The Cott Inn
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The Cott Inn

Cott Lane, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6HE England
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#1 of 5 B&Bs in Dartington
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The famous Cott Inn in Dartington is one of the oldest thatched inns in Britain. It is reputed to have been built in the reign of Edward II (1307 to 1327) and has been an Inn / Pub since 1320. Situated in the village of Dartington near Totnes, surrounded by beautiful countryside, The Cott Inn is a charming traditional family-run pub. We are proud to serve excellent locally-sourced seasonal food, fine wines and well-kept ales, including daily fish specials and fabulous Sunday roast lunches. Perfect for romantic dinners and evenings out with friends. The Cott Inn is also a great venue for private parties with a separate dining room for up to 30 people. Come and enjoy the relaxed, friendly atmosphere, with cosy log fires in the winter months and a large, pretty garden and patio area in warmer weather.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Sun terrace
Room features
Allergy-free room
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Business
Languages Spoken
English, French

Location

Cott Lane, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6HE England
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WendyWellington wrote a review Oct 2020
Langford Budville, United Kingdom33 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The atmosphere in the Cott Inn is warm and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble for the efficient staff. Our room was very comfortable with thoughtful extras including bottled water, ground coffee and biscuits.

Supper was delicious. Chicken liver parfait brulee with brioche was a delight. The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked. Coq au cidre was superb.

Breakfast was freshly cooked to order. A great start to the day in this pretty area of Devon.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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David B wrote a review Oct 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
An absolute delightful and charming Inn. A brilliant, faultless find. One of the best dog friendly Inns we have ever found.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, always on hand with a smile and nothing was too much of an ask in order to make our stay very memorable. There is a very fine balance between being on hand and attentative or encroaching on your privacy. The team manages it extremely well, each and every one deserves applauding.
The cuisine was devine, local produce well prepared and presented with a wide choice of wines that compliment the dishes exteremely well.
A decent cellarman is often over looked, the ales available at the Cott Inn were all in optimum condition, so the person responsible certainly knows there craft.
As for the accomodation, we enjoyed the comfort and tranquility of solitude as we experienced one of the best nights sleep for a very long time, in a room that was comfortable and clean with a decent on-suite.
We have already booked our next visit, it will certainly not be the last!
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be prepared to duck! Be ready to relax the moment you cross the threshold of this quaint...
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Pete W wrote a review Aug 2021
Camborne, United Kingdom18 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived at The Cott Inn shortly before service for Sunday Lunch, as a walk in as we were unable to book due to us camping and lack of phone battery. Thankfully there was a spare table in the outdoor eating area which suited us as our dog came too. Servers were super friendly and helpful, chatting with our children and even the dog got a quick fuss too. The drinks arrived after only a couple of minutes and our food order was ready after 20 minutes, which felt quick but not rushed. The food was exquisite, even the kids fish & chips wouldn’t look out of place in a swanky restaurant. My wife had the nut roast whilst I had the roast beef, which came with 2 or 3 serving bowls of vegetables including our favourite, cauliflower & broccoli cheese, and the most scrumptious red wine gravy. For pudding we all had different dishes too, local ice creams, chocolate fudge cake and sticky toffee pudding. It was that good I must admit I spooned up all of the sauce when I’d finished the pudding. I did see a very attractive cheese board which I must try on our next visit. Our meal came to £75 for 4 meals, 4 puddings and 4 drinks, which some may think is a little high, but you get what you pay for!

Great food, great service, friendly staff, cannot wait to return again!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shell W wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom331 contributions93 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Had always wanted to stay at this pub since a lovely lunch visit last year. Sadly we were very disappointed. Originally planned to stay for 4 nights but had to cut our stay short.. this actually ended up being a bonus.
Where to start.. firstly the huge great sign saying they won pub of the year is not particularly subtle..and I think this may be the issue.. to win an award like that you have to keep being great.. and to me they just weren’t.
Room was fine but not amazing.. mould in the shower and crack in the sink. We were put on a tiny table (basically a bench)despite having booked dinner months ago and waited over half an hour for our one course.. this was despite several diners coming in after us. When we chased our food it was brought over but the girl/waitress who brought it was surly and unapologetic and to be honest was dressed like she should have been at a club in Ibiza (even another diner asked if she wasn’t cold she had so little on). I’m no prude but even I didn’t think she was dressed appropriately for a little pub in Devon.
Breakfast was shambolic.. tables left uncleared, portions small and we had to keep chasing tea/coffee etc (again another diner likened it to fawlty towers).
The final issue came when we had to leave early due to work.. understandably we said we would pay for the two nights we had to cancel.. we were told by the owner however that if he managed to sell the rooms he would let us know .. no response to an email enquiring whether he did or not (despite him assuring us he would email regardless of the outcome).
Outside of the unpleasant waitress the rest of the staff were lovely. Unfortunately however the rest of our stay was not.
I think if you have a gargantuan sign stating you are pub of the year then you have a high standard to live up to. For me this pub just doesn’t.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sally P wrote a review Jun 2021
Warrington, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We've just returned home after a wonderful 5 day stay at The Cott Inn. Our room was charming, with lovely crisp white linen, stylish decor, an excellent bathroom and all the amenities you would expect from a top notch hotel. The food here is excellent with a menu celbrating the best of local produce and elevating pub fod classics to a fine dining level, without being remotely stuffy.

