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Tuckermarsh Quay River Cottage 2

(Ref. 16511)

Bere Alston near Tavistock, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage warm and comfortable."

    Probably the best equipped kitchen we have stayed in. Lane was too rough for my car and i scraped bottom all along the last bit and by the turning area so tried to walk everywhere instead. It was a very wet week and the paths were very muddy but it was nice to get back to the nice warm cottage when soaking wet. Would highly recommend it and may try again when weather better.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Mar 2024

  • "Lovely property, however the very narrow track leading down is about a mile long and across a very narrow bridge, about a foot either side of the car, as a result my parents didn’t want to go out in the evenings as they didn’t feel confident enough about the approach road in the dark."

    Bins needed to be carried out of the property, difficult for elderly people.

    Reviewed by Fran4.4Aug 2023

  • "We loved the property and location."

    No landline, wi-fi or mobile signal (EE) was not a problem for us, but I can see it may be for some visitors. Again, I had no problem with pictures on the wall that could be construed as celebrating blood sports; but there is one friend to whom I will not be recommending this cottage, solely for that reason. I have a fairly low car and the state of the track below the sleeper bridge meant that some scraping of the underside of the vehicle was inevitable - a slightly fuller warning about that part of the entrance would have been fair. Will we re-visit? Most certainly if the opportunity arises.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jun 2023

  • "We loved the cottage, it was very well set up for all needs, and the bed was amazingly comfortable."

    The garden is lovely and the views across the Tamar are beautiful. It is also an excellent location for touring round. Our only reservation is not about the cottage but the very narrow access, including an awkward wooden bridge. Nevertheless, a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Douglas4.7May 2023

  • "The view is amazing, it's a good escape from the crowded city"

    Reviewed by Sergiu4.7Apr 2023

  • "This cottage was close to civilization, being only a very short drive from Tavistock, but felt miles from anywhere - it was magical."

    That there was no passing traffic other than the occasional canoe made it feel really special, it was quiet, peaceful and out on the deck truly relaxing, watching the ebb and flow of the tide, listening to the birds. Walks from the door were easy and wonderful. The cottage itself was warm, clean and comfortable. There was plenty of room, a well equipped kitchen, everything worked, and we appreciated the supply of logs and kindling, all of us slept well in the comfy beds. There were no downsides but do take care with transport - the instructions are spot on, pay attention as anything bigger than a car (mine is a qashqai) will not make it over the bridge,

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in an exquisite location."

    However the location does mean you are reliant on a car. My Ford Focus estate had no issues with the access track, but a van would be a bad idea. It does take quite a while to get anywhere from the cottage even with a car! If you don't have to, it's a very good place to do little. There are beautiful walks through the beech woods adjacent: we wandered to Bere Alston but note there's nowhere serving food in the village. We were welcomed into the pub with a selection from the co-op, which was enjoyable and saved us a hangry walk back to the cottage with the kids. Frank the neighbour was very friendly and happy to be bothered by our 5 year old into meeting his alligator and running around his palm trees. It's a lovely little cottage that is well tucked away and best suited to a quiet escape (would have been even better with your own kayak).

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2023

  • "Enchanting part of the world to spent time."

    Tuckermarsh, for us, was just what we needed to recharge the batteries and re-evaluate life. The cottage is picturesque, setting is beautiful on the banks of the Tamar. The garden affords a decking area to watch river life go by. Calstock is across the water with a front row seat to view the viaduct and the train (single track one an hour (ish) 2 carriages, nothing intrusive. The cottage itself is perfectly serviceable, having mod cons: dishwasher, washing machine, TV, shower, heating. Clean and tidy, decorated neutrally throughout. A very private setting, just three cottages huddled together, neighbours very friendly and helpful. Good walking from the cottage, train station 15min walk from the house. Plenty to do in this part of Devon, city, market towns, seaside, nature, walks, cycling, kayaking, National Trust type stuff, and plenty of stillness and beautiful scenery to wonder at. Private drive down to the cottage, car only, parking very near. And a drop off for/ turning area next to the cottages. We had a lovely holiday at Tuckermarsh, only thing I can think we needed, was a lemon squeezer! We coped, and will pack one for our next visit.

    Reviewed by Fleur4.7Mar 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, had everything we needed, for us it was a not a problem that there was no broadband or signal for the TV, as the setting, each other's company and the weather was wonderful."

    The jetty was a bonus sitting there of an evening watching the world and the tide go by. Nice little touch that there was milk in the fridge and a lovely little pack of luxury biscuits. Fitted kitchen was a great, bed was comfortable, place was clean and tidy throughout, although the previous guests had loaded the dishwasher with dirty plates etc and left it, which was unfortunate. great place to get away from it all. Also the neighbour next door was great and helpful for local information.

