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Clover Cottage

(Ref. 1049366)

Hooe Lake, Devon Show on map


  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely stay at Clover Cottage, great views and a special bonus of 2 gardens that were enclosed for our little dog."

    I agree the stairs are steep but we managed (both in our 60’s). The settee and chair could have been more comfortable, but the bed was a delight. Great kitchen with everything you could need. Easy parking and a pub around the corner. We travelled to Wembury Beach, Bigbury-on-sea, Looe, and Bovisand Beach with its great little cafe on the cliff top. Walking around the area is mostly on the south west coast path and as such is not level (for less able people). Overall, we’d love to come back again!

    Thank you for the great feedback, we would love to welcome you back again, hopefully soon! Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.1Nov 2023

  • "A lovely cottage which was impressive in its cleanliness, facilities and location."

    We particularly liked the quality of the white goods, availability of hot water, heating and the personal touches such as fresh flowers on our arrival. The late afternoon tea and cake in the garden looking out over the lake was a gem. Thank you

    Thank you for your great review and lovely to hear you were able to sit out in the garden and take advantage of the views over the lake even in October. Hopefully you will get the opportunity to return soon. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous stay, cottage is very welcoming, cosy and facilities of a high standard."

    Loved watching the tide changes and enjoyed the gardens. The bedroom floor slopes quite a bit - so need to take care when stepping out of bed on the door side :). Wood and kindling were supplied for wood burner, which we loved and added to the cosiness. The kitchen is very well stocked with plates, crockery etc which does not leave any room for storage. As this cottage is rented for 2 people, the amount of kitchen stuff could be reduced to give some storage space. This is just a tip, we had a great time here and hope to return some day!

    Fabulous stay, that’s so good to hear! Hopefully you will be able to return again soon. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Clover Cottage."

    The location is perfect for everything and we hardly needed to use the car. We were lucky to have a beautiful week weather wise. Everything you could possibly need has been provided by the thoughtful owner. The neighbours were very welcoming and helpful with recommendations on place eat and visit as well. We would love to go back sometime!

    Thank you for your lovely review, hopefully you will get the opportunity to come back soon! Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Sep 2023

  • "Thanks for a lovely break in your beautiful cottage, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay"

    You are more than welcome, really glad you enjoyed your stay. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2023

  • "Thank you for a great stay."

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jun 2023

  • "Clover Cottage was very well situated and the outlook was magnificent."

    We loved watching the changing reflections in the water at the end of the lovely garden and the comings and goings of the various water birds. Parking arrangements were excellent. The cottage was extremely well-equipped with every facility one could hope for. It should be noted that the spiral stairs are quite steep and there is no upstairs bathroom so toilet visits in the night need to be done with care.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay :) Well positioned in a quiet area for exploring the local area."

    Well equipped and well maintained property. However, limited kitchen storage for any groceries you may take. It would have been useful to have a list of local supermarkets e.g. there is a local shopping centre called Broadway which we happened upon. Easy to access the ferry to cross to the Hoe, Barbican and Plymouth city. This is the first cottage we have stayed in (and we have stayed in a lot) where they do not offer recycling and was advised to dispose of this ourselves. Also advised that we may be charged for more than one bag of rubbish!

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2023

  • "Lovely old cottage in a great location for exploring Plymouth Sound on foot."

    We hardly used the car except for when the rain defeated us. Well equipped, cosy and warm. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the front garden and looking out over the lake at the birds, boats and paddle boarders. Both the back and front gardens are lovely, having been improved since the photos.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7May 2023

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Clover Cottage."

    Great location with plenty of pubs and good restaurants within walking distance. Everything about this quaint cottage was extremely well equipped and presented, very comfortable and immaculately clean! As young at heart couple, unfortunately our older creaky bones found the small spiral staircase a tad challenging in the mornings. We also chose not to use the back garden for this reason too, opting to spend our time in the front garden instead, which had the most amazing views anyway! All in all, a very enjoyable stay and we would definitely recommend!

    We are really pleased you had an enjoyable stay in our holiday cottage despite finding the stairs a bit of a challenge in the mornings. It is a very old Grade II listed cottage with steep winding stairs and we do have a warning on the cottage details that they aren't suitable for anyone with mobility issues, apologies if you missed that, we will speak to Sykes to see if we can make the warning any more prominent. Now that the renovation works to our neighbouring cottage have been completed, all our guests are loving the front garden and the amazing views, not to mention the newly installed pontoon with direct access onto the lake (when the tide is in) Thank you. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hm5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Clover Cottage!"

