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Nr.Salcombe & the sea, 250 year old thatched cottage sleeps 6, in secret garden



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Cottage in Malborough, Nr. Salcombe, Devon, England - Peaceful Village Location, 1mile from the Sea, 2 miles from Salcombe and its Sandy Beaches.

Hay Cottage is a delightful 18th century Grade II listed thatched cottage tucked away down a lane in the heart of the old village of Malborough, near Salcombe. The village features a shop (Co-op attached to Texaco garage), two old inns serving food, and a post office. There are many sandy beaches within a few miles and fabulous walking along the South West coastal path. Salcombe, with its sheltered estuary and excellent sailing and water sports, is approx 2 miles away. The historic market town of Kingsbridge is 4 miles. The towns of Exeter, Plymouth, Totnes and Dartmouth are all approx 1 hours drive, as is the beautiful landscape of Dartmoor. The area is renowned for its restaurants and pubs serving good local produce, and children are welcome in the majority of them. In season the family beaches don't allow dogs but there are plenty that do; a comprehensive beach list gives details (pub. by tourist board).

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More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We have owned Hay Cottage for 13 years. We are both retired and spend as much time in Devon as we can because we both love the South Hams area of Devon.

I draw and paint and get most of my inspiration from the area; Andy is a keen golfer and Bigbury is among his

most favourite courses.

We have done a lot to the cottage over the years, most

recently opening up the inglenook and installing a log burner; the dog loves it. We have also finally succumbed

to broadband at the request of many of our guests.

Our latest project? Gardening!

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Speaks English, Greek

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful stay in Hay Cottage, a real home from home, warm, comfortable and so well equipped in such a beautiful part of the world.

This has to be one of the best cottages we have stayed in. Walk to Salcombe was rewarding - great pasties for lunch - got bus back!

Lovely cottage in an ideal location. Everyone loved North Sands beach at Salcombe, especially the children.
Jul 2009
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Home from Home

  • 4 of 5

Just returned from a weeks stay at Hay Cottage and what a lovely week we've had. The cottage is a lovely traditional thatched cottage tucked down a little lane. As soon as we walked through the door we really felt at home and soon settled in.

The garden room or piggery was great when wanting to escape the screams of the children for a few minutes.

The cottage itself is situated near the two pubs in the village, both serving great food.

We had a great time and would definitely recommend the cottage to friends in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

HAY COTTAGE is a typical old village dwelling, thatched and in a pretty, private setting but still part of a rural community. While updated to modern standards it still has an historic feel, so the windows are deep set, the downstairs beamed, and there is an inglenook with log burner, and a walled garden. BUT 2015 supplied broadband!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : EXETER at 43 Miles Nearest Barpub : TWO PUBS WITH FOOD IN VILLAGE at 0.5 Miles Nearest Ferry : PLYMOUTH at 22 Miles Nearest Golf : THURLESTONE at 4.7 Miles Nearest Train : TOTNES at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : EXETER M5 at 22 Miles Nearest Restaurant : SALCOMBE at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : SOAR MILL COVE at 2 Miles Car: recommended


The cottage is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, close to many beaches in the South Hams area. Soar Mill Cove, good for bird spotting,and with good rock pools, is 5 mins by car or 45 mins stroll down country lanes. Salcombe, a few minutes away by car (or bus), has beautiful sandy beaches on both sides of the estuary, as well as excellent water sports. Bantham and Bigbury are popular surfing destinations and both have safe, sandy beaches. Hope Cove is great for rock pools.


Exeter airport is about an hour's drive. Plymouth, for ferries from France and Spain, is 25 miles. There are main line rail stations at Plymouth, Totnes and Newton Abbott, with an ongoing bus or taxi. A car is recommended although there is an hourly bus service to Salcombe and Kingsbridge.


Salcombe 2 miles; Kingsbridge 4 miles; Totnes, historic market town with nearest train station and rare breeds farm, 20 miles; steam railway at Dartmouth, 15 miles; otter sanctuary and butterfly farm at Buckfast, 20 miles; Plymouth with aquarium and historic harbour, 25 miles. All distances approx.

Further Details:

Small Co-op supermarket with cashpoint, off licence and petrol station in Malborough (2 min walk); major banks in Salcombe and Kingsbridge. Large supermarkets (Morrissons and Tesco) in Kingsbridge.

In Malborough the two village pubs, the Old Inn and The Royal Oak, serve food; both pubs also have regular live music.

Salcombe is very lively at night in the Summer with numerous restaurants and pubs, many overlooking the water. Salcombe Festival happens in June; Salcombe Town Regatta and Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta take place in August. There is a grand fireworks finale to the second regatta in mid August.

Kingsbridge has a cinema and indoor swimming pool. Dartmouth has a fabulous music festival in May.

There are various ferrries/boat trips on both the Salcombe estuary and the River Dartmouth.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
14 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To book please contact owner. 20% deposit + £100 returnable deposit against breakages required at time of booking. Balance payable 42 days before arrival. If booking within 42 days full amount payable + £100 damage deposit.

Changeover Day:
Friday is changeover day. Arrival after 3pm, departure by 10 am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

The cottage is very private, yet in the heart of a thriving community less than 5 minutes walk from all local amenities. We find it a great centre for exploring the South Hams, often not using the car for several days at a time as the beaches and cliffs are walkable to in less than an hour, and Salcombe and Kingsbridge are on an hourly bus route. The garden is very safe for children and dogs and is sheltered and sunny.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bath/shower:- Bathroom (upstairs) with bath/shower over, wash hand basin, wc, electric shaving point, electric towel rail. Shower room (downstairs) with power shower, wash ahnd basin, wc, tumble dryer, electric towel rail, fan heater.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) plus cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 4' 6" double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 (downstairs) with twin beds. All have built-in wardrobes.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: This is a child-friendly cottage. The back garden is fully enclosed and overlooked by the kitchen and garden room. A travel cot suitable for up to 24 months is provided plus stair gate and high chair, as are childrens' toys, books and games. Night storage heating is provided free of charge, when needed. Outside: At the back of the cottage is a very pretty enclosed walled garden with mature planting, a lawn, barbecue and garden furniture. It is particularly colourful in spring when the bluebells are in bloom. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and bedlinen provided. Beach towels and cot bedding to be brought by guests. Cleaning takes place at end of stay at owner's cost but we ask guests to leave the property in a clean and tidy state, or extra cleaning charges will be made. Other: Garden room newly converted from stone 'piggeries' with CD player and games. A peaceful place to sit, with direct access into walled garden.

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