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Hocking Cottage

Torquay, Devon (Ref. 1000184)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Great place to go."

    Lovely cottage

    Reviewed by KulwantAug 2022

  • "Really comfortable clean property and keith the owner could not do enough to make our stay at hocking cottage a great experience."

    I would not hesitate to stay there again,the arèa is lovely and as i said earlier the owner went out of his way to make our stay pleasurable.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage."

    It’s in a fabulous area, it was so quite which was great for us with a young family. A few things though, maybe the wording of the parking situation could be more clear. I was under the impression we had free parking. The reason I haven’t given top score for cleanliness was because the whole place could of done with a dust. The fridge hadn’t been wiped out, the towels that where left for us to use didn’t smell nice they smelt fusty. I don’t know if the cleaner has enough time so that maybe the reason for this. With the way of the world currently regarding covid cleanliness is even more important now that ever. It didn’t stop us having a wonderful time. When we left though and we had to take the linen off the beds the pillow that was in the master bedroom could do with being replaced it was all torn inside. The reason for not doing too marks on the comfort was just because of the cleanliness.

    Reviewed by ChloeApr 2022

  • "Oh my, this is truly a home from home."

    A bit hard to find, but once found it is a hidden gem. The cottage itself is comfortable with a corner sofa to relax in, the kitchen is fully equipped, the bedrooms are roomy with very comfortable beds and the bathroom is the most relaxing place after a day of sightseeing. The back yard belongs to the neighbours but they are a lovely couple who let me park my mobility scooter so i could get to it with ease. Cottage brings you out to the precinct and all the local shops, bakers to die for, butchers, fishmongers and fruit and veg shops along with all little charming shops. Keith the owner is amazing, so knowledgable about area and nothing is too much for him, he is the key to the whole booking, such a nice fella, even arrived to a cream tea left for us. Amazing touch.

    Reviewed by AlisonMar 2022

  • "Keith was really knowledgeable and helpful, we had a little trouble finding the cottage but Keith was on hand for all our questions."

    The cottage was lovely and cosy and had the essentials needed, Keith supplied tea, coffee and milk which was great.

    Reviewed by KatrinaMar 2022

  • "Keith the owner was lovely and on the end of the phone to sort any issues straight away."

    He also gave suggestions on good places to visit and the cottage is fantastic, it is very close to a small precint with a lovely Thai takeaway, sweet shop and bakers as well as a shop. The Cottage is beautifully decorated, comfy and clean. There were lots of nice touches like, hand wash, washing up liquid, kitchen roll, loo rolls and Keith had left bottles of water and all the elements of a cream tea. Parking was a slight issue but only because we were not told by Skyes that we had to ring Keith to sort this out as an off street parking spot can not be used any more. There is a carpark close by which does an 8 day permit for 42 pounds which can be used in a lot of the car parks in Torbay area and off street parking less than 5 minutes walk away. I would definitely go back it is also very convenient for the bus into Torquay.

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2021

  • "Just back from a fantastic week at Hocking Cottage."

    The accommodation was clean and comfortable, well situated and felt like home from home. Keith met us on arrival and explained where we could safely park the car for free. Only 5 minutes walk from the cottage! We had a problem with our TV on day 2, but after a quick call to Keith, he replaced it the same day. Excellent service and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by CSep 2021

  • "Just a few more bits of crockery plus bed pillows we're most uncomfortable a ..."

    Just a few more bits of crockery plus bed pillows we're most uncomfortable a tray would have been useful and milk jug but otherwise everything was perfect situation amenities excellent

    Reviewed by SandraSep 2021

  • "Shame property has no parking now."

    Road parking a short walk away. A very comfortable cottage, lots of character, a most enjoyable visit

    Reviewed by IsabelJul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in great location with very friendly,helpful owner ,but doesn’t ..."

    Lovely cottage in great location with very friendly,helpful owner ,but doesn’t have off road parking as stated or how I know it anyway as it is the car park just around the corner

    Reviewed by HeatherJul 2021

  • "Great host, excellent location and lots of things to do in Torbay."

    Reviewed by ColinMay 2021

  • "Character old cottage with interesting beams, floors and walls at all angles."

    Fully modernised. Good sized carpeted bedrooms with televisions and comfy beds. It’s in a quiet pedestrianised shopping precinct. You can unload in a bay a couple of minutes distant. Very handy for bus 22 to Dawlish, Torquay, Paignton etc. Babbacombe model village, and cliff top promenade are a short walk away.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2020

  • "A lovely, comfortable and beautifully kept gem."

