estate”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Lovely property cared for by the National Trust. The entire place is stunningly beautiful from the gardens to the architecture to the interiors. Lose yourself in another world for a while. The house and gardens are extensive enough to keep you busy but there is also a working quay and mill on the estate to visit. They can be accessed on foot but you need to be fit. It's easy downhill but coming back up is harder work. A combination of that and the rain made us take the short drive down to the car park by the quay where both attractions can be visited without the hike!
The gallery in the main house sells some gorgeous art and the credit card took a further hit when we reached the gift shop and plants. The cafe / restaurant serves the usual high quality food.

Visited June 2014
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