Review of Rezare Farmhouse, Cornwall, England
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Rezare Farmhouse is a cosy bed-and-breakfast in a pretty village near the Cornwall/Devon border, run by husband and wife team Anthony and Nanette
This 17th-century farmhouse has four guestrooms (two doubles, one twin and one single) with wooden beams and delightfully-crooked doorframes. All are en-suite, with complimentary wireless internet, and furnished with wooden beds and homely antiques. After a night snuggled under several thick blankets and a quilt embroidered by Nanette’s own fair hand, you’ll find it difficult to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. A campbed can be added to the larger double room for young children.
Nanette is a professional cook, so the three-course dinners offered at Rezare are a culinary treat. The Mannings grow as much as they can themselves: ask them to show you around the vegetable patch and introduce you to the chickens. I tucked into a dinner of beetroot soup, grilled fillet of lemon sole with garden vegetables, and elderflower sorbet with fresh berries. Breakfast options include local smoked kippers and a Full English, but the temptation of porridge cooked overnight on the Aga was too much to resist. It made my normal microwaved version look and taste like wallpaper paste. The slate-floored dining room also acts as the guest lounge, but you’ll have to fight Matilda the cat for her favourite armchair.
Rezare Farmhouse gets a lot of “National Trust people”, as Anthony describes them, and nearby Cotehele (a Tudor house and the National Trust’s very first property) is well worth a visit. Other activities in the Valley include walking, cycling, fishing and Treesurfing – a rope-bridge and zip-wire attraction. Anthony has a Welsh dresser stuffed with maps, books and brochures on the local area to hep you plan your time, and your transportation.
What makes it a green B&B?
The Mannings’ commitment to sustainability doesn’t stop at growing their own vegetables. Since juicing oranges for breakfast was creating so much waste (and the oranges could not be grown in the UK), Rezare now serves only locally-grown apple juice. Every single wine, beer and cider on the drinks list comes from Cornwall or Devon. Energy is supplied by Ecotricity, rainwater is collected to water the garden, organic waste goes on the compost heap, and guests are encouraged to place recyclables in a special jute bag in the guest rooms. Instead of disposable toiletries in the bathrooms, there are large bottles of organic lavendar shower oil and other high-end products.
Canoeing on the Tamar River is an absolute must. You paddle up and down the river with the tide, so it’s never too strenuous, and it’s a brilliant way to get see the Valley from another perspective. We were concerned about where to leave our rucksacks but Anthony helped us find a pub on the river which didn’t mind us plonking them there for the day.
Reaching Rezare Farmhouse without a car does require some planning, but the farmhouse’s website gives fantastic detail about local bus and train routes, and Anthony will come and pick you up from the Treburley Springer Spaniel stop. From Plymouth (the nearest main railway station), I’d recommend the magical Tamar Valley Line up to Calstock or Gunnislake, which crosses the Tavy Viaduct.
I loved the farmhouse’s homely atmosphere, and the fact that guests all dine together at 7pm. The quality of Nanette’s cooking also far exceeds what you might expect at a B&B. Because of its location, travellers don’t happen upon Rezare Farmhouse by chance, but this means that fellow guests are likely to be rather discerning. If you take the time to suss out the local bus and train timetables, the secrets of the little-known Tamar Valley are well worth unlocking.
For contact details see greentravellers's full listing for Rezare Farmhouse