On Sunday, enroute from Perranporth to Dartmoor, we spent a good part of the day at Cotehele. This estate is now owned by the National Trust but was owned by the Edgcumbe family for 600 years. The Medieval house, with Tudor additions, has a section that we could look around that has never been modernised so still doesn’t have electricity. The current Earl of Mount Edgcumbe was a farm manager in NZ when he inherited the title from his uncle. He now divides his time between NZ and Cornwall. As he had only daughters his nephew will be the next Earl. Here is an article about the kiwi connection. The house was filled with tapestries, armours and pewter. The gardens were beautiful with lots of flowers and an old orchard.
On the estate is a flour mill which was leased for many years to one family. The mill is still working and the National Trust mill flour that they bake with in the mill bakery (samples were yummo) and sell in small bags. Once again the National Trust staff provide an entertaining and interesting insight into the history and operations of the mill.