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Traditional Devon Cottage in River Dart village


Excellent 5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Barnacle Cottage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Barnacle Cottage is located on the edge of the picturesque village of Galmpton by the River Dart, a mile from Broadsands beach. It offers visitors a traditional, comfortable and fully equipped cottage with much character and peaceful country views from every room. The ground floor with underfloor heating and natural stone tiling is open plan and incorporates a comfortable seating area with 2 sofas, a modern kitchen with dishwasher and a dining area for 4/6 people. A turning wooden staircase leads upstairs to the bathroom, double and single bedrooms. There is a 38" flat screen HD TV with a second TV/DVD upstairs in the master bedroom.

Out of the village is The National Trust 's Greenway Gardens, set on the banks of the River Dart with stunning views and garden. Greenway House, once home to Agatha Christie, has become a very popular attraction. The village borders Torbay and the South Hams and centres around the Marina and Dart Creek and offers much in the way of nautical activities locally in Brixham (3m) and Dartmouth (6m), magnificent coastal walks, easy access to Dartmoor and South Hams' glorious beaches. Ideal for couples and families. Paignton Zoo is close by as are many other activities for both adults and children. The medieval market town of Totnes is a short drive, an ancient historical town with many attractions such as markets, outstanding shopping in unique independent shops, riverside restaurants and quaint tea rooms, boat trips, kayaking, fishing, steam railways, vineyards, river walks and glorious scenery.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Broadsands 1.5 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 30 km, Nearest railway: Totnes 9 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The double room has a king size bed (5').

The single bedroom has a single bed with another that pulls out from underneath. Please note that once the two beds are side by side they do take up the width of the room so may not be ideal for adults.

The bathroom has a newly installed electric shower over the bath, but is height restrictive due to sloping ceiling!

Further details outdoors

Off street parking to the side of the cottage with steps leading up to the rear garden with several tiers, seating areas, and peaceful views across fields and woodland. Not another house in sight! The grounds sit on approx. half an acre of garden and although shared with Phyllis, the owner and 1 dog (Cross Labrador) there is ample room for all and a private section to the rear of Barnacle Cottage for sole use of cottage guests with BBQ, wooden furniture, sun loungers and swing seat for relaxing times and dining alfresco!

Further details

Should you need to cancel a booking after full payment or deposit has been made every effort will be made to relet your reserved dates, in which case a refund can be made less an administration fee. Visitors are encouraged to have their own travel insurance in case of such emergencies.

No extra for accompanying pets, although there are some restrictions, such as pets are not allowed to be left alone in the cottage for any extended periods. Nor are they allowed upstairs in the bedrooms, mainly due to other guests who may have allergy problems etc.

The West Country region

Devon is renowned for its natural beauty, coastline and National parks. South Devon in particular, with its temperate climate, offers the best of all worlds with easy access to all the nearby attractions at Totnes, Dartmouth, Torquay and Dartmoor. Local glorious food and seafood is plentiful as are stunning coastal walks and scenery incorporating the sea and the River Dart. There is much to do and miles and miles to explore as well as boat and ferry rides, steam trains and walks.

During the Summer months there is the Dartmouth Regatta in August and the Fishstock in Brixham, many markets at Totnes and Dartmouth. Agatha Christie's Greenway House & Gardens run by the National Trust is 1.7 miles from the Cottage.

Tea rooms and cream teas galore!


The estuary river Dart from the mouth at Dartmouth flows - within the immediate area - past Greenway, Galmpton Creek, Stoke Gabriel to Totnes (and beyond) and offers glorious views, boating facilities as well as relaxing ferry rides between Dartmouth and Totnes. Dartmouth can also be reached via car ferry at Kingswear about 5 miles from the cottage and boasts excellent restaurants and markets. Torquay, Brixham and Paignton also offer many boat trips and nautical activities, great shopping and restaurants. The ancient historic town of Totnes offers 2 weekly markets, ferry boat and steam railway trips to Dartmouth, very interesting shops, riverside restaurants and tea rooms. Children are very well catered for throughout the whole area with Paignton Zoo, The South Devon Steam Railway, water parks, GoKarts and Krazy Golf, museums etc..

