The front of Ludbrook Cottage. What a stunning cottage.
Perfect little sun-trap. Ideal for a spot of dining al fresco.
The dining-area.
The games-room is ideal for a wet day.
The River Tavy runs past the paddock just across the lane from the cottage. Perfect for a spot of paddling.
Pack a picnic and take time to enjoy this delightful spot within the grounds.
Bursts of colour in every direction.
The most ideal setting awaits you as the River Tavy flows through the valley.
Simply stunning.
A lovely setting for a holiday lunch.
The comfortable sitting-room.
The single bedroom on the ground floor (Bedroom 1).
Bedroom 2 upstairs.
Bedroom 3 has a standard double bed.
The 'zip and link' bedroom (Bedroom 4) here seen made up as twins.
Bedroom 2 upstairs.
Bedroom 3.
The garden in front of the cottage is a delight on a sunny day.
The sheltered patio is perfect for al fresco meals. (The games-room is shown on the left.)
The drive up to the cottage (the gable end showing to the right with a barn in front).
The gateway leading to the cottage.
The grounds are covered with a carpet of bluebells in the spring.
A sign to ensure your children and dogs are safe - this drive is shared with the owners and an occasional rambler only.
The River Tavy flows through the valley.
The bright yellows and blues of spring flowers are as pretty as a picture. The grounds are a mass of flowers in March and early April.
A little stream tumbles over rocks on its way to the river.
The river borders the paddock (take care with children).
Plenty of space to prepare a family meal.

Ludbrook Cottage


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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Drake Manor Inn (1 mile)

An attractive 16th Century pub with a pretty garden set in a quiet village, conveniently situated for walks on Roborough Down or a visit to Buckland Abbey. Cosy woodburning stoves, real ales and good food served at everyday prices, locally sourced wherever possible. Designated children's areas, dogs on leads welcome in the bar.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Rated 3 out of 5 stars

November 2009

Friendly pub, with a good beer garden for summer and woodburners to warm the cockles in winter.

Nearest beach

Cremyll Beach (9 ½ miles)

Both Barn Pool and this beach are next to the Cremyll foot ferry with access to the gardens of Mount Edgecumbe Park nearby. With lovely views across to Plymouth, Cremyll beach is shingle and sand with some rock pools around the south side. Car parking is available at Cremyll and dogs are allowed year round.

Nearest walk

Drake's Trail (2 miles)

Named after one of Devon's most famous sons, Sir Francis Drake, the Drake's Trail project, launched in March 2009, includes a range of walking and cycling routes in West Devon for all age groups and fitness levels. The new off-road cycling route follows the old railway track between Tavistock and Plymouth, crossing open moorland at Roborough Down before reaching the wooded valleys of the River Meavy and eventually the River Plym.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Rattigan September 2020

Great walk

2hrs and a lovely route. We had a fab walk

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

See deer in the woods and watch the rivers for kingfishers, herons and spawning salmon.
- G Steele

Nearest town

Calstock (2 ½ miles)

Perched on the banks of the great Tamar River, the historic waterway that divides Devon and Cornwall, Calstock is a pretty village full of whitewashed cottages that tumble down to the water’s edge. The skyline is dominated by an imposing viaduct that spans the river; an endless stream of boats of all shapes and sizes sail through the arches throughout the day. It is impossible to visit Calstock without getting on the water at least once – try a trip on the Tamar Passenger Ferry – a lovely open wooden boat which plies the river between Calstock and the National Trust’s historic Cotehele Quay.

Also nearby

Cotehele (3 ¼ miles)

A medieval house in amazing condition, with fabulous collections of armour, textiles and furniture from the period. The estate is open daily from dawn to dusk throughout the year, dogs are welcome in the grounds and there's miles of woodland paths and countryside to explore.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2013


This is one of the most beautiful houses in UK. Well worth a visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2012

Stoic British carried on in AWFUL weather!

Wonderful House, Gardens, grounds and shops..AWFUL half term weather, but we braved it all! NB the house has NO electric lights so visibility in the house is limited on dull days!. Mill lovely and the walk down from the house through the gardens and past the chapel to the quay side and then the mill was lovely....a little slippery in places as it a little steep in parts and was SO wet..but we all remained upright! Lovely Cornish ice creams at the Quay and great bread flour can be bought at the mill shop. Hurrah for the VERY helpful and lovely mini bus driver who can ferry any less able bodies around the 3 sites...

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Cotehele is a beautiful National Trust property - I recommend walking the wider estate, including the folly behind the property which gives you a bird's eye view for miles! The walk down through the quay to the mill is stunning, and the waterwheel and mill race is currently being renovated, which is an interesting project. You can even buy flour that has been milled on site.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009


A medieval gem with a magical garden sloping down to the Tamar. Plenty of walks on the Estate. Highly recommended are the scones at the restaurant on Cotehele Quay - just the thing at the end of a stroll along the river.

The Garden House (½ mile)

Well, if it’s on Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘must see’ list, it’s good enough for us. This eight-acre garden is actually several gardens in one, combining old and new. The beautiful walled garden surrounds the ruins of a medieval vicarage, while the newly developed Long Walk takes you through a variety of landscapes, from the South African garden, to the cottage garden to the flower meadow, with beautiful views along the way over the Cornish hills, and hidden benches to stop and soak up the sights and sounds of the countryside. Cakes, cream teas and lunches are served in the tea rooms in the 18th Century vicarage. Open February to November.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009


A lot of thought has obviously gone into the planting and layout of these gardens. The result is something quite beautiful, with unexpected views and unusual plants and flowers awaiting you around every corner.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009


Breathtaking, well thought out gardens with a magical atmosphere. A great place to sit and contemplate amid beautiful wild flowers.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Best visited in May and June. Unusual and quite beautiful planting schemes which will inspire. Also plant sales and a quaint little teashop.

Morwellham (2 miles)

A living, breathing riverside village circa Victorian times. It's beautifully preserved and you can visit the open air museum, restored quay and visitor centre.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Free entry into this village reclaimed from decay. An insight into the industrial heritage of the Tamar Valley. You can take a ride in a carriage or go down a mine in a little train, dress up in 19th century costume, visit a working farm. The Ship Inn has recently been taken over by chef Peter Gorton and offers very good lunches. An evening visit to the restaurant is an eerie experience - Morwellham is utterly deserted except for visitors to the Inn.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Morwhellam Quay is a facsinating living museum tucked away in stunning countryside. The underground mine train trip is to be recommended - but it is cold underground, take a jumper! The shop offers the usual range of visitor gifts, and some lovely books and local products. Food in the restaurant is good, but it does get busy. In the summer a picnic overlooking the river is idyllic.

Morwellham Quay (2 miles)

You will find plenty to keep the family entertained here at this award winning World Heritage site. There is a historic port, copper mine, Victorian farm, railway, heavy horses and museums of costume and mining all set within 200 acres.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2012

Buckland Abbey (1 ¼ miles)

An outstanding building dating back 700 years, formerly the home of Sir Francis Drake and reputed to be haunted by him to this day.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2012

Excellent gardens with newly opened cider house garden and enclosed kitchen gardens .
Well worth a visit with many walks for all abilities.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Lovely walks on the estate, plus an Elizabethan herb garden. Sometimes 'Sir Francis Drake' can be found wandering around, but don't worry he's not a ghostly apparition.

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