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Delightful cottage suit small family

Bedrooms 2
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Sleeps 3 (plus baby sharing parents room)

St Matthias Lodge is a unique cottage style property in the heart of Wellswood village.

The property has off road parking and consists of a master bedroom with kingsize bed, wardrobe, drawer storage and wash basin. The second bedroom is ideal for a child or granny and has a single bed, small chest of drawers and clothes hanging space. There is a kitchen/lounge area with breakfast bar, oven, hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine. The lounge is tastefully decorated and has a wood burner for our guests use. A selection of books, dvds and board games are provided, There is freeview TV. And free wifi is available for our guests.

The luxury bathroom has a toilet, basin with shaver point, walk-in rainfall shower and full size bath. The property is fitted with carbon monoxide alarm and smoke detection. There is gas central heating throughout. We are able to provide a high chair and travel cot.

All bed linen, tea towels and bath and beach towels are provided (please do not take our bath towels to the beach).We have decorated and furnished this property to a high standard and hope that you like it.

At the current time the outside of the property is still undergoing renovation, so far we have widened the driveway and added a lovely new decking area with a motorised sun protection awning; plans for winter 2017/18 are to replace the paved area to the side of the property - our letting prices for this season reflect this.

Please take care when driving in or out of the property - we recommend that you reverse into the driveway

The property is no smoking throughout and we do not accept dogs of any type (sorry but it was a hard decision we had to make)

More Details

Ken and Cathy Ricketts
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 January, 2018

About Ken and Cathy Ricketts

We purchased the property in 2013 and have spent the last two years significantly improving it. Cathy was born in Devon moved away and has returned to roost, she works full time as a safety adviser and has been married to Ken for over 35 years. Ken is Dorset born and works as a self employed Gas fitter. We moved to Torquay in 1984 and both our children were brought up enjoying the local beaches and facilities. Over the years we have made good use of the water and other sports facilities in Torbay and have walked extensively on Dartmoor. We live approximately 4 miles away from the property so whilst being easily accessible we are not in our guest's pocket.

Ken and Cathy Ricketts purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Ken and Cathy Ricketts chose Torquay

We were looking for a property in which to invest our time and money and feel in love with St Matthias Lodge which had suffered at the hands of a poor DIYer and was in need of love and attention. We immediately saw its potential with its location close to the lovely shops at Wellswood, within easy walks of Kents Cavern, St Matthias Church and Meadfoot Beach. The bowling green and tennis courts are located in Carey Park in Babbacombe. For the less active a short hop to the end of the road and you can step straight onto the bus and down to the harbour. The choice of restaurants, tea rooms and coffee shops makes Wellswood a great base from which to enjoy your Devon holiday.

What makes this cottage unique

The property was built in the late 1800s and is full of character. Check out our Facebook and Twitter accounts (@matthiaslodge). Free Wifi available.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Main bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Rainwater and flexible walk in shower, bath with shower,
  • Lovely tiled bathroom, mirror with sensor light, walk in shower with a rainfall and flexible shower head (2 heads), toilet, basin and full size bath with flexible shower head so ideal for little ones, non slip bath mat provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Quality King Size bed travel cot available if required
    Single bedroom - 1 Single Bed , Single bedroom ideal for child/friend/granny
  • Master Bedroom: Kingsize Bed, window seat with storage space underneath, wardrobe and drawer space, bedside chest of drawers x 2, washbasin and mirror. Travel cot can be provided Single Bedroom: Single bed, small bedside chest of drawers, additional clothes hanging space
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ideal wedding guest accommodation for St Matthias Church Check out 10.00am on day of departure (negotiable depending on incoming guests) Check in not before 3.00pm


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Delightful cottage suit small family
average rating of 4.7906976 based on 43 reviews

Fantastic Christmas Break

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was easy to find and truly a home away from home. Fully equipped and perfectly sized for three adults. Thank you for this experience!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect lodge for a lovely break

  • 5 of 5

The lodge is wonderfully set up with everything you need to feel comfortable for a stay away from home.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location, comfy cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very well set up and so warm and cozy when the weather turned bad. The information book provided by the owners is second to none and should be used as an example for all owners as it answered all questions on operating appliances / equipment / local info and ensured everything was done correctly. The local area has some great eating options. Well done to the owners on providing such a wonderful holiday spot for travelers.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and convenient holiday cottage

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent a very enjoyable week here. The location in Wellswood was perfect, with easy access to local shops and a frequent bus service down into Torquay or up to Babbacombe and St Marychurch. The car could be left safely on the off road parking space.

