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Mill Cottage

Callington, Cornwall

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In the heart of the lovely wooded seclusion of the Morden Valley, Mill Cottage is an attractive semi-detached cottage, part of the stylish gabled house with tall brick chimneys that was built in the 1860s for the miller at Cotehele. With abundant wildlife all around, the views from the latticed windows of the cottage are across a flower-rich meadow to the stream and woods beyond. The cottage has its own small, enclosed garden. In the mill building opposite, you can watch the mill in action twice a week throughout the season, and its excellent stone-ground flour is available to buy: it will make you want to bake!

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, dining/sitting room with open fire.
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 restricted to one vehicle per booking, with additional parking available at Cotehele Quay, about half a mile away.

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

Television/Signal: Television reception can be poor.

Please Note: This cottage is in a wooded area which can make the atmosphere naturally damp at times.

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 night starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Cottage details
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  • 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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  • Morwellham Quay
  • Tamar Valley
  • Tavistock
  • Plymouth
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Cotehele Mill
Cotehele Mill Working watermill and workshops
Cotehele Tudor house with superb collections of textiles, armour and furniture, set in extensive grounds
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

  • Sheila Guymer
    • December 2014
    • Australia
    A Delight!

    My ten days at Mill Cottage were a delight! The Christmas welcome hamper was generous and delicious, and the cottage was everything I had hoped it would be (the TV reception is excellent, by the way). It was wonderful rambling in the woods around the Cotehele Estate every day, and especially being able to see so many stars at night! Seeing the Christmas Garland and chatting with the volunteers who made it was wonderful too. Thank you for some very, very beautiful memories. The stunning beauty of the location (the woodlands, stream, old buildings, meadow, Tamar River, great walking path to Calstock), friendliness and warmth of the locals (esp. Kelly and Margaret, and the chap who so kindly got in extra wood for me because I didn't have a car), closeness to Cotehele House and the Edgcumbe pub (and that both were open between 23 Dec & 2 Jan, meaning that I didn't feel too isolated - this was important to me when I booked), and I loved being able to escape C21st noise by being out of mobile phone and internet range! (an emergency phone would have been good, especially as I was a couple of days completely without neighbours)

  • Gerald Haines
    • June 2014
    • England
    Perfect holiday

    The place where the cottage was situated and the surrounding area all the woods and streams the walks all this made the holiday perfect and we hope to go to Cotele again, also we must not forget the National Trust staff for their friendliness and assistance

  • Viv Ledger & John Bowles
    Highly recommend

    Appealing setting and tranquil location. Opportunities for exploring surrounds on foot and close to Cotehele House and tearooms and the Tamar River.. Would endorse others comments and highly recommend.

  • Kate & Mark
    Delightful cottage

    Delightful cottage and a beautiful setting. Had a most relaxing and pleasant week at Mill Cottage. Cothele House and Gardens are stunning, and the tea rooms aren't bad either! Great walks locally and a warm welcome as well. Highly recommend the cottages and the area.

  • Simon Rose & Catherine Brown
    Superb cottage

    Superb cottage which is beautifully well kept. Could not have asked for anything else. Fantastic stay!!

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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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