Moorland Butts is in Chilsworthy, a small village on the Cornish side of the valley of the River Tamar between Cornwall and Devon. The Tamar Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Chilsworthy is surrounded by amazing woodlands, with quiet lanes and footpaths to explore and views across the river to Brent Tor and Dartmoor.
Chilsworthy has its own pub, the White Hart, which was the Cornwall CAMRA 2019 pub of the year, and also runs a small ‘Pub is the Hub’ convenience shop.
Mobile reception in the house is fine, but can be iffy in the village below.
Chilsworthy has fibre to the cabinet superfast broadband. The house broadband connection speed (via Zen internet) currently averages around 40mbps, which is absolutely fine for two people to be, say, watching different videos at the same time, while a couple of other people are using Facebook. The current owners run two internet businesses from this location, including an online shop.
The nearest post office is the very helpful Gunnislake branch. All the major delivery companies deliver regularly to the house with no problems.
However, the lanes are winding and the village only has one postcode for the entire area. You may want the What3words location: https://what3words.com/scars.fitter.glossed.
About The Area
The large village of Gunnislake, with more shops, pubs, play areas and the lovely Koffi Lodge Cafe (kids and dogs very welcome) is 1.3 miles away. Gunnislake also has a health centre, cricket team, football team, art classes and many other community activities. Just outside Gunnislake at Drakewalls, there is the local Co-op stores, railway station and Tamar Valley Centre, and an excellent chip shop, Dave’s Chippy.
Calstock: 10 mins /3.4 miles away is the village that gives the whole parish its name. This riverside village has two excellent pubs, a lovely cafe, an amazing ice-cream shop, plus ample parking and a public slipway: ideal for returning hungry from a few hours out on the river. There’s also an arts centre which used to run regular music and comedy acts from around the UK: we hope they will soon be able to do so again.
Tavistock : 15 minutes / 5.5 miles.
The original home of the cream tea, Tavistock is the only town in Devon to hold world heritage status, with many local independent shops, the famous pannier market and the award-winning farmers’ market are always fun to poke around. Tavistock has taken social distancing seriously, and the roads and car parks have been adapted with cones to provide for more space while you explore.
Tavistock offers both state and independent secondary schools, and a range of thriving arts organisations.
Plymouth : 34 minutes / 18 miles by road, (or take the train from Gunnislake.)
The nearest city, with modern shopping centres, the historic Barbican (also great for canoe/kayak/dinghy launching at all states of the tide) and the newly-revamped Royal William Yard, now a centre for restaurants and arts.
Plymouth also has a good range of schools, universities and higher education establishments.
Callington: 7 minutes / 4.3 miles
The nearest small town, offering the nearest supermarket, various handy services such as flooring/carpet shop, pet shop, dog training classes, and a great butcher located in the Spar shop.
Launceston: 25 minutes / 13.7 miles
Historic market town and old capital of Cornwall. Handy for shopping if you are having a day out on the North Coast.
South Coast: the nearest beaches are Whitsand Bay (below) and Seaton. Whitsand offers about three miles of dog-friendly open sand and surf at low tide, which becomes a series of small coves at high tide. Parking on the road at Tregantle, at the National Trust carpark or past Whitsand Bay Fort. There is a steep climb down the cliffs here.
Seaton (in Cornwall, not to be confused with the town in Devon!) is a smaller beach with more pebbles and darker sand, but you can park right by the beach and there are several nice cafes.
About 50 minutes to Tintagel (to the car park, a bit longer to walk up to the top of the castle to see King Arthur!) About 45 minutes to Widemouth Bay or Bude.
Dartmoor is about 8 miles or 25 minutes away if the traffic is busy, depending on what part of the moor you want to visit.
Bodmin Moor is about 12 miles away, but the roads are quieter so that’s also around 25 minutes. Minions, the Hurlers and the Cheesewring are often busy in the summer – for a quieter walk go through Pensilva and park on the moor under Caradon Hill.