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Sandhill House Country Retreat

(40 Guest Reviews)

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.8
  • Value 4.7
  • Friendliness 5.0
  • Cleanliness 4.9
  • Facilities 4.7
  • Service 4.9
  • Location 4.8

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Sandhill House Country Retreat Information


Sandhill House is the perfect countryside retreat to escape to and enjoy select bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of the breathtaking Tamar Valley. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Site, this select B&B Cornwall is the ideal gateway to explore the 'hidden' Tamar Valley's fantastic natural environment and world changing heritage, Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor and historic Naval city of Plymouth. In addition Sir Francis Drake's hometown, Tavistock, is less 10 minutes drive and both the rugged north and sandy south coasts being just 30-40 minutes away. It is also ideal for exploring several National Trust properties, or for business if you prefer to avoid the big hotel chains. Historic Sandhill House and the self-catering Tamar Orchard Barn are exclusive but relaxed retreats. The elegant and enchanting Grade II Listed Georgian home was originally the great mine owner, John Williams', 'Manor'. Recently restored to it's former glory with facilities including king size beds, beautifully appointed en-suites, free wifi, and Freeview TV/DVD and hospitality trays. There is a breakfast menu choice, offering the best ethically sourced produce, served in the Georgian dining room. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept dogs in the house because of our own, who are not on 'general release'. The self-catering Tamar Orchard Barn, set in the 2 acre gardens, offering total seclusion with a private, south facing garden. Please ring 07713 077877 to enquire. With public transport, including the scenicTamar Valley Railway Line, at the end of the carriage drive, Sandhill House is the perfect place for walkers and cyclists on the National Cycle Route . Other local activities include tree-surfing and canoeing on the beautiful Tamar River. Guests are welcome to relax in the tranquil, horticultural ‘treasure trove’ gardens. We regret extensive ornamental ponds make Sandhill unsuitable for children.

Cleaning and safety

  • Professionally cleaned
  • Disinfected daily
  • Disinfected between stays
  • Rooms sealed after cleaning
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing
  • High-touch surfaces disinfected
  • Linens washed to local guidelines
  • Washable duvet covers
  • Common area doors left open
  • First aid kit
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Sanitised tableware


  • Baggage store
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Bike lock-up
  • WiFi internet
  • Meet & greet service
  • Cleaning service
  • Plug adapters
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Breakfast lounge
  • Housekeeping - daily
  • Hypoallergenic rooms/units
  • Pet(s) live on property
  • Breakfast served in restaurant


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Business Facilities

  • Photocopying
  • Printing


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Animal watching
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Walking


  • Check in
    16:00 19:00
    Early check-in available on request
  • Check out
    Late check-out available on request
  • Child Policy
    Adults only
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
Booking Terms and Conditions


Unfortunately due to the listed building status of Sandhill House and the Tamar Orchard Barn it is not suitable for guests with significant mobility issues. We can however, recommend a truly lovely holiday stay at Todsworthy Farm in Albaston where their facilities have been developed to a very high level.


A car is recommended when staying at the property
  • Train from Gunnislake Station (0.25 miles)
    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.
  • Road from A30 (28.0 miles)
    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..
  • Road from A 38 Plymouth (18.0 miles)
    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..
  • Air from Newquay Airport (45.0 miles)
    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.
  • Air from Exeter Airport (51.0 miles)
    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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