    Reviewed by Dave4.1Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, well appointed, but they have clothes moths."

    It’s not pleasant to come home with a pest after the holidays. Also, the track to the cottage is a disaster. It’s so full of deep and large potholes, it’s impossible to pass without badly scraping the bottom of the car. They need filling urgently. Otherwise the cottage can only be recommended to people driving SUVs.

    Reviewed by Silke3.4Jul 2022

  • "The property is in a lovely setting by the river bank, however there is constant, noisy, large scale and ongoing earthwork digging taking place on the opposite bank of the river."

    The property itself has a good top floor double bedroom, the kitchen is new and the bathrooms are okay, the beds all seemed comfortable. We both felt that the whole cottage needed a freshening up and a deep clean. One of the single bedrooms has a light fitting in the ceiling that is completely exposed. Also the handrail in the main bathroom never switches off, and is beginning to show signs of burning the plastic that it is covered with. The night storage outside of the main bathroom was also constantly on. The living room is the most disappointing space in the cottage. The sofa is very uncomfortable, the upholstery needs a clean and the TV is extremely awkward to set up and run. Perhaps time for a quick trip to IKEA? The next door neighbour 'Frank', is very present at the property, shouting out questions and remarks to us, such as, "Good morning tourists", on the morning after our arrival. We live in an area popular with holiday makers and know this remark is not meant as a compliment. Frank also made a point of showing us what what his garden boundary, and what was not. The road to the property is tricky, definitely not for a large vehicle, and very potholed in the final stretch up to the parking point near the property. Beware the little wooden bridge you must cross to reach/ leave the parking space. Finally there is no tourist/ walking information to hand in the property itself, bring your own. We both felt that with a bit of TLC, this property could provide a much more welcoming experience.

    All the furniture is of high quality (sofa is actually leather) all the room furniture is solid oak. The TV is not a problem and in the cupboard below is a stack of information leaflets on the area. The lighting does not have a shade but a special light bulb. We have recently fitted all new decking which is anti slip. For the first time ever, the cleaning company had not finished the making the beds when the guests arrived and I had to get them to return to the cottage while the guests were there. As an apology the owner of the cleaning company went down to the cottage within the hour of their arrival with two bottles of wine and a box of chocolates. As an added apology I arranged a meal at a local pub and put a voucher to the value of £40 behind the bar for them. They literally only had a hours wait before they could get into the cottage. Sorry, I dont own the property but feel this gives the wrong impression of what is an old miners cottage where we have tried to keep the authenticity. -- /With Kind Wishes/ /Lynn Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jamie2.5Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful and very quiet position on the south (Devon) bank of the River Tamar."

    From the cottage itself there are views across to the village of Calstock (in Cornwall) and from the riverside the magnificent Calstock Viaduct. At the bottom of the garden there is an area of decking with two tables and four chairs perfect for breakfasts and afternoon tea or a sundowner. The track to the cottage is narrow with a tight bend but didn't cause us any issues. There is parking about 200m from the cottage and somewhere to unload about 50m from the cottage. There is lots of great walking in the area and Bere Alston Station is about 20 minute walk away (or 5 minutes drive) with trains to Plymouth and across the viaduct to Calstock and Gunnislake. From Calstock it is about a 30 minute walk to National Trust property of Cotehele and Cotehele Quay. Some points to note. The photos on the website are accurate for the bedrooms and the lounge. However, the kitchen is new and the bathroom has been redecorated and the website photos do not reflect this. The pictures of the garden show it tidy and sunny but in reality it is very overgrown and shady, particularly at the decking end. We believe these photos are about 13 years old and therefore misrepresent how the garden looks today. It is MUCH more mature now and the picture looking back to the cottages shows them in full view, whereas in reality you cannot see them at all from the same spot on the decking area. There is a leak (probably from the first floor bathroom) that drips through the ceiling onto the log burner, which needs attention, as does the blocked guttering above the front door. The new kitchen is very good but let itself down by the absence of some basics (corkscrew, kitchen scissors, wooden spoon, cheese grater, spatula, another sharp knife, washing up bowl) which could all be bought for £20. Some of these have been mentioned by previous guests but are still missing. There is a starter pack for the wood burning stove (kindling, paper and matches) but there was only one log.

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.4Sep 2021

  • "Amazing location right on the river, very quiet, relaxing and peaceful."

    The lane is very narrow but we were OK in a VW Passat estate. There is 4G mobile coverage on O2 and Vodafone.

    Reviewed by Oliver4.4Aug 2021

  • "An absolutely stunning cottage."

