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South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston PL20 7BW England
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Just above the tidal waters of the Tamar, nestled amongst the trees on the south facing bank, lies the Count House. Seeped in history of the area, it has had many uses. Now it exudes calm and cosiness. The kitchen has bifold doors onto a terrace with spectacular views up and downstream. Nearer at hand two donkeys, Arabella and Willow, help to keep the old orchard trimmed. Between the apple trees rare jonquils thrive and flower in early spring. A Rayburn keeps you warm and slowly cooks your meals and heats the water and radiators. The sitting room has a wood burning stove and pictures and books from another age. Surprisingly there is good wifi and mobile coverage. The bedroom has a super king bed with a pocket sprung mattress and that view to greet you in the morning. Next door is a bathroom with a double ended bath. If you can tear yourself away there are plenty of good walks from the doorstep. Venture down the steep steps to the jetty to swim at high tide or explore the upper reaches of the Tamar by canoe or rowing boat.
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Louise C wrote a review Feb 2018
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If you want to get-away-from-it-all, look no further. Bird song and rustling leaves are the only thing that disturbs the surrounding peace and quiet. And the birds are such fun entertainment too! So yes, I've enjoyed another delightful stay in the Count House. It's such a cosy warm charming nook. And with the mild Devon weather here, it does offer the best of times for this (winter) season. It's lush green valley is very picturesque, and once again most of my days were bright and sunny and perfect to go walking (I choose a couple of new routes which were enjoyable adventures). The local pub was also on my way back to enjoy a half in, and the food looked very tempting too (I've dietary restrictions so have to be very careful with all my food). It's location is off the beaten track but Nick was the perfect welcoming party and chauffeur in collecting and returning me to the local station (approx 5 minutes by car), which is a godsend in knowing that I didn't have to worry about this logistical part of the journey. And of course the well equipped and comfy cottage was sparkling clean and fresh on my arrival. There's also a log fire, but still haven't got round to trying this out, so shall go back and make this a top priority on my next visit! So many thanks again Nick, Greg & Jess 😊
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Basgirl1 wrote a review Oct 2015
Basildon, United Kingdom25 contributions19 helpful votes
This beautiful cottage is located in the middle of the Devon countryside overlooking an estuary. It was extremely peaceful and on clear nights, the sky was filled with stars. The cottage came with a Rayburn cooker as well as an extremely deep freestanding bath and a utility room with all the amenities. The area teamed with wildlife...not just the owner's donkeys and border collie...but hares, squirrels etc. Plymouth is only 45mins away while the nearest town, Bere Alston, has a small Coop with a Morrison's supermarket further down the road in Tavistock. The cottage itself was ideally placed for long walks towards Bere Ferrers and the train service (and cracking town pub) it provides. The owner, Trish, was extremely helpful and personable and left us to it. She offered the use of her quay and canoes as well, although I would recommend keeping an eye on the tides in the estuary because it can change quickly. We would definitely recommend this cottage.
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Moi wrote a review Jun 2015
London184 contributions160 helpful votes
We absolutely loved our time in this gorgeous cottage and are missing it already, with its peaceful and beautiful location and the comfort of the place it’s a perfect retreat. The cottage was so nice, and the owner Trish is so lovely, leaving us some homemade marmalade (so tasty!) and some salad leaves that she had grown in her garden and some milk, sugar tea and coffee in the kitchen as well as herbs and spices and from time to time she also offered us some of whatever she had just grown/picked, so sweet, and even offered to teach me how to make Elderflower Cordial which we did and I now proudly have 3 bottles of the homemade cordial at home. The cottage also had a little herb garden on the patio which we could use which was such a nice touch. She has 2 gorgeous donkeys, a soppy dog who is so adorable and friendly and 2 chickens who all seemed to take to us pretty quickly and we really loved them. The donkeys were a little hesitant at first but after the first day they sussed us out as animal lovers and then quite happily came up to us for cuddles. Surprisingly they love tea and are quite posh as they prefer earl grey!! The view and surrounding area over the forest and lake is really stunning, we enjoyed walking through the forest and back across the beach when the tide was out (although it can be a little slippery on the seaweed and boggy on the sand so longer walks may not be for those with mobility or balance problems). The cottage decor is perfect, it’s so cosy and comfortable, with books (modern and antique) everywhere as well as magazines, CDs and DVDs. I loved cooking on the Rayburn when Trish had explained how to use it, and even used it to boil water the most of the time with the old fashioned kettle that whistled when ready. It does take longer than a conventional oven but I agree with Trish when she said to us at the beginning of our stay that the food somehow tastes better, maybe it’s that extra time that makes all the