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Toad Hall Cottage

(Ref. 1064718)

Hutcherleigh near Blackawton, Devon Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "A magical gem of a cottage getaway."

    Peaceful and beautiful. Perfect for a long or short stay. I will definitely be visiting again

    Reviewed by Cyril5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely cosy charming quirky cottage in a convenient location for exploring the South Hams."

    Small but well equipped kitchen, toasty warm (we didn’t need the wood burner and we were there over Xmas) no TV reception but plenty of DVD’s and we took some of our own. Communication with the owner was really good and he provided very useful information. Fabulous pub in the nearby village (The George) Thoroughly enjoyed our Xmas stay

    Reviewed by Andrea4.4Dec 2023

  • "We arrived on a dark very wet evening."

    It was impossible to find this place. We eventually had to call at a house to ask for help. He agreed it was not very easy to find. Put up some directions. The cottage was freezing cold. Had a radiator in lounge area, which we later discovered, was not operable due to no gas in the property!!!. We sat with blankets around us until we got the fire going. The TV did not work for the whole of our visit. Misadvertising. Loads of DVD’s which proved TV did not work. Now the bed. We are both in our 70’s. The person next to the wall had to get the other person to move every time they get up. The only place that was warm all the time was the toilet area. Not much good. We would never visit this property again. It needs a lot of jobs doing to it. Ps no freezer compartment in the fridge. Couldn’t get the cooker top ever to work.

    Reviewed by Alma3.4Nov 2023

  • "Property has everything you would want in it."

    Log burner is a real boon on slightly chilly nights

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2023

  • "Whilst this is a lovely little cottage in the middle of nowhere, yet easy driving distance of may attractions I felt it was more suited to guests younger than myself."

    Its a beautiful place, in a lovely setting , well equipped & had helpful neighbours. Unfortunately, as the evenings were chilly, I found the radiator in the main room did not work &, as I didn't want to try & light the log burner, I used a blanket to keep me warm on the sofa. My other complaint is the Tv has no reception so had to try & watch programs later on catch up! Finally as its been so wet the front hedge is overgrown so I had to clip back a briar get past unscathed.

    Reviewed by Tilly3.8Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Very safe for our dog as an enclosed orchard for her to run around. Typical country lanes all around , narrow and care needed to drive through, as a result very quiet place to relax and unwind.

    Reviewed by Dave4.7Jul 2023

  • "Very comfortable and found it to have everything we needed for our short break"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely quiet cottage - everything nice and clean ."

    we always check that the appliances are as stated when we arrive and apart from the milk container in the fridge had some cracks in it the rest was fine.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.4Jun 2023

  • "The cottage is placed in a lovely location."

    Very clear instructions about everything you need to know. Loved the ideas given by the owner about places where teens can enjoy a good meal and have some fun. Me and my son we enjoyed the barbeque in the orchard. There was a strong damp smell when we entered. Could use a pen to write in the guests book :)

    Reviewed by Daniela4.4May 2023

  • "A quirky unusual cottage, very clean, excellent shower, but we found a few difficulties with the television and Induction Hob, so managed by using oven."

    (which was no problem). It would be very useful to have full instructions on the induction hob, (not having used one), and also on how to reset the television when signal is lost. aapart from these 2 niggles our stay was very enjoyable. Barry & Rod.

    Reviewed by Barry3.4May 2023

  • "Myself and now fiancé had a fabulous time at this beautiful little cottage!"

    We didn’t want to leave after our long weekend away. Jon was so attentive to us when we required assistance - a delightful chap! We will without a doubt be coming back - especially when there is more sunshine! Thank you so much for the stay - highly recommended, especially for a romantic getaway!

    Reviewed by Kimmy4.4Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage superb setting with friendly neighbours south hams really lovely area details from owner to get to cottage spot on."

    Felt cottage could do with little bit more cleaning attention ie-went to use oven but decided against as not been cleaned glasses needed washing before use .also in winter months feel that we needed full tv stations. We felt poor ventilation caused condensation but on the whole enjoyed very close to family and would use again but only in warmer months

    Reviewed by Martin3.4Nov 2022

  • "Quirky cosy comfortable cottage in a very peaceful rural hamlet setting, with lots of narrow lanes to navigate to get too."

    Amazed by the ceiling friesche beautiful detail, cottage all on one level which was easier for our older dog. We made full use of the log burner on the coldest November nights. Only a few small negative points maybe a welcome pack would have been a nice touch, and we had to wash the cutlery draw as was dirty with long grey hairs in there. Was very central to all South Devon has to offer Totnes, Dartmouth and salcombe and some lovely beaches. Recommend the Old Inn halwell lovely evening meal and The Sportsman's Arms Blackawton for a fabulous Sunday carvery. Just two suggestions maybe an iron and ironing board would be handy, and for privacy a side curtain or net for the small side window by sofa. Enjoyed our time thoroughly thank you.

