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Gardeners Cottage

(Ref. 975997)

Talaton, near Ottery St Mary, Devon Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely place to stay - every comfort was provided and every need anticipated."

    The welcome was warm and then we had plenty of freedom to enjoy the place and its setting. The buildings are beautiful and the recommended places to visit showed us a new side of an area we know quite well.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic property."

    Owners were great very friendly and accessible. Really nice grounds to walk the dogs in.

    Reviewed by Christian5.0Aug 2023

  • "Gardeners cottage is a delightful ‘home from home’ and well equipped."

    We visited with my parents who stayed in Grooms Cottage next door. The location is excellent for a relaxing break. We all had a wonderful week and thanks go to Diana who went out of her way to make our holiday special.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2023

  • "Excellent property very well maintained in a lovely village surrounded by beautiful scenery."

    Very friendly hosts who also provided lots of extras making us very welcome.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent stay in this lovely cottage."

    The cottage was very well appointed and felt like a real home from home. Thanks to the owners, Paul and Diana who had thought of everything. We would love to stay again.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0May 2023

  • "This is a fabulous cottage that has absolutely everything you could need and more!"

    Diana really has thought of everything and the little touches make it even more special when you arrive. The location is great for exploring Devon and we can't wait to go back again in the summer!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Feb 2023

  • "An absolutely lovely cottage with everything you could possibly wish for, comfortable, clean, well equipped and dog friendly."

    The cottage is in a row of cottages near to the main house with full access to all the grounds so plenty of places to walk the dogs. The owners are really nice and considerate, providing a little welcome pack for us and the dogs. Everything was perfect and we will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property and position was as advertised."

    The property is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, and is set in a very peaceful setting. Everything you need is thee. The village has an active pub (open part of the week) and shop, and it’s a good base away from busy centres, for walks or getting into Exeter and the surrounding coast and countryside. The hosts were attentive and are close by so any questions were answered very quickly.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely stay."

    A very well thought out accommodation that catered to all our needs. We felt very welcome and at home throughout, would definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Isobel5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely, clean, comfortable and well-equipped cottage in beautiful grounds."

    My dog and I spent a very happy week here. Conveniently located in a pretty village for local strolls or for some nice coastal and country-side walks further afield. Wonderful holiday and superb cottage - perfect!!

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2022

  • "We have loved our stay at the Gardeners Cottage."

    The cottage and grounds are first class, spotlessly clean, comfortable and you are well catered for, the owners have thought of everything. It is an ideal base to explore East Devon, there are some lovely local walks and a pub nearby. We would highly recommend Gardeners Cottage you will not be disappointed and the owners are extremely kind and helpful. We would definitely go back to the Gardeners Cottage.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Sep 2022

  • "A warm welcome to an excellent cottage."

    Reviewed by Gerald5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous stay."

    Very many thanks Beautifully appointed cottage Lovely surroundings Very welcoming host

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay!"

    Cannot fault this accommodation, it was perfect!

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Jul 2022

  • "We would definitely book this accommodation again."

    The property was clean and just right for us with all the equipment and storage space we needed. Local walks in the woodland and fields on the estate, and around the village were perfect for our elderly dogs. There were plenty of options for day trips within a half hour drive, including coast walks, beach, market towns and villages and the city of Exeter.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage is beautifully designed and decorated with everything you could possibly need."

    We and the dog had a very happy week wandering around the Talaton park and countryside.The perfect place to regain sanity…as long as you keep away from the narrow Devon lanes!

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and fantastic setting."

    We loved our stay and Diana was such a friendly and welcoming host, she even went above ad beyond with easter gifts on our arrival which was a really nice touch and not expected. I will be recommending this cottage to friends and family members. Thank you once again for also supporting my Mum and Dad who stayed on with you. #5 star *****

    Reviewed by Karl5.0Apr 2022

  • "The property is in a lovely setting and the accommodation is excellent."

    we look forward to staying again at some point in the future.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey5.0Apr 2022

  • "The owner is very welcoming and helpful."

    The location is superb. The cottage is very comfortable. When we next visit this area this would be our first choice to stay.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at Gardener's Cottage."

    We couldn't fault it - the cottage is just perfect and so well equipped with everything you could possibly think of for efficient self-catering. The grounds of Talaton House are beautifully maintained. The fields and large grass areas are ideal for exercising dogs, walking, and for children to run and play in a safe environment. Diana is an exceptional host. Wonderfully pleasant and accommodating yet discreet and unimposing. She is always available and happy to help with anything and everything, or not to be seen at all! We loved the serene location and proximity to walks, beaches, excellent pubs, farm shops, and supermarkets. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Corina5.0Jan 2022

  • "Excellent property, very well equipped."

    Dog friendly, large area to exercise our dogs also treats for the dogs on our arrival.

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Gardener's Cottage was perfect for our family holiday to Devon."

    The cottage itself was spotless, well equiped, and very comfortable. The grounds are spacious and provided endless opportunities for exploration and entertainment for our two young children. The owner was responded to questions quickly and was welcoming throughout the stay. We could have easily stayed another week without worry.

    Reviewed by Shane5.0Jul 2021

  • "Really lovely accommodation in beautiful grounds."

