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Spacious 4 bedroom cottage in stunning countryside with secluded 3/4 acre garden

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Recently refurbished, fully equipped, 4 bed (sleeps 8), 2 lounges, 2 bathrooms

North Ward Cottage is on the Bere Peninsula cut off from the crowds by the River Tamar on one side and the crystal clear River Tavy on the other. There is a criss-crossed of paths to allow you to explore the Peninsula. Near by Tavistock is a thriving market town with swimming pool, tennis courts, putting greens, arts cinema etc. Dartmoor, good golf courses, riding, fishing, biking etc are within easy reach as are north or south Cornish beaches. But basically North Ward Cottage and its immediate surroundings are so lovely you should not need to go far. In 2010 North Ward Cottage was extended and completely refurbished to become low carbon. Changes have included increased insulation, under-floor heating, new double-glazed windows and doors and using a heat pump to heat the cottage.

Anthea Gordon
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Anthea Gordon

Family-owned holiday cottage, bought at auction in 1971 and twice extended and refurbished. It is well-used throughout the year by the family, and so we make it as homely as we can, but we are keen for it to be used by others too.

We run it on a not-for-profit basis, in and use any profits from the rental to maintain the property in excellent condition. We've been going here for most of our holidays for the last 40 years!

Anthea Gordon purchased this cottage in 1970

Why Anthea Gordon chose South East Cornwall

It is a beautiful and secluded location, far from the crowds, but also within reach of an enormous range of local activities.

What makes this cottage unique

The main attractions of North Ward Cottage itself are

- it is very spacious

- the quality of the furnishings, e.g. king-size beds, fully-equipped kitchen

- it's enormous garden

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A memorable week for family including 3 small girls and grandparents, and an uncle at weekends... highlights included two boat trips to Cothele and treasure hunts in the garden"

"A lovely, lovely spot and we'll hopefully be back again. We had a really fantastic time and love the house and garden - spectacular views. Can't wait til next year - we hope to book again"

"We found a corner of heaven at North Ward Cottage! The accommodation is so comfortable and inviting and became 'home' to us in no time. The dairy cows were most neighbourly and we enjoyed the occasional bovine rush hour by the front door!"
May 2012
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Calstock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • The en-suite toilet and shower room are off bedroom 1 In addition there is a large bathroom upstairs with toilet, and a toilet downstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - Bunk beds - 2 large singles
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and en-suite shower and toilet Bedroom 2 with king size bed Bedroom 3 with twin beds Bedroom 4 with bunk beds - sleeps 2
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
CLEANING / TOWELS / LINEN: Guests will need to bring their own towels and tea towels as well as sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases, and we ask them to clean the property before they leave ............................................ OUTISDE: There is teak garden furniture outside on the patio, and an enormous 3/4 acre garden, both of which are secluded and private .............................................. OTHER: The cottage has an ironing board and iron, a hoover, washing machine, as well as a games cupboard, a cot, a high chair and a children's toy box


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Spacious 4 bedroom cottage in stunning countryside with secluded 3/4 acre garden
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Une maison en pleine campagne

  • 4 of 5

Nous avons adoré notre séjour à North Ward Cottage ! Nous étions 2 familles avec 2 enfants chacune dont un bébé. Nous avons bien dormi. La cuisine est tres bien équipée, tout ge qu'il faut pour preparer les repas, les gâteaux, les soupes....

Le jardin est simplement superbe, il est grand et tre bien entretenu. Il est sécurisé pour les enfants.

Les alentours sont très beau. Il est possible de faire des balades à partir du gite ou dans les environs. Les départs pour les rando dans le Dartmoor ne sont pas loin mais il faut prendre sa voiture.

D'ailleurs, c'est la contrepartie d'une maison plongée dans la nature, elle est très éloignée du premier village. Il faut prendre sa voiture et faire quelques kilomètre dans de toutes petites routes neanmoins très mignonnes.

Les salles de bains et les chambres sont belles. Le seul bémol serait le manque d'eau chaude mais qui se resoud en remettant le chauffe eau en marche forcée...

