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Grade II Thatched Cottage - Rose Thatch



Updated: 09-Nov-2016
Rose Thatch & End Cottage, Lower Town, Malborough Village between Kingsbridge, Hope Cove & Salcombe - In A Pretty Village Close To Several Sandy Beaches And Excellent Coastal Walks

Two charming thatched cottages, dating to the early 17th century, in the heart of the beautiful South Hams - the southernmost part of of Devon. Each cottage is full of history and character with beams (not excessively low!) and a wood-burner. They are comfortably furnished and well equipped so as to offer a perfect base to explore this very special area of outstanding natural beauty whether as a family holiday, a walking break or just a relaxing retreat. The weekly rental includes quality bed linen, towels and WIFI. Located on a quiet back lane in the centre of old Malborough Village, two minutes walk to pubs, restaurant, shop & post office and a short drive to several sandy beaches. Each cottage has a private garden and enjoys southerly rural views towards Bolberry Down. There is a private parking space at each cottage and plenty of additional free parking nearby.

Details for holiday cottage Rose Thatch, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

Rose Thatch accommodates 5. It has three bedrooms, one with twin (3’) beds (and space for a cot), one with a double bed and one with a single bed. The pretty beamed sitting room is furnished in keeping with its character. It has a large stone fireplace with log-burning stove, window seat and a TV with Freeview and a DVD player. The well-equipped farmhouse style kitchen has a fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, electric cooker and dishwasher. There is a modern bathroom with bath (shower over) and shaver point. There is full electric heating throughout. In addition to its own private garden, it has a raised south-facing terrace with table and chairs leading out from the back door.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Rose Thatch and End Cottage are family run and owned by:

Clare & Bill Mansfield - we have 3 children and live in Dorking, Surrey

Mary & Stan Brittain - Clare's parents who live in Coventry, West Midlands

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely break, the cottage was lovely and clean as usual & a lovely place to stay.
Oct 2015
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful character cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful character cottage. We arrived to a warm cottage with scones, jam & clotted cream waiting for us - what a treat. Great location in the centre of Marlbrough but secluded & quiet with parking (a must). Narrow to get through to parking but we have a 4x4 & made it fine. Fantastic spot to get to all the local beaches easily. Beds very comfortable. Look forward to visiting again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and great base for south Devon

  • 4 of 5

Cottage quite roomy and comfortable for 2 to 5 people. Attractive and quirky. Children or less abled need to take care with the two tight and steep stair cases to bedrooms - appreciating also that the only bathroom/toilet is downstairs. Small terrace or gardens idyllic settings for a glass of wine or two on a sunny evening !!! Village has a couple of pubs but are both pretty basic. Parking provided really is only for small cars as entrance at side of cottage is very tight - but there is safe parking available short walk away. Neighbours very friendly and helpful. Owners also couldn't have done more to help ensure a great stay. Many places in easy reach of this great base. Certainly a place to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sweet, cosy, well-equipped cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had everything we could want in this cottage - clean, new, well-equipped kitchen and bathroom. Cosy sitting -room and bedrooms. Delightful private garden with table and chairs. Less than 5 mins' walk to nearest shop, so we didn't have to go supermarket shopping. Very good and fast response from owner re booking etc, and milk in the fridge when we got there (as well as a cream tea!). Very good location for coastal path, Salcombe and Kingsbridge.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage very close to the coast

  • 5 of 5

A delightful cosy cottage which was very comfortable, warm, and well-equipped. Great location in the village and easy access to the coast path. Cream tea waiting for us on arrival was a nice surprise! Narrow access into the parking area could be tricky with a wide car (you will need someone to guide you in) but is OK with practice, or you can park just a short distance away. We only had time for a 2 night break but we certainly hope to return for a longer stay!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Half Term Stay At End Cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very charming cottage with excellent views and lovely secret garden. Perfect welcome of a Devon cream tea after a long journey, this is a very nice touch. Cottage clean and contains everything you need, very comfy beds. With two children aged 10 and 6 it is a great village to stay in, two good pubs, co-op and a great park just up the road. Malborough is a great base as there are lots of lovely beaches only a short drive away and Salcombe and Kingsbridge are great for a visit. We were lucky with the weather but would definitely recommend it to anyone else.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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From the Owner

We bought End Cottage soon after having our first child and realising that we were entering a phase of needing relaxing 'bucket & spade' UK holidays. Clare's parent's life was also entering a new phase, they were retiring, had more time to spare, grandchildren to see and were looking for a new project. We joined forces and turned End Cottage into our family holiday home / holiday rental business. Four years later, we bought the attached cottage, Rose Thatch, as we loved our Devon holidays with Granny & Grandad but was finding End Cottage a squeeze as we'd had two more children. Since then we have holidayed at the cottages several times each and every year. We love the cottages, as do our many repeat customers. We never tire of the charm of the area and are always reluctant to go home

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter International at 48 Miles Nearest Barpub : Old Inn or Royal Oak at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 23 Miles Nearest Golf : Thurlestone Golf Club at 4.5 Miles Nearest Train : Totnes Station at 18 Miles Nearest Motorway : A38 (Devon Expressway) at 17 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 2 village Pubs or restuatants at Salcombe & Hope at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Hope Cove, South Sands, Soar Mill Cove at 2 Miles Car: recommended


The cottages are within 2.5 miles (driving, a little less if taking footpaths) from a choice of sandy beaches at Hope Cove, Soar Mill Cove, North & South Sands with many more lying a short drive away. The local district ( the South Hams) is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the spectacular coastline of cliffs, coves and creeks is largely manged by the National Trust.


The Cottages are on the southern side of a quiet backlane in the heart of the village of Malborough. Malborough lies on a headland 4 miles south of the market town of Kingsbridge, surrounded by the coastline on three sides, it is 2.5 miles inland of, but half way between, the seaside villages of Hope Cove and Salcombe.

Within easy reach of Plymouth, Totnes, Dartmouth and Modbury.

Further afield are day trips to Dartmoor, the Eden Project or Torbay


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Autumn Winter
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Xmas 2016/ New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner to make a booking. We will hold your provisional booking for one week only. Your reservation is confirmed when we receive your completed booking form and payment.

Changeover Day:
Our usual changeover day is a Friday but short lets and other start dates may be possible out of high season by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
The weekly rental is fully inclusive of qulaity bed linen, towels, WIFI & all electricity.

Short breaks and flexible changeover days available outside of high season

Discount for couples may be available on full weeks booked (excluding high season)

Price reduction if you bring your own linen please ask on booking.

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Updated: 09-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The cottages make fun and special place to stay.They are so old and full of character; a typical Devon thatched cottage holiday. They offer something different in all seasons - a cosy place to return to after a long autumnal walk, a comfortable bolt hole from winter storms, a relaxing place for a summer BBQ after a day on the beach. They sit in the heart of a small but lively village offering places to eat out, traditional pubs and a Co-op that is open extended hours - there is no need to jump in the car to access these facilities they are just a few minutes walk away. Yet the cottages are on a little back lane with rural views, peace and quiet and staggeringly star-filled night skies. Fabulous location for exploring the area by car (no need to drive along single track lanes) or by foot

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Downstairs bathroom with white suite & electric shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Room for a travel cot
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, The Cabin Room - interesting shape and nautically themed


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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

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