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Maypool Cottage is a substantial property located on the banks of the beautiful River Dart and on the edge of a large lake. The property is situated in an idyllic location, half a mile upstream from Dartmouth and within a stone's throw of the Greenway Estate, home of Agatha Christie, with the only traffic being the passing boats on the River Dart and the Steam Train that travels by, across the viaduct, on its way to Kingswear. The River Dart is undoubtedly one of Britain's most beautiful tidal estuaries, which springs from the heart of Dartmoor and flows south, through the charming and unspoilt South Hams region of Devon.
Upon arrival at Maypool Cottage, you will be greeted by the resident Estate Caretaker who will show you into the property. The cottage offers very spacious accommodation comprising of a large lounge with french doors opening into a sizeable conservatory running the length of the property, with further doors opening onto the garden, laid to lawn in front of the property leading to the lake. Also on the ground floor is an additional reception room offering an ideal place to sit, relax and read the latest novel whilst enjoying the tranquil environment, a large dining area leading to the kitchen with access out into the garden and benefits from a ground floor double bedroom. There is also a Utility Room to the rear, an ideal area for drying clothes, keeping muddy boots and for bringing dogs into the property .
A sweeping staircase leads to the first floor and the further three bedrooms. A commodious master suite takes centre stage comprising of a substantial sized bedroom with french doors leading out onto a balcony with a view over the River Dart, his and hers walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite bathroom. A double bedroom to the front also benefits from access out onto the balcony, with a further twin bedroom and the family bathroom to the rear.
The garden wraps around the front of the property, laid to lawn with a sunken BBQ area and edged by the large lake with the banks of the River Dart within touching distance. A footpath leads around the banks of the lake, taking in the breathtaking viaduct, built in 1860 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as part of the former SDR/GWR railway from Newton Abbot to Kingswear, now taking the Steam Train to and from Kingswear to Paignton, leading back around to the banks of the river. Parking is available to the rear of the property.
- Saturday changeover
- Sleeps 8
- 4 Bedrooms
- 1 Pet allowed
- WiFi available
- Nearest pub 2 miles
- Open fire/woodburner
- 2 Bathrooms
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Travel cot
- Washing machine
- Nearest shop 2 miles
- River views
A lovely place for a family holiday, we hope to go back.Mrs Pamela Hunt - 21st February 2018
Had a lovely christmas week in Maypool Cottage. Superb location, loved being serenaded by the wildfowl during the day and the spooky seals at dusk.Had sun, torrential rain, a real thunderstorm, but managed to get in some lovely local walks. Home was very stunning and warm, especially with the log burner even though it got cold outside. Thanks so much!Curtis - 30th December 2017
A beautiful property in a wonderful location..peace and tranquility abounds, only broken by the occasional steam train going over the viaduct..woodland walking straight from the door..what could be better than watching boats coming and going on the river Dart while listening to the verious bird songs...Mrs Sheila MacDonald - 30th October 2017
A wonderful week in the most beautiful location, shear perfection.MacDonald - 28th October 2017
The house was bigger than i ever imagined! ping pong pleasant addition too! We loved it 10/10 would stay again. Waller - 16th September 2017
Had fantastic time at Maypool Cottage. Interesting wildlife, great views, saw seals , egrets little grebe - with baby. Wright - 12th August 2017
We had a lovely week in Maypool Cottage and it was a wonderful location. I am so glad this place was booked for us. It's a lovely cottage and I loved every minute. Thank you. Schrieber - 29th July 2017
Wonderful holiday in the most perfect place, thank you Hinchcliffe - 27th May 2017
Well- what a setting in which to celebrate a 60th birthday! As my heritage would say- Bostin! stunning accommodation in a fabulous, serene setting. A beautiful peaceful setting and a perfect house to relax in. A fabulous setting for an amazing week of celebrationsMaslen - 22nd April 2017
One of THE best holidays!
