Rated 5 out of 5
This four-person shepherds hut sits proudly atop a hill on the Cornish border with Devon. As well as overlooking a field full of sheep, this gorgeous hut also watches over the city of Plymouth, the Dartmoor hills and the ocean city's sprawling ports, in one of our most breath-taking locations. Tamar Hut allows your family to have an idyllic country break in Grade I listed Parks and Gardens of Historic Interest in England, whilst overlooking Plymouth Sound from the curved peninsula of Rame Head. If it's tiny beaches, historic buildings, rare wildlife, great restaurants and proximity to a lively, cultural city that you're looking for, then this fabulous abode will tick all of your holiday boxes…and then some.
Tamar Hut is handcrafted to a high standard, and its double bed and two single bunks provide the perfect place for a soothing night's sleep under the stars. And you're going to want to rest ahead of your days at Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, home of Tamar Hut and its sister hut, Lyhner. With a deer park, formal gardens, Kingsand and Cawsand beaches, remains of military forts and follies, as well as 9 miles of coastal path and the sixteenth-century Grade II listed stately home, we can guarantee that there will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained. All this, and front row outdoor seats to a fantastic twilight vista in front of your own fire to come home to at the end of an unforgettable day in the Forgotten Corner of Cornwall.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is in south-east Cornwall, around a 50-minute drive from Plymouth harbour. However, thanks to the Cremyll Ferry, guests can easily access downtown Plymouth in just under ten minutes from Tamar Hut, crossing the border from Cornwall to Devon. This is one of the most ancient continual ferry routes in Britain, dating from the 11th century and run by the Edgcumbe family for over 400 years. Mount Edgcumbe sits right on the Cornish border with Devon, and was actually once part of Devon, but was handed back to the county some decades ago. From the park, you have spectacular views over Drake's Island, Devil's point, Mount Batten, and the hills of Dartmoor in the distance.
Tamar Hut sleeps four people comfortably on its fold-out double bed which, when upright, reveals a table and benches, and two single bunks on the other side of the hut are laden with woollen throws and plump pillows for a snug sleep.
For cooler evenings in Tamar, there's a small wood-burning stove with a provision of logs and fire-making kit, as well as candles and candle holders for a little ambience lighting. The hut has solar supply, meaning that there is switch lighting and a small USB charge point for phones and tablets - a little modern luxury in this otherwise 1950's inspired space. There's even a torch for evening walks.
There's a portable kitchen at the side of the hut which allows a preparation space for burgers or breakfasts. If you feel that life's too short for your infamous burnt bacon butty, then why not take advantage of Mount Edgcumbe's two cafes for delicious treats, from breakfasts to cream teas to hearty Cornish meals, and leave the washing up to someone else? After all, you are on holiday…
Around 150 metres from the huts is the bathroom block, which houses a key-coded private hot water shower, and toilets and wash basins.
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