Cornwall LivingIssue #86

A former fortified medieval mansion

Crocadon Farmhouse provides families and friends with the chance to reconnect in a beautiful setting.

Unlike most houses sleeping 14, as well as spacious and luxurious bedroom accommodation, even with the snug doubling as a bedroom downstairs, there are nearly 200 square metres of entertaining space, perfect for that special gathering.

Approached along a lime tree avenue and down an ancient hedge banked lane, the house nestles in front of you at the head of its south-facing valley. Rebuilt on the remains of the fortified 13th century mansion that was, for 400 years, the seat of the De Trevisa family, time can easily slip between the past, the present and the future, and it’s no surprise that guests have commented on the presence of friendly, but unexplained, noises…

Whilst in the magnificent galleried dining hall, with its timbered walls and huge granite lintel over the fireplace, one can indeed visualise John De Trevisa, a notable scholar of the 14th century painstakingly translating the Bible from Latin to Cornish in dim and flickering candlelight.

Gather round the huge oak table to celebrate a family occasion, birthday, pre-nuptial gathering, or simply enjoy the splendid excuse for a party. And after dinner, with the table cleared and the net erected, guests can enjoy a ping pong competition before retiring to the large drawing room with its open fires and billiard table, or huddle round the cosy old Aga in the kitchen for a reflective moment.

Outside entertainment can continue in the large south facing barbeque area that boasts extensive views. Or, you can wander the three acres of orchards and gardens with the dogs whilst the children play ball or table tennis in the gated walled garden.

With lots to explore nearby, Crocadon is located in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is part of the Pentillie Estate. The farm is also situated next to St Mellion International Resort, with its two 16-hole golf courses, swimming pools, saunas, gym, restaurants and hotel, which is idea for extra guests. Not to mention that just up the Tamar Estuary you’ll find the National Trust owned jewel, Cotehele House.

So, if you’re tempted by just a long weekend, or weeks stay in this former medieval mansion escape, then make sure to book your stay – Crocadon is open all year!


Crocadon Farm House

St Mellion, Saltash PL12 6RL
01579 350096



“Exceeded all our expectations and more, great once in a lifetime holiday! Very comfortable in a lovely setting.”