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Self-catering cottages on a working farm, near Saltash. Quiet rural location. - The Dairy

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



The Dairy

The Dairy is the largest of our cottages, sleeping 6 people in 3 bedrooms. The cottage is all on one level and suitable for those with lilmited mobility. There is a large living room with a well equipped kitchen. The twin room with ensuite are on one side of the living room, the other two bedrooms (double & bunk) are the other side with their shared family bathroom. From here there are patio doors leading out onto the terrace and gardens. Sit here and enjoy the views of the farm and the River Tiddy.

About the property

Markwell Farm Cottages

Markwell Farm is situated about 1.5 miles from Landrake village and the A38. Easily accessible, it is reached just 5 miles after crossing the River Tamar at Plymouth. Its quiet location affords superb views over rolling countryside with the spectacular St Germans viaduct and the River Tiddy as its centrepiece. The farm, which is 400 acres, has suckler cows and a large sheep flock as well as growing arable crops. Of course there are also a collection of dogs, cats, ponies,goats, llamas and pet lambs to greet you and make friends with. Two adjoining 18th century barns have been tastefully converted into 4 cottages each sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Offering high quality, self-catering accommodation in a tranquil location but within easy reach of the best that Cornwall has to offer. Children are welcome and we can accept dogs in some of the cottages. While it is a commercially run farm, features have been enhanced to ensure that visitors are able to enjoy their stay to the full. Find Markwell Farm on Google.

The 4 cottages are all tastefully furnished in antique pine and each have their own unique characteristics.

Markwell Farm: Visitors are encouraged to walk round the farm and enjoy the views and the animals. There is plenty of space for children to play.

Look out for the Buzzards and the deer, listen for the owls at night.

Here at Markwell we have a 40 cow suckler beef herd which calves in the spring and a large sheep flock. The flock is made up mainly of commercial breeds but we do have a few Zwarble sheep with their stunning black fleeces and white faces.

Also on the farm we have a collection of vintage tractors which range in age from 1926 to 1960. We will be happy to show them to you.

Beaches: South East Cornwall enjoys some lovely sandy beaches. From the small villages of Kingsand and Cawsand to the rock pools of Downderry and Seaton. At low tide there is a large stretch of sand at Whitsand Bay, though the walk back up is a bit steep. Looe combines the beach for the children with the shops and wonderful cream teas.

Finding us: We can be found on any major search engine where you can also access our live webcam.

More Details

Allison Brazington & Matthew Coates
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Allison Brazington & Matthew Coates

We have been tenants on this 400 acre mixed farm since 2000.The barns were converted into holiday cottages in 2001.

Allison Brazington & Matthew Coates purchased this cottage in 2001

What makes this cottage unique

Quiet rural location with stunning views but less than 2 miles from the A38.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This winter we stayed at The Dairy, one of the lovely cottages nestled in a converted barn on Markwell Farm.

From the cottage one can take in the gently rolling fields and woodland as they change with light and the weather. The meandering River Tiddy and the imposing sight of St Germans viaduct are a major part of the stunning view.

Most of all we enjoyed the peace and tranquillity, away from the hubbub of life in the city. During the day you’ll see a variety of garden birds and if you are lucky you may see the resident green woodpecker, and in the distance, a few high flying buzzards. At night you often hear hooping calls of Tawny owls.

The views of the sky at night are simply awesome.

Markwell Farm has a lovely tranquil atmosphere, perfect for walks, with a friendly informality. It feels very safe and secure.

It is a great place to reconnect with oneself. We absolutely loved our stay here and would not hesitate to recommend it.
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Available Rentals

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Please enquire about discounted prices for lower occupancy out of peak season.

Cot & highchair available by prior arrangement.

Vat, bed linen and electricity included.

Heating included from Oct - May at the owners discretion. At other times heating will be charged at £20 per week.
Available for longer winter rentals. Please contact us for prices.


Accommodation and facilities for The Dairyin Landrake with St. Erney in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The shower room is ensuite with the twin bedroom. The main bathroom has a shower over the bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Full size bunk beds
  • Bed linen (duvets) provided.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Please note: It is possible to get a wheelchair into the cottage but it is not suitable for a wheelchair inside due to a lack of space. It is more suited to someone with limited rather than no mobility. There is a step from the living room to the twin bedroom and en-suite.There is a hand rail near the bath in the family bathroom. The pathway and drive are gravel. Night storage heating. Shared washing machine in an outbuilding near the cottages. Dogs not accepted in this cottage.


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The Dairy
average rating of 4.625 based on 12 reviews

Hidden gem in magnificent countryside!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Markwell Farm for a week over the Easter break 2017. We being 2 40 something adults with 4 kids ranging in age from 11 to 21. We stayed in "The Dairy". The pictures on the website do not do Markwell Farm much justice. As you reach the end of the lane the farm is situated on, you breath is taken away by what must be one of the best views in Cornwall. The accommodation is full of rustic charm and is warm and welcoming, as is Alison the owner! The Dairy had ample room for our party of 6 and was the perfect retreat after a busy day's holiday making. Alison could not do enough to make our stay fantastic and relaxed. The homemade cream tea on arrival was a particularly lovely touch. Alison took so much time out to engaged with all our party and share her enthusiasm for the countryside and the animals she keeps in a fantastically varied managary which includes 2 llamas and 2 very friendly goats.

