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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.

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
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
Let starts
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

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!

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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

  • Hurd
    • November 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable....

    the woodland walks and the quality of the air. general attitude of staff at cothele and gardeners and volunteers was great. the restaurant was delicious, I congratulated the chef via a very nice waiter. v disappointed to find antony closed. comparison with mount edgecumbe visit was marked.

  • Christopher Davis
    • October 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable by....

    The peace and tranquility. Doing nothing in particular

  • Lynda Snatchfold
    • February 2015
    • England
    Good local walks

    It was the most peaceful place to stay with some good local walks to take our dogs for their short morning walk with some wonderful local scenery. It's was a good base for days out and a cosy cottage to come back to in the evening. The amazing near on a metre thick walls and the near by tall chimneys gave us a sense of the history of the building and the area. And the wood burning stove made the cottage a lovely place to spend the evening.

  • Matthew Barton
    • February 2015
    • Dorset
    Made special by:

    The tranquility of the woodland setting the warmth and the huge comfy bed! The contact centre and cottage guardian were very helpful with our enquiry.

  • Debbie Beauchamp
    • January 2015
    • Hampshire
    Fantastic cottage!

    The cottage was absolutely fantastic. As this was the first time we had booked a National Trust property we were not sure what to expect, but I can say if this is the standard of your accommodation it will not be the last!! It exceeded all expectations in cleanliness and there was nothing the cottage did not have, FANTASTIC please that the staff that that look after this cottage. Looking to book our next gwt away now!! The cottage was perfect fot the getaway we wanted. And we could not have chosen better for our 8th month old puppy who looked the walks around. (We did as well!!)

  • 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.

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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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