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Retainers' Court

Saltash, Cornwall

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  • Retainers' Court cannot accept children under 12 years as it is near the centre of the property.


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Here too is a chance to stay right in the heart of Cotehele itself. Retainer's Court is a charming 15th-century two-storey building, reused as a dairy or still room for the main house in the 18th century, and now converted to a comfortable holiday cottage. Its mullioned windows overlook a cobbled court leading to Cotehele's ancient chapel, and in the other direction look towards the orchard filled with daffodils in the spring. Visitors staying in Retainer's Court have access to Cotehele's garden at all times.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance hall, two bedrooms (1 double, 1 single), lavatory.
First floor
sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom with shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Garden: No garden, but special access to Cotehele garden.

Parking: Loading and unloading near to the property is possible, parking is available in the main car park, about 100 metres away.

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

Please Note: The stairs in this cottage are steep.

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.

Exclusive offer available (at an additional charge and by prior arrangement). Discover a delicious seasonal meal waiting for you when you arrive, all ready to pop in the oven.

The house is open daily from 11am-4pm. For more information visit

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  • Railway nearby
  • Garden appeal
  • Dishwasher
  • 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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  • 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

  • Anonymous
    • August 2015
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    Peace and tranquility

    We particularly enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the Tamar valley and Cotehele with interesting walks around the estate, the quay & mill and having the gardens to explore after hours. We liked finding out about the history of the place and learned a lot we didn't know before. All aspects of the gardens were fantastic, we saw a bat close up and a tiger moth for the first time. All the staff we met at Cotehele were very welcoming, friendly and helpful and made the stay enjoyable. The only negative thing was the bonfire lit each day below the terraces with smoke which was not that pleasant.

    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable by....

    We were quite amazed at the size of the cottage, all the amenities in the kitchen, the beauty of the place, its location, close to the main house. being able, in the evenings to have a walk round the garden, sit on a bench, admire the terrace garden, meet some of the holiday makers, or people living here permanently. We felt some much at ease there. Many years ago, we had visited Cotehele and had really liked the place; during this week , we felt at home: we'll be back to stay, if we can!

  • Penny Maier
    • July 2015
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    Made enjoyable..

    It was lovely having the grounds and gardens of Cotehele House to ourselves in the evenings. The cottage was very well appointed and comfortable. The NT staff and volunteers were all very helpful and friendly.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2014
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    Welcome cottage

    good for cornwall and devon. cottage was clean and comfortable and the heat and the milk were welcoming after the journey.

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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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