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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.

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
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Let starts
Friday
Min stay
3
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
011003
Acorn rating What's this?
2
Features
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

Cornwall
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’ll be set for life!

Cottage location
Key
Current cottage
Holiday cottage
National Trust
place to visit
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Attractions
  • Morwellham Quay
  • Tamar Valley
  • Tavistock
  • Plymouth
Activities
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Cotehele
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
Antony Superb early 18th-century house set in parkland and fine gardens
Saltram
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

  • Garrett
    • December 2015
    • .......
    Made enjoyable..

    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
    • ------
    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!!

  • Anonymous
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    Comfortable cottage with a feel of home from home. achieved the solitude so much necessary from the hustle and bustle of my city life. Thanks for the welcoming flower and clean environment provided by house keeper.

  • John Morris
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    The location was perfect and the cottage very welcoming. Some comfortable garden chairs would have been nice.

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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 cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk 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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