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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

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

The Shippen is a one-bedroom detached property for two people that has been totally renovated to a high standard with under-floor heating throughout. It is close to the River Carey and surrounded by a private nature reserve of 34 acres; a wonderful retreat for those who enjoy wildlife and peace and quiet. It is situated some distance from the main house and has its own parking and entrance. There is a small secluded garden with table and chairs.

For nature lovers there is plenty of wildlife including owls, kingfishers, dippers, and also deer, badgers, otters and bats.

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.


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Jon Valters
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 February, 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 and this included five years working on wildlife programmes.

Jon Valters purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jon Valters chose North Cornwall

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

This has been such a magical peaceful place; we have loved being so close to the wildlife. Thank you so much.
Aug 2015
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveller reviews)


Beautiful calm escape

  • 4 of 5

What a perfect couples retreat! My partner and I spent a lovely 3 days at the property exploring the countryside and trekking down to the Eden project. We enjoyed staying in and relaxing over New Year's Eve and enjoyed waking up to the new year surrounded by nature. I would highly recommend this space. It's clean, airy and beautifully decorated. Very calm, just what we wanted ☺

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting, perfect little pad for a couple

  • 5 of 5

Lovely time had by both of us. We'll certainly be back! The surroundings were beautiful and walking amongst the wildlife was so peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Melton Mowbray

Fantastic cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic cottage in a fantastic setting.

It was a great pleasure to meet John the owner very welcoming indeed.

Will definitely be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A gorgeous countryside hide away!

  • 4 of 5

This property was gorgeous. A quaint and peaceful retreat from the city. A little hard to find and if like me you're not a fan of tiny country roads, a little stressful to reach, however it was completely worth the journey. We were transfixed by the bird feeder for two days watching what came and went in the little garden, just a shame we couldn't stay longer to enjoy more of it.

The cottage has everything you need to enjoy a home away from home experience for a while. It is strangely relaxing not to have any signal or WiFi - until trying to plan a day out or book a table somewhere. Perfect for getting away from it all. We have already recommended this place to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4 night stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a nice 4 night stay in late August. The Shippen is in beautiful surroundings, you do have to travel down a lot of very narrow country lanes to get to it but my partner didn't find this a problem (I did drive back to The Shippen once but found negotiating the narrow country lanes difficult esp when you meet someone travelling in the opposite direction).

A lovely cream tea was waiting for us on arrival, much appreciated after our journey.

Located outside Launceston it is quite a central location for exploring the south, west & north coasts. It took us approx 1 hour to reach The Eden Project with The Lost Gardens of Heligan close to this. We also visited Port Isaac where they film Doc Martin. It's definitely worth a visit as its one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Polzeath is close to this and is a very popular place for surfers!

Pint & Post is the closest pub which serves food but is closed on Mondays, our mistake! We visited The White Horse Inn in Launceston and the food was nice. Also the famous Jamaica Inn which is approx a 30 min drive away.

I like the fact that The Shippen uses eco friendly and not tested on animals cleaning products, soap, washing up liquid etc. There are bird feeders in the garden which attracted a variety of birds including Blue tits, Great tits, Coal tits, Marsh tits, Chaffinches, Robins, Blackbirds etc.

Unfortunately we didn't see an awful lot around the reserve but I think that's probably due to the time of year. I did see a lovely Spotted Fly Catcher and a male Yellowhammer.

If you like wildlife then this is the place for you, it was actually nice not having any Wi-fi or phone signal (orange) for a change!

Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A precious place to share and a cottage with all you could need in way of home comforts.

  • 5 of 5

From before and after our stay we were made to feel welcome and looked after. The Shippen is ideal for two and equipped to a high standard. Either exploring the nature reserve or surrounding area we found plenty to do. Jon and Janice are the perfect hosts: offering seclusion with the option to ask for anything needed. We went hoping to see wildlife and were lucky enough to do so. Best of all we enjoyed the fantastic privacy of the reserve knowing that whatever surprise was around the corner it would be a wonderful!

We will return...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Prices & Availability

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rate 5
4 Jan 2017 - 20 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
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rate 1
21 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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rate 3
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 4
22 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
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rate 2
28 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Launceston in Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower, with basin, WC and under-floor heating
  • 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.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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 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

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