Guide celebrates Cotehele reopening
The National Trust is marking the reopening of one of its most popular Cornish houses by publishing a new guide charting the property's history.
Cotehele, on the River Tamar near Calstock, is a magnet for garden-lovers and those interested in Tudor Cornwall.
The 64-page guide – which covers the house, estate, quay and mill – includes colour photographs, a pull-out estate map and a family tree of the Edgcumbe family, who lived there for many years.
Cotehele collections manager Rachel Hunt, who wrote the guide, said: "It was difficult to effectively convey the vast history of our whole estate in 64 pages, but I think it gives a good overview. Our aim has been to provide a taster that will entice visitors to want to find out more. Hopefully they'll find it both informative and readable."
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The book includes a commissioned drawing showing how Cotehele was modified in the 17th century, pictures from a mid-1800s guidebook, images of 19th-century engravings, aerial views and information and pictures of the Edgcumbe family and their servants.
There is also information about the famous Christmas flower garland, Cotehele's 1899 sailing barge Shamrock, the orchards, market gardens, salmon fishing and art inspired by the house and gardens. A chapter about Cotehele Mill includes explanations about the purpose of each building and there are also reflections from miller's granddaughter Virginia Spiers.
"Readers will also find a couple of brief self-guided tours," said Ms Hunt. "One follows in the royal footsteps of King George III and Queen Charlotte during their visit in 1789, while another is an outdoor walk which is ideal for those days during the year when the house is closed."
Cotehele's shop, gallery and restaurants have already opened for the season and the house and mill are due to reopen on Saturday March 16.