Tamar Orchard Barn – Studio with En-suite

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In the heart of a walking Paradise, the dog friendly, self-catering Tamar Orchard Barn is approached down Sandhill House’s woodland carriage drive, and is set in the tranquil, two acre landscaped gardens. Overlooking uninterrupted views of the stunning Tamar Valley, Sandhill is set airily above, where you can watch the ever changing scene with ethereal mists rolling away with the tidal river Tamar. Wild Dartmoor National Park beckons beyond. 

Just 10 minutes from historic Tavistock, and 15 minutes from Dartmoor, the Barn is within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the borders of both the Devon and Cornwall World Heritage Site.  As you approach the enchanting Barn, you will enjoy the formal water gardens, before finding yourself in an oasis of green and surrounded by nature; if you are lucky you will see the Fallow deer and their faun in the flower meadows below.

The Tamar Orchard Barn, once the apple store for the grandest house in Gunnislake, is now a fusion of contemporary, boutique flavoured comfort, whilst echoing its ancient origins with the old stable door, wooden beams and traditional granite stonewalls. 

The stunning bathroom continues to echo the origins of the Barn with rare slate lining the walk-in shower, slate wash hand basin and under-floor heating warming the natural limestone floor in Winter.

Bright and airy decoration, with attention to detail, means you can enjoy a self-catering, countryside retreat in all seasons.

After an action-packed day ‘discovering the extraordinary’, in this ‘hidden’ Valley and beyond, you can retreat to your cosy barn and relax with a glass of wine on the private, south facing terrace and perhaps cook up a feast on the BBQ. Then as the balmy evening draws out you can star gaze making the most of the bright light quality of the skies. Then sink into the king-sized, solid ash bed with luxurious linen, and listen to the silence, only to fall into a deep and uninterrupted night’s sleep, with only the call of the owls in the trees to listen to.

Perfect for relaxation and recreation, The Tamar Orchard Barn makes a superb escape to create memorable Cornish adventures. 

Quick checklist

  • Private secure garden
  • South facing terrace with BBQ (charcoal supplied)
  • Pets allowed
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Freeview television/DVD Player
  • Cornish ‘Welcome’ Gift
  • Combination microwave and induction hob
  • King sized bed, including all linen
  • ‘His and Hers’ cosy electric blanket in Winter months
  • Log burner effect electric fire (no hassle feeding or clearing up)
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Strictly non-smoking


  • En-suite shower room
  • Two full sets of towels and toiletries
  • Underfloor heating in the Winter months

Home Cooked

The open-plan living and kitchen area creates a social space for cooking a romantic supper for your loved one using the freshest of local produce. The small table and chairs provide a sweet place to sit and reflect on the day’s adventures over a hearty meal with a glass of something delicious. Alternatively, you could ‘cook up a feast’ on the BBQ where charcoal and equipment are supplied.

However, should you fancy a treat you are very welcome to have breakfast cooked for you in the main house, by arrangement, at the cost of £9.00 per person.  

Eating Out

The Tamar Valley has a wealth of friendly pubs serving traditional dishes, good cask ales, and welcoming locals. Please see the Eating Out page for more information, where all are dog friendly. There is also a map of the local pubs provided in the Barn’s Welcome guide. For a fine dining experience there are several renowned restaurants for a genteel afternoon tea or a decadent supper nearby.

Local Shop

Our local shop, just a 5 minute walk away, has recently been bought by the Co-operative Store. It is currently undergoing a re-brand and the replacement of the fuel tanks for the petrol station for a few weeks. However, it will be open soon and supplies absolutely everything you could need. We will let you know when it is open again. 

Walking adventures

There are many beautiful and interesting walks in the local area and region and almost every pub is very dog friendly, including all those on our Eating out map. Please see our Walking page for information about both local and further afield walks.


Accommodation is available throughout the year both for business and pleasure. November to March inclusive minimum nights stay 3 nights at £80.00 per night. April – October minimum 7 nights stay unless otherwise agreed.

There is no charge for dog companions.

To enquire about availability, please view our calendar on Cornwalls Cottages, here, or give us a call on

07713 077877 or 01822 833722

or email mary@sandhillhousecornwall.co.uk and we shall be very happy to help.

Booking Contract

We provide a booking contract, together with the relevant Ts & Cs, either as a posted hard copy or electronic copy, via email, at the time of booking. This must be completed and returned prior to arrival. 

2020 Self-catering Tariff

Season Start End Min. Nights 2019 Per night 4 nights  Bank Holidays
Spring is in the Air 04/01/2020 13/03/2020 4 £295 £70 £280  
Blue Bell Heaven 14/03/2020 03/04/2020  7 £344      
Spring has Sprung 04/04/2020 17/04/2020  7 £405     Good Friday 10/4/20: 13/4/ BH.
Flower Power 18/04/2020 24/04/2020  7 £395      
Summer has arrived 25/04/2020 05/06/2020 7 £450     8 May VE Day:  25 May Spring BH
Hazy Days 06/06/2020 10/07/2020  7 £490      
Mad Dogs and Englishmen 11/07/2020 04/09/2020  7 £550      31 August Summer BH
Indian Summer 05/09/2020 02/10/2020  7 £450      
Autumn Glory 03/10/2020 30/10/2020 4 £395 £80 £320  
Calm before the Storm 31/10/2020 18/12/2020 4 £295 £70 £280  
Christmas Escape 19/12/2020 01/01/2021  7 £500     25 – 26 December Christmas/New Year
Spring is in the Air 02/01/2021 19/03/2021 4   £70