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Luxury Self-Catering Farmhouse with Pool | Tamar Valley, Cornwall


Calstock, Tamar Valley, Cornwall, UK

Nestled in a leafy bend of Cornwall’s Tamar River, Morwell is a true sanctuary from the pressures of everyday life. Big skies and birdsong envelop this luxury 17th century self-catering farmhouse in the calming arms of nature, while a natural pool and pared-back aesthetic clear the mind, making way for that all-important rest and relaxation.



Wild and somewhat forgotten, the Tamar Valley is a lush and quiet AONB on the Cornwall-Devon border where trees shade riverside beaches and pretty villages undulate over valley contours. Within it, discover Morwell, a large self-catering farmhouse that quietly sits alongside one and a half miles of private SSSI river frontage, where otters gently tangle and electric blue kingfishers and dragonflies hover in sunspots. Simple and serene, here is a luxury home where one can truly rest.


Refined country charm awaits all who venture to this hidden valley retreat; flagstone floors, large open fireplaces and velvet sofas satiate all the senses on the ground floor. Upstairs, it’s all crumpled linens and deep clawfoot tubs for soaking in after winter moorland rambles. A large Plain English country kitchen is the true heart of this rural home, where families will congregate together over pots of morning coffee or as supper stews on the stove.


Set within 50 acres of heritage orchards, water meadows and magical woodland which meanders along the River Tamar, Morwell offers complete seclusion, with nothing but the sounds of the elements for company. Miles upon miles of hiking trails and cycling routes can be accessed right from the front door, while the ancient market town of Tavistock is just a few miles away. After a day of adventure, dive into the natural outdoor pool before settling down with a glass of wine as the stars glitter the dark sky above.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £2,195 per week, £1,650 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 6 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsTwo first floor double bedrooms, one featuring a king-size bed and en suite bathroom hidden behind the partition wall, and one further double bedroom. There is one first floor twin bedroom, one first floor family bathroom with shower attachment, one first floor wet room with walk-in shower and one ground floor WC.
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  • FeaturesTable tennis, natural outdoor swimming pool (available June - September)
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One travel cot, one highchair and one toddler´s chair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for three cars. The utility room has an additional fridge and dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Please note there is no microwave. Guests have exclusive use of the house and grounds, however please note the gardener may be on-site from time to time. When booking the standard group size of six, guests are welcome to choose from three of the four bedrooms. If booking the alternative group size of eight, all four bedrooms will be available.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, 50" VideoWave TV with Bose surround-sound system and film library, Bang & Olufsen BeuPlay A9 speaker, iPad, WiFi internet, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more
  • Private cateringSeeking a celebratory dinner or fully catered escape? Our recommended caterers will work with you to create personalised menus for your stay. Details are shared through our house book on confirming your booking.
  • RetreatsFrom foraging weekenders to crash courses in cold-water therapy, our bespoke retreats bridge the gap between luxury and back-to-nature philosophies. Create a hand-crafted stay that puts connectivity at the fore.
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other informationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questions

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A slice of whitewashed Cornish cosy made for telling stories and taking notes
The en suite bathroom to one of the double bedrooms
Enjoy lazy mornings and agenda-free days

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The Tamar Valley

Dominated by the stunning River Tamar, this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is peppered with country homes, quaint Cornish tea rooms and unique wildlife. The coast is within easy reach, but you´ll likely not want to leave this secret paradise valley.

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The Tamar Valley
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Getting there

  • On the Map This large luxury self-catering farmhouse is near the village of Calstock on the Devon-Cornwall border within the Tamar Valley. Not far from the ancient market towns of Tavistock, Gunnislake and Launceston.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 towards Bath, the M5 South and A30 to Cornwall and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train Gunnislake train station is less than a mile away and has regular connections to Plymouth, with regular train services running from Plymouth to London Paddington via Exeter.
  • By Air Newquay and Exeter airports are both approximately one hour away, with taxis and car hire available.

