Whilst visiting Cornwall it was a great opportunity to go and visit some National Trust properties that we haven’t been to before. I always look for the ones with the nice gardens because I think that interests me more than the insides of some of these old houses.
We decided to visit Cotehele so we got up early to arrive just as it opened which is always a top tip if you want to take photographs without hoards of people in them, of course it not always possible but it helps!
Cotehele is a Tudor House with a beautiful garden and a quay on the river. The house is set quite high up and has extensive grounds. There is a gorgeous pond full of water lilies and there were the biggest dragon flies I’ve ever seen buzzing round. There is also a cut flower garden in the centre which had beautiful sweet peas, snapdragons and a host of dahlia.
We decided it would be a good idea to go and climb the Prospect Tower as it gave spectacular views over the surrounding valley. Make sure you take a torch because the staircase is very dark and there’s no electricity!
The stunning view above from Prospect Tower, it’s well worth a climb in the dark. Watch out for the cows too.
The most stunning part has to be the terraced garden at the front of the house though, it’s truly stunning and a riot of colour in the summer.
I don’t even think we managed to see all the gardens because it was so huge, but that’s a good excuse to make another visit. What’s your favourite National Trust property to visit or even English Heritage? Leave me a comment and happy exploring!
See our visit to Stowe Landscape Gardens here.