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Sandhill House Country Retreat

Sandhill House Sand Hill, Gunnislake PL18 9DR England
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Sandhill House is the perfect country retreat to escape and enjoy exclusive accommodation and relax looking out over the breathtaking Tamar Valley. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site, this luxury retreat is the ideal gateway to explore the fantastic natural environment and world changing heritage including Dartmoor National Park. Sandhill House is the perfect country retreat to escape and enjoy exclusive accommodation and relax looking out over the breathtaking Tamar Valley. Please see our regularly updated Blog for local events and activities. This enchanting, privately, owned Grade II Listed Georgian home is set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens with stunning, un-interrupted views over the Tamar Valley and Dartmoor National Park beyond. It has recently under-gone major refurbishment with guest room facilities including king size beds, beautifully appointed en-suites, free wifi, and Freeview TV/DVD and a hospitality tray in each room. This luxury countryside retreat is perfectly located at the gateway to explore both Devon and Cornwall and also historic Tavistock which is just 10 minutes drive away. Sandhill House's exclusive location, at the heart of the stunning Tamar Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site, make it the perfect retreat for couples or singles, for walking, cycling, golf and exploring National Trust and Royal Horticultural Society properties, or for work if you prefer to avoid the big hotel chains. Newly converted, the self-catering Tamar Orchard Barn is set in the peaceful 2 acre grounds of the house and is 'dog friendly'. The open plan living area retains features of the ancient listed barn but is designed in a contemporary style that echoes the character of the old orchard Barn. Facilities include a king size bed, beautifully appointed natural stone shower room with under-floor heating, well-appointed kitchen area, free wifi, and Freeview TV/DVD. The Barn's French doors overlook a south facing rose garden, which is dog secure, where you can just relax and enjoy the bird song or alfresco dining from the BBQ, whilst absorbing the breathtaking views of the Tamar Valley. You are welcome to treat yourself to a special cooked breakfast in the main house. Whether staying in the luxury of the B&B or the Barn, you are always welcome to relax in the unique, horticultural 'treasure trove' gardens. There is a local 'dog friendly' pub within walking distance, which serves excellent home cooked lunches, whilst other local hostelries offer evening meals, most of which are also 'dog friendly'. Unfortunately, due to the ornamental ponds, the property is not suitable for children. There is plenty of free car parking space. Bustling, historic Tavistock is just a 10 minute drive away and the world famous Tamar Valley line terminates at Gunnislake Station, which is just a 5 minute walk down the carriage drive. This B&B is run on an ethical basis, with local and ethically sourced produce.
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Anne C wrote a review Oct 2021
3 contributions2 helpful votes
A beautiful, restful place to stay, in an exceptional setting. We thoroughly enjoyed being at Sandhill House. We were warmly welcomed by Mary, Andrew and the adorable Fudge, who all went the extra mile to make our stay special. Our room was extremely comfortable and had a gorgeous view over the Tamar valley. Breakfasts were delicious, and offered a good choice. We enjoyed some great discussions with Mary over breakfast! We can thoroughly recommend Sandhill House as a lovely place to stay, as it is so reasonably priced for what is on offer, and there are some interesting places to visit nearby.
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Date of stay: October 2021
malaki05 wrote a review Aug 2021
Maesycwmmer, United Kingdom32 contributions31 helpful votes
We’ve just returned from a fabulous break at Sandhill House. Mary looked after us and my disabled father in law like we were family, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were fab, ours overlooked the chapel and my father in laws room had stunning views over the Tamar valley. The rooms are spacious and you can see the quality of everything in there. Breakfast was a real treat and once again quality ingredients and great cooking came to the fore. It’s easy to order too much as the choice is fab. The cooked breakfast was excellent but the scrambled egg and salmon was on another level. We really enjoyed our short break and meeting Mary, Andrew and Fudge (aka the butler) made our stay extra special. A big thank you to Mary for going the extra mile and treating my father in law to a birthday cake and afternoon tea, it helped make his day very special. We’ll be sure to stay again when we’re next in the area!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled
Paul S wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for 1 week at Tamar Orchard Barn set in its own private garden within the grounds of Sandhill House. It's extremely private and a real rural oasis for a getaway. The kitchen is quite small but modern and extremely well equipped considering its limited size. The bathroom is fitted to a very good standard with hot water running quickly on demand. We found the king-size bed very comfortable and despite the relatively cool weather enjoyed sitting outside most evenings. On the couple of evenings where we had to retreat inside there were 2 comfy armchairs and also a small dining table and chairs. Being located in the middle (between the north and south) we found it perfect for heading out in a different direction every day, like spokes of a bicycle wheel. Most evenings we were greeted by the lovely, charming and placid Fudge (the dog) upon our return. Our host Mary was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. Overall a great experience and place to stay.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Amrit H wrote a review Jul 2021
Southall, United Kingdom5 contributions6 helpful votes
We absolutely loved our stay at the Sandhill house! Set in the beautiful scenery of Cornwall, the accommodation was just as beautiful and we would like to specially thank Mary, Andrew, Fudge and Theo for the very warm welcome. This was our last holiday before our new arrival and we were blown away by the kind and caring hospitality we received during our stay. We wish Mary all the best and hope to return to the Sandhill in the near future. Thank you from Amrit and Suman x