    Just off St Marychurch precinct which has everything you would need for your stay. We were met by Keith the owner, who not only was a mine of information but who had so very thoughtfully left milk and scones with clotted cream and jam! Highly recommend as a fabulous base for investigating Torbay. Will definitely be coming back. Thank you so much Keith, my visit was all I could have hoped for, and more ❤️

    Reviewed by MaggieOct 2020

  • "Absolutely fantastic cottage, full of charm and character but modern and comfortable."

    We stayed for two weeks and couldn't fault it and would definitely go back. It was spotlessly clean, Keith the owner was so friendly and greated us at the cottage and he also left us information on the local area which was really useful and he even left us a cream tea and milk. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you could need, the sitting room is cosy and comfortable. And upstairs two bright lovely bedrooms and a fantastic bathroom. The location is great, you don't even have to leave St Mary's Church if you don't want as there is a butchers, bakers, cafe's and supermarket. But if you do want to go out the local area is beautiful and if you fancy a day out Slapton sands and Dawlish lovely. Can't recommend this cottage enough

    Reviewed by CarlySep 2020

  • "Had a lovely week away in Devon."

    Weather was glorious and Hocking cottage really felt like a home from home. Keith met us on our arrival and showed us around the cottage and informed us on places to go in the area. We also had a lovely cream tea waiting for us. Thankyou for a lovely relaxing stay!

    Reviewed by LeannaSep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful stay in hocking cottage."

    We stayed with our 2.5 yr old daughter. It was perfect for the three of us. Spacious bedrooms and good living space. All we could need in the cottage for our trip. The owner was very helpful and gave us some good information about local activities and sights. Very convenient with parking just behind the shopping street and cottage on the doorstep of local shops and cafes. In walking distance of the beach and cliff railway and model village. As well as local restaurants and pubs. Good bus links or short car journey to explore Torquay and Paignton. We would definitely return and stay again.

    Reviewed by JoannaSep 2020

  • "This cottage was absolutely perfect."

    Beautifully furnished with everything we could need for our stay. It’s location off the pedestrianised high street was lovely and we enjoyed popping to the shops to pick up breakfast in the morning! The host was very kind and met us on day one and gave us some great ideas of things to do. We would recommend this cottage to anyone looking to explore Torquay, Paignton and Brixham!

    Reviewed by ChloeJul 2020

  • "Hocking cottage was clean, comfortable, warm, and it was good to be within a town without the noise and hassle of a road outside."

    The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. What more can one ask?

    Reviewed by RFeb 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful and the position is quirky but brilliant!"

    Beware if you are over 6ft tall, the beams are low!

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2019

  • "The cottage was very cosy and comfortable and the location suited us fine though for anyone less mobile it was a couple of miles to walk into Torquay and was all uphill on the way back."

    I few minor gripes - there were no towels left in the accommodation so we had to chase these up which was a bit of a hassle. There were also no 'luxury toiletries' provided as promised and no toilet roll at all in the bathroom (would have expected at least a complimentary roll). The accommodation was clean although it did look like it could do with a hoover (we looked to see if there was a vacuum cleaner in the cupboards - there were vacuum attachments but no vacuum).

    Reviewed by NicholaOct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in fabulous location with shops & restaurants nearby."

    Keith the owner was great, and gave my son and I lots of interesting facts about the area, as well as suggestions for days out. The cottage itself was spotlessly clean with everything provided for a comfortable stay. There were plenty of shops nearby, including a butchers, greengrocers and a bakery, as well as restaurants and a few pubs, although we were never disturbed by any noise from these. There are lots of places to visit in the area, and we were very lucky to have had a week of fantastic weather. I would recommend Hocking Cottage to anyone visiting this part of Devon, we had a lovely time there and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage, ideally placed to explore Devon."

    The owner was friendly and eager to ensure that everything was OK. The Cottage was very comfortable with modern, easy to use facilities. I would highly recommend this to others.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2019

  • "A cosy cottage, quiet and well located."

