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Going back in time at Malt House

Cotehele Quayside in the 1880's* © John Hammond

Cotehele Quayside in the 1880's* © John Hammond

We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to stay in beautiful            Malt House sitting within the 1300 acre Cotehele estate and is part of a complex of buildings erected in the mid 19th century to serve the bustling Tamar Quays and lime kilns. Its battlemented porch overlooks Cotehele Quay where 150 years ago, the air was thick with the smell of burning lime and cargoes of limestone, copper, coal, timber and soft fruits were prepared for transportation to Plymouth or Covent Garden where the best price prices could be sought.

Malt House was built to meet the demands of local cottage industry beer production soon after the lime-burners cottage became the Edgcumbe Arms in the early/mid-19th century. It is possible that the copper price slump in the late 19th century (remember the hardship and copper price auctions in BBC’s Poldark?) saw the pub and malthouse close. Alternatively, the onset of the 20th century saw the phasing out of many traditional malt houses in favour of more mechanised production and the buildings were often converted to domestic use.

Since then the Malt House has been home to a number of people including George Eley who oversaw several conservation projects on the Cotehele estate. The last resident of 20 years was Cotehele’s Lead Ranger, Joe Lawrence.

In 2014, renovations were started on this fascinating building, the tower was rebuilt and a substantial amount of internal and external work was completed in order that we could open Malt House as a holiday cottage. Stay in this uniquely placed historic building, knowing that every penny you spend directly helps the National Trust protect, conserve and open up places for everyone to enjoy. In 2014, our holiday guests contributed 2.5 million towards restoration of landscapes and buildings that would otherwise be lost or ruined.

In addition to this you can enjoy the Cotehele estate including Cotehele House and Mill, the 15th century Chapel-in-the-woods, woodland, the valley garden and of course the quayside where the beautifully restored Tamar Barge, ‘Shamrock’ is now a permanent resident. At Christmas the 60ft long Christmas Garland, made of 36,000 blooms, attracts many visitors for the festive season.

With all of this available for you to explore and enjoy out of visitor hours, your stay at the Malt House offers a unique opportunity to enjoy this idyllic place and provides a base to explore further afield.

*Photograph of Cotehele Quayside, courtesy of the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe

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  • The exterior of Malt House, Cotehele, Cornwall © Chris Lacey

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