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Danescombe Cottage


Calstock, Cornwall

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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. 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 remote corners of the Cotehele estate. There is a walled terrace in front of the cottage. Nearby is Engine Cottage a cosy hideaway for two.

There is a network of walks around the estate, a working flour mill, and various other activities. The Quay at Cotehele is the harbour for the Shamrock which is the only surviving Tamar Barge, which used to transport dock dung and roadstone, mostly between Truro and Falmouth.

Further afield, The Tamar Valley has plenty to offer including walking, cycling and horse riding. If you prefer to relax and let the train take the strain, the Tamar Valley Line from Plymouth to Gunnislake crossing the impressive Calstock viaduct showcases this beautiful landscape.

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.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this 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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Garden appeal
  • Cot
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


Things to see and do nearby

A magnolia blooming at Trengwainton Garden, Cornwall © Stephen Robson

Cornwall may be steeped in Celtic history yet it also offers the uncomplicated joy of a day spent by the sea. From the picture-box charms of the villages and towns of St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to the raw natural beauty of the coast, one trip to this part of the world is often just the start of many more. Remember to pack some good walking boots and you will be set for life!

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place to visit
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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


Comments from past visitors

  • Daniel Shackell
    • October 2016
    • Dorset
    Would go back....

    An atmospheric cottage in a 19th c mining setting. wi fi or landline please then we'll go back there.

  • Sara Bishop
    • June 2016
    • UK
    Really clean and well maintained

    We found we had all the basics we needed to enjoy our holiday. The welcome pack with tea and biscuits was a lovely surprise. Really clean and well maintained- we had a just mobile baby and I was a little apprehensive re:carpets etc as I know dogs are allowed- you would never have known dogs stayed there. The board games were great our daughter has discovered a love of monopoly (some pieces were missing but I sort of expect that when there is a constant stream of people using them!)- good way to advertise trust games! The 10% off voucher for the gift shop was a nice idea

  • James Clark
    • April 2016
    • Oxfordshire
    Great location

    We enjoyed the location of the cottage and general friendliness of the people in the area and at national trust properties.

  • Mr Garrett
    • December 2015
    • East Sussex
    Comfortable and well equipped

    Pretty cottage, comfortable and well equipped, lovely position, quiet and very beautiful, wonderful old manor house a walk away. What more could you possibly want?

  • Michelle Cook
    • September 2015
    • Nottinghsmahire
    Made enjoyable...

    Everyone from the lady taking our phone booking to all the vols were EXCELLENT friendly and informative Love to afford a NT hol quarterly!!

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.


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