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Approached down the woodland carriage drive the grandeur of Sandhill House unfolds before you. The Tamar Orchard Barn is set in the 2 acre landscaped gardens. It is very peaceful but the location offers excellent access to public transport including rail and bus services. There is a local shop and petrol station and at least one pub is within 10 minutes walking distance. Tavistock is just 10 minutes drive and Gunnislake has a post office. There are several pubs serving good food.
    Nearby Points of Interest
  • Cotehele House (3 mi)
  • Cotehele’s medieval origins provided a perfect setting for the Edgcumbes to show off their ancestral home to guests, such as King George III in 1789, the year before Sandhill House was remodelled.The Tudor house, with many stories and legends, is festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. Outside, explore the formally planted terraces, or lose yourself in the Valley Garden. Cotehele welcomes dogs on leads in some areas.
  • Kit Hill Country Park (2 mi)
  • A wild rugged granite hill top famous for it fine views and fascinating history. Kil Hill is a 400 acre Country Park at the highest point (334m) in the Tamar Valley and forms a dominating feature with stunning views over the valley and across to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Opportunities for walking, with dogs; rich in archaeology with signs of thousands of years of human activity - from a Neolithic long barrow (approx. 3000BC) to 19th Century mining remains. Free and open all year.
  • Launceston Castle (15 mi)
  • Set on a large natural mound, Launceston Castle dominates the surrounding landscape. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest, its focus is an unusual keep consisting of a 13th-century round tower built by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, inside an earlier circular shell-keep. The tower top can be reached via an internal staircase but once reached, offers breathtaking views of the historic town and countryside. This magnificent piece of Cornish history is just a 25 minute drive away.
  • Saltram House - National Trust (20 mi)
  • Still a largely undiscovered treasure, and the result of centuries of sophistication and extravagance, Saltram is the perfect family day out: close to Plymouth and yet in a world of its own.Home to the Parker family for nearly 300 years, the house with its original contents provides a fascinating insight into country-estate life throughout the centuries. Fine Robert Adam interiors and beautiful collections bring the 'age of elegance' to life at Saltram.
  • National Marine Aquarium (15 mi)
  • Take the Gunnislake into Plymouth and visit the largest aquarium in the UK. The National Marine Aquarium is a marine aquarium located in the city of Plymouth, England. Built on reclaimed land, it is located in Sutton Harbour, next to the Barbican and fishmarket.
  • Nearby Activities
  • Tree Surfing (1.5 mi)
  • High ropes course, zip wires, archery, mountain biking and the Tree Jump! High-Octane Adrenaline fuelled Tree Surfing. Tree surfing is an adrenaline-pumping, heart-thumping bird's eye experience.Our incredible treetop eco-trail transports you to the truly awesome canopy of one of Britain's prized woodlands. Test your limits, and get a natural high. A complex of ladders, rope bridges, zip wires and walkways gives you the freedom to explore our astounding native trees.
  • The Scenic Tamar Valley Line (0.5 mi)
  • One of England's loveliest Country Branch Lines, this fourteen mile railway skirts the edge of the magnificent River Tamar and its estuary before crossing the splendid Calstock viaduct joining Devon and Cornwall. The journey is full of contrasts taking in views of the Royal Naval Dockyard in Plymouth and Brunel's famous Royal Albert Bridge over the Tamar, before crossing the Tavy viaduct into the quiet countryside of the Bere Peninsula. You can see the train timetable on the website.
  • River Tamar Cruise (3 mi)
  • The Calstock Cruise is a truly idyllic four hour cruise which is the best way to experience the stunning scenery of the Tamar Valley. Why not take the Tamar Valley scenic train trip to Plymouth and then set sail across Plymouth Sound and up the River Tamar to the Cornish village of Calstock. Leaving the busy city behind we pass the Naval Dockyard and Brunel's famous bridge, taking in the beautiful sights of the Tamar Valley, passing Cargreen, Wier Quay, Pentille, Holton and Cotehele.
  • The Tamar Trails (2 mi)
  • The Tamar Trails are 25km of new and improved trails which have been created as part of the Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project. They open up parts of the Tamar Valley that were previously not accessible to the public. The Project celebrates the story of the Tamar Valley’s rich mining heritage, which forms part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site (WHS) and is located within the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), through a network of trails.
  • Calstock Arts (1 mi)
  • Calstock Arts is located in a beautifully converted Chapel on the banks of the River Tamar.A diverse range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions are on throughout the year.In addition to our ticketed events we also have Gallery Bar Specials. These feature live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the south west.
  • Local Events
  • Drawn To the Valley Art Exhibition (1 mi)
  • The biggest art exhibition in the South West starts in mid August and runs to mid September. Sandhill House Country House B&B Retreat is right at the heart of the exhibition which covers 91 artists and their galleries throughout the whole Tamar Valley, with the nearest, Glenrock Gallery, being at the end of our carriage drive. Ian Pethers produces the most stunningly detailed paintings, with a truly magical light quality but the choice of style is almost infinite with magical talent throughout.
  • Local Amenities
  • The Rifle Volunteer Pub (1.5 mi)
  • The 'Rifle' as it is known locally provides lunchtime and evening meals and dogs are welcome in the bar areas.
  • Langman's Restaurant (5 mi)
  • Langmans Restaurant, a great gourmet experience in Cornwall is arguably the best restaurant in the region. Everything from bread rolls to petit fours is freshly prepared by Chef Anton Buttery. Enjoy their Seven Course Tasting Menu, offering Modern British Dishes. Changing constantly, to incorporate the best of seasonal and local produce. Relax in comfortable surroundings; this 2 AA Rosette Restaurant is an ideal venue for any occasion. We are happy to book for you and offer a chauffeur service.
  • The Boot Inn and Restarant (2 mi)
  • The Boot Inn is, in every sense a real traditional family run hostelry. It has recently been sympathetically refurbished to combine a sense of its 350 year history and an atmosphere of contemporary dining. There is a cosy, warm atmosphere with log fires, and the welcoming attitudes of the family and staff are second to none. The layout offers a choice of formal dining for those special occasions, or a table in a more relaxed bar atmosphere. Alternatively, just grab a bar stool for a choice of fi
  • The Rising Sun Pub (1 mi)
  • This friendly, oak-beamed country inn dating from the 17th century, lies in a conservation area in a rural setting off the beaten track. It has much charm and character and serves a good choice of up to 6 ever-changing real ales, which are normally from Cornish or other westcountry brewers; beers from Bude, Cornish Crown, Holsworthy, Bay's and Hunter's make regular appearances. The home cooked food gets consistently good reviews. A stiff hill down to the pub works up an appetite!
  • The Copper Penny Inn (2 mi)
  • The Copper Penny Inn is a traditional English restaurant based near the historic town of Tavistock and is run by husband and wife team Peter & Marion Baker. The inn has a very interested mining history - just ask why it was originally called Chip Shop.Having farmed in the area for the last fourty-five years Peter & Marion's belief is to offer great British pub food expertly cooked from products locally sourced in the region served in a warm, friendly, relaxed manner.
Gunnislake Station
(0.2mi, 0.3km)

