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  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 2 Pets
  • Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
  • Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
  • Coastal within 5 miles
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • Parking - On Site
  • Shared Sauna
  • Children's Play Area
  • Steam Room
  • Shower Cubicle
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5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

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This property is simply fantastic and the on-site activities are never-ending.

"Devon’s best kept secret... Just inland from some of Devon’s loveliest and most natural beaches lies the village of Tuckenhay set along Bow Creek on the River Dart...."

In a setting of stunning natural beauty, Tuckenhay Mill is the centrepiece of a cluster of country homes and cottages with superb leisure facilities including two indoor and one outdoor pools, making it ideal for a family holiday for all ages.
The Mill which once produced some of the finest paper in the land, nestles in the green and shady Bow Creek, a languid inlet of the River Dart where private yachts have replaced the old tall-masted ships and barges. Around the mill are all the buildings which once went to make up a small bustling village port. These listed buildings have been sympathetically restored and converted to a delightful range of holiday properties to suit larger family parties. Awards have been won for the conversion of buildings and the conservation of the area. With so much to do, many holidaymakers return year after year.

South Devon awaits you
Tuckenhay is only a 20-minute drive from the superb award-winning beach at Blackpool Sands and about 30 minutes from a surfing beach at Bantham, as well as some of the best natural beaches to be found anywhere in the UK.
There is also extensive access to the coastal footpath for walking and the wilderness that is Dartmoor for walking, climbing and riding.
This is a mecca for ramblers, bird-watchers, swimmers, surfers, horse riders, golfers and those interested in fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing.
In addition, there are many historic NT houses to visit including Agatha Christies’s Greenway as well as a local vineyard (with award-winning wines) at Sharpham.
Tuckenhay is only 5 miles inland from Dartmouth and 3 from the market town of Totnes. Village shop 3½ miles. Riverside inn and restaurant within walking distance.

A superb choice of cottages
Each of the cottages has been individually styled to offer comfortable and spacious accommodation. Great care has been taken to retain the feel of the original buildings and extensive use has been made of traditional materials. Most have garden, terrace or patio. Individual cottage details are shown on the following pages.
Many cottages have more than one bathroom and some have an en-suite bathroom to every bedroom. Kitchens are comprehensively equipped: most have dishwashers and all have microwave cookers.
Couples and honeymooners will feel snug and comfortable in the small cottages: Mill Leat, Mill Stream and Mill Spring. Families can spread out in Papermaker’s or Turbine Cottages, while Mill Lodge, Edgecombe Barn and Tuckenhay Mill House will sleep larger parties in comfort. Of course, combinations of cottages can accommodate bigger gatherings of family or friends.

This extensive and magnificent house with its own private patio leading from the spacious kitchen/breakfast room is set in the Mill’s landscaped grounds and enjoys splendid views up the valley over a meadow bounded by a stream. The building was once the ‘fulling and tucking mill’ to the original paper mill, but it has now been tastefully converted to form a spectacular house on two levels offering generous accommodation. There are inner and outer halls, and a palatial 32-ft living room with arched stone fireplace, alcoves and exposed timbers. The fine dining room features a panelled wall (from the original ‘dye room’) and there is a separate sitting room also with TV. The enormous kitchen/breakfast room is fitted in farmhouse-style, with modern appliances – including electric range (for cooking), dishwasher, washing machine/tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. There is a separate utility room and walk-in larder. Cloakroom/toilet. Shower room with power shower. French doors lead from the kitchen to the patio and grounds. First floor: Master double bedroom leading on to balcony with superb valley views. Separate dressing room with additonal 2ft 6in single bed (for +1), sauna and bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet Four further bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed and three twin. Main bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, oil-fired central heating, hot water and use of swimming pools - charges vary by season £169-£273per week or £91-£147 for short breaks
  • Travel cot
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • DVD
  • Mini radio/CD
  • Electricity range included
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Extra fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • Payphone
  • Private garden
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue

  • Bed linen included
  • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
  • Flatscreen TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi internet access (limited at times, in badminton/games hall, )
  • Shared payphone
  • Shared use of grounds
  • Shared barbecue area
  • Ample parking for cars and boats
  • Two pints of milk on arrival
  • No smoking (cottages and all facilities)
  • NB: Stream in mill grounds

  • Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer by £1 slot meter
  • Extensive indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including 60-ft outdoor swimming pool (8 am to 8 pm, 1 May to 1 October) and all-weather tennis court
  • Superb indoor leisure complex with two heated swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and drench shower (Roman Pool open daily 8.30 am to 8.30 pm – Wednesdays to 9 pm – for all ages, under adult supervision. Waterfall Pool open daily 8.30 am to 6.30 pm for adults and children over 10 accompanied by a swimming adult)

  • Outdoor - small children’s play areas with swings, climbing frames, slides, Wendy house and football field. Indoor - a huge play area with slides, puzzles, pool table, table football, snooker and table tennis
  • Extra travel cots and high chairs provided
  • Mother and baby changing facility with walk-in shower/wet room (indoor pool). Roman pool with shallow learning bay.

  • Well-behaved dogs are welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat).