From the owner

“One of our favourite aspects of Morwell is the walled garden; a haven for the whole family to enjoy a Cornish game of Smite as the sun takes a bow and sinks behind the pines. We hope that the beautiful surrounds capture you every bit as much as they have us.”

From the owner

The house was originally built around 1610 and we have worked hard to restore its original features. We do hope that you will enjoy the simple monastic feel of the original lime render and numerous antique fittings and furniture. We have also included lots of modern-day additions to make Morwell a truly relaxing and pleasurable place to be.

When you can tear yourself away, it is great to escape outdoors to explore the woods and walk along the tidal river in this special corner of the Tamar Valley. Rich in wildlife and truly magical, we hope that the beautiful surrounds capture you every bit as much as they have captured us.

The Ogden Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in The Tamar Valley with an insider’s perspective.

Family Excursions

To Do

Family Excursions

There is a charming donkey sanctuary nearby where children can meet ´Cornwall´s happiest donkeys´! Great for rainy days, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is just a half hour drive away, as is the Warner Village cinema.

Coombeshead Farm, Launceston

To Eat

Coombeshead Farm, Launceston

Brilliant rare-breed farmers and growers ensure only the most special things enter the kitchen at Coombeshead Farm. The renowned chef cooks up exceptional and seasonal foraged foods. Our favourite.

On the River

To Do

On the River

Hire canoes for all the family from Cotehele Quay and experience the delight of gliding in a silent boat in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country; past steeply sloping woodland, old quays, mine chimneys, farms and boatyards. 

Homes & Gardens

To See

Homes & Gardens

Cotehele House is five minutes from Morwell, festooned with tapestries, textiles, arms and armour. Saltram House, also closeby, was home to the same family for nearly 300 years and provides a fascinating insight into country-estate life throughout the centuries.

Guest Testimonials

It´s so rare to find somewhere that exceeds expectations - from the amazing setting and utter tranquillity outside to the ultimate in style and luxury inside. After lots of fresh air and long walks it was wonderful to come back to a roaring fire, hot water for all, a well-equipped kitchen and separate areas for adults and teens so we could enjoy ourselves while they did their thing. And then to the most comfortable beds possible. I wasn’t happy to leave but have consoled myself with the thought that we will be back soon.

We had a wonderful stay over Christmas at Morwell. The house and its furnishings are simply gorgeous! We particularly loved the keen eye for design throughout, from the Iittala cookware, through to Vola brassware and the Bose TV! We will definitely be back.

What a blissful stay! The serene quiet of Morwell is matched only by the impressiveness of the surrounding countryside. Roaring fires keep you toasty while enjoying the rustic charms of the stone floors, we loved it!

We had a fantastic holiday and really respect the care and love put into the place; the design, finish and kit, it´s beautiful and the river in storm flow and location spellbinding.

We had a brilliant time at Morwell which has clearly been renovated to a very high standard and in an extremely stylish way. The house sits perfectly in the landscape, welcoming people from far and wide, just as it has done for hundreds of years.

It´s great to escape (the city) to a place where you are surrounded and embraced by natural beauty..waking in the morning to breathtaking views of a beautiful gorge and soothing sounds of a nearby river...then spending the day enjoying good walks and fresh air...then resting in the evenings in front of a roaring fire...only to sleep very soundly and deeply. We left Morwell rested and recharged by nature.

Usually houses of Morwell´s size can start to get chilly at this time of year, and I must admit I like my warmth, but was delighted when my cashmere was not even thrown over my shoulders let alone put on! My husband likes cooking and I liked just chilling in your lovely kitchen while he did all the hard work. We plan to return next year!

Many thanks for our stay at Morwell. Loved it! I´m very urban and am not used to grass beneath my feet, but found myself immersed in your land, pottering with the children... the backdrop is stunning and it really is a garden of interest. And the farm itself, every single nook and cranny is filled with good design, an interior fanatic´s dream house! I have never stayed in a place where I wouldn´t want to change a single thing.

Unique extras

From private chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and adrenalin-fuelled retreats, once you’ve booked your stay we’ll introduce you to our owner-recommended suppliers to create a truly bespoke, memorable escape.


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