A Christmas Break in the Upper Tamar Valley

Imagine spending this Christmas in a place where tranquility and rustic charm blend seamlessly with festive cheer. Tamar Valley Cottages in the Upper Tamar Valley offer just that—a unique self-catering holiday experience that promises both relaxation and merriment.​Set in the picturesque grounds of North Tamerton House, a former Victorian rectory, Tamar Valley Cottages are a haven of peace and tranquility. The extensive grounds are a joy to explore, with mature beech trees, rhododendrons, and camellias that have stood for hundreds of years, framing panoramic views of the unspoilt countryside and distant Dartmoor. These beautiful surroundings are perfect for those seeking a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life​​​​.

Each cottage is thoughtfully decorated for Christmas, creating a warm and festive atmosphere that is sure to enchant guests. The holiday season here is about embracing the simple pleasures of life—imagine enjoying a glass of wine and a good book while nestled in the serene gardens or watching the children play in the orchard play area, complete with a trampoline and sporting equipment​​.

For dog owners, Tamar Valley Cottages present an ideal getaway. Recognizing that pets are a part of the family, all cottages are dog-friendly, allowing your four-legged friends to join in on the holiday fun. The spacious grounds are perfect for morning walks, and there are numerous dog-friendly beaches and walks nearby to explore​​.

One of the highlights of a self-catering holiday is the freedom to dine according to your own schedule and preferences. The Upper Tamar Valley is dotted with delightful pubs and bistros offering a range of culinary experiences. For a traditional pub atmosphere, The Old Orchard Inn and The Village Inn welcome families and dogs, serving hearty meals and popular Sunday roasts. For those seeking a bistro or gastro-pub experience, The Springer Spaniel in Treburley and Life’s a Beach in Bude offer award-winning dishes and specialize in seafood, respectively​​.

Beyond the cottages, the Upper Tamar Valley and surrounding areas offer a wealth of activities and attractions. You can take leisurely walks in the countryside, visit nearby traditional market towns like Holsworthy, Launceston, and Tavistock, or explore the vibrant coastal resort of Bude. The area is rich in local produce and hospitality, ensuring that your holiday meals, whether cooked in your cottage or enjoyed out, are of the finest quality​​.

In summary, a Christmas holiday at Tamar Valley Cottages is about more than just a place to stay. It’s an experience that combines the comfort of a home-away-from-home with the beauty of the Cornish countryside. It’s an opportunity to unwind in a rural setting, enjoy good food, take scenic walks, and spend quality time with loved ones and pets. Every aspect of your stay is designed to offer solitude, tranquility, and a festive spirit, ensuring a holiday season that is both relaxing and memorable.