Today, Cornwall's penchant for peace and quiet attracts holidaymakers keen to find a place to unwind and to get away from it all. But Cornwall's laid-back atmosphere is nothing new. No doubt linked to its wealth of awe-inspiring natural landscapes, the tranquillity of this south-western county dates back centuries.
The Cotehele House and Gardens offer visitors a taste of rural Cornwall life as it was some hundreds of years ago. Located near Tavistock, in the east of Cornwall near the Devon border, the estate is within easy reach of a whole host of alluring hotels and guesthouses.
A Medieval Home
The house at Cotehele was constructed in medieval times, with other parts being added during the Tudor period. The Tudor portion of the property is one of the least altered buildings from this time in the entirety of Britain, making it a unique site.
The magnificent architecture is lent a further touch of class by the building's rich furnishings. Outside the home, guests are treated to a finely kept and diversely populated garden, containing a dovecote, pond and extensive orchards. The garden leads down to an idyllic quayside, where an old barge sits.
Packed with Facilities
The Cotehele House and Gardens are blessed with an impressive array of facilities, designed to make your visit that much easier and more enjoyable. In addition to the two restaurants, there's also a tearoom and shops selling everything from plants to second hand books. There's also an art gallery at Cotehele.
There are a number of picnic tables dotted around the property. The play areas and baby-changing facilities mean the house is suitable for travelling families. There's also ample car parking.
Hotels near Cotehele
Fortunately for visitors, there's no shortage of excellent hotels in Cornwall. Smeaton Farm B&B sets the standard, providing excellent accommodation in a peaceful, rural setting. Located in Saltash, near the River Tamar, visiting the Cotehele House and Gardens couldn't be easier.
For those looking for somewhere slightly livelier, the Finnygook Inn and The Liscawn Hotel are located in nearby Tavistock. From here, guests have their pick of a number of great restaurants and bars, as well as a number of independent shops.