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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

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 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
    • 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.

  • Anonymous
    • November 2013
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    Impecably clean and tidy

    Impecably clean and tidy. The cooker and kitchen equipment shone. Everyone at Cotehele, including the cat, very friendly and always cheerful, even in the rain.

  • Anne Gibby
    • October 2013
    • Wales
    Very peaceful

    Very peaceful, problem free

  • Charles Hutchins
    • May 2013
    • Wiltshire
    Perfect in every way

    It was absolutely perfect in every way - staff were friendly and the accommodation was very clean and comfortable

  • Alan Legge
    • April 2013
    • Buckinghamshire
    Presented to high standard

    The cottage was presented to a very high standard and all the staff we encountered were friendly and courteous helping to make our stay very pleasant

  • Joyce Brough
    • March 2013
    • Gloucestershire
    Beautifully kept cottage

    Beautiful kept cottage. Nicely appointed. Cotehele staff all very helpful and welcoming. Our 4th stay

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  • 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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