    Better than in the photos. the photos on the website are showing the old kitchen and bathroom. two suggestions: 1. There needs to be a light above the hob because it is impossible to see the hob controls without a torch. 2. I hadn't realised there was no broadband at the property. my mistake. Also we are on EE and there is no signal inside the cottage. I found out that there is a good Vodafone signal and purchased a Vodaphone mobile Wifi hub which worked brilliantly. suggest you could install one of these on contract for £20 per month

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Jun 2021

  • "The T. V."

    was not in working order! no TV for a week! Otherwise it was a very quiet relaxing holiday break. and we were blessed with good weather. One has to be prepared for a rather long and fairly difficult drive to the cottage. Once done it is O>K>

    Reviewed by Dorothy3.8Jun 2021

  • "Had a lovely time at Tuckermarsh Frank the neighbour very helpful and welcoming."

    The cottage is in serious need of upgrading especially downstairs and some information on the local area is a must the only leaflet we found was train timetable from 2017. Great base if you enjoy walking.

    Reviewed by Denise3.1Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage on the river Tamar."

    Great decking to enjoy the peace and quiet (although there is building work going on directly opposite). The lane down to the cottage is very narrow and needs great care. The beds are exceptionally comfortable. Cosy cottage with everything you need for a week exploring Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Aug 2020

  • "Tuckermarsh quay is the perfect getaway."

    It is remote but within touching distance of a village. If you want to walk to the local village you do have to be able to manage steep hills! But it is the most beautiful peaceful place ever. The cottage itself was clean and rustic with a helpful neighbour. The ducks come to chat whilst you sit on the jetty and when the tide is high there is a steady stream of canoes and boats passing by. The road leading to the cottage is narrow but if I can manage it then anyone can, but definitely not for big camper vans. I do recommend this cottage- but if you have young children, it could be a challenge.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage which was very clean and welcoming on arrival."

    Great access to footpaths and private jetty to access the river, which we found best to paddle on a hour either side of high tide when the flow was slower. Loads of friendly ducks so bring some extra bread!

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was exactly as described, very comfortable and generally very clean."

    The beds were very comfortable. The location is uniquely wonderful. The only down side was arriving on a wet and chilly late October evening to find that the storage heating had not been turned on, meaning a cold cottage for the first night, not great with young children. We turned to the log burner only to find that the expected supply of wood was entirely lacking, just a few logs left by the previous visitor. The log store was completely empty. Once the storage heaters were given time to do their thing, the cottage was cozy and welcoming, especially with the local friendly moggy glad to spend time with us. The drive is tricky but clearly explained and fine for an experienced driver in a reasonable size car.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2019

  • "We have a Nissan Qashqai, negotiated the bridge ok, although there was a huge sigh of relief when round safely!"

    A larger car would probably not be a good idea! Having said that, everything about this holiday was amazing. Lovely neighbours either side, beautiful scenery, super comfortable beds and everything supplied for our needs in the cottage. I've seen reviews about the problem whatsoever, lovely hot water whenever needed. We didn't have TV for a couple of days, which wasn't a problem, but we did get in touch with Lynn, who came down straight away. Thank you again, Lynn. You were so kind. No Wi-Fi in the house, but did get a signal just outside the door. My son went on a few walks from the cottage, but it wasn't suitable for my rubbish knees, although I did manage to get into the garden and sit by the river with the help of my walking poles.Be aware the steps to the garden are quite steep, so not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. The holiday highlights were visits to Castle Drogo, Fingle Bridge, Hexworthy Bridge and the nearby St Raphael's Church. Two Bridges for the best cream tea in Devon and a visit to Burgh Island is a must, although I was disappointed the tide was out , so no trip with the Sea Tractor (as featured in Poirot!) I cannot praise the Mary Tavy Inn enough. We went there twice for good food at a reasonable price and a very warm welcome. Incredible Dartmoor views in the garden. Another favourite is the Pannier Market in Tavistock where I buy my special glass pendants . A week is never long enough in this beautiful area!

    Reviewed by Jennie4.4Jun 2019

  • "A superb cottage very peaceful full of birds on the river."

    Central to all places that we enjoyed. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by June5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a fabulous cottage in a wonderful location."

    Beautifully clean, comfortable and well equipped. The road down is not for the faint hearted but you soon get used to it. We negotiated the bridge easily on the way down in a Kia Sportage but my husband had to see me across on the way back, due to the slight incline, as i couldnt see over the bonnet even with the seat up high. It was fine though, and it didnt stop us going out every day. There are plenty of passing places but we only met cars a couple of times. There is a good mobile phone connection and a lovely neighbour (Frank). I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.4Sep 2018

  • "Lovely location with fantastic views."

