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1 Gabberwell Cottages

(Ref. 976281)

Kingston, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything was perfect."

    The cottage was beautiful and spotlessly clean. Everything you could possibly need was available, including plasters and sellotape in a drawer of ‘bits’. A lovely little welcome card, flowers, cake and fresh milk was waiting for us on arrival. A huge amount of cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, Iron & board, hairdryer. Everything! The location is beautiful and very peaceful but beware of the very narrow lanes to the village which are a bit scary if you’re not used to them!

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2023

  • "A lovely property, extremely well appointed, everything you could require!"

    ! A thoughtful welcome from the owners awaited us.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "We were enthusiastic to discover the Devon coast this year."

    Sadly this was not to be! Leaving the Devon Expressway we found ourselves on 4-5 miles of dangerous single track road with few passing places and scary 'head to head' encounters with local cars and an occasional tractor!. On arrival at the cottage we were disappointed to discover it was well below our expectations for the high end rental price point. Internally it was smaller than indicated in the listing photos, TV and kitchen appliances dated, furnishings and bedding tired. Worst of all we found the bathroom overrun with black mould!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear of the issues you raise. Detailed directions are provided to all guests visiting 1 Gabberwell Cottages and it's always advisable to use these rather than a sat nav. Devon is well known for their single track roads and the occasional tractor! We are fully confident that the photos show a true reflection of the property. We’ve spoken to the owners who dispute your statement on the bathroom and feel this comment is unfair and unjustified. As you’ll see in the other property reviews, other guests who have stayed at the cottage have been very complimentary about its facilities, cleanliness and comfort. The owners take their letting of 1 Gabberwell Cottages very seriously and pride themselves on giving good holiday experiences – this is reflected in the feedback we have received, and we have every confidence this will continue to be the case moving forward. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard1.9Aug 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage in an amazing location."

    Well equipped, quiet, cosy and very comfortable. Lovely woodburner which despite it being August, the weather made it a grateful addition. The cottage has been well set out with modern fittings yet compliment the age and style of the building. Would without hesitation recommend staying there and would love to return ourselves.

    Reviewed by Kelly’s5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely Stay everything you need ."

    The Cottage is Lovely. Very Comfortable. Especially the Very Large Bed . Best nights Sleep . The Garden is Very safe for Dogs and very pretty. The only downside side , Because the Weather was Beautiful we had a few BBQs .and we love eating alfresco We found the picnic bench isn’t very Comfortable. And couldn’t sit at it for very long which was a shame I have a hip and Back problem. So found it very uncomfortable . With no back rest . Although there were very comfortable sun lounges. You couldn’t sit at the table with them , a Patio dining set would be more appreciated . We would definitely be returning. Roy the owner is lovely.and was very Helpful

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped cottage, in a quiet location."

    In a friendly village. Really enjoyed our stay. Although advertised as dog friendly, information received on day of arrival then states dogs to stay downstairs and should be shut in kitchen overnight! More dog tolerant, than friendly! Honesty about this at the outset would have been preferred.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay. We are sorry if you missed on the summary points when booking that pets are not permitted upstairs, this is also listed in the booking terms and is a condition for all pet friendly properties across the Sykes portfolio. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4May 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for a family of 4 plus 2 dogs."

    The log burner was wonderful and the owner was very helpful and delivered plenty of logs for us to use during our stay. Lots of lovely areas to visit including Salcombe and Bigbury-on-Sea. Fantastic garden centres nearby with amazing cakes and local produced items for sale. Restaurants we would recommend are The Cove in Kingsbridge and take away from The Ghurka in Modbury. We had a very relaxing week and would definitely recommend the cottage and the area.

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a peaceful and pretty Devon village."

