Cotehele is an ancient Tudor fortified manor house built on a bluff in the Tamar Valley, hidden away for defensive reasons originally. The Tudor building was created in the 1500s on earlier foundations and the chapel was consecrated in 1411. Cotehele boasts an impressive great hall, as well as the four floors of accompanying rooms and work rooms for a house of its time and was in the Edgcumbe family for 600 years. There are the jawbones of a whale which was washed ashore near Mevagissey in 1875, along with tapestries and paintings. Cotehele today is cared for by The National Trust, and a particular joy is the annual Christmas wreath made to decorate the great hall.
Nearby is a working Victorian water mill, which still grinds 7 tonnes of flour a year and of course has a tea room!
So why the gold? Well: the Tamar Valley historically is famous for growing saffron, and all of Cornwall grows daffodil and crocosmia, and we really love Cotehele so it completes our journey of Cornish ardens from the west to the east of Cornwall.