Tamar Valley


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Bedroom details

1 Bedroom (Sleeps 2)

Bedroom 1

1 x king

Nestled amongst the woodland, this country cottage for two is utterly idyllic and is a must for country-lovers and couples seeking total escapism, at one with nature. Surrounded by the Tamar Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you're deep within some of the most beautiful countryside to be found in Cornwall, and with the River Tamar running close by, it's just perfect. Inside the little stone cottage, you'll find modern, romantic country living whilst outside is a pretty garden where evenings spent stargazing beneath inky skies is a must. Being dog friendly, your four-legged friends will just adore country walks whilst being so close to the Devon/Cornish border you can enjoy the best of both beautiful counties.

Living and eating

In keeping with its country style yet embracing modern, open-plan style living, the main space at Demelza is just perfect. At the heart of the room sits the cosy, eye-catching wood burner - a must for cooler days and a welcome sight after a long walk.

To the right lies the pretty, country-style kitchen filled with everything you need to rustle up a romantic feast or two, maybe using some of the amazing local produce to be found in this fertile area. With an electric oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer and everything else you might possibly need, it's just right for couples.

To the left of the wood burner lies the sitting room with gorgeous egg-blue sofa and a pretty French-inspired occasional chair as well as nature-inspired artwork. In addition, there's a TV for film nights and a circular dining table and chairs for meals a deux.


The oh-so-romantic bedroom can be found upstairs hidden amongst the eaves. With a gorgeously cosy king size bed, this is a blissful escape to retreat to at the end of a busy day exploring. Fall asleep to hooting owls and rustling trees and wake fully refreshed by the country air. So comfortable is this pretty room you'll not want to leave it, so lazy lie-ins are a must as is breakfast in bed.

Please note that due to the characterful nature of Demelza, the ceilings on the first floor can be low in places.


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

Outdoor space

Just wow! Overlooking the River Tamar, the terrace that surrounds Demelza is the perfect spot for relaxing on a sunny afternoon. With a pretty little arbour, twin recliners, a dining table for two and a fire pit that turns into a barbeque, this is a wonderful location for whiling away a quiet afternoon. Surrounded by trees and totally peaceful, you'll not be disturbed by anything except the amazing wildlife such as kingfishers, otters and plentiful birds of prey (make sure to bring binoculars!).

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

And more!

Lucky you! Demelza 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 Demelza.

Babies and children

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


One large or two small well behaved dogs are welcome at Demelza. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break.


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

In the Area

At Demelza, 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 whilst Widemouth and Whitsand Bay are each 45 minutes away.

Exceptionally pretty and quintessentially Cornish like it's namesake, this wonderful dog-friendly cottage for two is a hidden-away delight.

At a glance

From £774 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 2 | 1 Bedroom | Dogs welcome

Key features

Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Celebratory stays

Fire pit

Ideal Honeymoon spot

Off the beaten track

Riverside location

Rolling countryside

Workcation Retreat

Dog friendly

Wood Burner

Perfect For Couples


Country Houses

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 & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 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 Demelza:

It is a beautiful setting, would really recommend it from that point of view. Beware though of the narrow lanes leading to the cottage. Comfortable house.

A fantastic hideaway from our hectic lifestyle. Beautiful surroundings untouched by modern influences. Would have looked the same 100 years ago.

A perfect location in a perfect cottage if you want peace & quiet. Definitely would like to visit in the spring.

We loved out stay in this magical cottage and stunning location. We spotted birds of prey, the kingfisher and a woodpecker all from the terrace! We loved relaxing and reading our books on the window seat and had some fabulous long walks in the gorgeous weather. A perfect escape from the city to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We hope to be back.

A relaxing getaway, surrounded by nature. Doorstep adventures and a great location from which to explore. Best of both worlds.

A beautiful retreat in a stunning location, we relaxed as soon as we opened the door. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable and peaceful stay. We hope to return soon.

We can only concur with what has been written, simply stunning. Blessed with good weather, location, cottage, tranquillity and the company has been just perfect. Thank you Alison, very lovely warm welcome. Welcome goodies very nice touch on arrival. Look forward to returning in the Spring.

A great place to write a book

Fantastic location, beautiful accommodation, lovely property owners. Our first booking with boutique retreats but will definitely book with you again and hopefully at this property in the future.

