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Sandhill House Country Retreat

(42 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 is an exclusive but relaxed retreat, far from the 'madding crowd', but with excellent travel options. The elegant and enchanting Grade II Listed Georgian home was originally the great mine owner, John Williams', 'Manor'. Restored to it's former glory with facilities including king size beds, beautifully appointed en-suites, free wifi throughout, 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 dear dogs. With public transport, including the scenic Tamar 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.

Sandhill Country House Retreat

The best way to describe our home is that it is enchanted, which is why our blog is called Once Upon a Time. We arrived to an uncut diamond which is now evolving into a shining diamond, as each facet is polished. With each room having its own character, which echoes the long history of this key 'Manor' in the Tamar Valley, you can truly relax in the tranquil setting and 'recharge your batteries'.

Sandhill House Country Retreat has been welcoming guests since April 2014

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
  • Request no staff entry to room
  • First aid kit
  • Socially distanced dining
  • Sanitised tableware


  • Baggage store
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • 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
  • Breakfast
  • Free breakfast
  • English/Irish breakfast
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Farmhouse breakfast
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Gluten-free options
  • To-go breakfast

Activities and Experiences

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


  • 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
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
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.
  • Road from West Cornwall (30.0 miles)
    Travel on the A390 through St Ann's Chapel and as you pass the Co-op shop and petrol station you will be an Sand Hill. The railway station will be on your right. Immediately after Sand Hill Park on your left come off the main road on to our drive through the pillars. Travel to the fork in the drive and take the right hand fork and the Sandhill House will come into view. 

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