    Forgotten how narrow the Devon roads are!!

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a peaceful setting."

    Spotlessly clean and the bottle of fizz and treats for our dog made the long journey worth it! Owners Diana and Paul couldn’t have made us more welcome and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations."

    ... beautiful contemporary renovation .... in a gorgeous location ... champagne to welcome us ...was a first but one we appreciated ... five star accommodation

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2020

  • "Lovely place to stay, a real home from home, all the home comforts you could wish for in beautiful surroundings."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jan 2020

  • "Absolutely amazing property."

    Owners were lovely. Would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a luxury holiday. The finishing touches were of an extremely high standard and there wasn’t anything extra to be needed. All cooking implements were there and a bbq available with their implements as well. Just so pleased with the whole booking and experience. We will be visiting again!

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fabulous week in wonderful setting cottage was everything we wanted and more."

    Ideally situated to explore the coast and countryside

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a brilliant holiday and the accommodation was immaculately clean, spacious, well-equipped, and in beautiful surroundings."

    What more could you ask for!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2019

  • "Gardeners cottage was a beautiful holiday home set in an idyllic location."

    Near enough to get to many of the attractions we wanted to visit yet felt wonderfully remote from all the hustle and bustle we wanted to escape from for a few days. The cottage itself was furnished in a high end contemporary designand was immaculately clean. The fact that the cottages are dog friendly was what interested me to start with and it offered plenty of space for our energetic dog both inside and outside. I would highly recommend the cottages.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our holiday."

    The grounds were beautiful

    Reviewed by Ronald4.7Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was one of the best we have ever stayed in!"

    Great attention to detail - everything you could want in a holiday cottage. The owners were so helpful, giving us great local advice on where to go and where to eat locally. We can't fault our stay at Gardener's Cottage.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0May 2019

  • "Fantastic property in a stunning location , hosts were lovely and welcoming."

    Ideal location for exploring some of Devon`s stunning locations- will certainly be back for a repeat visit.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2019

  • "The accommodation was perfect for our family."

    Talaton is a fantastic base to get to many places in Devon. Diana, Paul and Rosey were excellent hosts and couldn't have been more welcoming!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Apr 2019

  • "Anyone wanting a peaceful stay in the countryside book this beautiful place."

    The care and attention the owners have gone to are second to none! The property is beautifully designed and we had everything we needed. My dog was also remembered with a bag of treats and a bowl. Thank you Diana for a fabulous welcome (bottle of Prosecco) and pub/restaurant recommendations. I hope to revisit in the future.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Aug 2018

  • "Gardener's Cottage is beautifully appointed, very well equipped and spotlessly clean."

    Diana the owner was incredibly helpful and did everything she could to ensure that we felt welcome and had a pleasant stay. I cannot recommend Gardener's cottage highly enough, it is set in the most beautiful grounds of Talaton house with lovely walks just on the doorstep, a very friendly village shop and the lovely beaches such as Branscombe only a short drive away. We look forward to returning again in the future. Thank you Diana for making our first visit to East Devon so special.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with parkland views, 1 x twin (2'6" beds, linkable to 5' double, accessible from one side only)
  • Open-plan living area with sitting area, kitchen and dining area with glazed doors to terrace
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.
  • Electric panel heaters
  • Microwave, fridge, washer-dryer, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for two cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property.

The property

Gardener’s Cottage in the grounds of striking Talaton House is elegant and stylish.

Entering at the at rear of the cottage, you arrive in a chic open-plan living space, with ceiling-high glazed doors to the pretty terrace looking over parkland beyond.

On the first floor are two bedrooms – a king-size double with great, open views and a small twin with 2'6" beds, linkable to a 5' double on request, access on one side only.

They share a family bathroom.

Outside you are of course welcome to use the extensive lawns and grounds, and you have your own little private seating area and attractive gravelled terrace adorned with potted plants and pleached trees.

Talaton House Cottages

In the heart of Talaton is striking Grade II listed Talaton House, a former rectory, renovated from its 18th century origins and surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland and specimen trees. Beside the house, the original stables, Groom's Cottage (975996) and Hayloft (975999) have been finely converted with flair into four excellent cottages, all exceptionally well done with smart design, stylish furnishings, oak/tiled floors and sleek kitchens. A sweeping drive (shared with the friendly owners & main house) leads to the cottages. They all look over scenic parkland alongside the main house and you are welcome to wander the vast lower lawns (picnic benches, barbecue area, dogs on leads welcome) and peaceful circular woodland walk. Groom's Cottage (975996), Gardener's Cottage (975997) and Barley House (975998) each have a gravelled terrace (table/seating) at the front, made private with attractive planting and pleached trees. Loading/unloading outside the cottages; shared parking area, just beyond (10 to 30 yards). An outstanding location; much thought has gone into making these superb places individual, stylish and comfortable.

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

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About the location


Ottery St Mary sits beside the River Otter and is well known for its literary connections to the poet Coleridge and for its beautiful church often referred to as a Exeter cathedral lookalike. Ottery St Mary is also famous for its traditional 'Tar Barrels' which attracts more than 3000 visitors on 5th November each year.