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Hocking Cottage

(Ref. 1108487)

St Marychurch, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We didn’t want to leave, even after three weeks."

    This quirky little cottage is super comfortable, in a great location. It’s down a short laneway which means it’s away from street noise, but at the same time no more than 20 metres from St Marychurch shops with excellent butcher, fresh fish shop, bakeries, cafes and multiple small supermarkets all within a few hundred metres. It doesn’t have any views and is relatively overlooked but it’s also in an excellent location for walks in the area and to access the local buses. It’s an easy walk to cliffs, beaches and Torquay is a half hour walk or short bus trip. It’s small with some low ceilings but has bags of character, is well designed and maximises space. We were a little concerned to find out the private parking was not connected to the property but in the end it didn’t turn out to be a big problem. Parking is about 50 metres away behind the main street. We only used the king bedroom which was spacious and comfy, but the second twin room looked equally good. Both have their own tv in addition to downstairs. The large bathroom had both bath and shower and with hot water from the combi-boiler, far superior to an electric shower in the cold weather. The kitchen had everything expected and the lounge was super comfortable. The only thing that wasn’t perfect was the soft lighting in the lounge which was great for relaxing or watching tv but not very good for reading for example. We enjoyed a great relaxing stay here and extended our original booking. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Cathy5.0Jan 2024

  • "Very nice cottage and close to everything you need."

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Dec 2023

  • "The cottage is a real home from home and full of charm and character."

    It was a very comfortable stay and it has great facilities and is in a great location. We would definitely recommend this accommodation and would rebook it if we return to the area.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Dec 2023

  • "A most delightful and quirky cottage Immaculately clean"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Hocking Cottage."

    The cottage is in a nice location. St Marychurch has some quaint little shops and cafes.. The cottage itself is beautifully furnished with good quality furniture, clean, comfortable and well equipped. It had everything we needed for our stay Keith is a very nice host - very welcoming. He is very responsive and will happily give you pointers on places to eat and things to see and do.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful cottage."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is our second stay in the property."

    Comfortable and clean house with all facilities and very convenient to shops and Precinct. You can walk to Babbacombe to see the sea and use the Cliff Railway down to the beach.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the beautiful Hocking cottage, it really is a very cozy accommodation with everything you need for your stay."

    Keith the owner is so helpful with anything you need. I would fully recommend this property for a holiday in the lovely Torbay area.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2023

  • "Hocking cottage was lovely and just as we hoped."

    There are some great local shops in the high street, and an excellent cafe just a couple of doors away. Nearby are great places to visit and oustanding coastal walks. My only requests would be to have some information included in the property pack about the arrangements for refuse bins/recycling, and what to do with bed linen etc on leaving. Also some detailed information on the location of the allocated parking space would be useful. But thank you to the owner for helping me with these when I phoned for advice.

    Thanks Tim will look to put the extra information in the cottages for our guests thanks again for your stay in hocking cottage and our lovely location kind regards keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Aug 2023

  • "We stayed at hocking cottage last year and this year was just as good."

    .everything was spotlessly clean and tidy..i will hopefully be back next year

    High Peter thankyou for staying with us again and enjoyed your experience and the great location we provided just like to say on behalf of my wife and my self thankyou for staying at hocking cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2023

  • "A beautifully restored and maintained cottage, with the addition of a parking space nearby."

    The property is clean, tidy and comfortable with quality furniture and fittings. The beds were comfortable, and the bedrooms surprisingly large and bright in comparison to the lounge and kitchen, which are typical of a cottage of this age. There is no outside space or garden at Hocking cottage, but the precinct is only seconds from the front door. This holiday home is in a superb location, seconds away from the quaint pedestrianised precinct in St Marychurch. Here you have everything on your doorstep, grocer, baker, fishmongers, butcher, general stores and a myriad of cafes, pubs, and quirky little independent stores. A town full of character and friendliness. Babbacombe downs and railway, Bygones, and the Model Village are a short walk away. You could easily manage a week here without using the car. It would be great if, in future, the owners considered the addition of a dishwasher and a washer/dryer. The parking space is tight, and could be tricky for some as you are parking between metal posts with little room for error. We parked our Citroen Berlingo ok. It would be helpful if the very long grass and weeds were strimmed in and around the parking space, as it didn’t look very inviting when we arrived. You do have to carry your luggage and bags some way from the parking to the cottage which some may find difficult going back and forth. We really enjoyed our stay and would have no hesitation in recommending Hocking Cottage. We will definitely be returning as we loved the location. It should be noted that Bridges Cottage (accommodating 2) is next door, and belongs to the same owner. Booking both cottages would be perfect for a larger family break, or holiday with grandparents.