flavours come out more or infuse better. The only thing we didn’t manage to master on the Rayburn was boiled eggs, as the yolk was always set and when we tried to make soft eggs the yolk was still set but the white was only half set, so we went back to the conventional hob just for these. The sitting room was great, much larger than we were expecting and the fireplace was fantastic. Although the days were much hotter than we expected, the evenings were also cooler than we thought they would be so we did end up using the fireplace and enjoyed playing scrabble by the fireside. The bed was so comfortable, I had the best nights sleeps in this cottage, there is also good storage space. I also loved the roll top bath in the bathroom. There are a number of helpful leaflets, booklets and folders with useful local information, places to see and things to do on the table next to the patio doors in the kitchen. This was great and really helped us decide how to spend our time when we were not relaxing at the cottage, Trish also gave us some great recommendations too. We only ate dinner out once as I loved cooking with the Rayburn, taking time to slow cook food using the herbs from the patio garden. We had a lovely dinner at a pub/inn recommended by Trish, the Who’d Have Thought It pub/inn in the interesting village of Milton Coombe which is about 15mins drive away (there is another Who’d Have Thought It 30mins away in St Dominick, Cornwall), excellent ham hock starter and homemade steak and ale pie – we returned there one afternoon at about 3pm and had hoped to have some lunch there but they told us they could not serve food and that Sunday was the only day they could have served us at that time in the day, I don’t know if this means they don’t serve lunch at all or if we were just too late for lunch on that particular day so phone ahead if you want to have lunch there to check if they will be able to serve you. We also had a nice afternoon tea at the Two Bridges Hotel which had so much cake that we couldn’t eat it all and if we returned we would go with Trish’s recommendation of their standard cream tea rather than the full afternoon tea which had instead opted for and which had far too much cake. I’d also recommend driving through Dartmoor where the wild animals (sheep, horses, cows, pigs) rule the road, Buckland Abbey (Sir Frances Drake’s house, amazing gardens and lots of cute rescue chickens!) and Dartmoor Prison Museum (run by volunteer prisoners), although the satnav thinks the prison is in the middle of a mini roundabout down the road from where it actually is...! Lords Café in Princetown (down the road from the prison) looks very touristy and a little shabby and old fashioned but was full of locals from the village and we had a surprisingly nice lunch here. Tavistock is ok, some residential parts are quite pretty where they have kept the period houses, but the rest of it has been modernised and is quite similar to other market towns that have been updated, so for us it wasn’t anything that special. The river walks in Tavistock are meant to be nice but the cottage is on the river and we did the river/forest walks by the cottage instead. It can be a little tricky on the local roads which are often narrow, bumpy and occasionally steep. I think that a car is needed here, all the better if you have a 4x4. We had a little car trouble and found excellent and friendly mechanics in the unfortunately named village of Crapstone which we were passing through by chance on the way out to do some sightseeing, who very kindly and on short notice secured our window (mechanism had broken) so that it would be safe in the torrential rain due that night and also for our continuing journey. We had such a fantastic and relaxing stay, this is such a peaceful and comfortable retreat. We would definitely return and are looking forward to a time we can plan a return trip.
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Date of stay: June 2015
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melbignold wrote a review Apr 2015
London13 contributions1 helpful vote
I am currently sitting in the idyllic cottage looking out at the water and feeling very blessed that we found this tranquil spot. Trish is so welcoming and the cottage is a home from home for our week stay. Our little puppy (6 months old) is having the best time investigating the gardens under the watchful eye of Trish's beautiful collie. I would recommend this place highly, for the walks, the peace, the warm welcome and the views. We slept so soundly each night. We have had many great walks on the moor followed by some great pub grub. The perfect holiday!
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Date of stay: April 2015
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JeremySh71 wrote a review Oct 2014
London, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
The is one of the loveliest places I have stayed. It's real, unique, a place where you feel close to nature and feel nourished in every sense. The hostess is helpful and giving. I can't think of a more comfortable and charming spot amidst the wild beauty of the Tamar estuary.Would recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Count House
Which popular attractions are close to The Count House?
Nearby attractions include The Garden House (4.7 miles), Cotehele (1.8 miles), and Buckland Abbey, National Trust (4.1 miles).
What are some restaurants close to The Count House?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Boot Inn, Who'd Have Thought It Inn, and Carpenters Arms.
Are pets allowed at The Count House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Count House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cotehele (1.8 miles), Buckland Abbey, National Trust (4.1 miles), and Saltash Waterside (4.3 miles).