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Clamoak Cottage

Clamoak near Bere Alston, Devon (Ref. 977305)

4.9

(57 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage, lovely peaceful location, fantastic views and lots of wildlife!"

    Loved the books and binoculars that were available to use. Fiona was brilliant and provided lots of helpful information prior to our visit. We were a bit unsure of a holiday given the current circumstances and trying to get back to some normality after lockdown however, this cottage really did tick all the boxes and is in a lovely location away from the general tourist areas and we had a lovely relaxing much needed holiday!

    Reviewed by EmmaJun 2022

  • "Clamoak Cottage is a beautiful cottage, set amongst colourful gardens in a stunning setting."

    Views of the river from all rooms. The cottage is well stocked and super comfortable. Lovely welcoming cream tea was provided on arrival. Location is great. Many places to explore all around. Fiona has left a detailed book with lots of handy tips for restaurants and pubs, day trips, etc. Wouldn't hesitate to book a return visit!

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2022

  • "What a lovely place to stay only wish I lived there found my self watching the wildlife and views of the estuaries far more than watching the TV."

    Dogs loved the view of the squirrel eating from the bird feeders kept them amused for hours.so peaceful loved the place.

    Reviewed by TracyMay 2022

  • "Fantastic property in a fantastic location , highly recommend for a relaxing getaway ."

    Reviewed by MatthewMay 2022

  • "The location of this cottage was superb, right on the river Tamar."

    So peaceful, the changing tides, the birds, the boats and beautiful garden. The perfect place to unwind. The house was delightful, spacious and very well equipped. All OS maps and local walks provided. We just explored the local area, so many walks and enjoyed Cothele, Burrator Reservoir and walking to Calstock viaduct. Bere Alston has two little supermarkets, butchers, and PO sells fresh bread and scones. Also excellent fish n chip shop. Garden furniture provided, we just stayed put one day, enjoyed the sunshine, the gorgeous location, and the Boatyard down the road has a cafe and ice creams. Can’t praise this property enough and the owner Fiona so helpful.

    Reviewed by JudyApr 2022

  • "We loved this cottage, beautiful location, wonderful views over the Tamar."

    Garden was lovely and the cottage was a delight and equipped with everything you need. Location is very quiet, but we enjoyed the peace and tranquility. Owner was very helpful with information. We will definitely consider going back.

    Reviewed by AndreaApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and so clean with some lovely personal touches we really had a relaxed holiday."

    Lots of walks and the area was stunning.

    Reviewed by WendyMar 2022

  • "Clamoak is a cosy cottage in a unique and picturesque spot."

    The gardens are a delight and the owners have taken time to ensure everything you might need for a comfortable stay is provided. The furnishings are of a very high standard and the house is decorated in an artistic style with lots of lovely touches. We are used to a memory foam mattress so found the beds a little less comfortable than we had hoped. Lovely to arrive to a tray of scones jam and cream and there was a pint of milk in the fridge. Lots of useful information provided by the owner

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Clamoak Cottage - it's riverside location is beautiful and gave us a week of calm and tranquility."

    Lots of places to visit nearby including Buckland Abbey, Cotehele, Tavistock and Calstock. Fiona was great and gave us lots of helpful information prior to arrival. The welcome cream tea was lovely especially when the scones had been popped in the Aga for 10 minutes!! We would return in a heartbeat!!

    Reviewed by ClareFeb 2022

  • "A lovely house in a stunning location."

    A lot to do in the local area ,excellent for walking. Ideal for a winter break . Sitting in the conservatory with beautiful views over the Tamar and watching the varied bird life on the river is delightful ,even if there are periods when the weather is not so good . The local National Trust properties were all partially open , so a good opportunity to explore the gardens, grounds etc when they are less busy followed by a visit to the NT cafe! A very helpful and informative owner who is readily available by phone to answer questions or deal with any problems, of which we had none as our stay was perfect in every way. Very highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ChristopherFeb 2022

  • "Our week at Clamoak cottage was one of the most relaxing and refreshing weeks I’ve ever had."

    The cottage itself was spotlessly clean and was very well equipped, also the beds were super comfy. There is everything here for a restorative break from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The view is a magical ever changing panorama as the tide flows up the estuary and down again, bringing a variety of birds and wildlife. We spent hours just looking at it. The garden too is lovely and very well maintained. There are seats snd benches here and there to enjoy the sun and the views. Bird feeders and areas of wild garden to encourage bees, butterflies and wildlife as well as thoughtful planting of herbs, bulbs and shrubs. We visited in January so were delighted to see pockets of snowdrops as well as cyclamen and mini irises. We had intended to explore the area more but apart from a couple of trips into Tavistock we found we were completely content to stay in and around the cottage. I can highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by DebraJan 2022

  • "Clamoak Cottage is an ideal place to visit for a combined retreat and holiday."

