"A wonderful honeymoon had by the two of us. Beautiful weather, great hosts and a lovely place to stay." Michael & Betty Gretton, Cornwall.

St. Raphael's location between the River Tavy and the Cholwell Brook affords excellent walking, cycling and riding access to Dartmoor and surrounding areas. A blissfully quiet part of the moor can be found at Tavy Cleave -
a stunning open expanse reminiscent of Scotland where the River Tavy has cut a deep valley and walkers will find themselves amongst bronze age hut circles over 3,000 years old.

Until the late 18th and 19th centuries, the villages of Mary Tavy and Peter Tavy remained virtually unknown until the discovery of silver, lead, copper and tin. As you descend from the open moorland you can't help but see Wheal Betsy, the ruined eighteenth century engine house (now fully restored by the National Trust) that hints at the area's rich and important heritage. 

These valuable metals would have been traded in the charming stannary town of Tavistock,
four miles to the West and the reputed birthplace of Sir Francis Drake. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England rate this as the Best Market Town in the country and it's Victorian architecture attracts a discerning food and art loving crowd. Highlights from a full calendar of events throughout the year include a Music Festival in April, a Food & Drink Festival in July, a Balloon Fiesta in August, Goose Fair in October, a Dickensian Evening in December and bi-weekly farmers markets.

This part of Devon is blessed with an abundance of great days out and special places to explore. Less than twenty minutes drive is the Tamar Valley - An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is
rich in wildlife and renowned for its industrial heritage. National Trust properties including Buckland Abbey, Cotehele House and the stunning Lydford Gorge, itself a SSSI, are all within 20 miles of St. Raphael. The long sandy beaches and rugged coastline of North Cornwall are under an hour away with huge swathes of the South West Coast Path yearning to be walked.

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