Markwell Farm is situated about 1.5 miles from Landrake village and the A38. Easily accessible, it is reached just 5 miles after crossing the River Tamar at Plymouth. Its quiet location affords superb views over rolling countryside with the spectacular St Germans viaduct and the River Tiddy as its centrepiece. The farm, which is 400 acres, has suckler cows and a large sheep flock as well as growing arable crops. Of course there are also a collection of dogs, cats, ponies,goats and pet lambs to greet you and make friends with. Two 18th century barns have been tastefully converted into 4 cottages each sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Offering high quality, self-catering accommodation in a tranquil location but within easy reach of the best that Cornwall has to offer. Children are welcome and we can accept dogs in some of the cottages. While it is a commercially run farm, features have been enhanced to ensure that visitors are able to enjoy their stay to the full. Find Markwell Farm on Google.
Markwell Farm: Visitors are encouraged to walk round the farm and enjoy the views and the animals. There is plenty of space for children to play.
Look out for the Buzzards and the Badgers, listen for the owls at night.
Here at Markwell we have a 40 cow suckler beef herd which calves in the spring and a large sheep flock. The flock is made up mainly of commercial breeds but we do have a few rare breed White faced Dartmoor ewes who are a small hardy breed local to the area. This breed of sheep featured on the award-winning film 'Warhorse', filmed on location on Dartmoor.
Also on the farm we have a collection of vintage tractors which range in age from 1926 to 1960. We will be happy to show them to you.
Beaches: South East Cornwall enjoys some lovely sandy beaches. From the small villages of Kingsand and Cawsand to the rock pools of Downderry and Seaton. At low tide there is a large stretch of sand at Whitsand Bay, though the walk back up is a bit steep. Looe combines the beach for the children with the shops and wonderful cream teas.
Finding us: We can be found on any major search engine where you can also access our live webcam.
The Granary is a 2 bedroom cottage which is all on one level. There is a double bedroom and a spacious twin bedroom. The living room, with its high ceiling and exposed beams and well equipped kitchen, also has a balcony which overlooks the gardens and over the fields to the River Tiddy. There is parking by the door.
We have been tenants on this 400 acre mixed farm since 2000.The barns were converted into holiday cottages in 2001.
Allison Brazington & Matthew Coates purchased this cottage in 2001
Quiet rural location with stunning views but less than 2 miles from the A38.
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The accomodation was better than we had expected. Really comfortable, clean & well maintained. The owners were very friendly & helpful. The property itself is in a beautiful area and made a great base for our days out. The children (3 & 5) loved it and the highlights for them were playing on the toy tractors, visiting the beach and saying good night to all the farm animals each evening before they went to bed. I would definitley recommend a stay at Markwell Farm to a friend.
We found The Granary at Markwell Farm was everything we had expected and more besides. Its tucked away position feels a million miles from civilisation whilst actually being very accessible from the major routes into Cornwall and from Plymouth.
On arrival the cottage was beautifully clean and comfortably furnished and the Cream Tea set out for us was just the perfect start to our holiday!
Our hosts were welcoming, helpful and we loved being free to explore the farm and meet the animals.
We would have no hesitation in recommending The Granary to our friends and family. Not least because it also provided the perfect base to explore much of Cornwall. As a young family we particularly enjoyed a day at Looe - park in the large car park over the bridge where you'll find picnic tables, pedaloes, a great kids playground and toilets. From there it's only a short walk into Looe itself and to the lovely beach and you haven't had to brave the narrow streets in the car.
We also enjoyed the Monkey Sanctuary - fab Vegetarian Restaurant/Cafe - and lunch at the very picturesque Charlestown. The Eden project is also close enough to be a must see if you haven't been before but beware the crowds in high season. Having said all that, one of our favourite outings was the walk from The Granary through the fields and down to the river.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay, the kids loved the freedom to roam safely around the farm and we can't wait to go back again next year.
We had a wonderful holiday at Markwell Farm. The location is beautiful - very secluded in the midst of a 400 acre farm. We were welcomed with a cream tea, that was a well thought of touch. My children loved the animals - dogs, sheep, calves, horses and the shetland pony. The village has a small but welcoming pub and the farm is a short drive from Looe, which is a very family friendly beach. There are plenty of other attractions in the area - Whitsand Bay beach, Aquarium at Plymouth and Seaton Beach, to name a few. Other highlights of the holiday were walking across the fields to the river Tiddy, a visit to the boat club at St. Germans and the homemade raft race from Seaton to Downderry finishing with a barbecue. Alison, Matthew and their three children were great hosts.
After a very long (1.400 km) drive we reached the Markwell Farm. Our expectations in Cornwall were high, because we watched many films (based on novels from Rosamunde Pilcher) in the german television. The landscape, the buildings and the weather (only one raining day in two weeks!) were very good. The cottage was clean, well equipped for self catering and so quiet (far away from the main road, you hear only the noises of the farm animals). The location is perfect to start short trips to many sights, especially the Eden Project, Lanhydrock House and beautyful gardens. But we missed the old steam engines on the railway. There are only a few days you can enjoy it. Allison and her family gave us very helpful advices during our stay. We tasted the famous Cornish Cream Tea with selfmade scones at the first time on the arrival day. Delicious, we had Cream Tea very often during our holiday in Cornwall. Our daughter enjoyed riding on Joe on the last day. Two weeks are not enough for exploring Cornwall, we will certainly visit the region once again.
Markwell Farm is less than 2 miles from the village of Landrake - with its pub & shop / po - and the A38. Ideally placed for walkers as we are between Bodmin and Dartmoor. There are also lovely walks in the Lynher and Tamar valleys. A number of NT houses and gardens, including Cothele are nearby. The beaches of Whitsand Bay and the smuggling villages of Looe & Polperro are less than 10 miles away.Seaton is a safe beach for children to play, about 8 miles away. Carp fishing is available on site, with other sites locally, along with horse riding, sailing and windsurfing. Plymouth is home to the National Marine Aquarium, The Pavilions (ice skating, swimming & theatre), museums. Local activities for children include The Donkey Park, Bodmin & Wenford Steam railway. A little further afield is Trethorne Leisure park, The Lobster hatchery at Padstow, Ben's play world at St Austell, not forgetting the Eden Project and The Lost gardens of Heligan which are about 40 minutes away.
Other Activities: clay pigeon shooting, dry skiing, health club/gym, canoeing, boat trips & sea fishing
Golf: We are less than 5 miles from the internationally renown St Mellion club which has 2 x18 hole courses. The China Fleet Club in Saltash is about 4 miles away. Looe, Launceston, Lostwithial and Whitsand Bay are all a short drive away and have excellent facilities.
Ski: There is a dry ski and tobaggan centre in Plymouth for those who are looking for excitement.
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Payment is usually in GBP by cheque or bank transfer but can be made in Euros by prior arrangement with the owner (please enquire for prices).
Shorts breaks, minimum of 3 nights, from November - Easter (etc Xmas & New Year) subject to availability.
Prices include vat, bed linen (duvets), electricity and winter (Oct - May at the discretion of the owners) heating.