I love it when we discover little gems and Cotehele is most definitely one of those. A National Trust property near Saltash in North Cornwall, it’s a wonderful spot to spend the day with ski much to see and do.
What drew us to visit initially was the news that down at Cotehele Quay the National Trust’s sailing barge The Shamrock was going to be moored up and we fancied visiting that. It made for an impressive welcome as we arrived.
After a couple of attempts to coax the youngest on board, we eventually managed to get him to come on, and stay on and have fun! He needed reassurance that it wasn’t in fact going to sail away and was securely moored :).
The sailing barge is in excellent condition and was really interesting to look around. And how lovely to be able to enjoy it on the River Tamar, where it sailed originally.
After our first exploring forays, we had a picnic lunch looking out on to the river and watching the boats sail by.
It was the perfect place to enjoy our lunch, with a cafe and a restaurant (which we didn’t utilise) but ensured we got our coffee and hot chocolate fix. Plenty of benches and rocks to sit on, lots of space to run around and we got to see a party of people set out on kayaks too. My daughter wanted to try but my son wasn’t so keen. Maybe next time we visit we’ll give kayaking a go. I do fancy it.
After a break, it was time to climb the road up to the house and extensive gardens. I think there is a coach service to ferry you up if it’s too steep to manage, but we opted for the walking route. And what a sight to be met with on our breathless arrival.
We looked around inside the house and it’s quite an impressive place-plenty of things to entertain the children including a special room with access only suitable for those aged 18 and under. Needless to say my two loved sneaking in and out of that.
And there was the chance to hold some impressive swords!
The gardens outside extend towards the front and back. We never had time to venture around the back, or to visit the mill so we definitely want to return one day. What we did do however, was explore the terraced garden.
It is absolutely stunning.
We could have walked all the way down to the river and around to the quay, but as our car was parked at the top that would have meant a few steps too far for our two. Another adventure for another day.
We finished off our visit with a round or two of croquet, which my daughter is especially keen on.
Cotehele is such a beautiful property to look around, with plenty of facilities to stop and enjoy the scenery, take a break and enjoy your surroundings.