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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.
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.
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/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.
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!