Situated at the end of a 1.5 mile twisty country lane, just off the A38, you feel that you are in the remotest part of Cornwall, which is beautiful and relaxed but with Plymouth being only a 20 minute drive away you have all the amenities of a major city just down the road. We were very sad to leave after our stay and will definitely be back.

Thankyou Alison.

Chris, Teresa, Georgia, Joe, Ruby and Jake.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming cottage in a lovely location

  • 4 of 5

A good conversion of farm building into holiday home. Plenty of space for four of us (three generations). Well equipped kitchen (good range of utensils etc), comfortable sitting area, good sized rooms. Cream tea on arrival was very welcome, as was helpful guidance on local shops, pubs, restaurants. Great terrace for sitting out in the sun.

The view out from the cottage is spectacular and full of interest in all weathers.

The cottage is only a few minutes from the busy A38, giving easy access to many interesting places to visit, but offers a deeply rural tranquillity. On clear nights the stars are stunning.

This was an excellent holiday base. Plenty of National Trust places to visit. Lovely and accessible beach at Seaton. Far more to do and see than we managed in two weeks. We had really excellent fish and chips at the Bullers Arms in Landrake on a Friday evening.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great base for exploring the area

  • 5 of 5

We (2 adults, plus children aged 11, 14 and 16) spent a lovely, relaxing week here. The property was roomy and comfortable and provided a peaceful base from which to explore Cornwall. We were delighted with the home-made cream tea on arrival and the welcome from Allison. The property is definitely tucked away and a car would be essential for exploring the area. We enjoyed visits to Bodmin, Looe, Polperro and cycled the Camel Trail. A choice of supermarkets within a 15 min drive. We also enjoyed the company of the various farm cats and dogs and the opportunity to explore the farm itself. We would definitely visit again, and recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing view, lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

10/10 for this lovely comfy cottage, big enough for my large family and with a view so wonderful dad didn't feel he needed to go anywhere else for the best part of the 2 weeks! We had lots of fun seeing the best bits of Cornwall - which is all very accessible. A few miles of ridiculously twee conutry lanes takes you straight onto the A38 - perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: June 2010
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Warendorf, Germany

lovely place

  • 4 of 5

It was our first visit in Cornwall and Landrake and we enjoyed every day. The old farm house let us felt very welcome and home. All people of our family enjoyed the beautiful view and the silence.

There are a lots of things we could do with the children. With our car we were fast in Land's End, at the Eden Project, at the beach from St. Ives and everything around Landrake.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Weston super Mare, Somerset

The Dairy, Markwell Farm

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 5, my husband, mother, daughter, 7 month-old grandson and myself, staying in The Dairy. A lovely touch was the welcoming cream tea left for us on the dining table, after Allison had greeted us on arrival. The property was clean and comfortable and well equipped. The view from the front door was stunning, looking over to the St. German's Viaduct spanning the River Tiddy. Getting anywhere involved some scary driving along a very narrow country road with the threat of oncoming cars or tractors, but we were close to Looe, Polperro and Fowey (all beautiful places) and close enough to Plymouth to spend a very wet day under cover. We found the staff at the Notter Bridge Inn very unfriendly, even rude, so wouldn't recommend it. The Saltash Tandoori was very good as was The Crooked Inn at Trematon. Being on a farm obviously contributed to the tons of flies we were bombarded with, but some fly strips and spray kept the pests manageable. We had an extremely enjoyable week at Markwell Farm in August and would definitely recommend it to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Exeter or Newquay
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Bullers Arms, Landrake
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
St Mellion International course.
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
M5 Exeter, ( A38 less than 2 miles.)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Notter Bridge Inn, Landrake
Nearest Ski
9 Miles
Dry ski centre, Plymouth
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Seaton or Looe
Car: recommended

Markwell Farm is less than 2 miles from the village of Landrake - with its pub & shop / po - and the A38. Ideally placed for walkers as we are between Bodmin and Dartmoor. There are also lovely walks in the Lynher and Tamar valleys. A number of NT houses and gardens, including Cothele are nearby. The beaches of Whitsand Bay and the smuggling villages of Looe & Polperro are less than 10 miles away.Seaton is a safe beach for children to play, about 8 miles away. Carp fishing is available on site, with other sites locally, along with horse riding, sailing and windsurfing. Plymouth is home to the National Marine Aquarium, The Pavilions (ice skating, swimming & theatre), museums. Local activities for children include The Donkey Park, Bodmin & Wenford Steam railway. A little further afield is Trethorne Leisure park, The Lobster hatchery at Padstow, Ben's play world at St Austell, not forgetting the Eden Project and The Lost gardens of Heligan which are about 40 minutes away.

Other Activities: clay pigeon shooting, dry skiing, health club/gym, canoeing, boat trips & sea fishing

Golf: We are less than 5 miles from the internationally renown St Mellion club which has 2 x18 hole courses. The China Fleet Club in Saltash is about 4 miles away. Looe, Launceston, Lostwithial and Whitsand Bay are all a short drive away and have excellent facilities.

Ski: There is a dry ski and tobaggan centre in Plymouth for those who are looking for excitement.