    The cottage had everything we needed for a family of 4 plus 2 dogs. The log burner was wonderful and the owner was very helpful and delivered plenty of logs for us to use during our stay. Lots of lovely places to visit in the area including Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth and Bigbury-on-Sea. The nearest large supermarkets are in Kingsbury (around 20-30mins) so we had a supermarket delivery to the cottage which worked very well with top up shops from the Co-op in nearby Modbury. We had a very relaxing week and would definitely recommend the cottage and the area.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Mar 2023

  • "Our 2nd stay at this lovely cottage."

    We stayed at the end of October, start of November but despite this the cottage was warm and cozy. There is everything you could need especially a very comfortable bed. The village is really pretty with a nearby pub (10 min walk) serving excellent reasonably priced meals. I would highly recommend a stay at 1 Gabberwell.

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Oct 2022

  • "I really can`t fault anything, i suppose If i was being really picky the only thing missing was a hot water supply to the sink in the downtairs loo , other than that a very comfortable and well equipped cosy cottage , just what we were looking for."

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2022

  • "We loved our stay in this cottage and would love to return in the future!"

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely presented cottage with everything you need for a perfect get away."

    If you wish for a quiet isolation this is for you. A nearby friendly local pub became part of our daily routine!

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful few days at Gabberwell Cottage."

    It really does have everything you need and it was clean and comfortable. The owner was incredibly helpful and was easily contactable. We took our Labrador with us and he had a great time. The garden was safe and secure and most nearby beaches were dog friendly. The only criticism would be the garden table which was very old and not very comfortable. The garden would be transformed with some modern garden furniture. This is a small point. Overall we loved our stay and would recommend it .

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely week, thank you."

    Host was very prompt/quick to respond and friendly. Saw a side to S Devon's coastline we'd not seen before and magical afternoons with sunsets/afternoon sun streaming in to garden. The cottage was a smaller than expected from the photos. The double bed was so small that we ended up taking the twin and our youngest child (12) ended up sleeping downstairs in the lounge on a roll matt. Very comfortable for a couple, perhaps with a baby, but a little cramped for four adults.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.4May 2022

  • "We found that the cottage provided everything we needed for our holiday - for us and our dog!"

    The location is very tranquil, while only being a short walk through the pretty village to the welcoming local pub, which serves good food and is also dog-friendly. It doesn't take long to walk to the coast path. Wonwell beach and estuary are very attractive, either to walk along when the tide is out, or for a swim. We encountered both the owner and the neighbours and found them to be friendly and helpful. We don't usually visit a holiday cottage more than once, as we like variety, but we do intend to return to 1, Gabberwell Cottages.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2022

  • "Very pretty and comfortable cottage."

    Fabulous enclosed garden to enjoy and great for our 2 dogs to play. Everything we needed was provided for plus delicious biscuits, milk and wine! Owners very accommodating. Lots of beautiful places within 25 mins drive and Wonwell Beach walking distance. Highly recommend this charming cottage. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2022

  • "We had a great stay at this lovely cottage."

    Roger was very helpful when we had a query. It was a fantastic area to explore

    Reviewed by Chris And Helen5.0May 2022

  • "Loved the cottage, very well equipped nothing missing, garden was ideal for the dogs."

    All in all one of the best accommodation’s we have stayed at.

    Reviewed by Ray5.0May 2022

  • "A very comfortable well equipped cottage."

    As described the stairs are very steep and although we just about managed at 76 and 80 years old it could proove a problem for elderly folk.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Apr 2022

  • "This is a super cottage, everything was clean and the cottage had everything we needed."

    Roy was really helpful too.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Apr 2022

  • "A really lovely, peaceful cottage."

    The owner has thought of everything with the exception of one small thing. The TV is a relatively old one and doesn't get catch up, netflix etc. It would not cost a fortune to buy a new Smart TV. That aside, we loved our weeks stay there. The cottage was spotless and rarely for us when we are away from home we slept really well. An added bonus is that the village pub is very good. We ate there 3 times and on all three ocassions the food was good and the prices very reasonable.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2022

  • "We have really loved our stay in 1 Gabberwell Cottages."

