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Mallard Cottage

Totnes, Devon (Ref. 1071465)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
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  • “We have had many holidays in your cottages up until now, but this by far the worst one we have been to.”

    Alright, so we were next to the river, noted that the location is beautiful once you find it. We parked, as instructed, in front by the fence in front of the property. We had no sooner sat down when the occupant of the property above said we would have to move as we were in the wrong spot and we were blocking him in....not a good start! Also we have always had a welcome pack left for us which meant we had things to hand to make a cup of tea or coffee after a long journey.....not even so much as ...

    Alright, so we were next to the river, noted that the location is beautiful once you find it. We parked, as instructed, in front by the fence in front of the property. We had no sooner sat down when the occupant of the property above said we would have to move as we were in the wrong spot and we were blocking him in....not a good start! Also we have always had a welcome pack left for us which meant we had things to hand to make a cup of tea or coffee after a long journey.....not even so much as a teabag! We luckily had brought provisions for the same ourselves. We then had to find out where the nearest supermarket was. A post code at least WOULD HAVE Been useful. also one for the nearest garage as we read in the info left for us that. if we used any logs in the log burner they would have to be replaced by more which were available from most garages. Also we had to visit the local supermarket for toilet rolls as there was only the 1 in each bathroom. They had left some dishwasher tablets but I'm afraid I wasn't going to use the dishwasher just to wash 2 cups! There were no instructions left for the use of the dishwasher anyway, or the washer/dryer or cooker/oven. There was about a thimble full of Fairy Liquid under the sink. There were no toiletries at all in the bathroom and the towels were continually damp, we couldn't get the towel rail to work or the TV until we realised the TV wasn't switched on at the socket which was situated behind the TV. My husband found a long pole with which to reach and press it on, then, the next problem, The remote didn't seem to work, on inspecting that there were batteries were in there he saw they were totally corroded, such was the dampness in the property. So ... another thing to put on our shopping list! The property was in the dampest environment it could be with the most inadequate heating system you can get in the form of storage heaters. We spent a pretty miserable week in a damp, ill equipped cottage, it was even worse because of all the rain the area had for that time, we couldn't dry off coats. boots etc. Obviously, nothing can be done about the weather. We were to put bed linen and towels in a black bin back which would be left for us...WRONG, no bags left, so another item for the shopping list!! We were so fed up that we left the property on the 5th October instead of the 7th as we were so fed up of the constant fight to dry ourselves and our dog out . We do expect hot water to come out of a Hot water tap, it was cold, sometimes reaching the dizzy heights of lukewarm topped up with hot water from the boiled water from the kettle. To say we were totally underwhelmed with our visit is an understatement and we will NOT be booking a cottage with you again if this is acceptable standards in your eyes. Neither will we be recommending you to anyone else. We expected more considering the price of the property and regard our payment as a total waste of money and a waste of our time. There was no hairdryer in the property anywhere either

    - Mrs Fearnley, September 2021

    Thank you for your feedback on your recent visit. All our cottages are self-catering properties and as such we do provide a starter supply of toilet rolls and other sundry items, but these are not provided for the duration of your holiday. We do provide a starter pack of tea/coffee supplies however this provision has been suspended since COVID began, although we are hoping to reintroduce this soon. We can confirm that the post code of the property is sent to all guests prior to their stay, and we have now added some further information about local shops. The manuals for the appliances have also been added. We have visited the property since your visit and confirmed that the towel rails are working and there is a tumble dryer available for your use. It is unfortunate that you did not contact us during your holiday as we certainly would have been able to assist with the Television, hot water, and heating. We can only apologise for the matters you have raised; however, we are glad that you enjoyed the property’s location and hope you enjoyed what the area has to offer. Property Owner

The property

Totnes 3.4 miles.

Nestled on the banks of Bow Creek, in the pint-sized hamlet of Tuckenhay, Devon, is this desirable ground-floor apartment, Mallard Cottage.

Resting within easy touring distance of both the coast and country, Mallard Cottage is an idyllic base for a small family or a group of friends looking to explore the delights of Devon.

Upon arrival to the property you're greeted by a beautifully-presented front terrace, inviting you to take a seat on the patio and enjoy a refreshing glass of wine, soaking in the tranquil view across the neighbouring water after a busy day exploring.

A private quay is also available for you to enjoy with steps leading down to the creek, an ideal place to launch your kayak or paddleboard from.

Stepping inside, you'll be delighted by the light and airy interior, boasting a traditional yet stylish design, fitted with a contemporary kitchen, equipped with all the amenities necessary to prepare some tasty treats for the group to enjoy gathered around the dining table as you plan your next adventure.

Settle in for the evening with a seat in the snug seating area for a movie night, enveloping the room in the warmth from the rustic woodburning stove, or escape the excitement and delve into a captivating book in the reading nook.

When the day draws to a close, prepare for bed with a leisurely soak in the family bathroom, before retiring to one of the three bedrooms to rest your eyes, choosing between a snug single, a twin and a double room, framing calming views across the tranquil water.

Treat yourself to a spot of indulgence and head next door to the local pub, The Maltsters Arms, charmingly set in an 18th-century coaching inn, serving culinary delights prepared by an award-winning chef and boasting views of the creek with a further pub, The Waterman's Arms around 750m away.

Venture further afield to the town of Dartmouth, home to an array of eateries to suit all tastes, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque flowers and sculptures on display at Royal Avenue Gardens, explore the Tudor heritage of Bayard's Cove Fort and indulge in a spot of traditional Devonshire afternoon tea at Dartmouth Castle Tea Rooms.

Spend a fun-filled day out at Woodlands Family Theme Park, the largest theme park in Devon, or traverse the moorland, woodland and wetland of Dartmoor National Park.

The wonderful Blue Flag shingle beach of Blackpool Sands is within a 8.5 mile drive.

With all of this and more, choose a stay at Mallard Cottage for your next Devonshire retreat.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car only
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Children must be supervised near surrounding water at all time
  • Two well behaved dogs accepted at the property (not allowed in the bedrooms) charged at £25 per dog.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

About the location


Dartington 1.9 miles; Staverton 3.5 miles; Habertonford 3.6 miles.

The market town of Totnes is at the head of the estuary of the River Dart, in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Its historic Fore Street is lined with interesting shops, tea rooms, restaurants and a weekly Elizabethan market, offering local produce and unique finds. During the festive period, the streets of Totnes come alive with its annual Christmas market. From Totnes, set off on walking routes with stunning backdrops along the Dart Valley Trail, or explore the historic Totnes Castle. The historic navel town of Dartmouth and the shops and estate at Dartington are just a short drive away.

Please ensure that all children are supervised when using the private quayside (the quayside is shared just between three properties)

Please note that there is only parking available at the property for one car. Further on street parking can be found nearby.

Tuckenhay is approached down narrow lanes with passing places.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season