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WEST COUNTRY WILDLIFE HAVEN

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Cottage Nr. Launceston, Cornwall, Your Own Nature Reserve To Explore

The Shippen at Coombe Mill is a one-bedroom detached property for two people that is close to the River Carey and surrounded by a private nature reserve of 34 acres. It is the perfect retreat for those who enjoy wildlife and peace and quiet. There are kingfishers, dippers, owls, deer, foxes, badgers, otters and bats as well as butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. It is situated some distance from the main house and has its own parking and entrance.

The Shippen has a small secluded garden with table and chairs. The property is situated six miles from Launceston,once the ancient capital of Cornwall, and only four miles from the A30. Its central position close to the Devon/Cornwall border means most places in either county are less than an hour's drive away including Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor, the Tamar Valley and the spectacular north coast of Cornwall.

REGRETTABLY THE PROPERTY IS UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AND NO PETS ARE ALLOWED..

More Details

Owner
Jon Valters
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 November, 2017

About Jon Valters

We're both passionate about wildlife and we're living the dream as there is so much of it here.

The owner was a TV journalist for 20 years working on current affairs programmes including five years working on wildlife programmes.

Jon Valters purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jon Valters chose Launceston

We bought Coombe Mill and The Shippen in 2012 after moving from the New Forest in Hampshire.

We fell in love with the place when we realised how much wildlife was here. Several years later and its still surprising us as we discover new species. It is a real privilege living so near to a river as it brings so many scarce species close to us.

Most days here it is wonderfully peaceful; our nearest neighbour is quarter of a mile away.

What makes this cottage unique

The Shippen is situated in the middle of a private nature reserve; the diversity of wildlife is extraordinary and some of it is right on your doorstep!

The river is close by and the reserve also has a pond, fields, woodland and a former railway line.

Its also a great place for star gazing; there's no light pollution here!

Despite its remoteness Launceston is only a 20 minute drive away and there's easy access via the A30 to most places in Devon and Cornwall.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Tranquil retreat, great walks and abundant wildlife
Oct 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Plymouth
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Pint and Post pub at St Giles on the Heath
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Launceston
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Plymouth
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
M5
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Percy's Country Hotel - organic food
Nearest Beach
22 Miles
Bude
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The owners are passionate about wildlife. For a small fee the owner will give guests a guided tour of the reserve and give tips on where to see particular species. We may be able to arrange for natural history courses to take place on site e.g. birdwatching or flower identification or for guests to be taken to other wildlife sites or reserves in the area.

REGRETTABLY THE PROPERTY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR PETS OR YOUNG CHILDREN

Coast/Beach:

The spectacular rugged north coast of Cornwall is a 45-minute drive away with numerous beaches including those at Polzeath, Rock and Widemouth.

Travel:

The nearest train stations are Plymouth (30 miles) and Exeter (40 miles)

There are airports at Newquay (47 miles) and Exeter (30 miles)

A car is essential for exploring the area. However for an additional payment we may be able to pick you up from Exeter or Plymouth and drop you back at the end of your stay.

Distances:

St Giles on the Heath - 2 miles

Launceston - 6 miles

Exeter - 40 miles

Plymouth - 30 miles

Tavistock - 24 miles

Bude - 20 miles

Boscastle - 24 miles

Okehampton - 16 miles

Falmouth - 63 miles

Newquay - 47 miles

Further Details:

The nearest village at St Giles on the Heath has a characterful pub and a village store and post office. Launceston has banks and supermarkets and is a 20 minute drive away.

The Shippen is ideally situated for touring Devon and Cornwall. The property is only four miles from the A30 with easy access to Okehampton, Exeter, Tavistock, Bude, Falmouth and the spectacular Cornish coast.

Launceston, Cornwall's ancient capital, is six miles away with its Norman castle and narrow streets.

For walkers and nature lovers Dartmoor National Park and the Bodmin Moor and Tamar Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are within easy reach with Exmoor National Park a little further away.

The rugged north coast of Cornwall lies 45 minutes away with its picturesque fishing ports including Boscastle, Port Isaac and Padstow.

