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Castle India | Unique Luxury Country Home with Pool | Cornwall

Castle India

Antony Passage, Tamar Valley, Cornwall, UK

Fantastical, extravagant and sublimely positioned at the edge of Cornwall’s luscious Tamar Valley, pass through the gates of Castle India and enter a world of pure imagination. Inside, a wild celebration of Mother Nature wraps guests in botanical beauty while nine acres of sub-tropical gardens roll through orchards and twist around turrets, all before leading to the natural pool and ancient Indian pool house. Available for exclusive hire, here lies a luxury self-catering home like none before it.

Introduction

Discovered by the owners through pure serendipity on their return to London following a weekend at the Port Eliot Festival, Castle India has been reinvented from a Georgian manor into an immersive, living showroom of the family’s luxury homeware brand. With colour, pattern and an eclectic collection of artefacts brushing the interiors with magic, this clandestine homestay near the south Cornwall coast will blow any essence of the real world into the ether; whether a family birthday or friends weekend spent lounging by the pool, time spent here will imprint on memories for a lifetime.

Inside

Celebrating the castle’s history while taking inspiration from the hues which burst into bloom across the grounds, Castle India is restorative for all who step through its doors. A house of symmetrical proportions, wind around the grand, central hallway through the music room, drawing room, library and kitchen (all embellished from top-to-bottom in House of Hackney's latest imaginative prints) before racing up the sweeping staircase to discover nine sumptuous bedrooms with views over the croquet lawn, past the castle ramparts and to the River Lynher beyond.

Outside

Once home to famed gardening duo Isabel and Julian Bannerman, and cited the most romantic garden in Cornwall, the current owners have discovered fruiting banana trees, hot beds where pineapples once thrived (with plans to resurrect the system in the future) and borders upon borders of medieval rhubarb, fragrant sweet peas and kaleidoscopic lupins. The gated natural pool and its ornate Indian pool house bring a slice of the tropics to Cornwall, while the gatehouse hides a ping-pong table and tales of Sir Francis Drake and his bootlegged jewels stolen from the Spanish Armada in the 16th century.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 18 guests
    From £8,995 per week, £6,750 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are eight double bedrooms at Castle India; two with super king-size four poster beds, six with double beds and one twin bedroom (all found on the first floor). The first floor also includes three family bathrooms with showers, baths and WCs, as well as one shower room and one separate WC. Outside, the pool house features a trio of showers and WCs.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor natural pool (available May - September), pool house, fire pit, ping pong table, football goals and trampoline
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 5pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe country kitchen includes a large gas oven and hob, two full-size fridge-freezers, an industrial dishwasher and well-stocked pantry. There is a second butler´s kitchen next door, which includes an electric oven, fridge and industrial dishwasher, ideal for bookings with in-house catering. A washing machine can be found in the separate utility room. While dogs are very welcome, pet owners are politely asked to ensure they are supervised at all times due to the resident chickens. The groundsman resides in a cabin within the extensive grounds, however, will remain discreet and not disturb your stay. If arriving by air, helicopters are welcome to land on the grounds. A fully catered option is available for guests with prices (excluding all ingredients) starting from £975 per day. Please enquire for further details.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper of local produce, WiFi internet, TV with Netflix, Sonos sound system, board games, luxury soaps, firewood and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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The dining room at Castle India was designed with celebrations in mind
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A characterful abode for an inspirational stay

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Tamar Valley

Dense, winding woodlands, towering gorges and meandering stretches of gentle river with electric blue Kingfishers for company; the Tamar Valley AONB is a leafy paradise with plenty of opportunities for adventure, should one desire.

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Tamar Valley

Getting there

  • On the Map Castle India sits on the banks of the Tamar River and the Antony Passage in Cornwall on the leafy outskirts of Saltash.
  • By Car The house is just over four hours from central London.
  • By Train Saltash train station is just one mile away and has regular services to London Paddington with a journey time of approximately three and a half hours. 
  • By Air Both Newquay and Exeter airports are around an hour away from the house, with car hire available in advance. Helicopters are welcome to land within the grounds of Castle India, please enquire for more details.

From the owner

“We’re all desiring freedom and peace more than ever, and you’ll find it in spades amongst our nine acres of gardens, woodland and orchards.”

From the owner

Cornwall has always been a favourite holiday destination for our family – we love coming here to recharge in nature. One day, on the last day of a summer holiday, we visited the gardens here at the castle, which at the time was famously home to the renowned royal landscape gardeners Julian and Isabel Bannerman.

Walking around the pool area and wildly beautiful gardens planted by the couple set against the medieval backdrop of the castle felt like a dream. It captivated our senses and imaginations; so much so that we were still thinking about it days afterwards. Then, serendipitously, we received a call from a friend who was wondering if we would be interested in taking on a special project in Cornwall… a little place we had just returned from.

After having spent a decade in London, raising a family and working constantly, we decided it felt right. Without even having seen the house and bewitched by the gardens alone, we accepted the offer to take it on.

So, with the promise of a slower, simpler pace of life on the horizon, we uprooted ourselves and answered the call of the wild.

The Gormley Family

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Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

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