    A bit of a squeeze for four (2 adults and 2 older teenagers). Could do with a second toilet. Kitchen was well appointed however the washing machine would have been superfluous as there was no outside space so nowhere to dry clothes (the radiators were off for the summer). Beds were comfortable and the second TV in the twin room was appreciated so everyone could watch what they wanted. Good wifi despite thick cottage walls. Low beam in the lounge (5ft 10in probably ok). Location was superb, probably the best part of Torquay (not been before, but suprisingly dingy in parts). Babbacome Downs was a 10-minute walk and had plenty of eateries. The precinct along Fore St (where the cottage was located) had plenty of independents, including two bakers, a butchers, many cafes and lots of gift shops as well as a Co-op and Sainsburys Local. The bus stop at the end of the street allowed you to catch buses to anywhere from Dawlish in the north to Brixham in the south and the Dayrider discount tickets were good value (Group ticket £10 for all day for up to five - 2019 prices). Brixham was a colourful fishing port, Paignton a typical seaside resort (along the lines of a smaller Blackpool or Skegness), Torquay a bustling town with all the major shops and a nice sea front. Good (gritty rather than sandy) beaches at Oddicombe and Babbacombe with the bonus of the cliff railway to get you back up. Hanbury's Fish and Chips well worth a visit. All a 10-15 minute walk away. Overall, a cosy cottage, good location, upstairs space - great, downstairs space - a bit too cramped for four.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "I have never used this website before and did wonder what to expect."

    The cottage exceeded all our expectations, very clean, comfortable and in a ideal location. The owner was very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble, he was very friendly and came to welcome us when we arrived and said goodbye when we left. The owner also gave us many handy tips and advised us on places to visit and see which were local to that area, which was helpful. A cream tea left in the cottage for us was welcome after a long journey, also a pint of milk and basket of fruit. Lovely parade of shops right on our doorstep to cater for all our needs, including a shop who had delicious cup cakes, highly recommended, my granddaughter also was very impressed with the fruit and veg shop opposite the cottage. My granddaughters (aged 12 and 9) loved everything about it and didn't want to leave, I think this has possibly put paid to caravan holidays in the future, my daughter and I and the 2 girls would highly recommend Hocking Cottage and to thank Keith for helping to make our holiday a truly memorable and happy one. We all would love to return again sometime in the future.

    Reviewed by IsabelJul 2019

  • "Hocking cottage is absolutely beautiful, it's in a really lovely place , The ..."

    Hocking cottage is absolutely beautiful, it's in a really lovely place , The Owner Keith & his sister were Very helpful & we enjoyed our stay very much

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "Fab place very comfortable cottage with lots of character."

    Having a butchers, bakers and fresh fruit and veg shop on your doorstep was a bonus. Welcomed by the owner, Keith, who gave us great tips and advice on where to visit in the local area which was a great help. Lots of information at the cottage about the local area. The cottage itself was one of the most comfortable we have ever stayed having decent beds and a sofa to relax on after a busy day makes all the difference. Lots of nice touches from the owner such as scones & cream on arrival and milk, fruit and bottled water. The decor was very modern and cosy and comes with plenty of items needed when self catering such as iron, clothes airer and Tupperwares - ideal for picnics! Large fridge freezer and plenty of storage. The only criticism we can give about this cottage is that we found the duvet tog was too heavy for the summer and the kitchen was missing some key items such as bread knife and frying pan. Overall as a family of 3, with a toddler, this cottage was perfect for us and we’ve made some fantastic memories whilst staying at hocking cottage. This has been one of the best holiday homes we’ve stayed in (and we’ve stayed in many) 5* You won’t be disappointed booking to stay here

    Reviewed by FernJul 2019

  • "Property was nicely furnished and very clean."

    Suggest fitting a lock on bathroom door. Kitchen was well equipped but could do with a set of oven gloves and a bread knife.

    Reviewed by MikeJun 2019

  • "Excellent position."

    Very close to shops and public transport which meant we didn't have to use car during our stay and yet very quiet. Keith was extremely welcoming and helpful. Milk, fruit and cream tea ingredients most welcome on arrival.

    Reviewed by CJun 2019

  • "Cottage was clean and comfortable."

    The owner, Keith contacted us prior to and during our visit and was very helpful. Good location. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by SarahJun 2019

  • "Cannot fault sykes cottages ,in any way ."

    The cottage was lovely ,every thing you could ask for ,the owner keith was very kind ,and he has spent a lot of time and thought making this cottage something very special ,we are already looking for our next sykes holiday.xx

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2019

  • "I have to say Keith the owner could not have done more for us he carried all our luggage from the car to this beautiful cottage , There was not a thing you could say was wrong with this cottage and the location brilliant ,Shops right outside but no noise from anyone using them, I have enjoyed every day I was here so close to Torquay ,Paignton , The Downes."

    The beds very comfortable and everything so clean .I would say to anyone looking for the perfect break and a lovely owner Keith. Thank you Keith ,June and Malcolm

    Reviewed by JuneMay 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Hocking Cottage."