    Comfortable cottage, well equipped

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Aug 2018

  • "The proximity of the River access was unexpected and very appreciated!"

    The tranquility of the location was exceptional. The Sykes agent was very attentive and prompt when contacted.

    Reviewed by Ross4.4Aug 2018

  • "WOW! What can I say, the cottage was even better than we were expecting."

    It was beautiful and in such a beautiful and peaceful setting. Anyone who likes walking would be in their elements. Direct from the cottage there are some lovely walks for all ages and abilities. A train ride from Bere Alston across to Calstock is a must. We had a lovely evening and meal in the Tamar Inn. A trip just down the road to Morwellham Quay is also a must. We will be going back!

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Aug 2018

  • "We had an amazing holiday at Tuckermarsh Quay."

    The location has to be one of the most magical places we have ever stayed. The sunsets were just stunning, and it's lovely to be able to eat at the river front on the deck. The cottage itself was clean and tidy with very comfortable beds. Would definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by Henricus5.0Jul 2018

  • "A well equipped cottage, beautiful location and very quiet and relaxing."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.8Sep 2017

  • "Lovely cottage in a remote location, very quiet, pretty garden and lovely jetty to admire the countryside and river."

    Lane to cottage extremely narrow and tight turn on small wooden bridge would be impossible for large cars.

    Reviewed by Paul4.2Jul 2017

  • "The only negative of the whole stay is that the hot water is not hot!"

    The shower is wonderful but the water from the taps wasn't hot, only tepid, even though we left the immersion heater on. Other than that it was a beautiful week and we loved it.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.8May 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, lovely area."

    Cottage had everything we needed and more.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Feb 2017

  • "The cottage had been cleaned to a high standard and was the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in."

    We were made aware in the information given before booking of the narrow road to the cottage and the bridge that needed to be crossed. A lovely place to stay. Good neighbours. Very pleased.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2016

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  • Over three floors. Three bedrooms: 1 x second floor double with basin and WC, 2 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fittedkitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric storage heaters with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private garden and jetty
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The road and bridge leading to the property is narrow in places
  • It isn't suitable for camper vans
  • Road and narrow bridge not suitable for food delivery vans
  • Please note: the kitchen is being completely replaced in March 2021 so new pictures will be submitted then
  • Please note: The road leading to the property is a narrow country lane and is only used as an access for the properties on the road.

The property

Bere Alston 1.5 miles.

Tuckermarsh Quay River Cottage 2 is one of a series of three river cottages built by miners and dating from the 1800s.

It is idyllically set amongst old English woodlands and is nestled in the Devonshire banks of the River Tamar looking out into Cornwall.

Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just 1.5 miles from the Devon village of Bere Alston, this riverside cottage has plenty of character with a stone fireplace and a woodburning stove.

The master bedroom at this Tuckermarsh cottage commands a magnificent view over the river and the surrounding countryside, whilst a single room commands the same view from a lower level.

A third single bedroom overlooks gardens and woodland.

The outside area at this Bere Alston cottage is stunning, as it boasts a well-tended garden with a private wooden deck and a floating jetty, providing access into the river, especially for canoeing, at all tides.

Take a leisurely canoe trip downstream (canoe not provided) under the great viaduct and on past Calstock, then stop at Cotehele, a well-preserved medieval manor house with gardens and quay.

Alternatively, venture upriver to the beautifully restored ancient mining hamlet and quay of Morwellham, with its informative visitor attraction with rides deep into the mines.

From this Bere Alston cottage, networks of public footpaths enable walkers and birdwatchers to experience a sense of peace in beautiful natural surroundings, whilst just a short stroll downstream is a seasonal ferry across the river into Calstock.

A superb holiday cottage on the ridge of the Bere Peninsula.

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About the location


Tavistock 6 miles; Plymouth 12 miles.

Bere Alston is a small Devon village in a beautiful location between the rivers Tavy and Tamar, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village was once a thriving port shipping tin from Dartmoor. Just upstream from Bere Alston on the river Tamar is Morwellam Quay, a tiny harbour where half the world’s copper travelled through in the 1860s, and which is now a popular visitor attraction telling the story of copper mining through history. Trains run between Bere Alston and Plymouth, on the picturesque Tamar Valley line, following the river for much of the route. Bere Alston has a village shop and pub and there are plenty of stunning countryside walks. Two National Trust properties in the area are Cotehele, a Tudor manor house and glorious gardens stretching down to the river Tamar and Buckland Abbey, an estate on the river Tavy with craft workshops and family attractions.

Please note: the kitchen is being completely replaced in March 2021 so new pictures will be submitted then.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas