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Retainers' Court

Saltash, Cornwall

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Here 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. Nearby we also have Hall Court and Elbow Cottage.

There is plenty to discover on the Cotehele estate, explore the Shamrock down at the quay, the only surviving restored sailing barge, take a walk in the 1300 acre estate or learn about the Edgcumbe family at the largely Tudor Cotehele House.

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
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.

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

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer. The fridge has an ice box.

Please Note: The stairs in this cottage are steep.

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.

Not suitable for children

Retainer's Court does not accept children under 12.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Garden appeal
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge


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 will 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

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
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    Made enjoyable...

    The cottage was comfortable and clean but the real attraction was the wonderful setting and the out of hours access to the grounds. This is what sets NT cottages apart from other letting companies.

  • Saviker
    • October 2015
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    Made enjoyable...

    Good atmosphere with the cottage feeling a part of the NT property. Good position. Cottage itself was exactly what we'd hoped for. It would have been useful to have had access to WiFi

  • 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
    • Unknown
    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.

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What it will cost

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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