Tamar Valley


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On the Devon/Cornwall border and hidden away from the everyday, Aurora is the perfect romantic retreat for nature lovers and those seeking a luxurious, discreet pad for two. Once part of the Duke of Bedford Estate, this lovely escape, accessed by a long country lane, is tucked amongst woodland and on the banks of the delightful Tamar River. Inside the pretty stone cottage, you'll find a sympathetically restored home stay with clean, modern interiors with touches of luxurious, romantic, vintage style. It's dog friendly too, meaning you can make the most of the astonishing, untouched countryside on your doorstep.

Living and eating

The downstairs living area is beautifully open plan to make the most of the cottage space. In it's centre you'll find a cosy wood burner, offering a warm welcome with it's golden, flickering light.

To the right of the fire lies the modern, stylish kitchen with black granite worktops and sleek white cupboards housing everything you'll need to rustle up romantic feasts for your loved one or for packing up a picnic and heading out into the wilderness for a secluded picnic. There's an electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and a washer/dryer - essential after a country walk or two!

To the left of the fire lies the main living space with a huge, sumptuous sofa to sprawl on, an additional chair and lovely, nature-inspired artwork. There's also a TV for film nights and a simple circular dining table for two for lazy breakfasts, late lunches and decadent dinners.


After a day out exploring, take the winding stairs up into the eaves where you'll find a super-romantic county style bedroom for two. The king size bed is super-comfy and welcoming; you'll easily fall asleep to the sounds of the rustling trees, hooting owls and the gentle river passing by. Wake up super-refreshed by al the country air and enjoy lazy breakfasts in bed. Bliss!


Next to the bathroom you'll find the bathroom complete with a bath, overhead shower and heated rail to keep towels warm and fluffy.

Outdoor space

With its enviable position overlooking the River Tamar, the country garden has an elevated terrace to make the most of the wonderful, pastoral views. There's a hot tub, table, chairs and a fire pit that turns into a barbeque for alfresco dining and a double lounger for sunbathing a deux - best enjoyed with a glass in hand! This designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is teeming with wildlife, so keep a beady eye out for playful otters, kingfishers and herons who live on the riverbanks.

Should you be looking for additional accommodation, Demelza is in the same grounds as Aurora and is a wonderful option should you wish to travel with another couple, but each have your own private space. You can view Demelza here Demelza

And more!

Lucky you! Aurora is set within 35 acres of private land which belongs to the owners of this retreat and you will have free reign to explore this hidden away paradise. With untouched woodland of oak and beech trees, fields and riverbanks, you have the freedom to roam where you will. Perfect for nature enthusiasts, walkers or trail runners, or if you're not feeling very active, pack up a picnic and search out the perfect spot.


Please note that access is via a long narrow lane with a two-metre width restriction.


There is private parking for up to two cars at Aurora.


Babes-in-arms are welcome - please bring your own equipment.


One large or two small well behaved dogs are welcome at Aurora. We charge £35 per dog per week or short break.


Aurora has WiFi so if you need to stay in touch with the outside world you can.

In the Area

At Aurora, you're perfectly located to explore the best of both worlds, being ideally located on the Devon/Cornwall border. Not far from the market town of Tavistock, the gateway to Dartmoor, and the former mining town of Gunnislake, there's plenty to see and do to keep you busy. Cotehele, owned by the National Trust, is a wonderful Tudor house with gorgeous gardens and its own quay. The Tamar Valley itself is a must, boasting some of the most beautiful landscape in Cornwall with an extensive network of footpaths to explore with routes to suit everyone, where the remains of over 100 copper mines can be found along the river. You're also only a short drive from Dartmoor in Devon or Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, which offer a rugged, contrasting countryside ideal for walks or exploring the pretty villages that are dotted throughout the wild landscape. If you fancy being close to the sea, there's Boscastle in north Cornwall and Polperro and Fowey on the south coast.

Nestled deep in the Tamar Valley amongst undulating woodland, this delightful cottage complete with hot tub is perfectly designed for romantic escapes.

At a glance

From £773 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Dogs welcome

Key features

Autumnal escapes

Baby on Board

Celebratory stays

Fire pit

Hidden Havens

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Off the beaten track

Rolling countryside

Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Hot Tub

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £38 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £35 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Aurora:

Wow! Such a beautiful peaceful retreat. Feeling totally relaxed. Have spent endless hours watching the wildlife, particularly the King fishers and Mr. Otter put on a performance. Just perfect.

Wow! What an amazing hidden gem. We absolutely love it here. So peaceful and relaxing we really do not want to leave! Thank you for the wonderful welcome hamper too! Until next time...

We had a relaxing break in this beautiful place and setting. Would love to stay again!

A good base for exploring Devon and Cornwall countryside. Thank you for clean and comfortable accomodation and thoughtful gestures to make our stay a pleasant one.

We would absolutely 100% recommend

A wonderful place to unwind. After activities such as walking, cycling and canoeing the hot tub was a very welcome place to relax. Hosts were helpful when needed.

Perfect, amazing it was even better than the photos we loved it so peaceful. A true retreat, cottage sublime, food amazing, wildlife and surroundings unbelievable.

Thank you for such a wonderful stay! Even though we had rain all week, it couldn't have been a more perfect stay in your beautiful home. We relaxed, had muddy walks and lovely food. Will definitely be returning! Absolutely amazing!

A beautifully appointed and luxurious cottage, in a spectacular location. Perfect! Book it: you won’t regret it!

A beautiful cottage in a lovely location. We enjoyed the hot tub, the blackout blind, the peace and quiet, the log burner and the owls and deer. Thank you for a great stay and the kind and generous hamper - we loved it!

Lovely cottage in a really peaceful and secluded location. Good location if you don’t mind a drive to get to either coast north or south. Provisions within the cottage were great. We loved the wood burner and sitting on the patio watching the river flow by. Very tranquil.

A beautiful , peaceful retreat - modern but cosy with the lovely wood burner - breakfast on the patio overlooking the river was perfect

Just a lovely cottage with a great location and with walks along the river.

Beautiful location owner on site if any questions and was lovely. Great place for dogs and to relax in piece and quiet if you want to there are places close to visit if you wish. We left the cottage once as it had everything we needed so beautiful there was no need to go anywhere else will definitely go back

If you're looking for quiet, secluded and tranquil, then this is the definitely the place to get away from it all. The setting is truly unmatched and perfect for reading and wine-sipping!

Thoroughly enjoyed the peace and tranquility, had everything we needed

A peaceful haven with lovely walks on your doorstep. Perfect for short stays or longer breaks.

A stunning location on the river. Lovely cottage.

Aurora was wonderful, comfortable, clean and very well appointed. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity then this is the place

Very welcoming and immaculately presented. We loved the corner sofa so much we'd like one I our own home. Very comfy big bed.

'After months of lockdown, this was the perfect place to come and relax for a few days. You could not ask for a more tranquil setting. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. The welcome Procescco and cream tea was much appreciated after our long journey from Ipswich. Absolutely loved it here - wish I could stay. Looking forward to returning next year. Can't wait!' - April 2021

'The location of this cottage is everything, especially in the autumn with the changing colour of the surrounding trees. It was pretty breathtaking' - October 2020

'Aurora was a wonderful place to call home for our week away. The setting is spectacular, and the local area is a joy to explore. It is the perfect location for those with dogs!' - October 2020

'A stunning location on the river. Lovely cottage' - September 2020

'The owners have created a very special place, so peaceful and tranquil. We have never felt so relaxed so quickly or been somewhere so quiet. It was incredible' - September 2020

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