    The location is quite remote (a good thing) in that no major trunk roads pass by and it is in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Tamar. The cottage itself is lovely with expansive views across the river and it is well equipped with the usual electronic devices plus an Aga and a log burner. The bedrooms have very comfortable beds and mattresses and each has its own bathroom. The owners are very helpful and contactable should any issues arise and make a great effort to ensure you enjoy your stay at Clamoak.

    Reviewed by FrankDec 2021

  • "Clamoak is an immaculate cottage, and well appointed."

    We stayed in December and it was lovely. I can only imagine what the view and sunsets over the river must be like on summer evenings.

    Reviewed by NickNov 2021

  • "Enjoyed a lovely stay at Clamoak Cottage - everything was first class and the view is spectacular."

    Reviewed by ColinNov 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Clamoak Cottage."

    The communication with the owner was second to none, thank you so much Fiona! The location is just wonderful. I could have happily sat all day and night looking out over the river. Even in the winter it is a truly magical location. It must be even more magical in the warmer months. And it was so quiet! We live in the middle of a sleepy rural village but Clamoak Cottage was even quieter! A real get away from everything. The cottage was very comfortable. We had everything we could have needed for our stay. The beds were extremely comfortable! So much so, we had a quick look to see who had supplied them. I loved cooking in the Aga. My roast tomatoes with breakfast were to die for! I'm so glad we had the opportunity to be there in the winter when the Aga is lit. There are lovely touches provided by the owners. The scones were delicious! I really can't think of anything else we could have asked for or expected. There is loads of information at the cottage, more than any other Sykes cottage we have stayed at. The telescope and binoculars were a lovely addition, that enabled us to bird watch more easily together with the books identifying the birds we saw. I really can't recommend this cottage enough and look forward to going back when work allows.

    Reviewed by LisaNov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage with the most fantastic, uninterrupted views of the River and fields beyond."

    The gardens are lovely even in late Autumn. Wonderfully comfortable bed, and so peaceful that you can’t fail to have a good night’s sleep here. The cottage was warm and cosy, with the Aga making it even more so. The narrow winding country lanes are easy to negotiate at a sensible speed, and are all part of the charm of this beautiful part of Devon. The bird and wildlife in the garden are a delight to watch from the huge lounge window and very comfy sofa. The advanced information and contact from Fiona was very useful, and she was happy to answer any questions we may have had during our stay. We would love to stay at Clamoak cottage again, perhaps in Spring or Summer, but equally another late Autumn or Winter holiday there would be perfect! We would not hesitate in recommending Clamoak to anyone.

    Reviewed by DeniseOct 2021

  • "Beautiful, ever-changing river views."

    Well-equipped, warm & spacious house. Good instructions & lots of interesting books, maps etc. Very helpful owner.

    Reviewed by AndrewOct 2021

  • "A truly wonderful cottage on the Tamar, the best place to unwind, watch the tides ebb and flow and breathe."

    Very cosy and comfortable home from home in this away from it all spot in Devon. A real favourite of ours.

    Reviewed by StellaOct 2021

  • "Fantastic place to find peace and relax, the views over the estuary amazing, just sitting watching the birdlife is so relaxing."

    Beautiful sunsets. Helpful owners. Little piece of heaven so wish I could live there always

    Reviewed by DeenaSep 2021

  • "The property is fantastic and Fiona was extremely helpful."

    Location is amazing and even in September we enjoyed evenings with a drink or fish and chips looking over the estuary.

    Reviewed by MatthewSep 2021

  • "Awesome communication from owners prior to and during our holiday."

    Massively helpful with local places to visit/eat/see. The most stunning location too. Very lucky to find this one!

    Reviewed by JemmaAug 2021

  • "The location was just fantastic."

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2021

  • "Our second visit which had been put off due to Covid and it didn’t fail to be as good as the first time."

    The owner goes out of her way to make it an enjoyable experience and the setting of the cottage is beautiful.

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely with an amazing view - very tranquil."

    Fiona was very helpful and got in touch before our trip and gave us lots of useful information would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2021

  • "What a lovely find this secluded cottage on the river is,just the place for quiet and a comfortable break from everything, sit on the terrace and watch the boats going up and down the Tamar on a sunny evening, then relax in the spacious cottage, or enjoy the garden with all the plants and shrubs which has been beautifully laid out."

