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Danescombe Cottage

Calstock, Cornwall

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The deep steep-sided Danescombe Valley used to be intensively cultivated as an important centre for fruit and flower growing, and for a while in the 19th century it was transformed by a brief rush of copper and arsenic mining. Today it is one of the quietest and most sequestered corners of the Cotehele estate.

Danescombe Cottage, simple and well proportioned like a child's drawing of a cottage, sits about a mile up the valley from Danescombe Quay on the Tamar, surrounded by trees and immersed in tranquillity. It was built in the early 19th century as the count house (mine office) and manager's house for Wheal Calstock, later the Danescombe Valley Mine. There is a walled terrace in front of the cottage.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
hall, sitting room with solid-fuel stove, kitchen/diner.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Parking: Parking is adjacent to the cottage.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Please Note: Please be aware that this cottage is in a wooded area which can make the atmosphere naturally damp at times.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

South Cornwall
A beautiful view along the cliff at St Anthony Head from above Great Molunan beach, near Falmouth. Grassland and trees cover the cliff top. © Joe Cornish

In places rugged and remote, in others tranquil and picturesque, much of the south Cornwall coast is still surprisingly unspoilt, as many parts can only be reached along narrow lanes winding through lush farmland and woodland towards the sea. Either climbing down on foot or drifting along in a small boat, visitors can explore and enjoy the cliffs, coves, beaches and quaint fishing villages that are Daphne du Maurier Country. The Trust has a host of holiday cottages in this area that are wonderful away-from-it-all hideaways for families and friends. For instance, there is Bosloe; an imposing country house set in extensive grounds above the Helford River, divided into three spacious holiday homes and with a former gardener’s cottage, The Bothy, hidden in the gardens. Further on around the coast is the glorious Trelissick Garden with five delightful holiday homes on the estate and former officers’ quarters on St Anthony Head now converted for holiday use.

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  • Morwellham Quay
  • Tamar Valley
  • Tavistock
  • Plymouth
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Cotehele Tudor house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds
Cotehele Mill
Cotehele Mill Working watermill and workshops
Buckland Abbey
Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate 700-year-old home of Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville, in beautiful Tavy Valley estate
Antony Superb early 18th-century house set in parkland and fine gardens
Saltram Magnificent Georgian house with opulent Robert Adam interiors, gardens, follies and landscape parkland
Lydford Gorge
Lydford Gorge The deepest gorge in the South West, with spectacular 30 metre waterfall

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Ailsa Walter
    • November 2014
    • Hampshire
    Peace and quiet!

    The property was ideal as we could walk for miles from the cottage, including to Cothele, and could also walk to the local village for urgent supplies. Peace and quiet!

  • Debbie Arrowsmith
    • November 2014
    • Cumbria
    Perfect location

    The location was idyllic and a perfect place to literally 'get away from it all'. The cottage and location were perfect for our dog too.

  • Elizabeth Whiddett
    • November 2013
    • UK
    Lovely welcome

    Lovely welcome tray, you thought of everything, lack of phone not your fault.

  • Mrs I Clifton
    • October 2013
    • Bedfordshire
    Wonderful location

    Excellent cottage in a wonderful location with welcoming locals and pubs. Superb holiday break with our dog. A dog heaven. Cothele estate - very beautiful.

  • Helen and Sion Williams
    This was the perfect setting for our honeymoon

    This was the perfect setting for our honeymoon- lets hope our marriage is as idyllic as this little cottage! My new wife was so taken by the place I found it nigh on impossible to drag her over the threshold when it was time for us to leave... highly recommended. just go- its beautiful.

  • A& M
    Lovely small cottage

    Lovely small cottage in an absolutely beautiful valley. Try and get up early to see the dawn break over the river. Had a wonderful relaxing time.

  • Jean and Andy Richards
    Lovely cottage

    Lovely cottage, we went there the 1st week in June had lovely walks, very friendly neighbours over the way. Spent endless time talking to locals on their walkes past cottage. Sat outside for every meal we had ,we had such good weather. Local pub in Calstock was in walking distance so had several visits, dog Ruby loved place. Thank you to all for making holiday so good.This was our 24th NT cottage

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