    The cottage was warm and cosy and a prefect retreat for a week away. The location was great, with with brilliant views from the front garden & direct access onto the SW coastal path. There were some great pubs and cafes in the local area, perfect for a stop off after a days walking, and we enjoyed visiting Plymouth via the ferry. I’m sure we’ll be back soon!

    Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed review, we also enjoy our trips on the ferry over to visit Plymouth, feels like you have been abroad for the day! We would love to have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2023

  • "Just got back from Clover Cottage, a beautiful little cottage in a lovely area."

    It had everything you needed for a comfy stay. Ideal location to visit both Devon and Cornwall.

    So pleased you had a comfy stay and took advantage of the cottages location directly on Hooe Lake, in Devon, with all that has to offer as well as within minutes of the Cornish coastline too. It is an ideal base to tour the area or just to stay local and enjoy the views and walks around the lake. We would love to welcome you back again soon. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Feb 2023

  • "A charming cottage with lovely surroundings."

    Excellent facilities and very clean on arrival. Would love to visit again in the summer!

    Thank you for your 100% review, we would love to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the Summer, especially as our pontoon will be ready for guest to enjoy by then. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Such a stunning cottage and Sykes were amazing too."

    We booked last minute (on the day!) as the Air B&B we were staying in was sadly really bad. We felt so lucky to have found Clover Cottage and Sykes did all they could to get us in last minute. It was spotless, gorgeous, communication was great and the cottage had everything you could possibly need. Thank you!

    We are so pleased that we were able to accommodate you at such short notice but sorry to hear about your Air B&B experience that led you to stay with us. We love it when our guests think our cottage is gorgeous, so do we but we are possibly biased Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lottie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Thank you for letting us share your delightful cottage."

    We had a brilliant time, lots of fantastic walks and eateries nearby plus a host more just a ferry ride away. Would love to return in warmer weather to enjoy the garden and the new pontoon!

    Thank you for your lovely review, we are really pleased you loved Clover cottage and hope to return again in the Summer when the pontoon will be fully functioning and available for use to access the lake with your own paddle boards or kayaks. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Dec 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Clover cottage very much."

    it was so clean and absolutely everything needed for our stay. Can wait to visit again. Many Thanks Elaine

    We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a really lovely week in Clover Cottage."

    We were very comfortable, it was very well equipped and perfect for the two of us and our dog. We loved the front garden and watching the tide go in and out. We were lucky enough to have great weather for walking and exploring. We appreciated the bottle of champagne and biscuits. Thank you.

    So pleased you loved our cottage and enjoyed your stay, including all the walking and exploring. The tidal lakeside garden certainly provides an ever changing view which we love and never get bored of. Hopefully we can welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Oct 2022

  • "A great break in a lovely location."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 2022

  • "A very clean and well equipped cottage, cutlery and crockery good in quality and quantity."

    Fixtures and fittings done to a high standard,modern yet in keeping with a 300yr old cottage. Garden is a wonderful place to sit and watch the changing tide. House next door is being renovated but this seems to be on a low key basis, only ever saw the same 2 older guys in and out,both very pleasant - didn't find this intrusive in any way. Perfect place to stay if you want to be near to Plymouth yet tucked away in a little piece of heaven. Sykes a pleasure to deal with.

    Hi Claire We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in our 'little piece of heaven' we only wish we could spend more time there ourselves this year, but guess that leaves more weeks for everyone else to enjoy until we retire! The new pontoon will soon be available for all our guests to use, ideal if you can bring a paddle board or kayak next time you come to stay. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and we look forward to welcoming you back soon hopefully. Michaela Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jan 2022

  • "Unfortunately we were not told about any building works near the cottage when we booked so when we arrived we were shocked to see a major build with scaffolding to the left of the house."

