North Ward Cottage is on the Bere Peninsula cut off from the crowds by the River Tamar on one side and the crystal clear River Tavy on the other. There is a criss-crossed of paths to allow you to explore the Peninsula. Near by Tavistock is a thriving market town with swimming pool, tennis courts, putting greens, arts cinema etc. Dartmoor, good golf courses, riding, fishing, biking etc are within easy reach as are north or south Cornish beaches. But basically North Ward Cottage and its immediate surroundings are so lovely you should not need to go far. In 2010 North Ward Cottage was extended and completely refurbished to become low carbon. Changes have included increased insulation, under-floor heating, new double-glazed windows and doors and using a heat pump to heat the cottage.
Recently refurbished, fully equipped, 4 bed (sleeps 8), 2 lounges, 2 bathrooms
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 12 Nov 2018
About Anthea Gordon
Family-owned holiday cottage, bought at auction in 1971 and twice extended and refurbished. It is well-used throughout the year by the family, and so we make it as homely as we can, but we are keen for it to be used by others too. We run it on a not-for-profit basis, in and use any profits from the rental to maintain the property in excellent condition. We've been going here for most of our holidays for the last 40 years!
Anthea Gordon purchased this Cottage in 1970
Why Anthea Gordon chose Yelverton
It is a beautiful and secluded location, far from the crowds, but also within reach of an enormous range of local activities.
What makes this Cottage unique
The main attractions of North Ward Cottage itself are - it is very spacious - the quality of the furnishings, e.g. king-size beds, fully-equipped kitchen - it's enormous garden
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Beautiful cottage and location, very peaceful.
Lovely in every respect, remote, tranquil and well equipped.
We stay in a different Homeaway property almost every month (work not holidays regrettably) and this is one that I would definitely want to return to for a holiday as there is so much to see and do within easy reach.
Many thanks to Martin and Andrea who were very helpful when we needed assistance.
Lovely place to relax
The property is very well equiped for a family stay. Spacious, lots of books and plays, badminton, croquet and more. A really secluded, lovely big garden.
Situated almost on the Hamar river bank it also has lovely views.
It is remote though. We got problems with the car and then you can be a bit stuck. Far from everything except for walks 😉
But we can really recommend the North Ward cottage. Comfortable. Nice fresh eggs from the neighbour. A good place to unwind and relax. Nice beds that give a good rest.
Beautiful home and property!
It was our first time in England and driving was quite an experience. Although the drive was well mapped, the GPS called the roads to the house unmapped! Surrounded by 10 foot hedgerows, a narrow lane with very few places to pass and the need to reverse when meeting oncoming cars, is not for the weak of heart! Glad my husband did the driving! The house was spacious and the area was beautiful. Next time I would make one trip to Tavistock for groceries and stay longer. The oven and garbage collection was a little dirty and it was difficult to bring linens with us from Canada, but we donated them after as we were flying to Ireland after our stay. Grass cutting was one of the requests while staying, although we didn’t have to cut grass as it was quite warm and dry. I’m not sure I would want to leave my 2 hours of grass cutting behind in Canada to cut grass in England though. We did enjoy the bbq and a lovely trip to Horrabridge to research my husbands ancestory! Definitely recommended.
Eight of us had a ball in this special, beautifully isolated cottage, all the facilities you would want and a great log fire - very cosy.
lovely house in a quiet yet beautiful setting
The house is lovely, very comfortable and very useful to have a downstairs toilet as it meant my 89 year old mom didn't have to go up the stairs until night time. Be aware that the mobile phone signal is quite poor due to the fact that the house is down the bottom of a hill, your best bet is by the railway bridge you pass over before going down the hill although as we had a fair bit of rain we usually left it until we went out but the wifi signal was good. My only gripe is that it could have done with a bit more hanging space for clothes, there's none in the en-suite bedroom and only one small wardrobe in the other double bedroom. All in all we had a nice stay and it was nice to have a real fire.
The nearest nice coastal beaches are about 1 hour away, but there are river beaches much closer and also river swimming and swimming in some of Dartmoor's pools. Much more information is available, as well as local tips, once you are there - in our cottage A-Z folder
Nearest airports are Exeter (1 hour), and Bristol (2 hours)
Bere Alston train station is 2 miles away
We have been there for a few days before without a car, and used local trains and buses - but really a car is more or less essential for most
Bere Alson is 5 minutes drive and Tavistock 15 minutes
Dartmoor is 20 minutes away and Plymouth 30 minutes by car or by train
The cottage is set in a lovely rural area and there are several walks that start direct from the cottage. It is about half way along the new 32-mile Tamar Discovery Trail that stretches from Plymouth to Launceston. In 2006 the Mining in the Tamar Valley was accorded Unesco World Heritage Site status. An important part of this Heritage site is Morwellham Quay where you can experience the way the Quay was in 1860 with costumed staff, railways, water wheels etc.
The Tamar Valley is officially an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is full of wildlife - particularly birds. Woodpeckers have been seen on the cottage lawn although finches and warblers are more common. Buzzards regularly hover overhead. This section of the Tamar valley is quiet with hardly any tourists except a few ramblers on the paths that thread through the area. Walking down the Tamar, bird watchers can see huge reed beds used by wading birds for nesting.
Bere Alston is the nearest village but Tavistock is close-by and is an attractive market town. The Wharf in Tavistock offers arts and cinema as well as tennis and bowls. Cornwall and Cothele House, a National Trust Property are just on the other side of the river, a short trip by ferry, but a longer drive. You can hire canoes and other boats to use on the river. There is mountain biking, tennis and golf near by.
Additional pricing information
Arrival and departure: Guests can arrive from 4pm, and we ask them to leave by 11am. Changeover Day: This is flexible, except in July and August when it is Sunday to avoid the worst Devon traffic. Notes on prices: The prices are a rough guide. Please note that guests are requested to provide their own bed linen, towels and tea towels (pillows, duvets and blankets are provided)