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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "We have stayed in other properties in cumber close and have found them to be very comfortable and well equipped."

    Merlin was a huge disappointment. When we arrived the house smelt extremely damp and not at all clean. We found damp patches in both bedrooms and the living room. The sofas are not at all comfortable to sit on. The window frames were dirty. The blind on the smaller bedroom was mouldy. Whilst I usually take reviews with a pinch of salt the reviews in this property are totally accurate about the property. The area however continues to be incredibly beautiful and never lets you down.

    Reviewed by Celestine1.9Oct 2023

  • "This is not a bungalow, it is a Chalet in a terrace of properties, on a council estate,we would not have chosen this property if this had been in the description,the photo's show private parking which it has but there is cars parked all round the estate which makes it difficult to get on and off the drive as they park opposite the drive!"

    The chalet was OK but window frames inside and out were dirty, sofa's are uncomfortable, it had all you needed to cook, we left a day early as I had had enough of the area, everywhere you went to visit the roads are atrocious, most are single track, even the main A roads are terrible not wide enough for two vehicles, you end up doing a lot of reversing, thus takes you ages to get anywhere, would be a nightmare in the summer!

    Reviewed by Nicholas2.2Sep 2023

  • "Property tired."

    Extractor fan defective.cottage is a chalet,in a council estate.electric fire in lounge not working.twin room has no proper curtain,main bedroom had musty smell, sofa in lounge was not comfortable because cushions moved. Not value for money. Extractor fan reported but not repaired. Listing is not accurate. Maintenance of property was lacking. Have requested response from company or owners.

    Many thanks for taking the time for leaving your feedback. We visited the property during your stay and after your departure to look at the extractor fan and found nothing to be wrong, we can only apologise that you felt this wasn’t the case. We will of course pass your comments onto the owner. We were surprised you did not like to positioning of Merlin, it is located on Cumber Close, which is popular with tourist as it is situated between Salcombe and Kingsbridge, it is also a short distance from Hope Cove and Thurlestone making it central to the surrounding Seaside Towns and villages. We do hope you still had a lovely holiday and enjoy all that the area has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve1.9Sep 2023

  • "Merlin was fine for our stay in Salcombe although a little away from the town."

    I thought the main bed mattress was extremely hard and uncomfortable. Also found that the Sofa's were also uncomfortable. Sorry to be negative but you have asked.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Aug 2023

  • "Suited our needs very well; we could've done with a bit more sunshine though!"

    Agree that a calendar would be useful for the rubbish collection. We loved the sail blind!

    Jul 2023

  • "The property is not a cottage, but rather a chalet."

    It does smell of damp and has been mentioned by other people. The parking is a big issue. We had 2 flat tyres as they hit the kerb edge as we had to move the car back and forth. Residents in the area really do not care where they park. Usually a truck or van was parked across this narrow road. There is no storage for clothes in the second bedroom and the main bedroom has a built in cupboard which houses the mop bucket and some laundry of sorts. Certainly would not put my clothes in there. The situation of the chalet is ideal to getting around the area and does have adequate facilities in the kitchen. Maybe a shower screen and not a shower curtain for hygiene.

    Reviewed by Suzan4.1Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was ok though seemed a little tired and the second bedroom should be specified for children only."

    There is a shortage of hooks or hanging space in that room. Also the bathroom would benefit from some hooks . There is a need for a welcome pack with information about the bin collection, heating instructions etc and some local info especially as it's dog friendly, you need information as to where you can take the dog as walks are in short supply . Alot of properties also have a welcome pack with milk ,bread etc and this would be extremely welcome here as it's about isolated. The property needs the garden attending to, lots of weeds and overgrown especially along the entrance steps.

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8May 2023

  • "Nice little house at a good price."

    We had a good time. Would be good to put a proper blind in the small bedroom, we ended up hanging a throw over the window as the price of sail did not stop any light in the morning. Thicker duvets would be good too. Otherwise all good.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Apr 2023

  • "The spare bedroom was small."

    Reviewed by Ben3.4Apr 2023

  • "I stayed at Merlin for 4 weeks in between my house sale and new house purchase back in Southampton."

    I work from home so, with all our my furniture in storage, my dog and I headed for Devon! I have been a regular visitor to the area for over 50 years and love it there! Merlin was an ideal temporary home for us and we absolutely loved our stay there! The house had everything we needed and with all the fabulous beaches, walks, pubs and shops we know and love nearby, it was a perfect place to stay! Whilst we are now finally in our new home, I miss the place! We will be back! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2022

  • "Very comfortable."

    Good TV & Radio, and vey warm apartment. Kitchen had everything you needed except a bottle opener

    Reviewed by Leslie4.7Oct 2021

  • "Second bedroom not clear in description, very small and no storage space , think bunk beds would be more appropriate,not end to end beds parking space not really suitable for two cars, bit of a tight squeeze and parking in street abysmal, too congested ."

    Would not stay there again

    Reviewed by Val3.8Sep 2021

  • "Merlin was nice, clean, cheery accommodation which met our needs."

