At the beginning of 2017 I became the volunteer Artist-in-Residence @ Arlington Court National Trust Devon - Watch out for my posts about it.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

A visit to Cotehele

Thought we had visited most National Trust properties in Cornwall and Devon, at least on the South Coast, but COTEHELE must have slipped past us.  We got there this time though and know we have to return at some time in the future to take another look around.

Gardeners clearing up leaves and things

the next image is the view from that doorway on the left looking back into the gardens

Looking towards the river Tamar - not a bad view aye!


Here's a link to Wikipedia about Cotehele 

I have a thing about real fireplaces and love the smell of the wood burning 


another fireplaces, how could I not stop for a pic

At this point, I thought I had already gone down to ground level,
but was surprised to find I was suffering from confusion, lol ;)

There were other beds set up, but on this occasion only took the picture of this one.

and Oh there were lots of floral displays about the place -
When I mentioned it to one of the guides, I was told that all the flower
arrangements are refreshed regularly and all flowers grown in the Cotehele gardens



This is where I nearly turned back to finish my visit,
but decided to follow the pathway instead


So glad I did, because I came across this lovely lady, Lin, who was busy sketching.
Of course, I had to stop and have a chat about art and discovered that herself and friends
belong to an art group who get together at Cotehele.
If only I had more time, I would have dashed back to the car for my painting things.
As it is, I hope to be able to catch up with them another time,
something to look forward to.


Here's some more information about Cotehele (click link)
and especially about their Garland.

I may not have sketched there at the time,
but I did this when I got home, whilst the visit was still in my mind,
and from the photo ref to jog my memory



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10 comments:

  1. One of my favourite things about those old houses is the fireplaces. However, I imagine they were incredibly cold places. Thank you for the tour, Ann.

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    1. Yes, I reckon they were very draughty places back in the day, although perhaps they were more used to it than we are these days with our central heating and double glazing, lol.

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  2. Thanks for the lovely tour this beautiful place.

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  3. Do they ever have people in costume as if they are 'back in the day' at any of these historical sites? They do that over here a lot...makes history come alive....especially for the kids (like me,lol.) ;) Thanks for the tour!

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    1. A couple of places we have visited did have people in costume. I remember one property, I walked into a room and there was a room guide sitting in a chair, she said hello and I laughed that she should have kept perfectly still and then said hello. In fact, she said that happened once with a mother and daughter looking round, she had stayed still and then moved, apparently the mother and daughter nearly collapsed. Lol

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  4. What a beautiful place! Love the fireplaces, and the flowers in the window! And so nice to meet fellow sketchers!

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  5. It is a lovely old house. You can't beat seeing a real fire burning in those huge, old fireplaces and the fresh flowers are a lovely touch too. I'm not surprised the place is worthy of a return visit.

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    1. We cant fathom how we have missed this place before, but heyho its discovered now 🙂

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