About the home
Mallard Cottage is part of an old stone warehouse, probably dating from about 1800 and converted 30 years ago into 3 substantial apartments. Situated on the banks of Bow Creek, a tidal tributary of the River Dart, it is named after the friendly mallards that frequent the area.
Mallard Cottage has its own small enclosed patio area, so very small children can be contained away from the adjacent quayside and creek.
The quayside itself is shared with the adjacent apartment, and comprises seating, a small summerhouse and a set of steps from which our kayak can be launched. You can also bring your own form of river transport. Fishing from land is permitted, but sea bass fishing from boats is prohibited. Within walking distance there are good local facilities for eating out. Throughout the year the Maltsters Arms next door hosts musical and other events indoors which can only be heard by attending them. In the summer months these activities (sometimes accompanied by quayside BBQs) move outdoors, always shutting down by 10.00pm.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Blackpool Sands, 13km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available for guest use|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
Further details indoors:
I double bedroom with a double bed, 1 double bedroom with twin single beds and 1 single room with twin full-size bunk beds. There is a separate WC with wash basin.
Further details outdoors:
The apartment is adjacent to, and looks out over, Bow Creek. Bow Creek is a tidal tributary of the River Dart. Tuckenhay is at the head of Bow Creek and is about 7 miles from the mouth of the River Dart at Dartmouth. When the tide is favourable, Tuckenhay is a popular lunchtime destination for small vessels from Totnes, Dartmouth and Stoke Gabriel.
The location is exceptional: all but 2 of our standard photographs are taken within 1 mile. The first 13 either feature the property, or are taken from it.
Fresh bed linen is provided weekly. Towels can also be provided for a small incremental charge. Heating is free in-season, but charged out-of-season. Well-behaved dogs are permitted (this is great 'walkies' territory) but the owner must vouch for their behaviour inside the property. There is a small extra charge for a dog to cover a more thorough cleaning.
We do not permit smoking in Mallard Cottage or in the quayside summer house.
The quayside is a great place for crabbing, but very small children should probably be supervised.
The West Country / Devon region
For 150+ years Quay Place was part of a working quayside; now it is a waterside holiday destination in an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". It lies in the South Hams Region of South Devon -- a name derived from old English word "hamme" meaning an enclosed or sheltered place. To the North are the moors of Dartmoor. To the South is the sea and the ports of Dartmouth, Brixham and Salcombe. Blackpool Sands is 8 miles or ~20 minutes away by car. The sand isn't as good as its northern namesake, but it's much prettier. For better sand, but a longer journey there is (going East to West) East Portlemouth (opposite Salcombe), then Hope Cove, Thurlestone and Bigbury. Across the Dart in Torbay, there are the more popular, but generally more crowded beaches of Brixham, Paignton & Torquay
The Totnes area
Totnes is a fascinating old walled town. It actually pre-dates William the Conqueror, although there's little left but the Saxon street plan to show it. There's the remains of a Norman castle, but most of the existing buildings date from Elizabethan times. In medieval times its location -- it is still the first bridging point over the River Dart -- made it one of the wealthiest and most important market towns in Devon. It retains its charm, but now it has gained a little reputation as a place for those seeking the alternative lifestyle. There is lots to see and do, not least of which is a trip down the river to Dartmouth
Dartmouth is almost as old as Totnes. It's importance stems from its deep-water harbour and its accessibility at all points of tide and pretty well all weathers. It is the home of the Britannia Royal Naval College and used to be an important naval port. (The 2nd & 3rd Crusades assembled in Dartmouth). It was the departure point for many of the Elizabethan navigators and explorers. It lost its supremacy to Plymouth because of its restricted size and poor inland communications. The latter problem was resolved in the 19th and 20th centuries and the former is partly the reason for its latter-day charm. Apart from a huge variety of water-borne activities, the town hosts a series of events during the holiday season including the Music Festival in May, Art & Craft Weekend in July, Dartmouth Regatta in August, Food Festival in October and Candlelit Dartmouth in early December.
Further upstream there is Greenway, summer residence of Agatha Christie and before that sometime home to the Elizabethan explorers Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Sir Walter Raleigh and John Davis. Immediately opposite Greenway on the western side of the Dart is the pretty village of Dittisham from where the Dittisham Regatta is held in early August.
How to get there
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Totnes is well-served by trains. It lies on the main London Paddington - Penzance line. From Totnes to Quay Place is about 4 miles or 6 km. A taxi ride should not exceed £15.
By car: Coming from the East exit from the A38 at Buckfastleigh. Detailed map and route advice are sent to all visitors before arrival.
Activities near Totnes
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|14 Jun 13||28 Jun 13||£ 633||-||-||3 Nights|
|28 Jun 13||18 Jul 13||£ 695||£ 150||£ 200||3 Nights|
|26 Jul 13||6 Sep 13||£ 1035||£ 150||£ 200||1 Week|
|6 Sep 13||27 Sep 13||£ 468||£ 100||£ 150||1 Week|
|27 Sep 13||25 Oct 13||£ 380||£ 75||£ 100||3 Nights|
|25 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 516||£ 100||£ 120||3 Nights|
|1 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 380||£ 75||£ 100||3 Nights|
|21 Dec 13||28 Dec 13||£ 801||£ 125||£ 175||1 Week|
|28 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 801||£ 175||£ 150||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Out-of-season heating supplement of £5/night from 1st October to 30 April.
Towels can be supplied at a rate of £4/person.
Well-behaved, fully house-trained dogs: £20 (subject to agreement)
Out-of-season short breaks are often available. They run Friday night to Monday morning and Monday night to Friday morning.Enquire now
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