    It was better equipped than most holiday lets which felt thoughtful. Some places you can’t visit the loo on arrival without unpacking soap but in Merlin there were supplies of kitchen cleaning materials, dishwasher tablets, laundry capsules, toilet paper etc. There was also good WiFi & excellent tv provision, not just freeview. And a tv in the master bedroom. Which was nice. If you are happy to drive everywhere & do not mind your immediate surroundings I would recommend Merlin. If you don’t mind long walks you can access at least 3 beaches on foot. However, Malborough is not nice at all. The village centre is moderately pretty (nice, historic church), but tiny with no pavement & a constant stream of traffic making it hairy to walk through, especially with dog & kids. The location of Merlin is a massive built up council estate with so many parked cars it can be hard to get off the driveway. There are countryside views. The walk from Merlin to the village is an exercise in dodging dog poo. We love dogs but it felt like going back to a time when no one bothered picking up after their animals. Having said that, we had a wonderful time walking to Hope Cove (scenic countryside & coastal views), Salcombe (cycle path but next to a road so not such a nice walk but amazing destination) & Soar Mill Cove (pretty countryside walk with coastal views), all from Malborough. Only attempt these walks if you are keen, fit walkers & your kids are not too small or moany. You’re talking at least an hour each way for all of them. The South Hams is a stunning area we loved exploring.

    Reviewed by Nicola3.1Aug 2021

  • "Great accomodation, comfortable and a great base for visiting surrounding attractions"

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Aug 2021

  • "Great little holiday home for us, kids and dog!"

    Easy walkable reach of Salcombe, including the dog-friendly North Beach.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Jul 2021

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at Merlin, it was cosy and clean and was fully equipped with all we needed."

    The beds were comfy and the shower was great - instant hot water. A bonus was the washing machine and dish washer. Would we stay there again if we were in that area definitely yes

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Jun 2021

  • "The location was not good."

    The place smelt of dogs. The sofas were not comfotable.

    We welcome and value all feedback as we want to work to ensure that our Merlin visitors have the best possible holiday experience. Any pros and cons of the property's location are reflected in its cost of course, but being so central to Salcombe, Thurlestone Sands and Hope Cove by car, bus, bicycle and on foot (North Sands is only a one and a half mile walk away), it really is perfect for exploring this beautiful area.The property services team have been asked to be sure to clean and air Merlin even more thoroughly when our doggie guests leave. Kathy & Stuart (Owners)" Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.4Jun 2021

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This property is part of the Coast & Country Cottages collection.
Choose from over 400 properties in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the surrounding South Devon coast and countryside - the perfect destination for a holiday all year round.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, SmartTV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two small cars or one large one
  • Terrace at front with furniture, gravelled parking area
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Strictly No Smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.6 miles, beach 1.5 miles
  • Note: Though the property is all one level there are steps to the exterior

The property

Resting in the South Hams region of Devon in the village of Malborough lies Merlin, a charming single-storey terraced cottage ideal for a small family or group of friends looking to explore the Devonshire Coast.

Boasting a lovely terrace and off-road parking, this property is the ideal base for a tranquil holiday in this pretty region.

Stepping into the property, the compact but well-equipped kitchen offers all the amenities you need to whip up delicious meals throughout your stay and is complete with a handy dishwasher to help with the clean up and a washing machine to refresh your sandy clothes throughout your stay.

From here, the living and dining room invites you to catch up on the day's events over dinner and a glass of wine at the dining table before sinking into one of the plush sofas to unwind with a good book or watch the Smart TV before another day of exploring your surroundings.

As the sun goes down, retire to the bedrooms to rest your eyes; the property offers a king-size with TV and DVD, and a twin room, both decorated with a light and airy blue and white theme fitting with the rest of the dwelling and plush beds you can look forward to sinking into after a long day at the beach.

Completing the interior of the cottage is a shower/wet room, fitted with a hand rail as well as a basin and WC where the group can freshen up and prepare for the day ahead.

Spend those balmy summer evenings out on the terrace, ideal for enjoying your breakfast and a morning coffee while looking out over the village and into the vast distance from this delightful position.

Give the chef of the group a break by venturing out to one of the nearby pubs and restaurants such as the Old Inn Pub and Restaurant which offers a new menu daily, crafted from local and fresh ingredients, also serving a traditional Sunday lunch.

There is a Asda within walking distance for the essential and larger supermarkets can be found in nearby Kingsbridge.

History buffs of the group will enjoy museums being within easy reach of the cottage; Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum, is home to exhibitions and activities perfect for the younger members of the group and Overbeck's provides you with an insight to a 1900s manor home with pretty garden for you to wander while taking in the beautiful surroundings making for a fascinating day out.

To suit all ages and tastes, the nearby beaches provide a fun-filled day out, taking part in watersports or even just building sand castles.

Salcombe North Sands is a scenic walk away, and by car you can also reach Millbay and discover its stunning sandy shores.

The dramatic coastlines in the area are ideal for exploring by bike and on foot; take advantage of the Bolt Head Walk, starting in Salcombe and through part of the South West Coast Path before heading back to the dwelling for sundown.

Merlin is a fantastic break for making memories with the family.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Salcombe 2 miles; Kingsbridge 4 miles.

The attractive village of Malborough boasts a multitude of thatched cottages, a village shop, two excellent country pubs and a thriving post office. It is located just 2 miles from the popular sailing resort of Salcombe, the southernmost town in the South Hams. Boasting a beautiful, scenic coastline, Salcombe is ideal for enjoying sailing, watersports, coastal walking or for simply soaking up the sunshine. Observe the plentiful wildlife in the area, visit several country houses and gardens close by or visit the lovely market town of Kingsbridge. Alternatively, explore the wide open spaces and rocky tors of Dartmoor, just 15 miles away. A perfect holiday location, with much to see and do.

Strictly No Smoking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas