Cotehele ~ Tudor House and Gardens

What better way to spend a glorious English summers day than strolling around the beautiful Tudor period house and gardens of Cotehele. I could happily have moved in!

This brief history is borrowed from Cornwall's Tour website

Cotehele House, near Saltash, is one of the most attractive stately homes
in the country. The house stands on a small plateau, its squat grey medieval tower rises from a cluster of granite buildings.

Cotehele is a superb example of a medieval dwelling, it was occupied by the Edgecumbe family but is now owned by the National Trust. The house was built by Sir Richard Edgecumbe in 1485.

Sir Richard joined the Duke of Buckingham in his ill starred revolt against King Richard III in 1483. Sir Henry Bodrugan, acting for the King, besieged him at Cotehele. Vastly outnumbered, the desperate Sir Richard managed to break through the cordon and ran toward the river hotly pursued by his enemies. He hid in the bushes and put a stone into his hat which he tossed into the river. The ruse worked, and his pursuers gave up the chase. He escaped to
France where he joined Henry Tudor.

After Henry gained England's throne at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and became Henry VII, Richard Edgecumbe was amply rewarded for his support of his cause, he was given a knighthood, recieved the estates of his enemy, Sir Henry Bodrugan and was appointed Comptroller of the King's Household. Sir Richard began to build Edgecumbe with his newly acquired prosperity.

The main subsequent alterations to the building was the addition of the tall tower in one corner in 1627, added by Sir Thomas Cotehele, a London merchant whose daughter married into the Edgecumbe family.

The bell turret on the chapel is an interesting ornamental feature. One of its two bells is also the bell of a clock. It was installed in the chapel in the 1480's and is the earliest clock in England still in working order and in its original position. Constructed before the invention off the pendulum, the clockface and is regulated by the horizontal balance known as foliot.

The hall is a lofty room with large windows overlooking the main court and boasting a superb timber roof. Cotehele is home to a rare collection of Tudor and Stuart furniture and English and Flemish tapestries.

George III and his queen, Charlotte of Mecklenurg-Strelitz visited the house in 1789, the cushions they sat on are still reverently preserved.

The gardens at Cotehele, which are home to a varied collection of plants, have a pond and a stream. They descend to Cotehele Quay on the River Tamar, where sailing barges and later passenger boats once embarked from. the gardens are constructed on various levels and terraces with a remarkable medieval dovecote complete with domed roof.

The mill and Quay at Cotehele have been restored by the National Trust.

This enticing gateway lead to the pond and gardens. The gardens are amazing, especially at this time of year.

I love these incredibly steel blue thistles. So much so that I bought a plant for my own garden.

This is the "Cut Flower" gardens.......imagine....a garden just for your cut flowers!

At the Quay there is a visitor centre with this very cosy harbour masters room.

The light steaming through the tiny fireplace, whitewashed walls and tea for one....perfect for my retreat.

Fishing bits and bobs laid on a shelf.....subdued colours and abundant textures

I love this simple make do idea using string and a wooden board.

Well loved mirror and, I suspect, photo...I wonder who she was?

If you are down in Cornwall soon I highly recommend a visit....I only wish I could have taken some photos of the amazing tapestries and interior of the house itself. Having said that if I could this post would have been enormous so perhaps it is for the best!

Hope you are all enjoying the stunning weather (long may it continue).



The Red Velvet Shoe said...

You are so fortunate to live near such amazing old castle type mansions! Your pictures are amazing, I don't know what kind of camera you use but it works!
Thank you for adding me to your blog roll :) !

Cowboys and Custard said...

Cotehele is a place I love..
I first visited when I was five years old and it left a lasting impression on me.. I returned a couple of years ago and I was amazed that I could remember so much of my earlier visits.. especially the Great Hall..and the beautiful bed chambers..
I have a photo somewhere of me sitting outside the stone beehive making daisy chains.. five years old..
Michele x

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