Welcome to Sandhill House Country Retreat - B&B and Self Catering

Escape to the Country

Sandhill House is the perfect Bed and Breakfast rural retreat in a little known part of Cornwall, allowing you to escape from the everyday routine ‘far from the madding crowd’. Enjoy our genuinely peaceful, adult only Bed and Breakfast accommodation or our even more secluded self-catering ‘dinky’ Tamar Orchard Barn. With a maximum of six guests, we are perfect for family or friends to get together for a few days of catching up and having a well deserved holiday, effectively self-catering, without the catering! Mentioning, which, we have a fantastic selection of local pubs, that serve good food and even better beers. Also, there are superb restaurants in Tavistock just 10 minutes away by car.

Set in the heart of the breath-taking Tamar Valley, Cornwall, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Cornwall and Devon Mining World Heritage Site. This select Bed and Breakfast in Cornwall is the ideal gateway to explore the fantastic natural environment of the Tamar Valley. Its world-changing heritage, Dartmoor National ParkBodmin Moor and the historic Naval City of Plymouth.

In addition, Sir Francis Drake’s hometown, Tavistock, is less than 10 minutes drive away from our Bed and Breakfast. And both the rugged north and sandy south coasts are just 30-40 minutes away. It is also ideal for exploring several National Trust properties or for business if you prefer to avoid the big hotel chains. Please note that we do have our dear dogs here, though you are only likely to meet Fudge, generally known as The Butler by guests. To book please call Mary on +44 (0)7713 077877 or +44 (0)1822 833722 or email mary@sandhillhousecornwall.co.uk.

Fudge, so bored he’s trying to befriend the fish

Update March 2021

We are delighted to confirm that our perfect rural retreat, in beautiful Cornwall, is open from 17th May 2021, when our gardens will be at their very best. Our beautiful self-contained and secluded Tamar Orchard Barn will be available from the 12th of April.

We wish to assure you that we have a complete Covid cleaning regime, using hospital approved products and sanitisers throughout the house. Masks are available if required. We welcomed guests safely after the last lockdown ended, on 4th July 2020, with neither our guests nor us catching anything. As identified by Visit Britain, taking a well earned holiday in small independently owned Bed and breakfasts and guest houses have proven to be extremely low risk.

Please book directly with us as soon as possible because Cornwall is proving as popular as ever for holidays. We are fortunate to be in a stunning rural and delightfully unknown part of Cornwall, “far from the madding crowd”, the Tamar Valley, Cornwall

Booking – Bed and Breakfast

Given that there is still some uncertainty about dates. However, we have not yet amended our online booking terms; we are thrilled to take bookings from our lovely ‘frequent flyer’ guests and those who ring us up. We will not be charging a deposit for the latter, and all dates are transferable, subject to room availability. We have postponed bookings that were very kindly postponed by guests last year, so we highly recommend booking as soon as possible, because Staycations are the ‘in thing’! 

Stay home, just a little longer, stay safe and stay sane, but we hope that we can all ‘go out to play’ very soon. The sky is blue, the daffodils and camellias are coming out, and Spring is here.

Spring camellia

Spring camellia, unknown variety



A wonderful reception as if we were long lost friends. A beautiful setting in a hidden away part of Cornwall. Access to so many hidden treasures.


Only stayed for one night unfortunately, but very glad that we did. What a discovery. Lovely views, in a peaceful and secluded setting, it’s the ideal location for getting away from it all. Wonderfully located for a range of destinations in both Cornwall and Devon


I brought a dog with me and the owners gave as much care and attention to the dog as they did to me. It was a superb place to stay.

Explore & Experience

  • Warm and welcoming hospitality
  • Perfect rural retreat
  • Set in 14 acres of private meadows and gardens
  • Astonishing countryside setting
  • Truly breath-taking views
  • Perfect for walkers and cyclists
  • Gateway to Devon and Cornwall
  • Short walk to Tamar Valley Railway line to historic naval city of Plymouth
  • Ethical policy and local product sourcing



Once Upon a Time...

What beauty!

Stunning Himalayan Rhododendron This is our real stunner on the carriage drive, a cream coloured Himalayan rhododendron flower, with beautiful markings in the throat, stigma and anthers. It had its first bloom last year; just the one but this year six. The detail is just exquisite.

Well! Who have we here?

Toad of Toad Hall Great excitement here at Sandhill House. Look what we found whilst clearing an area, that really had got out of control, to the point where we couldn’t pick our figs! It just goes to show we should not tidy everything up, because this beautiful, moss covered ring of wood, that somehow […]

It’s going to be the best it has ever been!

Himalayan Rhododendron Excitement To date, this stunning, early rhododendron has had between one and a six blooms, in the last seven years. This year it is covered in great big, fat buds. No matter what the weather, a trip up the garden will be a must over the next couple of weeks, because this is […]