I really think that this was one of the best holidays I've ever had. The location of Maypool Cottage is, of course, absolutely gorgeous and the house itself is huge and comfortable. This holiday was one of simple pleasures including canoeing, sailing, swimming and loads of table tennis. It was so relaxing just to sit quietly and read, with that lovely view to look up at. The stream training going past and tooting added to the whole experience. It was lovely spending such a happy week with family (with ages ranging from 15 to 81 years). A big thank you to Becki and Marcus for everything. Hope to see you again!Gill Hague - 13th August 2016
Great place to stay - bring a small car for the narrow lane!
Becky and Marcus,the caretakers at the cottage, made our stay even better. (Might be an idea to get the window cleaner in to do the windows inside however). Only one problem concerning the lake. We were told not to allow the dogs in the lake so as to not upset the wild life, no fishing etc which we adhered to diligently only to find that when friends of the owners arrived at the boathouse they kayaked on the lake for hours (talk about double standards) - try explaining that to two little children. Perhaps you need to explain that the lake is for owners use only in future, never mind the swans!Anne from Kent - 23rd July 2016
Thanks to Becky and Marcus for their help and mackerel!Butlers from Kent - 23rd July 2016
We were so pleased that the house looked just as it did on the internet even better in fact . We had a lovely stay and was nothing we were disappointed with . There were 4 generations of us and it suited all I would like mention that the house did feel like it was a work in progress for letting out, As the downstairs bedroom was not really ready to use ad a proper bedroom. And the room with 2 singles were really only suitable for children . This did not hamper our stay , but it might put us off from booking again as we wouldn't expect the person staying in the big bedroom to pay the same as using the downstairs room . Hope this is helpful Kind regardsSally and Dave Dunstable - 2nd July 2016
A wonderful house - very large and well equipped and spotlessly clean. The grounds are beautiful and very relaxing. Just one niggle. The master bedroom needs a proper en suite with shower cubicle. The ceiling is too low to use the shower in the bath. Also there is not one clock in the whole house and neither is there a full length mirror. Apart from those and rather bad weather the holiday was superb.Val from Hampshire - 18th June 2016
Stunning location. Excellent property
Amazing location on the River Dart. Resident housekeepers very helpful and friendly. House well presented with everything you might need.Nigel from Kent - 20th February 2016
Comfortable, relaxing winter break
Visiting Maypole at Christmas meant that enjoyment of the outdoors was based on brisk walks in the woods and along the shoreline, or the invigorating climb up the valley into Galmpton. All of which were delightful. Indoors the house was spectacular - light, bright, warm spaces with wonderful views, a wood-burning stove and a spacious kitchen and dining room for Christmas dinner. Marcus the caretaker gave us a warm welcome and had a fire going and a lovely Christmas tree decorated for our arrival. Maypool really was a home from home and this was a wonderful winter break.Chris from Cleveland, Ohio - 27th December 2015
A wonderfully relaxing break in an idyllic location.
Maypool Cottage is a wonderful house in a truly magical location. We had a fabulous time walking the lake trail, watching the birds and enjoying all the comings and goings of the river. Our daughters simply loved the swans and cygnets, ducks and ducklings and spent many an hour crabbing on the river bank. We ventured out a few times to enjoy the local area but didn't want to stay away long as it really is such a special place to be. Thank you to Marcus and Becki for their help and particularly to Becki for organising the woodland treasure hunt which our girls thought was epic!Mr and Mrs Finn, Surrey - 18th July 2015
Beautiful setting for a relaxing holiday
We were speechless when we arrived at the beautiful setting of this house. We were very fortunate to have a glorious week of sunshine, and the surrounding lake, estuary and woodland walks made it a perfect location to wind down and relax for a week. There is a lovely private woodland walk around the lake - takes about 10 to 15 minutes - and also direct access to the estuary and woods which the dogs were very excited about. As mentioned, we took our dogs with us, and we found that the house has a direct pathway which links with the Dart Valley Trail (up a fairly steep incline) which was ideal for long walks. We could get to the ferry at Greenways in about 35 mins. and Kingswear in just over an hour, with the vast majority of the walks being on woodland paths and hills that meant the dogs could be free to run without the worry of traffic. The house itself had better facilities than we had expected with a separate downstairs toilet and an additional toilet and shower room also on the ground floor. The master bedroom suite was fantastic with a huge en-suite and his & hers walk in wardrobes. The only minor criticism we could make was that there were cobwebs and spiders on the ceilings in many of the rooms, and some of the windows were in need of a clean to make the most of the fantastic views, but apart from these minor things, the house was very clean and tidy. All together an excellent holiday and one that I would have no hesitation in returning to.Gary - Warminster Wilts - 13th June 2015
lovely house, grounds and very relaxing
Maypool Cottage was a wonderful house for us as we were celebrating several special occasions with our family during the week. The weather was very wet which meant we spent more time in the house which in a way was a nice bonus and provided some relaxing time whilst watching the wildlife on the lake. Lovely grounds and views.Lynne and family - 9th May 2015
Idyllic location, with huge grounds to roam. Fun house with good ameneties.