    The garden to other side of the cottage was also being used for the builder's portaloo and portakabin which which when in use the door overlooked our garden. The workmen started at 7.30am and started the cement mixer and were constantly wheelbarrowing buiding materials pass the cottage. We did call Sykes as we wanted to leave that morning but were told if we did we would not qualify for a refund so after spending most of Monday speaking to Sykes they confirmed the owner would either reduce the weekly charge by 20% (not an option) or refund the nights we did not stay, we ageed to the latter so we could just get out of this situation. We did finally manage to get a refund for the 3 nights we did not stay (although it was due to Sykes we had to stay and pay for an extra night!) but the owner refused to consider this. In retrospect we should have asked for a full refund! The photos on the website are not a true reflection of the area at the moment so these photos and information need to be updated. If we had been told of the excessive build we would not have chosen this cottage. The cleanliness was also an issue, chip in oven, bbq dirty, t-shirt found behind microwave (?) and worse was the filthy smelly rugs in the sitting room. The back garden was also overgrown as noted in a preious review July 2021. Sykes do not check the cottages as far I understand they rely on the owner and paying guests to update them which totally unacceptable. You will most certainly be aware of the problems as noted above as it took nearly all week to speak with your company to get any conclusion when it should have been a week or relaxation.

    We are so sorry that our next door neighbours had the portacabin delivered into another garden on the Friday of your arrival, we weren’t aware of this. It has now been screened off and all future guests are being made aware of the renovation works. Regarding the renovations next door, this has been ongoing all year, mostly internal and in the main hasn’t impacted a stay at the cottage, which you can see from all the other reviews on Sykes website and that is certainly our intentions for any future bookings. Unfortunately, your negotiations, which we felt were handled really well by Sykes, were very protracted, with you first agreeing a discount for the whole stay to then wanting more money and then even more, threatening further action if you didn’t receive a refund. I have always found Sykes customer service impeccable especially given the number of guests / owners they have to co-ordinate with on a daily basis. Property Owner

    Reviewed by M2.5Sep 2021

  • "Clover Cottage was lovely - very well renovated."

    It might not work for 6ft plus people as it truly has low ceilings but I guess that’s part of its charm. A good local pub and also dog walks and places to eat further afield.

    So pleased you had a lovely stay at Clover. My husband is 6ft 2" and finds the ceilings remarkably high given the age of the property, he only has to mind his head when he goes through some of the doors, which at that height he is very used to anyhow. Other than that we love the features, cosiness and charm that Clover Cottage, being Grade II listed, has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Uli5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very well equipped and superbly cleaned cottage in a fascinating position with the garden overlooking a tidal inlet with various boats and birds (including little egret) in view."

    Very close to walks around local woods and watercourses, and short drive to beautiful coastline.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.4Jul 2021

  • "After a long journey the welcome touch of champagne and note was much appreciated."

    The cottage is extremely well equipped with good quality equipment, everything you need for a relaxing break. We took our own sunloungers down and this made sitting in the garden, overlooking the lake watching the paddle boarders etc.pleasant and comfortable. When the pontoon is completed it will be another asset to the property. A superb holiday!

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage wonderfully decorated."

    The front yard was excellent to enjoy breakfast in and the bed was one of the most comfortable we’ve ever experienced. The cottage interior was very clean and well laid out. The welcome card, cookies and bubbles are such a lovely touch. Only slight negative about the property is the back lawn was a overgrown and bin at back still had rubbish from previous guests stay. The view from the cottage is quite cute, but the general town isn’t one we would return to. Effectively, if you could take the cottage and move it to a nicer area, it would be amazing.

    Reviewed by Katie4.7May 2021

  • "Accommodation smaller than we thought, but in a beautiful situation."

    My wife found the other bedroom being locked a bit spooky!

    Reviewed by Carl4.4May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, newly refurbished to a high standard."

    Location is great, beautiful setting. A few minor suggestions. The sitting room could do with some comfy chairs to flop into by the fire. The bathroom would benefit from a proper shower. The mixer is hard to use and the water temperature is very high. Booking Friday to Friday is unusual. The rubbish arrangements were unsatisfactory. We felt we needed a bin outside. We had to leave our rubbish in the kitchen bin for the whole week which was not hygienic and smelly. There were instructions to take recycling to the nearest recycling point but it would have been useful to know where this was. We would certainly recommend the cottage. One of the best we have used over the years.

    'Really pleased you had a lovely time and that Clover was one of the best holiday homes you have stayed in. The lounge is very cosy but the sofa is on the hard side, we have had a new handmade sofa on order for a few months now (Covid delays) but it is finally due to arrive the week before Christmas. Regarding the shower, we haven’t had any problems ourselves so will need to get this checked out, although you do need to set the temperature before changing it over to the shower head, but it is powerful and there is a plentiful on demand supply of hot water for either a bath or shower. We understand the rubbish arrangements weren’t ideal so have ordered an additional overflow bin which we will locate in the back garden. Thank you for the feedback, we hope to tempt you back again soon, you would then be able to also enjoy the improvements we have made to the waterside garden too!' Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2020

  • "Thank you for our stay."

