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Details of Cotehele Estate - Retainers Court
Retainers Court at Cotehele Estate in Cotehele, near Callington sleeps 3 people. Cotehele Estate near Callington is a National Trust Property. A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.
From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.
In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock
is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
Retainers’ Court is a charming 15th-century stone building set just off the superb enclosed courtyard at the main house. Once a dairy or still room for the main house in the 18th century, it is now converted to a comfortable holiday cottage. Its granite mullioned windows overlook a cobbled courtyard leading to Cotehele’s ancient chapel, and the Upper Garden and orchards are filled with daffodils in the spring. Retainers’ Court is a wonderful property right in the heart of Cotehele House and Gardens itself and guests staying here have access to the extensive gardens at all times. The beach is 16 miles. With a shop 5½ miles, and pub & restaurant 2½ miles from Cotehele Estate near Callington. (All accommodation at Cotehele Estate refs NT011087, NT011003, NT011005, NT011011, NT011010, NT011089, NT011004)
Step to entrance. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.
- Electricity, NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
- Travel cot and high chair on request
- Freeview TV (variable reception)
- Small fridge/freezer
- Shared gardens of Cotehele House (National Trust)
- Public car park 110 yards
- Welcome pack
- No smoking
- Holidays at Retainers Court, Cotehele Estate run from Friday to Friday
Features at Cotehele Estate - Retainers Court