If we have visitors, especially from overseas, Cotehele is our number one choice for a historic day out. It is a National Trust property, at the end of narrow, winding lanes, on the edge of the river Tamar. The house is early Tudor, and retains many original features, because the family who owned it moved to another house close to Plymouth. In the chapel is a very old clock (a great put-down is to remark that the clock was installed before Columbus voyaged across the Atlantic).
Around the house are gardens and the estate which supported the family, with original or restored features - the dove-cote, fish ponds for food, an orchard, the mill, saddler's and blacksmith's, and the quay used for transport when the alternative was horse-back or mule-back.
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