    We have two dogs and the beautiful garden is really well fenced and there is a great walking field on a public footpath two minutes up the road. The log burner was great for ambiance in the evening although we didn't really need it as the radiators were very efficient. Everything was thought of and the cottage was excellently equipped. So many lovely touches to make us feel welcome. The cottage is in a superb position for exploring the Devon coast and countryside.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2022

  • "A delightfully cosy, well appointed cottage, situated perfectly for the FANTASTIC South Hams Coast Path."

    We would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, really well equipped and obviously cared for, we enjoyed a very comfortable and cosy stay."

    The garden was very pretty and would be lovely to enjoy in the warmer weather. The 'extras' which were left - wine, milk, a cake and the flowers, were a lovely touch and much appreciated. Great location for enjoying the amazing Devon coast paths at any time of year.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful."

    We enjoyed the village and the people. The local pub is definitely worth a visit. The beaches were amazing at high tide. A truly happy experience.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at 1 Gabberwell Cottages, it was well equipped and suited our needs."

    The goodies on arrival were a lovely touch too. We considered re-booking for the same time next year, but as the cost for this cottage has hiked by £350 a whopping 53% increase, we’ll have to look elsewhere.

    Reviewed by Denise4.1Sep 2021

  • "Really well stocked kitchen"

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Aug 2021

  • "Already re-booked for next year!"

    Reviewed by David3.8May 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely although smaller than the pictures appeared on website."

    Would highly recommend staying there. Kitchen was really well stocked.

    Reviewed by Seamus4.1Oct 2020

  • "A return visit to this lovely quiet village."

    The cottage and its location perfect for a relaxing holiday. Lovely, warm and comfortable. Perfect size garden for our furry friends. Many days spent at Wonwell estuary. Highly recommend 1 Gabberwell. On arrival milk in fridge, two divine sponge cakes and fresh flowers...lovely.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Sep 2020

  • "Really lovely spot, beautiful cottage in a quiet village with the added bonus of a large sunny garden with cows next door!"

    Loved every minute of our stay!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely village and area as a whole."

    The cottage was extremely well equipped and had everything we would need at home! We all had a fantastic time here and would recommend the cottage for anyone thinking of a visit to this part of the world!

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Dec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, lovely greeting- cake, flowers and milk."

    well equipped kitchen, even a knife sharpener. Only fault in kitchen was where it is half conservatory there were no blinds for the glass roof, so our dogs were a bit nervous and they barked at the wrong time of day/ night. Hot shower, nicely presented bathroom, and downstairs toilet. The two Patio steps were a bit deep. Garden is fenced adequately, could do with being a bit higher at the bottom of the garden. Next to a farmers field which was growing some kind of grass. Pleased it was not livestock, as we have young dogs who are very curious about other animals. If you want peace and bird song, with only the odd car noise, this is the place to come. Would thoroughly recommend. Would hire again, but would take our own pillows.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at 1 Gabberwell Cottages. Since your feedback, the owner has added an additional step to the patio. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire4.7May 2019

  • "The cottage was very welcoming and comfortable."

    It had everything we needed and we were grateful for all the essentials provided. We would stay again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Apr 2019

  • "Very helpful and friendly owner who sorted out the one issue we had promptly on a Saturday."

    Quiet rural location on edge of village but with easy access to The Dolphin pub and the beaches and walks, The enclosed garden was just right for two grandchildren and the dog to have fun. Good place to go jogging from too.

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was well prepared and comfortable."