The bar and outside spaces are buzzing and it was great to be somewhere so lively, but completely Covid secure. Mark and his young, energetic team are unfailingly friendly and enthusiatic and service throughout our stay was exemplary.

The area is beautiful; the walk along the River Dart into Totnes is stunning, and a great way to walk off those indulgent breakfasts. You are well placed for exploring Torquay, Dartmouth and all the gorgeous local villages, and it was great to know we had a lovely room and a warm welcome waiting for us when we got back after a day of sightseeing.

Do stay here; it's an absolute delight.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All 5 rooms are equally lovely
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MrsJ5 wrote a review Aug 2021
Leeds12 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I was a bit dubious on first arrival as the lady on the door I felt was a bit rude. This however was all saved by the server who was absolutely fantastic! He made us feel very welcome and was very knowledgeable on the dishes etc and engaging with our son. The food was absolutely lovely and we had a great time.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lee R wrote a review Mar 2020
Swindon, United Kingdom5 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here Saturday 7th March. Very warm welcome from the manager when checking in. Old thatched inn, so some low beams and creakey floors, but that totally adds to the charm of this place. Very warm inviting rooms each with ensuite. Lots of selection of hot drinks in room with kettle. The inn's restaurant is very good with a great selection of food, so you don't have to wander to far for meals. Breakfast has a good choice and the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon a favourite. Definitely staying again whenever we're in the area. 10/10.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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CJG1992 wrote a review Oct 2023
Bristol, United Kingdom35 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very pretty 13th century cottage converted into a gastro pub. We walked here from Totnes which took about an hour via the Dartington Estate. The food was a little on the pricey side and not what I’d call a ‘typical’ pub menu though was very well presented and delicious - £19 for chicken burger and £18 for seafood salad. Unfortunately it was raining but the outdoor / garden area adjacent looked well presented and inviting. The staff were very attentive and polite.

Overall would highly recommended for a pricier ‘occasion’ meal.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Lots of parking and outdoor space. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and was very busy for lunch...
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viv P wrote a review Sept 2020
Great Malvern, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want to stay in this area look no further, you will not regret it.
We stayed for a week, and everthing was perfect. Nothing is too much trouble, from all the staff members, who all give 101%.
This was our 3rd visit, but previously only a few night stays.
The bedrooms are stylish, but cosy and welcoming.
The food is fabulous I enjoyed every meal, and believe I am fussy. But of course that begins with the ingredients, naturally reared Devon meats, and local line caught fish. And let's not forget the incredibly well run kitchen with excellent chefs.
I went home feeling really well, which was definitely due to the excellent fare ( we ate here every night )
There is a very good reason this was voted one of the top 20 pubs in the UK.
Mark the owner, is incredibly kind and helpful, and nothing is to too much trouble.
We will definitely stay here again, when we visit this area.
Viv and Gary Portman
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GeordieGlyn wrote a review Sept 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom54 contributions39 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Having booked our table for 5 for Sunday lunch around 2 months ago I was surprised to find out when we arrived that we were being seated outside in the garden. This was never mentioned when we booked and to make matters worse our table was a bench style garden table sat under a pergola with a plastic roof, which is not ideal when we have just had heavy rain! After 10 minutes we asked to move and were seated close to the outdoor kitchen serving area which was better but still in a larger wooden structure with a plastic roof. In fairness the food and service was very good but when you book a table two months in advance you do not expect to be sat outdoors. We booked to visit an award winning pub/restaurant not to be sat in a ‘shed’ next door to it!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
£128 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandDevonTotnesDartington
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cott Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Cott Inn?
Nearby attractions include Pennywell Farm (3.3 miles), THE TIMEHOUSE (1.2 miles), and Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Cott Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Cott Inn?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Cott Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Cott Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Delphini's Gelato, Emma's, and The Coppa Dolla Inn and Restaurant.
Is The Cott Inn located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the centre of Dartington.
Are pets allowed at The Cott Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Cott Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to The Cott Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Totnes Museum (1.2 miles), Totnes Guildhall (1.2 miles), and The Waterman's Arms (3.5 miles).
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