Absolutely idyllic

If you require peace and quiet and to escape for a break - you can’t go wrong

The cottage was so warm and welcoming and everything was provided . What a fabulously well equipped mini kitchen ! Welcome goodies most appreciated! Little touches like milk, bread, tea and coffee already there were a great help . We had such a relaxed week by the river and the wildlife and the solitude were such a blessing . What an amazing place. Fabulous location. Peace and quiet . Lovely cozy cottage

We loved this place, it’s a fantastic bolthole!

Beautiful cottage in a lovely romantic setting well placed for exploring this gorgeous corner of the West Country.

Great place and fantastic owners. Extremely peaceful and great outdoors.

Very cosy cottage in a stunning location. The owners were very generous with their welcome provisions, logs and kindling.

The location of this gem of a cottage is exceptional with breathtaking views across the river and its' ever changing moods. We spent many hours between the rain showers watching the water flow by, cormorants fishing, while buzzards keened overhead. A stunningly peaceful and very atmospheric place.

It’s a lovely romantic little cottage in a beautiful place. It is well equipped and comfortable. On a sunny day you would not have to go anywhere to find total peace.

It was stunning. A really lovely place to spend a very relaxing week away from it all. And we saw otters from the window of the cottage!

Beautifully presented and a stunning location. Just perfect in every way! A beautiful place to unwind and be surrounded by nature.

A truly peaceful retreat, the cottage was perfect and the setting exceptional!

A perfect remembrance of our 30th wedding anniversary. Beautiful cottage in an amazing location, everything we could have wished for and more. Our spaniel Winnie had such a waggy tail every day, she couldn't wait for us to open the door for her to enjoy the freedom of riverside and woodland walks. Thank you for making our stay so welcoming and comfortable. Rhonda, David and Winnie

Beautiful renovated cottage in stunning location. River Tamar teeming with wildlife: herons, kingfishers, deer, cormorants. Enjoyed sitting by the fire pit to the sound of owls hooting and wild paddling in the weir. Unforgettable and unique at any time of year would highly recommend.

Beautiful location and very peaceful .An ideal place to unwind.

We found total relaxation just what we needed in wonderful surroundings and wild life. we will return

Lovely cottage in a tranquil and stunning location.

This is the perfect little cottage for a relaxing getaway! The sounds of the river and birdsong were very soothing, and the cottage was very comfortable. If you are looking to escape busy life, this is the best place to go.

A truly beautiful setting for a delightful cottage. The welcome pack was a lovely surprise! Thank you very much .

The view when approaching the cottage is stunning. You just know you're in for something special before you've entered the door. The inside is beautifully furnished and feels warm and cosy the second you walk in. We loved it here trying to spot all the wildlife other guests have experienced while staying here and the night sky is incredible here.

When the world around you feels insane and crazy you put a lot of hope and expectation on what you want to get out of a rare break with a chance to step of the crazy hamster wheel... Demelza did not disappoint, it actually exceeded our expectations. A true retreat, cottage sublime, food amazing, wildlife and surroundings unbelievable. As a great poet said...."What is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare" well we had the time and are all the better for it.

Thank you so much for letting us stay. It has been absolutely gorgeous, and sitting in the windsow seat watching the kingfishers, albeit fleeting has been better than watching the television. Seeing a great cormorant on numerous occasions was also very special, we hadn't seen one before and ending up looking it up on google. Thank you again and we would love to come back again in the future.

Just perfect!

Looking for a break away from the world and definitely found it here. I enjoyed the walks along the river and learnt nevertheless trust the weather forecast...Peace, quiet and tranquility with my best friend of 35 years. A wonderful place to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. Thank you

Stunning location, nicely decorated, tranquil, kind welcome treats provided, lots to do locally, friendly owner.

Beautiful cottage in a stunning location, a perfect relaxing retreat.

Simply perfect in every way.

Beautiful little cottage in a stunning location. Waking up each day and having breakfast on the terrace with the river view was lovely. The local pub and countryside walks were a highlight.

Our stay was very charming, the cottage had everything you could want and was very comfortable. The setting was peaceful and very relaxing. The owners left a book with suggested walks and places to visit which was perfect as we made full use of the information. Having a lovely pub within walking distance, even if it was all uphill was perfect.