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled
Response from Mary Corin, Owner at Sandhill House Country Retreat
Responded 14 Jul 2021
Dear Amrit and Suman Thank you for your very kind words; we really are blushing! Many thanks for choosing to stay with us; we are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay in the beautiful, and hidden, Tamar Valley. We are also just so pleased that you were comfortable and relaxed at Sandhill House, for your long awaited holiday. I can assure you that Fudge 'the Butler' was very sad when you left. He 'knew' and wanted to 'protect' you! We wish you all the very best wishes for your imminent arrival and very much hope that we will meet you again soon. In the meantime we hope your happy memories of your holiday will keep you going until you can next escape to the country. Very best wishes Mary, Andrew, Fudge and Theo XXXX
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Robin M wrote a review May 2021
Nottingham, United Kingdom163 contributions86 helpful votes
..... all the review before me are accurate, this place fully deserving solid 5 stars. Fudge made the stay, for sure! Mary and Andrew the perfect hosts and the views, sublime, the rooms warm and comfortable, the grounds just perfect with azaleas and rhodies in their full May glory. Thank you, make sure you stay!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Mary Corin, Owner at Sandhill House Country Retreat
Responded 25 May 2021
Dear Robin Oh my! We are blushing here! Thank you so much for your very kind words; we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We have to admit that Fudge really missed you the next day. As the 'butler' he had been on furlough far too long, so he was such a happy boy, 'butlering' and then you were gone! We just hope you can find reason to return to the stunning 'hidden' valley again, perhaps for a longer stay. I know one thing, Fudge will be very pleased to see you, as will we.
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Michelle Guy wrote a review Dec 2020
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Staying at this most elegant and charming country house, for my essential work, was the most perfect, stress free experience. After first night (still in lock-down) I was able to combine my work commitments with a precious visit with my son who was able to write and relax by the wood-burner in this stunning setting, whilst I went to work. Mary and Andrew were the most welcoming and thoughtful of hosts. The rooms were beautiful, with many added touches for comfort and pampering. Breakfast, was delicious and gourmet, with every diet catered for. Reservations were made for us at a charming local pub with excellent food. A treasure of a find! Thank you Mary and Andrew.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Trip type: Travelled
Wezza wrote a review Oct 2020
30 contributions11 helpful votes
Thank you Mary and Andrew for a lovely break.... We wanted for nothing... Room perfect and breakfasts delicious.... Scenery is stunning.... Great location for both Devon and cornish places of interest.... Our 3rd stay and we got to meet fudge the dog... Bonus 😊! Highly recommend a visit you won't be disappointed. Debbie and Michael
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled
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GOLFGOD2019 wrote a review Sept 2020
Worthing53 contributions31 helpful votes
We were incredibly lucky to be recommended to Sandhill by previous guests. Mary and Andrew are the most charming owners of this beautiful Georgian house and also the chefs of the best quality breakfasts we have ever had. The bedrooms are spacious, beautifully decorated, immaculately clean and the beds are superb. Lovely touches such as electric blankets, fresh flowers from the garden and en-suite with toiletries made our stay so special. If you want to escape for a while and enjoy peace and tranquility then this lovely place is where you want to be. Thank you for such a lovely break .
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Date of stay: September 2020
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davey2828 wrote a review Dec 2019
Almeria, Spain494 contributions59 helpful votes
My wife daughter and I had 2 nights here and it was lovely. Mary made us very welcome and it was what we needed as we were having a break away from our house build in Spain. The room was very elegant and my Spanish wife and daughter were very impressed. Personally I always preferring stay in more personal traditional home like this than the cold plastic hotels and Sandhill was better than we expected. After showing our friends the pictures of our stay they are all very envious and are asking my to take them there. I would recommend this to anyone who likes staying in real country homes that are run by owners who go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay. 4 star plus. That’s very much for making my wife’s dream stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled
MumsTheWord57 wrote a review Oct 2019
South Wales, United Kingdom129 contributions97 helpful votes
Not stayed in many b'n'bs but I suspect they're not all as good as this! Room was warm and comfortable, views were great and our new friend Fudge was as loyal as any pet! Mary cooked the most delicious breakfasts and was kind and generous in her hospitality. The weather was off so we didn't get to explore the handsome garden - maybe next time!
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Date of stay: September 2019
US$143 - US$154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sandhill House Country Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Nearby attractions include The Garden House (4.6 miles), Cotehele (1.7 miles), and Tavistock Pannier Market (3.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and free internet access.
Which room amenities are available at Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a seating area, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Annex, White Hart Inn, and The Boot Inn.
Is Sandhill House Country Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Gunnislake.
Are there any historical sites close to Sandhill House Country Retreat?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cotehele (1.7 miles), Buckland Abbey, National Trust (4.8 miles), and Tavistock Town Hall (3.9 miles).