    It is a shame however I had to pay £10 for additional wood for the fire as the cottage description said fuel and power were included.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are sorry that the information provided regarding additional logs was misleading, we have now updated our information to ensure that all future guests are aware that a starter pack is provided at the cottage and additional logs can be purchased directly from the owner. Despite this we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ken5.0Sep 2018

  • "Although it is pretty and quaint looking it was not clean which is a basic requirement"

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call us in the office between 9AM to 7PM. Property Owner

    Reviewed by N2.2Sep 2018

  • "Hi my wife and I enjoyed a comfortable and pleasant stay at 1 Gaberwell Cottage in September The Cottage is very cosy and contains all the facilities required for our stay."

    The location is lovely and the village and local pub (The Dolphin) are both picturesque and nearby. There are a good number of walks a short drive away, with beaches where you can walk with your dog, in the summer months. The Dolphin needs a mention as we did not see it possible to walk and enjoy a meal at any of the other surrounding village pubs. Food and beer is good and meals plentiful but you must book tables on the days you wish to eat, as the local inhabitants use the Pub for celebration meals so even Monday can be busy! The shop at St Anne’s Chapel is good to visit and has most things you need for days out rain or shine. Yes we would love to visit again with our dog Charlie.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2018

  • "Our cottage was extremely homely and comfortable."

    Additional little touches made it especially nice and we had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday in lovely surroundings.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Aug 2018

  • "The property was perfect and the owner helpful, as we were due to arrive in the middle of the night."

    We had a fantastic holiday and would thoroughly recommend the property. However, Sykes Cottages managed to take the shine off by ringing me the next day to ask if I had "accidentally packed" (their words) two chopping boards from the property! Offensive suggestion and deeply unimpressed.

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Jul 2018

  • "The Shower goes hot and cold but my plumber husband says its due to the cold ..."

    The Shower goes hot and cold but my plumber husband says its due to the cold pressure but this is a very small complaint cottage is perfect in every other way

    Reviewed by Mauveen5.0Jul 2018

  • "The property was literally home from home with all appliances in the kitchen that you would provide for yourself."

    There was a good size television ; essential during a World Cup tournament !! The Dolphin pub was a gentle stroll away and a pleasant part of our routine at the end of the afternoon. The only criticism is the description of Womwell beach and estuary being a mile away. It is a much longer walk which meant only a couple of visits instead of making it a daily ritual.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Jun 2018

  • "Owners personal touches very much appreciated."

    Very warm, welcoming and perfect for a peaceful, relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Apr 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king double (can convert to twin), 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, hand shower, WC, basin
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Kitchen with dining area and stable doors to garden
  • WC with basin.
  • Electric panel heaters with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Fuel, power & wood for wood burning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden with barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (not permitted upstairs)
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

On the edge of Kingston, beside a quiet road, is this 18th century cottage on the end of a terrace.

Cosy and homely, with countryside views from the garden, it is welcoming accommodation for families or anyone wanting to explore the coast.

From the little front garden, head through stable doors into your snug sitting room where you can curl up beside the wood burning stove and watch TV.

The kitchen is light, with its glazed roof and doors to open to the garden on a fine day, and comes fully equipped with a table for family meals.

Old stairs wind up to two comfortable bedrooms, one with charming ancient panelling.

The spacious garden at the back is safely enclosed, with steps down from the patio area to lawn where you can stretch out on sun loungers or eat alfresco.

A handy shed is provided for storing your bikes and surfboards, and it contains a set of golf clubs to try your skills at the Bigbury cliff top course.

Your surfboards will come in handy down at the glorious sandy beach in Bigbury-on-Sea where the waves are excellent and there is a popular surf school for some experienced tuition, or head to pretty Wonwell to try paddleboarding and kayaking.

At the end of a busy day, you can stroll 500 yards to Kingston's excellent pub for convivial company.

1 Gabberwell Cottages is in an excellent place for enjoying the lovely coast and countryside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Kingston is a very pretty Devon village, well off the beaten track in an AONB, one mile from the River Erme’s beautiful wooded estuary and sandy Wonwell beach.

Note: Some narrow treads on stairs.
Note: Three steps down from patio to lawn.
Note: Pets are not permitted upstairs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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