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Nov 2022

  • "Well equipped and well positioned-the enclosed garden a godsend with dogs and the orchard an absolute bonus."

    The property has a lovely character has all you need and is positioned well to see so much in the south hams.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Oct 2022

  • "The owner's direct contact with us was potentially helpful, but in fact the keys were not where they were said to be by him but were in the key safe as expected."

    The name sign for the property is barely legible and should be renewed as a matter of urgency. The owners directions to the property were misleading, although we recognize that navigating Devon lanes is a nightmare. For the information of future visitors to the property can we respectfully suggest the following: the easiest route to Toad Hall in the final stages is to proceed from Totnes via Harbertonford until the BP filling station is reached on the junction with the Dartmouth road on the left. Proceed past the turn to Dartmouth for a few hundred metres and look out for the LEFT turn to SLAPTON. Take this LEFT turn and proceed until there is a RIGHT turn marked with a white finger post. Take the LEFT turn immediately beyond this RIGHT turn. This lane goes directly to the final destination. Toad Hall is on the left behind the first group of houses that will appear. Turn in left at the sign "Middle Hutcherleigh" between the buildings and make an immediate - and very tight - right turn that will take you past Toad Hall, which is a single storey building on the left, hopefully with a renewed name sign. Further ahead down the slope and round a left curve in the track is the parking area. We think that a teapot should be provided. The food bin was in a disgusting state and wasn't where it was supposed to be.

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Oct 2022

  • "A lovely stay at Toad Hall cottage, ideal for day trips, so central, when you've got used to the lanes, and then return to a very qwerky Cottage."

    Orchard just right for our little old dog. Loved to lay in front of wood burner. Hope to stay again have family in Plymouth.

    Reviewed by Keith4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a delightful position in a pretty hamlet."

    Had a comfortable stay and everything I needed was provided. Comfortable bed. Only thing lacking was a freeze box within the fridge which would have been useful but that's only a small thing.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property in a tranquil and peaceful spot."

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay, clean room, enough outside space for our 2 small dogs."

    Everything needed was provided. Lanes a little hairy but soon get used to them. Very quite location but a short drive to many places. Would definitely stay here again.

    Nice to hear. Very welcome any time. Jon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2022

  • "Toad Hall Cottage is quaint, cute and just what a couple with a couple of little dogs were looking for."


    Reviewed by Susie5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very peaceful and relaxing stay in a compact and cosy cottage."

    Reviewed by Matthew4.1Jul 2022

  • "We found the property to be as advertised; pleasant communal gardens and very quiet."

    However, there was a problem with the electrics during our stay; the lighting fuse kept blowing. The owner was contacted and he arranged for an electrician to call. The other comment would be that if I had intended cooking for the whole week there were insufficient dishes to cook in/with. A Pyrex bowl was the only microwaveable item, could do with oven to table cookware.

    More Pyrex now in situ. Thanks for flagging the need for more oven to tableware. Really sorry about the lighting glitch. The cause was promptly identified and dealt with. We've immediately replaced and upgraded all of the lights. Additional exterior PIR sensor lighting to be installed within the next week. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol3.8Jun 2022

  • "I had a wonderful break."

    If you're looking for peace and quiet this is the place. Few miles drive and you're by the beach or town. There are plenty of walks near by, so if you don't want the hassle you don't need to go out. Having said that it's in the middle of the country side so go prepared for no close facilities.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely clean peaceful place to stay really enjoyed it ."

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Apr 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, the cottage is beautiful!"

    !! Stunning.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2021

  • "Cottage was very cold and damp we arrived on the 6/12/21 at 15."

    15 and left that night as we could not stay as it was damp tried to air it out with log burner but no good,I did contact you to let you know but I have had no reply,paid for cottage that we did not use,very unsatisfied.

    Always unfortunate when visitors have an unsatisfactory stay. I'm sorry it felt damp. Two weeks previously, another visitor provided 100% feedback, so this stuff can be subjective, literally depending on the weather ! The following week we installed Underfloor Heating in the bathroom / luggage room area which was a long planned upgrade. As with many Devon cottages, built before Damp Proof Courses were introduced, the honest truth is that they do get damp in the winter months to some extent. This is the trade off for not staying at a Travelodge / Premier Inn. You get character by the bucket load and a log burner, but , yes, in the winter, its a bit damp sometimes. We have humidity sensitive ventilators that circulate the air, venting and drying the space, running at 10 decibels. They are barely audible and highly effective. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry2.8Dec 2021

  • "A lovely quirky little cottage in a very peaceful setting, which we found cosy and comfortable."

    Also great for our dog to run around the orchard. Well located to visit Dartmouth as well as various local beaches and hostelries once we got used to the narrow country lanes. The owner provided comprehensive directions etc. before our visit, and was very helpful during our stay. We found the neighbours very friendly and helpful as well We certainly want to stay there again next time we holiday in South Devon.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Nov 2021

  • "Lovely size property for myself and my two small dogs."

