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“Great accommodation for a family holiday.”
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Local Art in the Hallway
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Finishing Touches
Nearby Dittisham on the River Dart
Nearby Brixham, local fishing port
Totnes, nearby historic market town
Dartmouth Steam Train
Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island - our favourite
River Dart near Dartmouth
Broadsands, nearby Paignton
Dartmouth
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Paignton, English Riviera, Devon, England

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Andrew C
1 review
“Great accommodation for a family holiday.”
Reviewed 24 August 2017 for a stay in August 2017

A lovely holiday home set back from the town of Paignton. We visited as a family with our little ones. Easy access to nearby Torquay, Brixham, and Dartmouth. We also had a great day out in Exeter. There is so much to enjoy in Devon. Paignton Zoo is very close by and well worth a visit. Broadsands Beach quickly became a favourite too.

A great family holiday! Recommended.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Aug 2017
Andrew, thank you for your very kind review. I'm so pleased you and your family had a lovely time and we would welcome the opportunity to host you again.
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avidUKhol...
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Delightful cottage - a fabulous find!”
Reviewed 24 January 2017 for a stay in October 2016
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As regular holiday makers in the UK and big fans of the South West, we have become very accustomed to good and bad properties over the years - and patrons! So were delighted to have discovered this lovely comfortable cottage. Both the quality of the property and help from the owners ensured we had a lovely break, despite taking a holiday in the late Autumn in the UK, which can be miserable on account of the weather! We found the property to be clean and well looked after and was very extensively equipped. Whilst there is no real fire, the coal effect gas fire added to the cosyness during a few dreary wet and windy evenings. The owner provides plenty of information on what to do and where to go and was very helpful in advance of our arrival with some personal recommendations and in making a restaurant reservation for a celebratory meal. Also, having managed to leave some valuables behind, which could have tainted our trip, the owner was also extremely prompt and helpful in locating the item and returning to us. From our experience, I was surprised to read the very few negative reviews below, which must be peculiar to those individuals concerned, as I can only but comment as we found, in that there was nothing bad to report only good. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, so much so, that we have booked to return later this year and would certainly recommend to others.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Jan 2017
Thank you for your kind feedback and we were very pleased to be able to help you locate and recover the valuables you accidentally left behind. Thank you also for the hand written note of thanks, which was much appreciated and we look forward to hosting you again this coming Autumn.
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Mark C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice house & area, problems with additional charges.”
Reviewed 29 December 2016 for a stay in November 2016

We stayed here for my wife’s 50th Birthday in November 2016 and the cottage rental was a gift from our friends. Landlord agreed to our dog, Illy, staying with us. Unfortunately, the weather was atrocious with horizontal rain which meant Illy got soaked.
We’d taken our dog cage and bedding for her, but she did jump up onto the sofa twice, luckily there was an off white protective cotton sofa throw. We quickly got her back into her cage where she slept for the whole 3-night period or whenever we were in the house.
It was chilly & damp at night but I didn’t want to turn on the coal effect gas fire in the lounge, they aren’t particularly efficient & there was no CO detector. No real problem as we spent all our time out walking or in Totnes or at our friends, using house as a base just in the late evening.
Due to the rain we left on the Monday morning, all fine until our friend contacted me that evening, to say the landlord refused to refund of the £100 deposit due to additional cleaning attributed to our dog including a musty damp smell pervading throughout the house.
It took some time for the landlord to respond to my challenge, asking for further information, evidently problems with the server she had sent the photographic evidence from. This included a pre-stay (but no post-stay) video; an email description and a photo of three or four tiny mud spots on a washable polyester curtain.
I was annoyed as this smacked of punitive opportunism.
My wife had gone through the house vacuuming the morning we left, ensuring any paw prints near the front door on the floor were completely removed using our own dish cloth. Commenting about the red brick dust behind both sofas, I know how thorough she had been in vacuuming
After a robust challenge, I was eventually charged £57 to wash two throws and a curtain. Not a great deal I accept, but in my opinion unacceptable; if you rent a holiday cottage out as a business you should expect fair wear and tear.
In addition whilst washing bedding & towels in the course of business operation, washing two throws and an unlined curtain hardly justifies £57. In closing the dog only jumped up on one sofa. Why I was charged for cleaning two throws I have no idea – amazingly the itemised breakdown detailed “two stain removal treatments per throw” - I can only assume at the end of the season it just needed a good clean anyway.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
24 Jan 2017
This review is clearly written out of disgruntlement as a result of our decision to withhold some of the damage deposit to cover additional cleaning costs. I want to take the opportunity to respond to this review in a factual manner.
The friends who booked the cottage on behalf of these guests were notified of the problems within hours of the guests departure. Having had a chance to advise their friends (these guests), the response we received within 24 hrs refuted/denied any problems. I then provided the pre-arrival video and post departure images by email within 48 hrs. (The problem was not one of my server but one of receipt on account of the size of the image files). The only delay in responding was that all my communications were being channeled via the friends of these guests, who actually made and paid for the booking. The pre-arrival video clearly showed the property to be left in a very presentable state and the post departure images clearly showed the issues of excessive dog hair on the floor, staining to the sofa throws and fabric curtain. These guests were advised that the damage deposit would be withheld until we could ascertain the cost of cleaning and as all fabrics were washable, we chose this route and not dry cleaning, (which incidentally would have cost more as would replacement items). The nature of the staining required two attempts at removal and the guests (their friends) were charged fairly and accordingly and the balance of the deposit was duly returned. We have been accused, and I quote, "of punitive opportunism" however, whilst we do expect and accept there to be reasonable wear and tear, we believe our actions not be opportunistic but to be fair under the circumstances and the evidence we could also provide. It is a pity that these guests could not be more gracious in their acknowledgment and acceptance of responsibility.
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sammieblu...
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Okey stay but would not return”
Reviewed 21 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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people found this review helpful

Stayed here with some friends in August, cottage was nice enough, the lounge is the better room with the beamed ceiling and quirky features, the bedrooms are definitely on the small side for 5 adults, would suit a family better. Well equipped kitchen. There is only 2 parking spaces available for this cottage which is abit of a pain. Our stay was enjoyable however after leaving the customer service was not great, the good will security deposit was not given back to use for a so called cleaning issue within the bathroom that was certainly not caused by us on leaving and not brought up until a week after via email.

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Management Response
8 Oct 2015
Sadly this review does not reflect the reality of the situation surrounding this group stay.

As with all our guests, we are very diligent about keeping copies of correspondence, be they letters, emails or texts, so that, as for these guests, we can refer to communications if required.

This group of 5 women booked to stay at the cottage during the summer holidays and made a reservation in full knowledge of the cottage configuration (which is as advertised), including the two reserved parking spaces which is not only normally sufficient for a group of this size, but increasingly rare for rental properties.

After clarifying it was a booking for 5 friends, we also made available the use of a sofa bed at no extra charge, including linen and towels.

Whilst there were some delays in getting responses to our communications, due to apparent problems with the client’s phone and email, in addition to being in contact in advance of the trip, providing information and answering questions, we were also in contact during the stay to check everything was OK. It was during the stay that we received a text saying “the cottage has been beautiful, even if the weather hasn’t been… “. After the trip we also received an email stating “we had a lovely time and would love to revisit in the future”.

This perspective however changed when the client learned that we were not able to return their security deposit. This was based on the fact that on arriving after they had left, as is practice, to conduct the usual changeover, we were required to bringing in extra cleaning support to get the cottage ready for next guests, on account of the amount of grass and sand that was all over the cottage, remains of fake tan in the bath, on some tiles and on 2 towels (which had to be thrown) and the kitchen untidiness. Whilst of course we do expect to clean on a changeover, we also ask (and hope) guests are respectful of the condition in which they leave the property. If needed, equipment and materials are left available. Evidently however, no or very little attempt was made to use them.

Contrary to previous feedback detailed above, this guest review has sadly been written purely out of disgruntlement with our decision to withhold their security deposit. These guests have elected to publish a negative public review, rather than liaise with us, or respond in person to our reasons for denying the deposit return. We believe our decision to use the security deposit to cover these additional and avoidable costs, was a reasonable decision and one that many other holiday home owners would take.
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Scotty577
Naperville, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Clean and Compact.”
Reviewed 11 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

This is a very nice stable conversion on the outside of Paignton. Clean and compact, light and airy - the main bedroom could do with a blind for the skylight and light deadening shades elsewhere. The 2nd bedroom has a "double" bunk lower and single bunk upper, just enough room to open the door and to reach the built in storage. Would not recommend it for 4/5 adults - more like 2 adults with young children. Amenities are close by with a reasonably nice pub 5 minutes walk.

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Liked best: Alloted parking space.
Liked least: Could not sleep after sun came up, skylighti s above bed.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
12 May 2015
Thank you for your recent review, and all your feedback - I'm very pleased you had an enjoyable stay. And yes, the property is as advertised and therefore most of our guests tend to be couples with or without children, who enjoy the facilities and location. Although we do have 4 adults on occasions who understand the property configuration. We hope to be able to welcome you again. Regards.
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RibenaD
Londo,
2 reviews
“Perfect holiday cottage”
Reviewed 21 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

We loved our stay here. It has everything we needed for us and our 1 year old daughter. It was lovely and warm in every room and had plenty of space for us. We can't wait to stay here again. The owner was lovely and helpful. Thank you for a wonderful stay x

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Liked best: It was very clean
Liked least: parking
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Jan 2015
Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm very pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay and the cottage and we do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future.
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DinahB014...
Halifax, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed 20 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Everything and more than we wanted. From booking to contact after the holiday has been courteous and caring. The cottage is well cared for, homely and well furnished and very clean. Well supplied and a lovely touch leaving us a welcome pack. Really need a car but the walks in this area a great. Would certainly recommend.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
21 Oct 2014
Thank you for your kind review. It's always good to hear guests are pleased with the cottage and also that you enjoyed the area.
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