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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. Sawmill cottage which sleeps 4 people is nearby. 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 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
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.

Cottage details
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Special offers
  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 10/02/2016 to 09/03/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • 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 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

  • Hodgkins
    • September 2015
    • .....
    Made enjoyable...

    Peace and tranquillity. Superb location. Birdlife around the cottage.

  • Mrs Laura Evans (Mr & Mrs Mead)
    • May 2015
    • West Glamorgan
    Made special by:

    Being right by the river and having our family in other near by cottages also let by the Trust. My parents in Sawmill cottage which they have stayed at for 20 years most years and my brother and family up the hill in Elbow. We treasure all the memories that have been made in Cotehele and the precious family time we have. Marge next door is always lovely and very helpful if needed.

  • 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.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

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

Special offers

  • Late Availability 15% 2016 - Offer from 10/02/2016 to 09/03/2016 Save 15% Late Availability 15%
  • 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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