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Tenderly cosseted by the arms of the Tamar Valley, this luxury self-catering farmhouse has a natural outdoor swimming pool and sits close to Dartmoor and the historic town of Tavistock in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The unspoiled fifty acres of private farmland provides a breath-taking tranquil backdrop for an intimate wedding or well-earned family break in the verdant Cornish countryside.

Luxury self-catering with swimming pool in the Tamar Valley, Cornwall


Approaching via a winding farm track flanked by wild flower meadows, Whimplestone is a stunning Grade-II listed historic cross passage house set in 50 acres of magical woodland. This elegant self-catering farmhouse near to Tavistock in the Tamar Valley is close to the village of Gunnislake which borders Devon and Cornwall. The privately secluded property has been flawlessly furnished to create a luxurious self-catering country home for those seeking complete peace and seclusion. 


Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Each bedroom at Whimplestone is effortlessly and elegantly furnished with eclectic hand-picked furniture finds, adorned with fine linens, and promises a blissful night's sleep after the day's busy adventures. There are three king-size bedrooms (two are en suite), and a choice of two twin bedrooms. The house boasts a wonderful family bathroom with claw-foot bath and hand-held shower, as well as a wet room with walk-in rain shower. The lofty king-size master bedroom has its own access from the rear garden and sitting room, as well as a stand alone bath for easing away your troubles in a tub-full of bubbles...


Whimplestone sits alongside one and a half miles of breath-taking river frontage lined with trees, towering Morwell rocks (as painted by Turner) and a beautiful protected water meadow. A private gated entrance leads through the valley at this rural paradise, where you can wander through the cherry and apple orchards and admire breath-taking scenery. The wildlife-spotting opportunities all around this UNESCO site are vast; keep eyes peeled for osprey, barn owls, spoonbills, peregrine falcons, the beautiful kingfisher and conferences of dragonfly. You might even be lucky enough to spot the shy otter fishing for his lunch on the river banks! The walled garden is a haven for the whole family to enjoy a Cornish game of Smite as the sun takes a bow and sinks behind the pines.


For Relaxation

Summer afternoons are best spent sat by the natural pool or beside the river with a picnic of jam tarts, cucumber sandwiches and zesty homemade lemonade! There is a friendly pub a short stroll away for an evening tipple, or perhaps a game of ping pong is more your style? Whether snuggled up in front of the real fire with a glass of red talking into the wee hours, or sat out gazing at the moon's reflection on the river, this property is a blissful retreat for all seasons.


There is parking for three cars. The utility room has a fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. There is no mircowave. Due to the high quality furnishings and sentimental value of the property, the owners kindly request that you care for their home as you would your own.


  • SleepsUp to 10 guests
  • Alternative Group OptionsUp to 4 or Up to 6 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesDigital Property GuideA Gourmet Welcome Hamper and more...
  • Personally VisitedYes
  • BedroomsDoubles: Three double bedroomsTwins: Two twin rooms (one has truckle beds)
  • BathroomsTwo en suites, one family bathroom, one shower room
  • FamilyChildren: Very welcomeCots: One travel cot availableHighchairs: One toddler´s chair
  • BBQYes, a BBQ is provided
  • FeaturesTable tennis, natural outdoor swimming pool (pool and pool garden available in July and August)
  • PetsSorry no pets
  • Mod Cons50" VideoWave TV, DVD, iPod dock, Bose surround-soundInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: FridayArrival Time: Arrival is at 4pmDeparture Time: Departure is 10am
  • RestrictionsSingle sex gatherings are considered with prior permission from the owner only
  • Other InformationProperty Terms and ConditionsFrequently Asked QuestionsRecommend to a friend

Style: This luxury farmhouse harnesses a fusion of styles with Robin Day, Ercol, and vintage Chinese furniture combining with traditional features to create a stylish twist on farmhouse chic.

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Our Take

Property Consultant Clare says

This beautiful farmhouse exudes an air of elegance and grown up sophistication all throughout. The peace and serenity on offer at Whimplestone is a true tonic for those looking for a break from the hubbub of every day life.

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Unique Extras

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The sunny passage leads to a large farmhouse kitchen (a chef’s paradise!) which boasts a superb range of cook ware, Mark Newson five-ring gas burner, and a Fisher Paykel larder-style fridge/freezer with ice maker and water dispenser. Gather the family around the cherry wood farmhouse-style table in the dining room for lively family suppers retelling much-loved family anecdotes.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

The Tamar Valley has a wealth of friendly pubs serving traditional dishes, good cask ales, and welcoming locals. The Rising Sun pub is a short walk away from Whimplestone for a cheeky evening tipple, whilst fine dining experiences can be enjoyed at several renowned local restaurants - we love the Cornish Arms in Tavistock, whilst 2012 Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski serves up artfully crafted gastronomy at The Springer Spaniel pub. 

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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