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Cotehele

St Dominick, Near Saltash PL12 6TA

Step inside this wonderful architectural hotch-potch of a building, perched high above the River Tamar. In this fortified manor house, that was mainly re-built in Tudor times, you will be impressed with the wonderful interior decorated with exquisite tapestries, pewter and brass. You will also see impressive old oak furniture and lots of arms and armour.

There is a fascinating collection of items here that reflects the antiquarian taste of the Georgian owners, the Edgecumbes, who between 1750 and 1860 made a deliberate attempt to evoke a sense of nostalgia and recreate the atmosphere of the ‘good old days’.

Outside lose yourself in the Valley Garden, which includes a Medieval stewpond (a fishpond in a monastery garden) and a dovecote (a shelter with nest holes for domesticated pigeons). Then visit the Upper Garden for a tranquil experience that will keep you relaxed and energised for the rest of the day. You could also visit the two orchards planted with local apples and cherries. There is so much to explore on this 1,300-acres estate, with its dazzling views of the river, shaded streams and industrial ruins.

If you have time, why not visit the restored sailing barge ‘Shamrock’, moored at the quay. There you will be able to treat yourself to proper Cornish cream tea in the Edgecumbe tea room. Or you could visit Cotehele Mill, which is a short walk through the Morden Valley.

Costs: National Trust members have free entrance.