The kitchen units need some attention, but the rest of the property is so good that this can be overlooked. Excellent for children or as a quiet retreat. The caretaker is very helpful and welcoming, as were the ownersMarg from Glos - 11th April 2015
Maypool Cottage was everything we hoped for. A warm welcome with blazing woodburners, Christmas tree and candles was waiting for us. The setting is beyond words, the accommodation and facilities excellent and Becki and Marcus very helpful but respectful of our privacy. 12 out of 10The Phillips, Nantwich - 27th December 2014
A piece of heaven..
I loved the look of Maypool Cottage when I saw it online, but golly, did it exceed out expectations! Difficult to describe its beauty and tranquility. Once we got there we only left to get provisions because we were so entranced by the bird life on the lake - the swans with their cygnets, and the occasional precious glimpse of a kingfisher, plus the lovely gardens and the comings and goings along the River Dart. The caretakers, Becky and Marcus are very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. Would not suit people looking for wild night life, but there are plenty of interesting places to visit which are close by suitable for families, and when we visit Maypool Cottage again we may tear ourselves away to do that. Maybe......Carole P. - 10th September 2014
Fabulous location - spacious, well appointed and well equipped
We spent a great week here. The house is large and light. The views from all of the rooms at the front of the house are brilliant and change through the day, regardless of whether you are looking at the mill pond or the Dart.. The beds are simply the best we have ever experienced in a holiday let! To make the most of our time we rented a boat. This puts a whole different dimension on how you experience the area. Breakfast in Dartmouth, afternoon tea in Diittisham, evenings crabbing at Stoke Gabriel, the choice is yours, so long as the tides are in your favour. There is plenty to do local to the house, provided that you are ok with going up and down steep but short hills. Greenway is just half an hour away over the hill. You can pick up the Dart trail by climbing the hill on the far side of the lake. The caretakers, Marcus and Becki, are brilliant. Very helpful and proactive, they sorted out a number of little things for us that just made our stay that little bit better. They are a great asset.The Guildford Chadwicks - 2nd August 2014
Peaceful and relaxing. A wildlife haven on the lake.
The setting at Maypool Cottage couldn't be more idyllic. An incredible spot for watching the wildlife on the lake and the boats putter up and down on the river. The house is nice and spacious with great views and the beds are very comfortable. Caretakers were very friendly and approachable and did their best to solve any problems that arose. The house was billed as 'top notch' however it is not without a few teething problems as I believe we were only the second guests to stay here. The resident caretakers are aware of these issues and will hopefully be sorting them out for future guests. We would book this again if there was simple access to a boat (with an engine) from the house. As Maypool Cottage is quite isolated it would be a perfect solution for messing about on the river.Charlotte Durham - 12th July 2014
Maypool Cottage is situated at the end of a steep single track private driveway in the Hamlet of
Maypool situated on the outskirts of Galmpton, Brixham. Heating throughout the property is
provided by oil fired central heating radiators and there are also two wood burning stoves.
There is parking provided at the property with level access into the property at the rear. This area is
well lit at night by motion sensor lights.
From the rear the property is accessed across an external rubber mat, over a threshold 30mm high
and through a glazed doorway 730mm wide. This leads into a large tiled lobby area with a large
opening leading either side into the kitchen and dining area with a further glazed doorway opposite
the entrance, 730mm wide, leading to the garden area.
