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Brief description of site

The gardens at Cotehele have developed since the 16th century. They include about 6 hectares of formal and informal gardens within about 54 hectares of parkland and ornamental woodland.

Brief history of site

In the late-15th and early-16th century an existing house was remodelled by Sir Richard Edgcumbe. It is likely that some of the formal gardens date to this period also. A mid-16th century plan of Cotehele (Cornwall Record Office) shows two parks, together with orchards and enclosures around the house. Some renovation and remodelling work took place in the mid-19th century.

Location information:

Address: Cotehele, St Dominick, nr Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA

Locality: Tavistock

Local Authorities:

Cornwall; Calstock

Historical County: Cornwall

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 201 Grid Ref: SX422685
Latitude: 50.495 Longitude: -4.22617


8 miles south-west of Tavistock, 2 miles east of St Dominick.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The house is open between March and November, but the gardens are accessible all year round, 10am to dusk.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: detached house

Site first created: 1485 to 1560

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 60

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