The cottage itself was well appointed and good quality. The bed in the main bedroom was extremely comfortable with lovely bedding. The only minor niggles were the lack of a bedside rug on the wood floor, and only one bedside lamp.

The living room was attractively furnished with comfortable seating and a great TV! Again, only a minor issue was the lack of a dining table and chairs, as the breakfast bar only had high stools which weren't ideal for us.

The kitchen was nicely appointed and was fine for us, as we tend not to cook much on holiday(especially with the excellent Kents pub restaurant right next door!).

Bathroom was a real winner, with a great shower and bath, and plenty of towels.

Overall we had a great time and would happily recommend this cottage to couples or families with one child.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Christine Thank you for your review - we love it when our guests tell us about their experience and we often act on suggestions mentioned. We have a second lamp for the bedroom (it just needs me to get a shade for it - so that will go in shorty). We have had several guests mention the dining room table - this is quite a challenge because a number of our guests have small children so we don't want to clutter the room too much as sometimes the high chair gets used in here - but we are exploring some space saving options. We don't put bedside rugs in the bedroom because of maintaining hygiene hence the one washable mat in front of the wash basin. We thank you again for your comments these are valuable to us - Best wishes Cathy and Ken
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very good as described

  • 5 of 5

good facilitates an location and host helpful when contacted.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely little cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was well maintained, kitchen well equipped, great having the washing machine. Bed was super comfortable. Enjoyed having the pub next door for drinks and meals.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Nearest Barpub
25 Metres
The Kents
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Torquay Golf Club
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Torquay Train Station
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Torquay Alpine Ski Club
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: recommended

The property is within walking distance of Kents Caverns and St Matthias Church. The Kents pub and local shops, hairdressers , beauticians,tea rooms and restaurants provide a range of services. Meadfoot beach is within walking distance. The property is located just off the main bus route to Torquay harbour and town centre or in the other direction to Babbacombe Model Village and the village area of St Marychurch. Easy vehicle access to Dartmoor, Dartmouth and the surrounding areas. Some local dates to note are:

Devon County Show Westpoint 19/20/21 May

Brixfest Brixham 28th May to 1st June

Occombe Beer Festival 3/4 June

Marldon Apple Pie Fair 30th July

Totnes Show 31st July

Cockington Fair 3rd Aug

Torquay Regatta 19 to 24 August

Dartmouth Royal Regatta 25/26/27 Aug

Widdicombe Fair 13th September


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Torquay, South Devon

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter Short Break
2 Jan 2018 - 3 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Pre Easter
4 Mar 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2018
30 Mar 2018 - 2 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
3 Apr 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 1 2018
8 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2018
22 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October High Season
20 Oct 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Winter Break
28 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Festive Season
16 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Rates are subject to change until a reservation is made A non refundable deposit of £50 is payable on booking. The full balance is due 28 days prior to arrival. A refundable security deposit of £150 is payable one week prior to arrival and will be refunded within one week of departure

A charge of £25 per item will be made for any spillages resulting in staining on bed linen
Bed linen and towels are provided

The property must be left in a clean and tidy state - we do check for breakages and missing items - if we need to bring our cleaner in following your visit you will be charged £36 as this is what she charges us.

Check in is from 3.30pm on the day of arrival
Check out is by 10.30am on the day of departure

Please contact us if there are any problems so that we can deal with these at the time of your visit and make your stay as pleasant as possible

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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