Our itinerary for a relaxing winter weekend in the Tamar Valley
A cosy village tucked in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Calstock offers a treasure-trove of opportunity for a cosy weekend away in the winter months.
Beaches, rivers and moorland are all on your doorstep, as well as award-winning tourist attractions and fantastic eateries. A sleepy, cosy rural village, Calstock provides the perfect base for your adventures in the Tamar Valley. With two popular pubs and a lovely café for breakfast and lunches, the best of Cornish food is within walking distance.
Our winter weekend trip is aimed at families, staying in either the luxurious four-bedroom Mariners House or spacious Galleon House, but could easily be adapted to a romantic getaway for a couple, too.
Scroll down to read how we’d spend a winter weekend in beautiful Calstock.
On a chilly winter evening, nothing could be cosier than a mug of hot chocolate, a good fire and a great film – Mariner’s House has over a hundred for you to choose from.
Start your weekend with a warm welcome at either Mariner’s House or Galleon House. Check in to these homely and welcoming self-catering cottages, and explore the comfortable rooms – and even more comfortable beds. If you didn’t have a chance to see the magnificent railway viaduct as you arrived, take a quick walk down to see it in all its glory as the sun sets behind it.
Locals and tourists alike recommend the Boot Inn (which is just around the corner) for a hearty, delicious pub meal. With many five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and repeatedly described as a “hidden gem”, it’s the perfect way to begin your fulfilling yet relaxing weekend.
After your meal, head back to the property and light the cosy woodburning stove. On a chilly winter evening, nothing could be cosier than a mug of hot chocolate, a good fire and a great film on Netflix. Finish up with some board games – also provided – before you all head to bed.
Visit Morwellham Quay
A unique attraction sits right on your doorstep in Calstock. The award-winning Morwellham Quay recreates a traditional Victorian Cornish mining village, complete with a port, a mine, a brewery and a school, and was featured on the BBC’s show Edwardian Farm. It’s a fifteen minute drive from Mariner’s House.
Try your hand at brewing or making chocolate, ride the train into the copper mine, or see what it was like in a Victorian school – this interactive experience features live actors to teach you all about the area’s fascinating history. You can even dress like the Victorians and have a picture taken!
The attraction is great for children, but there’s no reason why adults can’t get involved – especially in the brewery!
Have a Cornish pasty
No trip would be complete without this Cornish stable, enjoyed by miners for centuries – and now by you too! The on-site Ship Inn at Morwellham Quay offers tasty pasties – if you stay all day – or head back and grab one in Calstock proper. If you’re eating it out, don’t forget a flask of hot tea to keep you warm, too.
Cook up a storm
Make use of the fully-stocked, spacious, and lovely kitchen at either Mariner’s House or Galleon House to have a relaxed evening after your busy day. How about a hearty stew, using local produce?
Enjoy a lie-in
You deserve it. Watch the sun rise over the river from your window whilst you enjoy your morning tea or coffee.
Eat at Lishe
Once you’re up, pop into the cute and kitschy tearoom Lishe for breakfast (or brunch!) and try their all-in-one breakfast pie. Like the Boot Inn, it’s just down the road. Make sure you leave plenty of room though – there’s more tastiness to come!
Wander through the town, popping into local, independent shops and galleries, and see the natural talent of Calstock’s craftspeople.
The beautiful National Trust site of Cotehele is a historic Tudor family home, with beautiful gardens. You can drive there in ten minutes, or take a leisurely half an hour walk along the river.
If it’s open (you can check on their site) explore the interior of the house, and learn about the way of life in bustling Calstock port of the past.
If the house isn’t open, get lost in the planted, terraced gardens, or the Valley Garden, which leads down to the river. They also do a great cream tea in their quaint tea-room and have a local gallery and a second-hand bookshop.
Have a proper Sunday lunch
It would be rude not to. Before you check out of Mariner’s House, visit either of Calstock’s fantastic pubs – the previously mentioned Boot Inn, or the Tamar Inn – for a fresh-cooked and local Sunday roast. Just have a look at the glowing reviews and you’ll be convinced you can’t miss this!
You’ll be refreshed, relaxed and fulfilled after exploring this hidden gem, and have a special new place in your heart that you can visit for years to come.
Exploring Calstock for longer? Have a look at all our favourite group activities in the beautiful Tamar Valley!
Enchanted by Calstock?
With the slogan like “Possibly the best bike show in the world?” you know you’re in for a treat. Enjoy the stunningly beautiful Tamar Valley alongside the live music, food and drink of its local Calstock inhabitants in August this summer.
This spring – on May 6th to be exact! – Calstock will host an annual event like no other. Based upon the romantic legend of Tamara and Tavy, the Calstock Giant is a lively parade through the village that can’t be missed!
If you’re travelling this Christmas, there’s one thing you have to be absolutely sure of – a delicious, hearty Christmas dinner for the big day itself. Here in Calstock, the Boot Inn offers everything you need for the perfect Christmas day.