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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. Retainers' 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 Retainers' 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

Children: Retainers' Court does not accept children under 12.

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
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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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  • 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


Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • December 2016
    • Unknown
    Easy access to gardens

    It was good to enjoy Cotehele at Christmas with old friends. We particularly valued easy access to the gardens.

  • Jill Hunneman
    • June 2016
    • Newbury
    Great access to grounds out of hours.

    The beauty of staying at Cotehele is the access to the grounds out of hours. We have stayed at various apartments/cottages on the estate over the years, both with children and without, and keep returning. As always, staff are both helpful and informative. Many thanks.

  • Anonymous
    • March 2016
    • Unknown
    Wonderful setting

    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.

  • Mr Saviker
    • October 2015
    • Surrey
    Exactly what we'd hoped for

    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

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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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