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Jun 2023

  • "Great little place, spotlessly clean, comfortable and quiet."

    Nicely situated just off a pedestrianised small shopping precinct with lots of independent shops and cafes. Only thing to beware of is the parking is tight, we managed with our 5 seater but anything larger might struggle.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0May 2023

  • "Very nice cottage, everything you need for a comfortable stay."

    Conveniently situated for shops and local attractions. Stones throw from the beautiful views from Babacombe downs. And the scones a nice touch too!

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage was very well maintained and had everything you could possibly want."

    The weather wasn’t good while we were there so we did have to have the heating on on occasion but the cottage warmed up very quickly. The shower and bathroom were clean and the pressure on the shower good. The only negative comment I would give was the designated parking. If you have a small car then this would probably not concern you too much. However the people staying in the other cottage found parking difficult as they had a four by four and I definitely did as I had a seven seater. There are two steel posts to navigate and the space is extremely tight especially at night. If somehow these could be adjusted all along to give more space this problem would be fixed but I am not sure if this can be done as I don’t know whose land the parking is on. The owner Keith was very kind and offered lots of information regarding the local facilities, good places to eat and also left scones, jam and cream. We were delighted. In addition there were two large Galaxy Easter eggs for my grandchildren who thought that was amazing as did I. Would I stay here again? Absolutely. Very nice area, locals friendly, we felt safe, lots of different bars, restaurants and beaches to visit especially when the weather improves. Thank you Keith.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage."

    It's cosy, very comfortable & really clean. Everything is high spec, well equipped & location is brilliant. Keith was very helpful & friendly. Scones were lush too

    Reviewed by Karyn5.0Jan 2023

  • "This was a winter stay, the cottage was very warm and comfortable."

    The landlord Keith, was very helpful

    thank you george am glad i was on hand to make your stay enjoyable experince kind regards keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by George4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely Cottage,very well situated to shops cafes etc."

    Good price for the week.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.7Oct 2022

  • "What a delightful cottage, ideally located in St Marychurch, close to all the amenities and the downs."

    The cottage was clean and had everything we needed, beds were very comfortable as well, the owner Keith was on hand on arrival and could not do enough for us, we will definitely be visiting again next year.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Hocking cottage is a beautiful place to stay."

    Not only is it everything it says it is, Keith has made it homely with the extra touches, we were delighted with the cream tea on arrival. Although quaint and cosy downstairs the upstairs is surprisingly large. All the rooms are decorately nicely and it was spotlessly clean. The location is perfect in a nice little precinct, the bakery and cafes are well worth a visit and the sweet shop was a big hit! As a family of 4 with children aged 13 and 11 it suited us and I would absolutely recommend the cottage. We would stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x King Size with TV and 1 x twin with TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • 3 x TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Allocated off-road parking for 1 car, free roadside parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles, beach 0.9 miles

The property

Hocking Cottage is a delightful stone-fronted dwelling, tucked away in the heart of St. Marychurch in Devon.

This cottage is believed to date back to the early 18th century, maintaining some of its original features, whilst displaying a stylish interior, making it the perfect accommodation for a small family of four looking to explore Torquay.

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 living space.

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, a double, and a twin which features zip/link beds that can be made into a super-king-size upon request, catering to all types of groups; 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.

Hocking Cottage is set in the centre of the village of St Marychurch, nearby a range of local shops, pubs, restaurants, tea rooms and cafés you can reach within walking distance, along with a delicious selection of the freshest fish and seafood which arrives daily at the thriving Fish Market.

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

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

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?

Daily tours will 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 and an array of beautiful sandy shores.

The South West Coastal Path can also be accessed, where you can enjoy walking or cycling across the famous route, whilst appreciating the picturesque coastline.

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

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About the location


Babbacombe 0.7 miles; Torquay 2.4 miles; Paignton 4.5 miles.

Idyllically settled along the South Devon Coast, with easy access to the popular destinations of Torquay and Babbacombe Bay is the delightful suburb of St Marychurch. A wander through the suburb will find an excellent selection of eateries, including pubs, restaurants, and takeaways, as well as a bakery and ice cream parlour. There are also well-stocked shops for picking up any last-minute essentials and independent boutiques to peruse. Explore the delights of the Babbacombe village where you can delight at the miniature scenes and villagers on offer or check out the Babbacombe Cliff Railway where you can enjoy scenic rides from Oddicombe Beach, all the way up to the clifftops which promise stunning views. Be sure to make a stop at Bygones, a large, life-size Victorian shopping street which houses a 28-foot model railway, sweet shop and a World War I trench replica. Walkers will have found their haven with the fantastic South West Coast Path nearby, offering the chance to take in an abundance of beautiful scenery, including Hope’s Nose and Thatcher Rock.

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