Welcome to historic Gunnislake! When you disembark from the train walk to the main road. Cross the road carefully, from the traffic island. Walk down the hill 20 paces and you will see Sandhill Lodge and 2 stone pillars. Walk between the pillars and down the woodland carriage drive; bear right at the bottom of the drive and Sandhill House will come into view. Alternatively, we can pick you up and chauffeur drive you to a great welcome to our home.
A30
(28.0mi, 45.1km)

Come off the A30 at Sourton Services and head for Tavistock. From Tavistock follow the signs to Plymouth. Turn right at the Sir Francis statue and follow the signs for Gunnislake. Drive straight through Gunnislake and turn round in Gunnislake Station on your left, then turn right back down the hill. Sandhill House is between the 2 stone pillars to the right of Sandhill Lodge..
A 38 Plymouth
(18.0mi, 29.0km)

Follow the signs for Tavistock. Pass Lidl and Morrison's on your left. When you meet Sir Francis Drake's statue, bear left following the signs for Gunnislake. Travel through Gunnislake passed the local shops and head up the hill. Turn into Gunnislake Station and turn right back onto the main road. Sandhill House is through the stone pillars on your left to the right of Sandhill Lodge..
Newquay Airport
(45.0mi, 72.4km)

Approximately 1 hours drive. Follow the A30 up to Launceston and take the main road to Callington and then on to Gunnislake. When you pass the station on your right look for 2 stone pillars immediately on your left and drive between them and down the carriage drive.
Exeter Airport
(51.0mi, 82.1km)

Approximately 1 hour drive to Gunnislake. You can either take the A30 and turn off at Sourton Services and travel through historic Tavistock or you can take the A38 which passes through the historic naval city of Plymouth.

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Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
 Peaceful and tranquil a delightful setting with beautiful views over the Tamar Valley. We were greater on arrival by the owner and welcomed us with a lovely pot of tea. Couldn't be more helpful and friendly. 
Hilary / Sep 17
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