    Lovely little hamlet, and pretty countryside, however not great for dog walking due to typical no footpath Devon roads. Did find 2 public footpaths which were fine in dry weather, probably not in wet. The cottage itself is comfortable, especially the bed. The up and coming underfloor heating in the bathroom will be much appreciated. Good value for money, everything you need. A lovely stay thank you.

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Nov 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, very clean and tidy."

    Quirky ceiling painting together with a four post bed made for a romantic break to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary. The cottage is located conveniently for a number of seaside resorts as well as Dartmouth. The peace and quiet as your in the middle of the country is second to none.

    Reviewed by Geraint5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous week at the cottage."

    Only 1 minor point regarding log fire. We had to move the furniture, wooden tv stand/cabinet which was to the right of the burner as it got very hot. It was impossible to touch the side of tv cabinet as too hot to the touch...and could possibly damage the tv in the long term. Otherwise the location was fabulous and we were blessed with excellent weather. After a day out it was a really peaceful and romantic cottage to relax in. Thank you Mr Kemp.

    Reviewed by Brigitte4.7Sep 2021

  • "It proved to be a good base for visits in the area, with a lot of attractions within easy reach."

    The directions to he cottage are very good, you soon learn to adapt to the narrow lanes. The garage being a location point was good also coming from the other direction on the main road the communication masts and agricultural supplier just before the cross roads. The food in all of the pubs/restaurants we tried was excellent and reasonably priced and good portions with a lot of choice. I would recommend the Old Inn at Halwell, close to the cottage, we needed to book at most. Salcombe has parking issues, the small park and ride was not working during our attempted visit. It may be better to use the local bus service for a visit.

    Reviewed by Mavis4.4Sep 2021

  • "The TV didn’t work."

    The local pub The George Inn at Blackawton highly recommend. A very nice area

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2021

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Open-plan studio-style living space with double bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed and woodburning stove
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, WC and full underfloor heating
  • Directly opposite the cottage is a generous orchard area for guests to enjoy
  • Underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, double glazed windows, selection of books and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars available, approximately 40 metres away
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (no other animals permitted)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles; pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: Sofa bed available for children and flexible sleeping arrangements
  • Note: This is a non-smoking property, you are not permitted to smoke inside this property.

The property

Blackawton 1.8 miles.

Tucked away in the breath-taking landscapes of Devon in the peaceful and rural hamlet of Hutcherleigh, is this picture-perfect property, Toad Hall Cottage.

The cottage is blessed with a picturesque orchard.

A traditional stone cottage with exposed beams and magnificent hand-painted ceilings, this romantic abode provides the perfect getaway for couples seeking an escape to the gorgeous English countryside.

Admire the character and charm of this warm and homely abode as you step inside the open-plan living space, where you can enjoy many relaxing evenings snuggled up in front of the woodburning stove with a captivating book, or indulging in a bottle of fine wine and a delicious dinner for two that has been lovingly prepared in the quaint yet well-equipped kitchen.

Wander across to the striking four-poster bed and discover the intricate details that lie within the rural scenes that decorate the ceiling.

Just a few steps away, a bright and airy shower room provides a wonderful space to prepare for an action-packed day exploring the very best that Devon has to offer.

Hop in the car and head for the historical market town of Totnes, home to impressive ruins of Totnes Castle, The Time House Art Museum, and Leechwell Gardens, as well as the monument of Brutus Stone and Vire Island.

Over in Paignton, you can enjoy a fun-filled day at the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park or wander the colourful Victorian Pier with a delicious portion of Fish and Chips, before heading out onto the soft sandy shores of Paignton Beach.

Spend your days hiking through the luscious moorlands of Dartmoor National Park and discover breath-taking landmarks and attractions such as Bellever Tor, the Dartmoor Prison Museum and the Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement.

Head south to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and explore the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve, or continue along the rugged South West Coast Path towards Start Point Light House and Lannacombe Beach, taking in the spectacular sea views along the way.

Make the most of precious time with your significant other on a memorable stay at Toad Hall Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Dartmouth 5.7 miles; Kingsbridge 7.5; Totnes 8.1 miles

Blackawton and the surrounding hamlets and villages are well placed for a tranquil South Devon break. In easy reach of Dartmouth and the beaches of Start Bay, the location offers a delightful balance between seclusion and convenience, with a wealth of picturesque walks, welcoming local pubs and more on your doorstep. In the centre of the village on Main Street, the 14th century Parish Church of St Michael completes the setting whole-heartedly. The George Inn is a family-run pub in the heart of the village. Situated across from the church, this dog-friendly inn backs onto some beautiful South Hams countryside, and there are outside tables where you can relax and take in the scenery. Nearby, Halwell is a small village in wooded farmland equidistant from the busy little town of Kingsbridge and popular Totnes - A charming Devon town with a bustling main street and a regular market, the area boasts regular outdoor markets on Fridays and Saturdays. During the main season, between May and September, there is an Elizabethan market each Tuesday morning.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas