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A unique thatched, cob cottage the site of which dates back to the early 17th century.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms and two en-suite shower rooms. Sleeps four. Parking for two cars.

A listed, thatched, cob cottage, the site of which dates back to the early 17th century and which was once the gate house to the historic Cockington Estate. The Estate is featured on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail as the celebrated crime writer regularly visited in her youth and dedicated her book "Why didn't they ask Evans" to the former owners.

The unique, timbered property is nestled in the corner of the 460 acre country park, which is a designated wildlife site and overlooks the Estate's cricket grounds and arboretum. Guests at the property have access to the park at all times and can wander through the apple orchard, feed the ornamental carp at the lakes of the ancient monastery, visit the Norman church, explore the manor house and its gardens or watch an afternoon cricket match during the summer months. The outbuildings of the manor house contain an acclaimed craft centre where all year round local tradespeople are engaged in glassblowing, ironmongery, painting and chocolate making with their unique wares on sale. To the east of Cockington lies the seafront, about half a mile's walk away across the countryside.

Cockington itself is an ancient fishing and farming village in a small valley and is estimated to be around 2500 years old. Visitors will find within a short walk of the property charming tea houses, small local shops and a large ale house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. These are all scattered among numerous old thatched houses and medieval remains, making Cockington one of the most beautiful and most photographed villages in England. A visit to Cockington is a step back in time.

This holiday cottage at a glance

Sleeps four guests.

Two bedrooms and two en-suite shower rooms.

Enclosed, lawned garden.

Parking for two vehicles. Please provide your registration number to our booking office.

Sorry, no pets.

Minimum of a two night stay.

Additional features

Set on the corner of a 460 acre country park overlooking the cricket grounds and arboretum.

The seafront is approximately a half a mile walk from the property across the countryside.

Gas fired "wood burning" effect stove. Electric oven with separate gas hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, dishwasher.

Washing machine and tumble dryer.

Television, digital radio.

Travel cot and high chair on request.

Garden furniture.

Sorry, barbecues are not permitted due to thatch.

Additional features

Lovers of Agatha Christie's work will enjoy the fascinating garden of potent plants at Torre Abbey and her estate at Greenway.

Torquay, Paignton and Brixham with their bustling ports, fishing boats, beaches, coastal walks and many restaurants are all very close by.

Enjoy the spectaular beauty of Dartmoor.

There are festivals to enjoy all year round, including the world famous Agatha Christie celebration in September.

Walk the may footpaths over the 460 acre estate, through the orchard, arboretum and lakes complex.

Visit the coast a 30 minute walk away.

Explore the galleries in the Cockington Manor House and the rose garden behind the house.

Watch a cricket match during the summer months and partake in the summer festivals at the Manor House, for more information, please click here.

Watch and listen to the church bells ringing, they practice every Thursday evening at St George and St Mary, the Norman church in Cockington. The church is also open daily for visitors.

Go to the Agatha Christie Literacy Trail in the local area, as well as Cockington Court, the trail takes you to the Majestic Hotel (aka The Imperial Hotel), Churchston Station and Elberry Core, plus other 16 sites. More information can be found here.

More Details

Property Manager
Rural Retreats Holidays Ltd
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Torquay in South Hams District

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Heating
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First floor: En-suite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite shower room
    First floor: En-suite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite shower room
  • Two en-suite shower rooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • First floor: Double bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Double bedroom with a 5' bed
    First floor: Double bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Double bedroom with 6' zip and link bed
  • Double bedroom with a 5' bed. Double bedroom with a 6' zip and link bed (can convert to two 3' singles upon request).
  • Television
  • Garden
Gas fired central heating. Gas "wood burning" effect fire. Electric oven with separate gas hob, microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Television, digital radio. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Enclosed lawned garden with garden furniture.


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Other Activities:

There are some wonderful cities, towns and villages throughout Devon including:

The beautiful, coastal town of Salcombe with five unique beaches.