    Would thoroughly recommend a visit here,we had a lovely two weeks here and would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by JuliaMay 2021

  • "This cottage is extremely well appointed and in the most amazing location."

    The owners went above and beyond to make our stay special.

    Reviewed by JudithMay 2021

  • "The cottage is really comfortable, the garden beautiful and the view just makes it perfect for a relaxing get away from city life."

    The river is so calming one can't help but slow down. There's fantastic walking close by, both up on the hills of Dartmoor and in the beautiful wooded valleys that run down from it.

    Reviewed by RobMay 2021

  • "This lovely cottage is very well-equipped, warm and comfortable."

    It is in a fantastic position on the edge of the estuary, with wonderful views. Great for spotting waders and garden birds from the conservatory. Owners are extremely helpful and thoughtful, nothing too much trouble, and provided a welcoming cream tea on arrival. A Christmas tree and decorations were also in place for our December week, which was lovely.

    Reviewed by ChristineDec 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, good facilities, very comfy and clean, garden amazing."

    could do with some ordnance survey maps for local walking routes. Fiona is lovely to chat with and cares that your stay is comfortable

    Reviewed by TonyOct 2020

  • "We had a wonderful time at Clamoak, although the weather was not very kind to us, we found plenty of walks and places to visit in the area."

    The cottage was very warm and comfy with fabulous views of the Tamar river, which you can't help but keep watching as it is ever changing. Additional measures had been put in place which help to make you feel safe at this time of Covid-19. Thank you for a lovely break.

    Reviewed by DawnOct 2020

  • "This is the second time we have visited this cottage in the most idyllic situation you could wish to be."

    Last time we came we rebooked for the following year,being this year,the day after we returned home. This year we surpassed ourselves and booked for next year again whilst we were still at the property.......I think that says it all. Fiona, the owner, is an excellent host and everything has been thought of to make your stay wonderful. Ann and David Chichester

    Reviewed by AnnSep 2020

  • "Clamoak Cottage is fabulous."

    We travelled as a family of 4 with our 11 & 14 year old sons. The cottage is spacious, really well equipped, beautifully decorated and in a fantastic location. The owner Fiona communicated brilliantly and was super helpful providing us with information about the local area. I hate to say anything negative about Clamoak as it was amazing and we would definitely return. The only thing we would change is the mattresses. Although they seem like good quality mattresses we could all feel a spring at times.

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2020

  • "What a lovely place to spend your holiday."

    Very comfortable. All our silly questions were happily answered by the owner as nothing troubled her. The garden is lovely and the views spectacular.

    Reviewed by VictoriaJul 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect as was our host who I felt was as determined for our stay to be as good as possible."

    It was far better than we could have hoped. The cottage has absolutely everything needed for a total chill out. Beautifully and comfortably furnished with every appliance and essential kitchen requirements provided , Location wise peaceful , with lots of walks accessible without using your car . The village nearby has all you need along with friendly locals. We are a couple in our late 50s and were joined by family members in their mid twenties who live in London engaging in all our capital has to offer . The cottage met all of our requirements including my ageing Yorkshire terrier who appeared to have a new lease of life ! Give it a try you won’t be disappointed

    Reviewed by JudeJul 2020

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage cosy and warm with a beautiful view of the river exceeded our expectations,even though the weather was awful most of the time ,visited Cotehele and Buckland abbey as we are national trust members ."

    The cottage is not overlooked and you can open the curtains and watch the world go by

    Reviewed by SharynFeb 2020

  • "WOW!. A beautiful cottage inside & out"

    . Lovely views out onto the Estry , we cannot fault this cottage at all. It is a must if you want to switch off from the outside world and absorb yourself listening to the water , watching the birds ,seeing the sunrise & sunset. Its breathtaking. Everything we needed was there and our 2 Beagles were catered for too. Fiona was in contact prior to holiday and upon arrival, making sure we arrived safely and if all was ok ,which we thought was so nice. Visited lots of places , went on some beautiful walks with our dogs. We can honestly say we came back relaxed & content. Thank you so much Fiona and for our lovely welcome treat too ( scones ,cream & jam were delicious)Julie ,Barry, Trooper & Bandit

    Reviewed by JulieJan 2020

  • "A lovely and spacious cottage in a beautiful but quiet location."

    Reviewed by LouiseNov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a fab location - the tidal River Tamar really is at the bottom of the garden!"