    Reviewed by Timothy4.1Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Everything seemed new and hardly used, and had everything you could possibly want. Very clean. Good location on the waterfront and having the enclosed garden as somewhere to sit in the sunshine overlooking the lake was a real bonus. A few nice pubs in walking distance, and in easy reach of Plymouth, South Hams, Dartmoor.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2020

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  • One king-size bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, coffee machine, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Front enclosed garden with lawn and seating overlooking the lake
  • Rear enclosed garden with lawn
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: The cottage has steep, winding stairs and are not suitable for anyone with mobility issues
  • Note: The rear garden is accessed via the stairs
  • Please note: This property does not allow children.

The property

Clover Cottage is a quintessentially English Country Cottage that is situated right on the waterfront of Hooe Lake.

Built of stone around 1690 and Grade II listed, it is full of character and charm, with its lake views and waterside garden, it’s the ultimate escape for a couple seeking to explore the stunning coast of Devon.

This beautiful abode is sure to be one you’ll want to return to.

Hooe Lake covers 14 hectares and is privately owned and managed, it is accessible to the public and an ideal location for paddle boarding and kayaking.

The site is tidal, containing mudflats and open water habitats and is designated as a County Wildlife Site.

Upon entering the cottage, you will find an open-plan living area, with its snug sitting room with inglenook fireplace and wood burner at one end and the kitchen/diner at the other end, making it a great space to relax and unwind while your other half prepares a romantic meal.

A good range of appliances are at hand both in here and the convenient utility, perfect for when you're not out exploring the local delicacies.

The window seat in the sitting room makes a lovely spot to enjoy a good book or to just relax and watch the ever-changing views across the lake.

The light and airy bathroom is also located on the ground floor.

As the evening drawers to a close, the stairs to your bedroom wind up from the sitting room, with its king size bed, crisp cotton bedding, whitewashed stone wall, ornamental wood burner and cottage window where in the morning you can check out the weather across the lake and makes plans for your day ahead.

Halfway up the stairs to the first floor you will find the door to the secluded back garden, a perfect sheltered location where you can soak up the sun in privacy.

Across the driveway you will find the gate to the front enclosed lakeside garden, a perfect location for morning coffee, pre-dinner drinks or a spot of dinner cooked on the Gas BBQ, whilst admiring the beautiful boats on the lake.

Just a 30-minute stroll along the South Coast Pathway, past the Marinas and a couple of well-known pubs and restaurants, is the Mount Batten ferry which takes you straight over to The Barbican in the port City of Plymouth.

It is famed for its exciting maritime heritage and historic Barbican district, here you can expect to find fun for all tastes, with some of its most popular attractions including the National Maritime Museum, the Plymouth Gin Distillery, Hoe Park and Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.

Or closer to the cottage, Hooe is home to both a minimarket for all of your amenities as well as a pub to enjoy a refreshing pint, while the property, due to it sitting on the South West Coastal Path, lets you explore Devon's stunning scenery by foot or bike, something your canine companion is sure to love.

The avid golfer can enjoy a driving range near to Elburton or a major golf club at Staddon Heights, while a wider range of attractions can be found in the port city of Plymouth.

Venture to the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for beautiful wonders and nature like you've never experienced, or choose to soak up the character and charm of Clover Cottage, the perfect holiday home at any time of year

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

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About the location


  • Middleton 3 miles
  • Barnard Castle 12 miles

The charming and peaceful hamlet of Holwick is situated at the end of a “no-through road” in the heart of beautiful unspoilt Teesdale. There is a pub which serves food and a farm/butcher’s shop and cafe (on the owners’ farm). The surrounding region is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty — a paradise for walkers and lovers of country life. The magnificent waterfall of High Force is within walking distance of the hamlet and the Pennine Way passes close by. There are nearby picturesque villages to explore: Middleton, Mickleton and Romaldkirk, and the ancient market town of Barnard Castle is well worth a visit. All of the Northern Dales are within easy reach and the Lake District is less than an hour’s drive away. Fishing, riding, golf and a variety of watersports are all available locally.

Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £100 for this property.

Please note: This property does not allow children.

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