The seaside town of Seaton.

The pretty, fishing village of Beer, once famous for smuggling and lies in a natural cove.

The bustling town of Sidmouth.

Places to visit in Devon include:

Jurassic Coast, a “Natural” World Heritage Site covering 95 miles of stunning coastline in East Devon and Dorset.

Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves, designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty boasting beautiful scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

Burgh Island, a stunning tidal island on the South Devon coast. The setting for several Agatha Christie novels.

Follow the Agatha Christie Literacy Trail within the English Riviera.

Bolt Head, dotted with the remains of field boundaries and animal enclosures, dating back to the Bronze Age.

Dartmoor National Park, look out for grey bush crickets and their great green cousins (the largest in the British Isles) or ponies grazing on the cliffs to name but a few of the local wildlife.

Beer Quarry Caves, be sure to wrap up warm – it can be quite chilly below ground even in summer time – and wear appropriate footwear – Beer, EX12 3AT. Tel: 01297 680282

The Donkey Sanctuary – Sidmouth, EX10 0NU. Tel: 01395 578222

Sharpham Vineyard – Totnes, TQ9 7UT. Tel: 01803 732178

Lovely beaches line the Devon coastline including:

Wotcombe beach, Torquay.

Goodrington Sands beach, Paignton.

Charmouth beach, great for fossil hunting.

South Sands beach, Salcombe.

Beer beach, Seaton.

The blue Flag Award-winning beach, Blackpool Sands.

Teignmouth Town beach, Teignmouth

Slapton Sands, Slapton.

There are a wealth of activities in Devon including:

The South West Coast Path runs along the entire Jurassic Coastline with often spectacular views.

Salcombe Boat Hire and Fishmongers – Salcombe, TQ8 8BX. Tel: 01548 844475

Kayaks and paddle boards can be hired with Jurassic Paddle Sports – Sidmouth. Tel: 07580161367

Take a ride on a steam train or paddle steamer with Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company – Dartmouth. Tel: 01803 555 872

Enjoy a canal ride on a horse drawn barge – Tiverton, EX16 4HX. Tel: 01884 253345

An array of golf courses including the championship 18 hole course at Dartmouth Hotel Golf and Country Club – Totnes, TQ9 7DE. Tel: 01803 712686

Beer Heights Light Railway – Beer, EX12 3NA. Tel: 01297 21542

A miniature steam railway, an adventure playground, crazy golf, an aviary, woodland walk with fitness trail and live children’s entertainment throughout the summer and has a good indoor play area.

Woodlands Leisure Park – Totnes, TQ9 7DQ. Tel: 01803 712598

There are an abundance of historic homes and gardens to visit in Devon including:

Greenway House and Gardens, former home of Agatha Christie – nr Brixham, TQ5 0ES. Tel: 01803 842382

Dartington Hall and Gardens – Totnes, TQ9 6EL. Tel: 01803 847000

Cockington Manor House – Torquay, TQ2 6XA. Tel: 01803 607230

Powderham Castle – Exeter, EX6 8JQ. Tel: 01626 890243

Ugbrooke Park – Chudleigh, TQ13 0AD. Tel: 01626 852179

Castle Drogo – Exeter, EX6 6PB. Tel: 01647 433306

Buckland Abbey – Yelverton, PL20 6EY. Tel: 01822 853607

Some favourite restaurants to try in Devon include:

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Canteen and Deli – Axminster, EX13 5AN. Tel: 01297 631715.

The Treby Arms – Plympton, PL7 5DD. Tel: 01752 837363

The Elephant Restaurant & Brasserie – Torquay, TQ1 2BH. Tel: 01803 200 044

Events within Devon include:

May: Dart Music Festival

June: Dragon Boat Race

August: Sidmouth Folk Week, Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta

September: Abbfest at Newton Abbott, Sidmouth Walking Festival

October: North Devon Foodfest


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  • Contractual booking deposit: 33.00% rent