    Huge comfy beds in both bedrooms with quality linen; good quality crockery (and loads of it) and plenty of pans and - drumroll - big mugs which need a mention as I've found in many rentals over the years that a lot of cottages only have small mugs so I have to always remember to take my own! After doing a 10 point turn on the first day, I reversed in the other times but you have to take care as the entrance is right on a blind corner. Myself, my elderly mum and old lady dog enjoyed our stay and would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by JaniceNov 2019

  • "Beautiful location for a very comfortable cottage, fantastic views from all the windows!"

    Wonderful bird life and changing vistas. Very well equipped for all your holiday needs. The cottage is beautifully clean with a cosy feeling and although visited in November, the cottage was always warm when we returned after a day out. Close to Plymouth and Tavistock, only a short drive from the railway station going directly into Plymouth, a great way to leave the car behind and visit the city, and dogs travel free! Tavistock pannier market is worth a visit.

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2019

  • "What a beautiful setting and the cottage had everything you needed to have a wonderful stay."

    The owner had left us a welcome pack containing of a cream tea and treats for our dog very welcome indeed. Would highly recommend this to other people .

    Reviewed by BarryOct 2019

  • "One of the best cottages I have stayed in, wonderfull location within the Tamar valley."

    A train ride from Bere Alston to Plymouth was cheap and easy. Tavistock is a must with it's £2.50 all day parking. Great shopping and delightful people as was Launceston. I cannot recommend enough how good this cottage is even in a wet October week. The owners are brilliant with so much communication to make sure we were happy, they really do take huge pride in what they do. Thankyou Sykes and Fiona.

    Reviewed by CharlesOct 2019

  • "The owner was very attentive to our comfort when there was a slight problem with the heating."

    She had the matter attended to swiftly and we felt cared for, which enhanced the enjoyment of the holiday. A very lovely cottage in a beautiful location.

    Reviewed by SteveOct 2019

  • "This beautiful comfortable cottage, with its awesome, ever changing, ebbing and flowing river vista, was truly a place of peace and tranquillity that we so needed this last week and despite the constant rain we both felt warm , hugged and safe ."

    ....and if anything, the rain added to the coziness. We were looking for a haven away from life so we didn't travel far but the village of Bere Alston supplied all our needs and is only 10 minutes away. I would 100% recommend Clamoak Cottage regardless of the kind of holiday you are looking for...as a base it is ideally placed for exploring, walking, cycling or for the seclusion of photography, writing or art it is a wonderful retreat. We have already booked again for next year and are already planning the excursions and adventures we missed out on this year due to personal circumstances. Clamoak Cottage certainly did work it's magic on us and we are eager to return next year.

    Reviewed by AntoniaSep 2019

  • "As much as I would like this cottage to remain a secret,I am duty bound to say this is the best cottage I have ever stayed in,the attention to detail is exemplary and the location is amazing, I have already booked to go back next year."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2019

  • "Clamoak Cottage is superb - a credit to its owner."

    A generous property, generously and tastefully equipped, with views to die for.

    Reviewed by CliveSep 2019

  • "Clamoak cottage is a lovely and homely holiday destination."

    The estuary setting is beautiful and peaceful, watching the sun setting from the terrace was exactly what we needed to unwind. There are plenty of local destinations and walks to keep the dog happy! We found the cottage itself extremely comfortable for the two of us (+ dog), with everything we could have asked for. We ate at the cottage every night as we didn't feel the need to leave. Highly recommended. Thank you - we hope to return!

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2019

  • "Quiet, stunning location overlooking ever changing estuary."

    Very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by IanAug 2019

  • "Such a lot of thought has gone into making Clamoak a lovely place to stay."

    The location by the estuary is amazing and the garden and comfort of the cottage made this such an enjoyable stay. Dogs were well catered for with extra throws to cover settees. I didn’t want to leave. There is plenty to do in the location as well as walks and bird watching.

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2019

  • "Very quiet cottage with gated access."

    The cottage is adjoined via the kitchen to the next door property, but I didn't find any disturbance issue and wasn't awoken in the morning even with the windows open. Parking and access - Two cars can be parked, but bear in mind the property is on a Devon single lane country corner and after a few turning attempts I found it easiest to reverse off the road rather than the eight point turn in my Mini with the car sensors being money well spent ;) Equipped - the cottage is well catered for with a washing machine (which I didn't use) and also a dishwasher which, sadly is missed at many cottages I visit. The cottage also has an Apps enabled TV for You Tube, Netflix as well as Sonos in the lounge as well as a gas barbecue. I found no issues with the internet. If I was to be picky, it would have been a plus to have an additional Sonos in the conservatory and a TV in the main bedroom. Although there is a DAB radio in the kitchen. Comfort - the bed was big and very comfortable and easily to a high standard, having stayed at The Shard earlier in the year my standards are quite high. Bathrooms were fully equipped. Pets - I traveled with my Collie dog. It was a credit to the owners that thought had been made towards him, being his vacation also. I tend to find too many owners take advantage of this, charge extra for no benefit to the vacationer or pet. The River - The Friday night appeared to be the most active on the Estuary, so make the most of the views on that evening.