Tout est très bien expliqué. Martin est adorable et envoie toutes les informations à l'avance.

Nous recommandons chaudement ce cottage!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful homely cottage

  • 5 of 5

A spacious cottage with a wonderful homely feel and all the home comforts that you need. The whole family loved our stay and especially enjoyed the gorgeous garden which has a great barbecue area and amazing views.

Great location for visiting Cornwall.

We are already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, lovely farm cottage. Idyllic setting.

  • 5 of 5

North Ward Cottage is a beautiful cottage set in a wonderfully peaceful setting. It was well equipped and had plenty of space for two families. There are fresh farm eggs available from the cottage next door and great views and good walks at the site. We particularly enjoyed watching the daily migration of the local farmer's cow herd past the kitchen window. We had a great time in our week there and I recommend it highly for those looking to get away to the country.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely cottage with beautiful surrounds

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is tucked in the pretty countryside next to a farm. We instantly felt at home. The garden was beautiful and all the children enjoyed running around, my husband enjoyed mowing the lawn with the children helping him. the wheelbarrow was a hit too.

Tavistock is a pretty town with lots of nice little shops and a market. There is plenty to do in a week, many gorgeous walks and national Trust visits. Good idea about not having a telly in the cottage, first we were a bit worried but actually it was a great time not having TV and just chatting and reading books or playing games. We'll definately return again.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Fantastic house- loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect house with lots of space for 2 families. Thank you x

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Cosy cottage, great view across Tamar valley

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the cottage, underfloor heating and a cosy log burner make it a great place to snuggle up on a cold night! Amazing views across the Tamar valley - can even see impressive rail viaduct right from the kitchen window & a great place for walking and getting away from the business of urban life.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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The nearest nice coastal beaches are about 1 hour away, but there are river beaches much closer and also river swimming and swimming in some of Dartmoor's pools. Much more information is available, as well as local tips, once you are there - in our cottage A-Z folder


Nearest airports are Exeter (1 hour), and Bristol (2 hours)

Bere Alston train station is 2 miles away

We have been there for a few days before without a car, and used local trains and buses - but really a car is more or less essential for most


Bere Alson is 5 minutes drive and Tavistock 15 minutes

Dartmoor is 20 minutes away and Plymouth 30 minutes by car or by train

Further Details:

The cottage is set in a lovely rural area and there are several walks that start direct from the cottage. It is about half way along the new 32-mile Tamar Discovery Trail that stretches from Plymouth to Launceston. In 2006 the Mining in the Tamar Valley was accorded Unesco World Heritage Site status. An important part of this Heritage site is Morwellham Quay where you can experience the way the Quay was in 1860 with costumed staff, railways, water wheels etc.

The Tamar Valley is officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is full of wildlife - particularly birds. Woodpeckers have been seen on the cottage lawn although finches and warblers are more common. Buzzards regularly hover overhead. This section of the Tamar valley is quiet with hardly any tourists except a few ramblers on the paths that thread through the area. Walking down the Tamar, bird watchers can see huge reed beds used by wading birds for nesting.

Bere Alston is the nearest village but Tavistock is close-by and is an attractive market town. The Wharf in Tavistock offers arts and cinema as well as tennis and bowls. Cornwall and Cothele House, a National Trust Property are just on the other side of the river, a short trip by ferry, but a longer drive. You can hire canoes and other boats to use on the river. There is mountain biking, tennis and golf near by.


Rates & Availability

Calstock Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid summer
Jul 16 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early September
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Sept-early Oct
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 14 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
October half term
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
early Christmas
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
New Year
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $128.73

Arrival and departure:
Guests can arrive from 4pm, and we ask them to leave by 11am.

Changeover Day:
This is flexible, except in July and August when it is Sunday to avoid the worst Devon traffic.

Notes on prices:
The prices are a rough guide.

Please note that guests are requested to provide their own bed linen, towels and tea towels (pillows, duvets and blankets are provided)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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