The National Trust's Greenway Gardens is near Galmpton by the river and Collaton Fishacre is very close by too. A small passenger ferry boat at Greenway will take you across the Dart over to Dittisham where you can enjoy a meal or a drink at the Ferry Boat Inn while the children practice their crabbing skills off the small pier. A large bell summons the ferry from the other side for the return journey! In August there are fantastic Regattas in Torquay and Dartmouth, with the Red Arrows flying centrestage.

The Blueflag awarded sandy beach at Broadsands is the nearest beach at just over a mile from the cottage as are coastal paths and cliff top walks, with magnificent panoramic seaviews to Elberry Cove and beyond as far as Brixham, which is approx. 3 miles.

There is a nearby fishing and a golf course at Churston and further afield at Dartmouth Country Club

For lucky dogs there are beaches nearby that allow dogs even during the high season at Goodrington Sands and Elberry Cove - see picture in photo gallery above.

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Review 1-7 of 7

8 May 2013


"Perfect base to explore South Devon"

We stayed at Phyllis's lovely cottage for a week and had everything we could possibly need.
The cottage has a lovely room for my son overlooking the fields and ponies and the main bedroom is ample size and very cosy.
Phyllis is an excellent host and made us feel extremely welcome to the point that we really fell in love with her property!
Barnacle cottage is unique,a special place to stay and I highly recommend staying there

22 May 2012


"Heavenly holiday despite the weather!"

Lovely cottage - excellent facilities - in a gorgeous location. The cottage looks out over open fields and has a large, private garden for guests to use. Galmpton is a very pretty village - there is a local shop/post office and a very nice pub a short walk away. Even lack of sunshine didn't spoil our stay there - plenty to do/see in the vicinity without having to spend half the day driving. Well appointed kitchen - induction hob, freezer, fridge and microwave so no need to eat out - unless you want to. The cottage was clean, cosy and the bed extremely comfortable and has a flat screen TV and two sofas to relax in the evening after a hard day's exploring the many places of interest. We went somewhere different every day. We took our Samoyed dog with us - dogs are welcome almost everywhere - lots of lovely places to walk, or sit and just admire the glorious scenery. The only down-side was having to leave. We were welcomed by Phyllis, the owner, with a delicious cream tea and locally produced jam (I discovered you can buy it at the local store - a short walk away - so I stocked up before heading home!) She could not have been more helpful - a really lovely lady. Brixham is a delightful little fishing village - and everyone was very friendly. A truly memorable, restful and relaxing holiday. Cannot wait to stay there again.

14 Jan 2011


"Lovely welcoming short stay"

We had a wonderful short stay in October. Our lovely hostess/landlady even managed to arrange beautiful weather for us. A welcoming touch was the Devonshire tea with lovely local jam waiting for us … More

30 Dec 2010


"Wonderful old cottage and a most lovely owner (Phyllis)"

Although we had a little bad luck with the weather, we enjoyed our stay very much. Phyllis was very nice and helpful and we liked her very much. The cottage and garden were beautiful. We and our dog e… More

2 Nov 2010


"wonderful, peaceful and productive!"

I went to write whilst making a BBC TV documentary The big Silence' in which a shot of Barnacle cottage features. I loved my time there, a very special moment in my life where I made some lifecha… More

21 Oct 2010


"The Ultimate Choice"

Barnacle Cottage - The Ultimate choiceGinny Nina Berks/Oxon Border Review Submitted: June 19, 2009 Date of Stay: June 2009 Barnacle cottage is just what one would expect and hope for; a character cott… More

17 Apr 2010


"Pink-washed perfection in South Devon"

If you're looking for a cosy, well-equipped and charming holiday cottage on the English Riviera, go no further than Barnacle Cottage in Galmpton. We stayed there in June 09 and had a wonderful ti… More

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  • 7 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:29 Sep 2014

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