There are numerous historic houses and gardens to visit including Lanhydrock, Cotehele and Pencarrow. Ancient places include Tintagel, regarded as one of Britain's most spectacular historic sites and also well worth a visit is the 16th Century Pendennis Castle at Falmouth.

Two of Cornwall's best known visitor attractions, The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan are within 45 minutes drive.

A large reservoir, Roadford Lake, is only a few miles away and offers birdwatching, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and trout fishing.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Launceston in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renters must inform the owners of any damage or breakages during their stay
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower, with basin, WC and under-floor heating
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One bedroom with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The property has underfloor heating and an oak wooden floor Outside: The Shippen is reached along a private tree lined drive. There is a small secluded garden with table and chairs and barbecue. The river is a stone's throw away and the property is surrounded by trees with fields and a pond close by. There is also a disused railway line. Utility Room: A washing machine is available in an adjoining storeroom Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, towels and tea towels are provided

Reviews

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WEST COUNTRY WILDLIFE HAVEN
average rating of 4.927273 based on 62 reviews
5

Secluded peaceful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Nicely converted building. Ideal accommodation for two people.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A magical retreat.

  • 5 of 5

The Shippen is the perfect place to escape the stresses of modern life.It’s in a wildlife haven exceptional for its diversity of mammals,reptiles and birds,and for its varied habitats. The cottage itself is warm,clean,cosy and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. A ridiculously comfortable bed and an extremely efficient shower were real bonuses. Jon andJanice,the owners, went out of their way to help and advise and couldn’t have been kinder. We rarely revisit places but this will be an exception.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Off the beaten track

  • 5 of 5

We booked this cottage for an autumn break as we didn't know the Launceston area well (it is a place we've passed through on the way further west). We were delighted with the location - off the beaten track but only a couple of miles from a main road and a few miles from the historic town of Launceston. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped for self caterers who want to stay in on dark autumn evenings, in fact the kitchen was better equipped than a "luxury lodge" we rented last month for a family wedding in Leicestershire.

We really enjoyed watching the variety of birds visiting the garden - thank you Jon for filling up the bird feeders during our stay. We also enjoyed exploring the nature reserve on our own - we hope to return in the spring and take Jon's guided tour to learn more about the reserve and the species present. We found the location ideal for exploring east Cornwall, as well as Dartmoor. Thanks to Jon and Janice for their kindness and hospitality and we look forward to returning soon.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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5

Warm, welcoming, clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay here. Tucked away down country lanes. Very peaceful and wonderful to have breakfast watching the great variety of birds at the bird table. Enjoyed walking round the nature reserve, though sadly didn't manage to catch sight of the otters or kingfisher. Would recommend this for a quiet, peaceful break in a lovely nature reserve. Hope to go back in spring next year

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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5

The cottage and the surrounding reserve were exactly as the brochure stated, excellent.

  • 5 of 5

The wildlife haven was exactly what we expected. Peaceful, quiet although we had a lot of rain we had a great time. There was a mammal hunt going and we were encouraged to join in, it was fabulous, and they really made us welcome. I suggested to Jon it might be something worth extending. Our hosts were fabulous and so friendly. We will probably go again maybe at differing times of the year to see other seasons. Trisha Cross

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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5

Lovely cosy cottage, well presented and close to river

  • 5 of 5

Lovely accommodation and close to the river

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Launceston, Cornwall

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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rate 3
1 Oct 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£135
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£315
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rate 2
28 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£210
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5 Jan 2018 - 25 Mar 2018
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£135
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rate 1
26 Mar 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£204
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rate 3
1 Oct 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
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£135
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rate 5
23 Dec 2018 - 30 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£210
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rate 5
31 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£210
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£490
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 20 per cent deposit required to secure booking. Final balance to be paid six weeks before arrival. Bookings made within one month of arrival require full payment at the time of booking by cheque or bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Our dates are flexible. Arrival after 2.00pm and departure by 11am please

Notes on prices:
The food in the West Country is fantastic and we're keen to support local producers. We'll buy the best local produce on your behalf so you have provisions waiting for you when you arrive.
Minimum stay three nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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