Large octagonal room on the ground floor with step free, level access from the lobby area. The tiled
floor continues into the kitchen that has a range of base and wall units with a wooden worksurface
at 920mm high. Belfast sink is 870mm above the floor and 170mm deep. There is an electric aga
with gas hob for cooking, two dishwashers (one slimline) and a large fridge freezer, highest shelf
1780mm/lowest shelf 1080mm in the fridge and lowest drawer in the freezer 360mm. This area is
well lit by halogen lights and natural light, having three sides glazed offering views over the garden
and lake across to the river. Pine table provided – 650mm from floor to lowest point of table
(underspace), 750mm high and 4 pine chairs with seat pads and no arms.
Washing machine and tumble dryer are housed in a separate utility room.
Double door 1160mm wide entry from the lobby area with an oak floor laid with a large dining table
and eight high backed chairs with padded seats and no arms. Centre chairs have restricted depth as
the table is supported by a central plinth. Table underspace is 680mm from floor, 740mm high. Lit
by a range of wall lights and also by natural light.
Large opening leads directly into the lounge area.
Level access from the dining area into a large spacious room; oak flooring continues. Furniture
comprises two sofas and two coordinating armchairs and movable footstool. There is a selection of
moveable glass topped side and coffee table, Low level TV unit housing the flatscreen freeview TV
and DVD player. This area is lit by a range of wall lights and one bar of3 spot lights. Glazed French
doors 1500mm wide lead out on the decking and a further two sets of glazed French doors lead into
the conservatory. Another two sets of glazed French doors 1200mm wide open into the second
lounge with a glazed door 740mm wide leading into
Situated on the ground floor leading directly off the lounge with carpet flooring laid. The room is
furnished with a double divan bed with mattress at 650mm high with a bedside cabinet and table
light to one side. There is also a fitted dressing table unit and one wall has a range of built-in storage
cupboards. There is a curtain in place for use across the glazed door and partition for privacy.
Accessed form the lounge, or conservatory this second lounge provides an ideal relaxation room
furnished with two sofas and side tables with a feature log burning stove
Door 740mm wide leading off second lounge with low level WC and washbasin, please note that this is not wheelchair accessible
Door 740mm wide leading off second lounge with a tiled floor laid. Worksurface with sink and with washing machine and tumble dryer. Door leads to rear of property and parking area. Door 720mm wide leads into
A continuation of a tiled floor and fitted with a low level WC, washbasin and one high step up into the shower cubicle with folding doors
Three sets of glazed French doors lead into the large conservatory stretching the length of the property with a tiled floor laid. Full glazed windows offer fantastic views with a set of glazed French doors leading out onto the front garden area. The room is furnished with a round dining table and six chairs, moveable conservatory furniture of a two seater sofa and two chairs and a full size table tennis table.
14 carpeted stairs lead from the second lounge to the first floor with split level landings leading to the bedrooms and family bathroom
Door 720mm wide leading from landing into the spacious master bedroom with a carpeted flooring laid. Double divan bed with mattress at 650mm high, a separate single bed to provide flexibility, dressing table. Glazed french doors 1650mm wide lead out onto a paved balcony around two side sofa the room. Door 740mm wide leading into the ensuite bathroom and dressing room with a continuation of a carpeted flooring. En suite comprising of a bath set into a tiled surround, WC, bidet and pedestal washbasin with mirror over.
Door 740mm wide into bedroom 2 with carpeted flooring laid. Double divan bed with mattress at 650mm high with bedside cabinets, built in storage cupboard. Glazed French doors lead out onto balcony
Door 740mm wide leading into bedroom with carpeted flooring laid. Furniture comprising of two single beds, bedside table, chest of drawers and a built in open wardrobe and storage area.
Corridor 720mm wide leading to family bathroom with panelled bath, separate shower cubicle, low level WC.
The garden is laid to lawn with mature borders leading down to the edge of the lake. Please note that there is no fencing around the lake. Leading directly off the property is a decked terrace on two sides with a 'sunken' BBQ area. Pathways lead from the property to a woodland walk around the lake and to the waters edge of the River Dart