Very special cottage and we felt like guests rather than renters. The cottage felt like a home and there were lots of special touches eg welcome pack of coffee, tea, cream tea, prosecco etc. Other cottages we have been to have felt sterile and are kitted out with unbreakable damage proof furniture etc. Not this one.

Demelza is a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Delightful cottage in a stunning location.

Absolutely perfect Getaway cottage. Being right on the river we enjoyed watching different birds and wildlife, perfect trading spot for a true getaway. Sitting by the fire pit listening to the howls was a real joy. Highly recommended pretty river cottage.

Beautiful, romantic and a place you will not want to leave.

Alison was the best host. All the little touches as well as fizz and cream tea on arrival were incredible and much appreciated. You won't want to leave the cottage. The interior is stunning and the view to the river is amazing and the walks and wildlife are on your doorstep. An absolute treasure of a cottage!

'Thank you for such a beautiful week in your gorgeous cottage! Even in the 40 mph winds we had a cosy anniversary break away, drinking mulled wine in front of the fire. A much deserved break away from the stresses- Thank you' - November 2021

' A wonderful week in a beautiful cottage in a stunning location. This was just what we need! Thank you Alison for the warm welcome' - November 2021

'What a magical place! Thank you so much. From watching the morning mist rise over the river to watching the sunset over the seas at Downderry. We have had the most amazing relaxing week and memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Alison for everything' - November 2021

'Thank you for the warm welcome and the collection of goodies. We have had a lovely week' - October 2021

'An idyllic retreat which is hard to leave indeed. We've had a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating stay here, thank you Ali and Ed for thinking of everything. The welcome pack was lovely! We watched cormorants, Marsh harriers and a family of ducks a long the Tamar whilst on the terrace. Walks along the river and up to the pub in Chilsworthy, the beach at Whitsand Bay. Our lab "Monty" enjoyed himself too, wouldn't get in the car when we left. Many thanks, we will return!' - July 2021

'Thank you for a beautiful, comfortable escape from reality. You have thought of everything here and we've really enjoyed our stay. Amazing location, too!' - April 2021

'Delightful cottage in a stunning location' - October 2020

'Demelza is a beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!' - October 2020

'Absolutely perfect Getaway cottage. Being right on the river we enjoyed watching different birds and wildlife, perfect trading spot for a true getaway. Sitting by the fire pit listening to the howls was a real joy. Highly recommended pretty river cottage' - September 2020

'Couldn’t recommend this place enough it really is a lovely little spot just what I needed after the hustle and bustle of London. My bulldog Arthur Pendragon really loved his time - the woods are gorgeous. And there's plenty of lovely walks nearby....spent most of the time enjoying the barbecue and taking in the lovely viewA on the terrace. So glad I booked this holiday as it took all my stress away. The owner Alison is a lovely lady and was very helpful. Hope to return one day' - September 2020

'We have had a lovely relaxing week at Demelza. The quietness, apart from the sound of the river, is great for forgetting the rat race that goes on elsewhere' - August 2020

'Absolute peace and quiet! Loved our week at Demelza! Beautiful walks and pure indulgence on the terrace and in the beautifully designed cottage. Alison was a great host - the lovely cream tea and Fizz on arrival was such a tread and very much appreciated. Kingfishers and buzzard spottings every day, but sadly no otters! We will have to come back! Not sure how we will cope with noise after staying here. Walk to the Tamar Inn was great - good lunch, also a trip to Golitha Falls was worth it - the Smoke House is not to be missed. Thank you for the most wonderful stay' - August 2020

'Thank you so much for the most amazing week here at Demelza - it is an exceptional location and we have loved the "Peace & Quiet" of the cottage. Great recommendations of restaurants - Horn of Plenty for afternoon tea, Cornish Arms and Bearslake Inn. We had wonderful cycle rides on the Drakes Trail and the Granite Way - We are so sorry to leave its been wonderful - will reccommend to all our family and friends' - August 2020

'This was a lovely cottage with very tasteful furnishing and decorations and it was spotlessly clean' - July 2020

'We have had an amazing time! This place is SUBLIME!!! Wish we could stop the clock ticking. The river, the trees, the rain, the cottage, the food...everything was more than just perfect. The owner made our stay very comfortable and can't thank her enough for welcoming us in her beautiful home! We will for sure be back.' - February 2020

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