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Engine Cottage

Calstock, Cornwall

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Engine Cottage is tucked into the valley side close to Danescombe Cottage, with the woods rising steeply behind. This intriguing building was originally built in the early 19th century to house a Cornish beam engine, used to pump water out of the Danescombe Valley Mine (sometimes called Wheal Calstock). Later it was reused as a blacksmith's shop on the ground floor, with a miner's dry (changing room) on the floor above. Today it makes a cosy and romantic little hideaway in a wonderfully secluded part of the Cotehele estate.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
open-plan sitting room/kitchen/dining with solid-fuel stove.
First floor
double bedroom (with 6' bed which can also be a twin on request), bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Parking: Parking is adjacent to the cottage.

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

Please Note: 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
  • 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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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

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Nicola Long
    • January 2015
    • Buckinghamshire
    Made special:

    Lovely cosy and well-equipped cottage for a romantic winter break. Not having to drive anywhere during our stay - did 3 days walking from the cottage, and caught the train to Plymouth on another day.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
    • Unknown
    Serene isolation

    Excellent location for a quiet Christmas get-away, cottage was immaculate throughout and just perfect. The serene isolation was just right for our holiday. Convenient for Dartmoor and lovely nearby walks

  • Susan Andrews
    • November 2013
    • Buckinghamshire
    Beautiful valley

    What makes this place special..............Huge bed! Beautiful valley

  • Elizabeth North
    • June 2013
    • Bedfordshire
    Tranquil spot

    It is in a beautiful location in a very tranquil spot. It is in easy walking distance of Cotehele House and the lovely gardens. There was a great deal to do close at hand so we did not need to drive long distances.

  • Anonymous
    The cottage is perfect.

    There are hundreds of fascinating sites within easy driving distance, the local people have been friendly and helpful and of course the cottage is perfect.

  • Anonymous
    Idyllic cottage

    Our third stay in this idyllic cottage. It never fails to delight.

  • Anonymous
    We enjoyed everything about this holiday

    We enjoyed everything about this holiday - the cottage, the woods, the estate, the village, the river, the views and the friendly people

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The detail

Prices include:

  • VAT at the current rate
  • Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)

(not included in the price table above)

  • A non-refundable £10 charge is not included, and will be added to the total price of your holiday to cover the cost of accidental breakages
  • Unfortunately we cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future cottage bookings and reservations.
  • As part of the annual pricing review of all its cottages the National Trust reserves the right to move individual cottages up or down the price bands and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for certain 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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