Saltash is a quaint little waterside estuary village where the River Tamar flows into Plymouth Sound. It is sufficiently removed from neighbouring Plymouth’s urban bustle by the huge expanse of water so beloved of sea farers and navel captains. Many of its little fishermen’s houses together with some grander Victorian properties are now available as holiday cottages all year round. Saltash will appeal to those looking for a peaceful self-catering holiday in an idyllic cottage in a peaceful village-like atmosphere yet within easy reach of major attractions and quiet coves in Plymouth and East Cornwall. Saltash is indeed a true gateway to Cornwall or Devon, depending on your direction of travel. You can reach it by car, train or boat.

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There are plenty of opportunities to get out on Plymouth Sound, from sailing to kayaking. Take a boat up to the National Trust’s historic house at Cotehele or further on to Calstock (home of the best Cornish ice cream) Alternatively, just take the car ferry at Torpoint across the Sound to visit Plymouth’s many visitor attractions such as its Theatre Royal, the National Marine Aquarium on Plymouth Hoe (where Drake played bowls) or the magnificent Tinside Lido, a restored Art Deco open air pool. It has sweeping views of Drake’s Island, back across The Sound to Saltash and Torcross.

Play soldiers with the kids at Crownhill fort – 34 cannon placements and half a mile of secret tunnels and take them to visit the Cornish Seal Sanctury at Gweek If you like winter sports, then you can ski on the dry slopes at the Plymouth Ski Centre or take a turn on the ice at the Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink. In Cornwall, the resorts and fishing villages of of Looe and Polperro will be within a day or half day-trip range of your holiday cottage as will the amazing Eden Project near St. Austell.