    The cottage was absolutely immaculate, full of character, comfortable, stylish and beautifully decorated. It had only just been refurbished and everything in it was brand new. The location was excellent (with a small parade of shops on our doorstep, including a bakers, a fishmonger and a small supermarket. The owners were wonderful and went out of their way to help us. They gave us some excellent advice regarding the local area and were a huge help for my teenage son as he was trying to find the best spots for fishing. We loved the welcome baskets of fruit, toiletries and the cream tea when we arrived! Hocking Cottage is without doubt one of the nicest places that we have stayed in and we look forward to visiting again later in the year.

    Reviewed by CarolynApr 2019

  • "The cottage was obviously newly refurbished and was done so to an exceptionally high standard throughout."

    We were met by the owner's daughter who showed us round and gave us the week's parking permit. There were two elements of a welcome pack, firstly a large bowl of fresh fruit and some milk, and some beautiful toiletries in the bathroom. The cottage was very convenient for the local shops, restaurants and pubs, being yards to the rear of the pedestrianised precinct.

    Reviewed by MartinMar 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin (zip/link)
  • Bathroom with a bath and shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Free allocated off road parking for one car paid for by owner
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Alternative free road side parking is available nearby
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles.

The property

Hocking Cottage is a delightful stone cottage situated in Torquay, Devon, tucked away in the heart of St Marychurch village.

This cottage is believed to date back to the early 18th century and offers a stylish interior, the perfect accommodation for a small family wanting to explore the Torquay area of Devon.

The property is adorned with a light decor and lovely exposed beams, showing off a wealth of character, while stunning hardwood flooring can be seen throughout the ground floor level of the property.

The sitting room has a large corner sofa and is ideal for relaxing and unwinding after a long day of sightseeing, while the kitchen has a set of white fitted units and wooden worktops, with a range of high-quality appliances on-hand to produce some delicious home-cooked meals for the family.

Upstairs you will find two bedrooms, one double and one twin with zip and link beds that can be made into a super-king-size upon request, meaning all types of groups looking to stay here can be catered for; with a wall-mounted TV in each bedroom, you don't have to leave your bed of a morning to catch up on your favourite shows!

There is a family bathroom with a P-shaped bath and shower over, plus contemporary fixtures and fittings and lovely white tiling.

The property is set in the centre of the village of St Marychurch, with a range of local shops, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and cafés you can visit, with a delicious selection of the freshest fish and seafood which arrives daily at the thriving Fish Market, all of which are within walking distance from the property.

Why not pop into the precinct or stroll along Babbacombe Downs, where you will find the famous Victorian cliff railway and Babbacome Theatre?

Also you will find Babbacombe Model Village, opened in 1963 by Tom Dobbins, which spans across four acres of award-winning gardens and showcases a miniature model village, including houses, vehicles, a castle and a dragon.

One of the very oldest settlements in South Devon, St Marychurch’s two historic church towers dominate the Torquay skyline.

Venture towards Torquay Golf Club, founded in 1909 and had three-lined fairways with magnificent views across Lyme Bay and Portland Bill, which is open to visitors of all types, whether an amateur or a seasoned professional.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out, why not visit Kents Cavern, one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe, one of Britain's best show caves and one of Devon’s most popular attractions?

Their daily tours take you back to a time when the cave was home to ancient humans, sheltering from extreme weather, and its extensive labyrinth of caverns, 400-million-year-old rocks and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites are awe-inspiring.

This property is less than three miles from popular Torquay, and its host of attractions, as well as several beautiful, sandy beaches to choose from.

You can also access the South West Coast Path and enjoy walking or cycling this famous route, whilst admiring the breath-taking coastal landscape.

Hocking Cottage is the perfect base for a seaside Devonshire holiday.

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About the location


Paignton 3.6 miles; Brixham 8.5 miles; Dartmoor 17 miles.

Famous for its sandy beaches, piers, palm trees and plentiful attractions, the popular seaside town of Torquay in South Devon has been attracting visitors for the best part of 200 years. Torquay holds many delights for both families and couples, from an abundance of children’s activities whatever the weather, to coastal walks, restaurants and nightlife. Local attractions await at Cockington with its historic Cockington Court and a craft centre with glassblowing, and boat trips over to Brixham or Paignton for a wealth of sea life, whilst more nature can be found at Paignton Zoo. Located nearby is the English Riviera, designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boats, and the River Dart. A stay in Torquay can be as relaxed or as active as you choose and is certain to inspire you to visit again.

Region Information

Free allocated off road parking for one car paid for by owner, please provide number plate details prior to arrival. Alternative free road side parking is available nearby

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas