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Cotehele Estate - Sawmill Cottage

Cotehele, near Callington, Cornwall
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This property is part of our National Trust collection

All properties are brimming with character, lovingly restored to reflect the original feel and as everyone is on National Trust land, you will enjoy the space to relax in truly unbelievable locations.


Once housing the water-powered sawmill, this characterful cottage has views to Morden stream and woods beyond.

National Trust Property

A most beautiful National Trust estate, set on the banks of the River Tamar, Cotehele was the ancestral home to the Edgcumbe family for centuries. This magnificent Tudor house, perched high above the River Tamar, is decorated with tapestries, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. In the gardens and grounds of Cotehele, you can easily lose yourself exploring this most tranquil and beautiful location. Admire the stunning, formally planted terraces of gorgeous, colourful plants, or wander down to the Valley Garden, which includes a medieval stewpond and dovecote, which in turn leads down to the River Tamar. Sit a while and seek tranquillity in the beautiful Upper Garden and explore the orchards planted with local varieties of apples and cherry trees.

From early spring, bright flowers adorn the grounds and the colourful herbaceous borders are simply stunning in high season. With orchards bearing fruit in the autumn and dainty snowdrops peeking through in winter, there will be horticultural activity all year round. This very popular National Trust property appeals to people of all ages, but Cotehele will be available to guests in early mornings and after the day visitors have gone home.

In the 19th century, local industries boomed and Cotehele Quay bustled with vessels loading and unloading cargo. Paddle steamers came upriver to see the Tamar Valley’s famous blossoming orchards, and small boats carried market-gardening produce back down the river for sale at Devonport Market. The restored sailing barge Shamrock is moored at the quay and a proper Cornish cream tea can be enjoyed in the Edgcumbe tea room. The Discovery Centre here tells the story of the Tamar Valley, offering a gateway to the wider estate and is just a short walk through the Morden Valley to the sister property Cotehele Mill. Cotehele welcome dogs and there are some great walks on the miles of paths around the estate, at the quay and in the mill grounds. Dogs are also welcome in the outside seating area of the restaurants. Assistance dogs only are welcome in the house and garden.
Sawmill Cottage sits next to the impressive late 18th-century Cotehele Mill, in the heart of the secluded sylvan Morden Valley. When this was a busy working estate, home to many industries and workshops, this stone building used to house a water-powered sawmill in the basement. Now it makes a holiday home of great character in a beautiful peaceful spot in the heart of the Cotehele Estate, with views across the flower-rich meadow to the Morden stream and the woods beyond. The waterwheel has been restored and is at the rear of the building.
This working mill next to the Morden Stream is an atmospheric reminder of the recent past when corn was ground here for the local community. It is believed that mills have worked in the Tamar Valley since medieval times and this watermill dates back to the 19th century. The buildings surrounding the mill were used as stables, cowsheds, a hayloft and a ‘cherry house’ for storing cherries. The last of these buildings was added in the 1890s and they are now set up as a selection of estate and craft workshops.
The mill produces wholemeal flour, which is used at the Barn Restaurant and The Edgcumbe, and is on sale at the mill reception and in Cotehele’s shop. A range of outbuildings includes re-creations of wheelwright’s, saddler’s and blacksmith’s workshops along with a traditional furniture maker and a working potter. A hydro-electric scheme, which you can see beyond the waterwheel, generates clean, renewable electricity that goes to the national grid. Beach 16 miles. Shop 5½ miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

Three steps to entrance. Open-plan living room with dining area and large kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full NSH, electric convector heaters, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Freeview TV (limited reception)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Small fridge/freezer
  • No garden
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional parking at Cotehele Quay, ½ mile
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: Stream 50 yards

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  • Dishwasher
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

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