Those seeking a peaceful retreat that's easy to reach may wish to consider renting a holiday cottage in the Tamar Valley: the ancient boundary between Devon and Cornwall. You can explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by foot (via the Tamar Valley Trail), bicycle, boat or even by train on the branch line between Plymouth and Gunnislake. You'll find the hilly terrain different from the rest of Cornwall in having a distinctly Devon feel. There are a number of impressive houses to visit in the area, including the medieval Cotehele House, Buckland Abbey (the home of Sir Frances Drake) and the thousand year old castle at Launceston. There are some excellent cottages and self-catering houses to rent in the Tamar Valley and it is a wonderful place to stay.
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