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2019

  • "The cottage is in a stunning location and the views from the garden and windows are breathtaking."

    We found that we were happy to spend most of our time in the garden or on the terrace, and we didn’t need to drive for miles to find spectacular walks. The cottage is very well equipped and we had everything we needed. The only negative thing I encountered was how confusing the recycling was. The instructions in the folder advised that the general rubbish was to be put in the tall black bin, but we couldn’t find one. We found a green one for recycling & a blue one (which wasn’t mentioned in the manual at all) which we thought must be for general rubbish but unfortunately the dustman didn’t take it. That really was the only negative, everything else was perfect.

    Reviewed by LanceJul 2019

  • "The cottage is comfy and cosy."

    If you're looking for peace and quiet this is the place to stay! Spent lots of time bird watching on the lawn overlooking "our" river. Its very dog friendly and the owners have thought of everything. Didn't go out much it was too nice to leave!

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2019

  • "We had a brilliant holiday at Clamoak Cottage."

    The cottage was much larger than we had expected and was well furnished, clean and cosy. We were especially grateful for the cream tea welcome pack, and doggy treats for Katy-Jane. The garden was beautiful and the fact it fronted onto the River Tamar was the icing on the cake. Katy loved going for her daily swim. We certainly hope to return again in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by RayJun 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage and location owner was helpful and at hand if needed"

    Reviewed by GarethJun 2019

  • "The cottage is spacious and well appointed."

    It is comfortable and attractive with superb location and wide views over tidal estuary. Secluded quiet location. Attractive garden at rear. Lots of opportunity for walks on Bere peninsular yet not far from amenities - small local shops at Bere Alston, How could you not like this place? We would like to return there next year but equivalent week already taken and nearest available June week in 2020 is more than £200 more expensive.

    Reviewed by CyrilMay 2019

  • "We had the most amazing time at this beautiful cottage."

    The small touches made all the difference. What a lovely place!

    Reviewed by SharonMay 2019

  • "Beautiful property."

    Picturesque, lovely view and tranquil. Loads of wildlife to watch. Ever changing river. Pretty walks. A lovely place to relax and unwind.

    Reviewed by AlisonMay 2019

  • "Cottage beautiful location peaceful and unique."

    Lovely gardens and views over river and countryside people very friendly in village. The cottage picturesque just as described in literature. Little disappointed with cleaning in lounge as fluff and dust on floors and lots cobwebs but upstairs and bathrooms very clean.

    Reviewed by JanetMay 2019

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link) with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC and 1 x super-king-size (zip/link)
  • Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Diner/conservatory
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Aga, electric oven and 4 plate induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Smart TV, Digital Pure radio, Sonos music system for iTunes connection and WiFi throughout the property
  • Hairdryers provided in both bedrooms
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towel inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars and bike storage available
  • Front terrace patio area with furniture and rear lawned garden
  • The garden is private and secluded
  • Two well behaved pets welcome, dog beds and towels provided
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The AGA is for cooking facilities during the winter months only
  • Note - This property has a good house keeping bond of £200.

The property

Bere Alston 1.5 miles.

Clamoak Cottage rests on the edge of the River Tamar in the Tamar Valley AONB, in Clamoak, close to the village of Bere Alston.

This property dates from 1815 and can be found...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

BERE ALSTON

Tavistock 6 miles; Plymouth 12 miles.

Bere Alston is a small Devon village in a beautiful location between the rivers Tavy and Tamar, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village was once a thriving port shipping tin from Dartmoor. Just upstream from Bere Alston on the river Tamar is Morwellam Quay, a tiny harbour where half the world’s copper travelled through in the 1860s, and which is now a popular visitor attraction telling the story of copper mining through history. Trains run between Bere Alston and Plymouth, on the picturesque Tamar Valley line, following the river for much of the route. Bere Alston has a village shop and pub and there are plenty of stunning countryside walks. Two National Trust properties in the area are Cotehele, a Tudor manor house and glorious gardens stretching down to the river Tamar and Buckland Abbey, an estate on the river Tavy with craft workshops and family attractions.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas