Letting with Blueriver Cottages

As a trusted brand with offices in South Devon’s key tourist locations, each year we welcome back thousands of regular visitors who love to stay in this beautiful area. Through our many years of experience and our portfolio of over 200 properties, we understand that every property is different, so from the beginning of our relationship with you, we are sure to identify your requirements in order to make letting your holiday property as smooth a journey as possible.

Our advice is free and without obligation, so call us today on: 01803 833682 or email info@bluerivercottages.co.uk

A little more about us...

We have a great team of truly local, friendly and enthusiastic staff.

With offices in the beautiful locations of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Torquay, plus a friendly team of South Devon locals who are intimately familiar with both this wonderful county and our portfolio of over 200 properties, we can make your property work harder for you.

If you prefer to remain hands-on, we can make it easier for you by marketing your property, taking bookings and processing payments on your behalf. Or, if you’d like us to, we can also take care of changeovers, housekeeping, maintenance, or completely manage the property if you wish – it’s up to you.

Whether you’re considering investing in a holiday property, in the midst of building works or renovation, or have one ready to go, we are always more than happy to discuss your requirements and answer any queries you may have. We offer informed and honest income projections, suggestions for property improvements, letting guidance and a full assessment of your property’s potential.

Along with our experience, our local team are passionate about the industry they work in and aim to get the very best returns on your investment to make your holiday let a real success.


Mel Toms | Portfolio Development Manager

Being a Blackawton girl, I have grown up in and around South Devon since day 1. I’m very lucky to have found a job that I love and I meet a diverse range of people and get to see South Devon from a different angle every day. It doesn’t get much better than this! I love walking my dog along Brixham’s Breakwater and along the coastline to Shoalstone Pool and beach, it’s a beautiful walk and both myself and my dog get to dip our toes/paws in the water. Loving where I live makes it easy to talk about it with passion to Homeowners. I have been with Blueriver Cottages since 2015 and my main job role includes recruiting new properties to the portfolio, I enjoy meeting and advising Homeowners about how to get the most out of their holiday property from an owners perspective and for guests to receive the greatest holiday in their property and I love being part of the property upload process. I love taking the property photographs ready for the website.

Nat Haxton | New Business Consultant

I have recently joined Blueriver Cottages as a New Business Consultant and also recently relocated back to Devon – my home. Having always worked within the holiday letting industry both here in the West Country and across Europe, the South Hams is one of my favourites places to be. We’re extremely lucky to be surrounded by beautiful coastlines, lush green countryside and backed by the rugged moors. I grew up on Dartmoor, however my passion has always been the coast and now I’m very fortunate enough to live by the sea with my husband and daughter. In my spare time you’ll find me on the beach, building sandcastles, catching crabs and this summer attempting to paddle board on the Erme estuary.

Best of both worlds

Letting with Blueriver Cottages provides you with the best of both worlds: truly local expertise coupled with national exposure

We are very proud of our local roots, but also feel very privileged to be part of a larger family. Our parent company, Original Cottages has grown from humble beginnings to a national brand. Still a family owned company, their ethos remains the same today: to provide the advantages of a personal, local service, but with countrywide reach.

Please view the following short video to learn how we and our family of brands benefit from being part of the Original Cottages group:

Why choose Blueriver Cottages?

Leading digital marketing expertise including advertising on over 30 extra websites
Experienced & friendly local team plus a centralised team of specialist experts
Competitive commission rates, no sign-up fees*

*An annual property grading fee of £120+vat will apply

Letting out your holiday cottage can sometimes be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be

That’s why we’re here to help, and thanks to our friendly team of local experts who know this industry inside and out, you are truly in safe hands with Blueriver Cottages.

Through our many years of experience and our portfolio of over 200 properties, we understand that every property is different, so from the beginning of our relationship with you, we are sure to identify your requirements in order to make letting your holiday property as smooth a journey as possible. Along with our experience, our local team are passionate about the industry they work in and aim to get the best returns on your money to make your holiday let a success, enabling you to reap the rewards of multiple bookings. 

Blueriver Cottages is a family-owned, local business. Since its launch, it has grown steadily in size and reputation to become the trusted expert for holiday homes in the South Hams and South Devon. 

What do we offer?

  • Free advice
  • Peace of mind
  • Flexibility
  • Progressive and innovative marketing
  • Honesty and market insight
  • Competitive commission rates
  • Expert knowledge
  • A great support team available 12 hours a day, six days a week and four hours on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Thinking of letting your property? Why not get in touch with Mel and Natalie, our local property experts, to book a no obligation, free discussion to learn more about the services we offer. We also offer a free Homeowner Information Pack, which can be ordered using the form at the bottom of this page.

We also offer full property management

We can provide two levels of service: Bookings Only or Full Management, depending on your requirements. 

Bookings Only

Our Bookings Only service provides you with all your marketing needs and is an efficient and professional alternative to handling enquiries and bookings yourself. This includes:

  • A premium listing on the Blueriver website, as well as our sister brand Marsdens Devon Cottages and parent brand Original Cottages
  • National and international marketing. 
  • We also advertise with local tourist information centres, local publications and businesses
  • Secure online booking and payments facility (enabling guests to check availability online and proceed with a booking 24/7)
  • Fast and professional response to enquiries
  • Payment processing (including Debit and Credit Cards)
  • Booking confirmation and arrival instructions sent to guests
  • Owners Login to our online property management system, enabling you to add your own bookings, monitor your accounts and draw down several other financial and statistical reports of your property’s performance.

Full Management

An ideal solution for property owners who live away from the area, or are unable to handle the changeovers or property maintenance themselves.

In addition to all "bookings only" features, our full management service offers the following:

  • Welcome Book - a list of information you need to include in your welcome book.
  • Cleaning and laundry co-ordination (charges apply)
  • Emergency Call Out (8am - 10pm) and Key Holding service, responding to all emergency calls out of normal office opening hours. 
  • Our cleaning team have access to a dedicated system that provides them with the details for every booking (guests names, arrival/departure times, duration of stay and any special requests or instructions), so they can ensure the property and any extras or essentials are there for when your guests arrive.
  • Regular property checks (charges apply)
  • Payment of bills e.g. maintenance contractors, household items, etc (on the owner’s behalf)
  • Co-ordination of contractors for maintenance works (10% charge + VAT is applied to all contractors invoices)

Let's Talk Marketing

We love marketing almost as much as we love holiday properties

We can help maximise booking rates for your property with our extensive, targeted marketing programme:

Online Marketing

Our website is the most important tool we have to promote our wonderful selection of properties. Our website is ‘responsive’ which means it’s appearance changes to best fit the device on which it is being viewed. We invest in ‘pay per click’ advertising to ensure that our position on Google is good and we work hard to ensure that we are always adding relevant information to our site, which creates a good user experience and also improves our ‘organic’ search engine performance. We also market all our properties on our group website, www.originalcottages.co.uk.

Our social media audience is always growing as we actively seek to talk to our customers on a personal level to both build awareness of our brand and strengthen relationship we have with our customers.

Affiliate Websites

In addition to our own websites, we pay to list your properties on 20+ affiliate websites, both in the UK and elsewhere in the EU, casting the net further still. 

These include: AirbnbBooking.comSnaptripHoliday Lettings and HomeAway.

Our Brochure

We offer our free magazine which highlights some of our properties and gives an overview of the different areas our portfolio is based in, as well as providing useful information and featured articles about things to do and places to see in the area. Not only does this attract new customers to Blueriver, we find it also encourages our existing customers to re-visit South Devon again.

Campaign Marketing

In this day and age, it is important to increase brand awareness amongst holidaymakers and locals alike through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thanks to the ever-evolving social media, we are able to target potential guests based on lookalike groups that match our target demographic.

We also regularly communicate with our customers with personalised, targeted emailing, featuring properties, events and special offers. In addition to this, with our online blog we give customers insider news and tips to make the most of their holidays.

Advertising & PR

We place carefully timed advertisements in local press and selected national magazines and papers.

We work with PR specialists, journalists and high profile bloggers to gain our cottages as much coverage as possible. We also work closely with local tourism agencies and a number of UK and overseas affiliates.

Additional benefits for our homeowners

10% Original Cottages discount

As we are part of the Original Cottages group, our homeowners enjoy a 10% discount off their own holidays.

With over 5,000 Original Cottages properties to choose from, you too could enjoy exploring the UK for less.

Exclusive discounts from our partners

We love loyal customers. So, to say thank you for choosing us, we’ve teamed up with a range of local and national companies to ensure that you are rewarded with some seriously great offers and discounts.

Find out more by requesting an Owner Information Pack today.


Ready to learn more? Request our FREE Homeowner Information Pack

Please fill in your details below to request a Homeowner Information Pack. We will send you a guide filled with information about successful holiday letting and how to maximise your return on your second home, and will follow this with a friendly call to discuss how we can best help you.