Note: This splendid house adjoins Mill Leat and can be booked in conjunction with it – to form superb accommodation sleeping a total of 12+1 people

Tuckenhay is renowned for its spectacular award winning indoor pools with glass mosaics and hand-painted silk murals, they combine exotic decoration with the most modern dehumidification and purification equipment and full changing facilities.
This dramatic Roman style 32ft pool (4ft 6in deep) has a safe children’s bay reached by separate steps. Completing the experience are sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter), a refreshing cool drench shower fed from the underground spring and a separate Jacuzzi with hydro jets.
Open daily from 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Children must be supervised.
This award winning pool is sculptured in a curved shape over 40ft long (4ft 6in deep), and bounded in part by a natural grotto rock face of tumbling water. It incorporates the ultimate in water movement technology: floor and wall massage jets, water volcanoes, water cannons and swim jets. There are two Jacuzzis - one in the pool - sauna and steam room (£1 by slot meter) and hot and cold spring-fed showers.
Separate mother and baby changing facilities with walk-in shower/wet room. Open daily from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm. Adults and children over ten with a swimming adult.
The extra charge for use of pools and heating, detailed in the cottage descriptions is all inclusive in the final balance.
HEATED OUTDOOR POOL - with heated hot tub with sauna and drench shower
This 60ft pool (3ft - 6ft 6in deep) has landscaped riverside sunbathing terrace and sloping lawn to stream. Open daily 8am to 8pm (1 May–1 Oct). Children must be supervised.


  • Tennis court - a full sized all-weather court. Please bring your own racquets and balls: tennis shoes, not trainers, please
  • Gymnasium - fully equipped with Polaris stations and Aerodyne bikes
  • Badminton court - outdoor court. Please bring your own racquets and shuttlecocks
  • Sports hall - with indoor badminton court and young children’s play area
  • Snooker room - full-sized period table (experienced players only) with additional small snooker table and pool table
  • Second snooker room (open between 9am and 4pm) - with ¾-sized slate table (experienced players only) with pool table and children’s mini-table. Note Papermaker’s Cottage and Turbine Cottage have their own table.
  • Short mat bowls
  • Croquet lawn
  • Hot tub - with sauna on sunbathing deck (1 May to 20 September)
  • 20 acres of grounds with almost 1 mile of pathways (for dog walking) through meadows, dells and woodland; barbecue area, children’s play area and picnic spots.
  • Use of greens and 18-hole championship course (25% discount) at Dartmouth Golf and Country Club

Tuckenhay Mill has led the way with most of the pools being heated by ground source heat pumps. Awards have been given for energy saving as well as pool design and conversion of buildings. 2008 saw the extension of the 20 acres of stunning natural landscape opening up nearly a mile of footpaths through dells, meadows and woodlands along with a natural waterfall. This is the place to enjoy a personal ‘Spring or Autumn Watch’ with swallows in the log store, buzzards on the adjacent hillside, owls in the woods and ducks and swans down on Bow Creek. Strolls can be taken with the dog and picnics enjoyed on a bench by the river. Children can stroke the goats and even collect eggs for breakfast from the hens (when laying)!

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What do our customers say?

  • 10


    Posted by anonymous

    We stayed in the Mill House again. It is brilliant for 4 generations, age 5 months - 92 years. Plenty of room in the huge lounge and the smaller lounge is great for a quick nap or to do the crossword. The kitchen is great for family suppers round the huge table and very well equipped. The place is very cosy and extremely clean (thank you, Debbie) and comfortable. The pools, tennis court and table tennis were fabulous and the indoor play area was enjoyed by the little ones. All 10 of us had a brilliant time! We had the first Sunday roasts at The Maltsters ***** 5 mins walk. We didn't have brilliant weather but it didn't matter! We did have one beach day and Blackpool Sands is worth a visit. Thanks again

    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2017 11/09/2017
  • 9


    Posted by anonymous

    We stayed at Tuckenhay 30 years ago, we came back with our children and grandchildren to enjoy a lovely holiday with plenty for families of all ages to do. The pools are great, the tennis, badminton and snooker were enjoyed by all especially our teenagers and also our 3 year old grandson had plenty to occupy him. The Mill is a great holiday home for all ages to enjoy, very well equipped and plenty of space for everyone. The en-suite bedroom needs at least a 5 foot bed and the adjoining room needs a 3 foot bed. The big kitchen is brilliant and so well equipped. The grounds are lovely, walk to the waterfall, via the goats and chickens was a highlight for everyone. The extra money for the pools etc is rather excessive on top of the price already paid, could be a bit less. All in all it was a special celebration week for all the family, and thoroughly enjoyed. We would recommend a stay at Tuckenhay to our friends any time. Thank you

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017 21/08/2017
  • 10


    Posted by anonymous

    We stayed in Mill House with our party of 9 (5 adults and 4 children). The house is very spacious and well equipped. The grounds at the mill are beautiful and great for exploring. The pool, games room and tennis courts were a massive hit with our children. I do think the extra charge for the swimming pools is excessive which is why I didn't give 10/10 on value for money. The play area would be great for young children ours were way too big for it the youngest being 6. Overall we had a great week despite the weather (thanks to the indoor facilities at the mill!) and would highly recommend a holiday there.

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017 05/08/2017
  • 10


    Posted by anonymous

    Mill was extremely spacious. Facilities top class. And those staff we met where very friendly and very helpful. Our ages varied from 2-50 plus and there was something for everyone . would visit again and recommend to friends. A small shop or a daily van with milk eggs bread would be the only thing I would add.

    Confirmed guest, 23/06/2017 25/06/2017
  • 9


    Posted by anonymous

    Local Amenities - you have to appreciate the difficulties of Devon lanes. Lack of internet can be inconvenient.

    Confirmed guest, 16/06/2017 20/06/2017
  • 10


    Posted by anonymous

    Lovely holiday, house, clean warm and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Party of family and friends.

    Confirmed guest, 09/12/2016 02/01/2017
  • 9


    Posted by anonymous

    Tuckenhay Mill House is fantastic - the photos on the website fully do it justice. There was enough space - and more - for our family (six adults, four children and a baby) and we all loved it. Just beautiful. Well equipped, everything we needed was there. The games room was great, having the children's play area at one end meant they could play happily whilst the adults indulged in badminton, table tennis or pool. Swimming pools are lovely. And we most often had them to ourselves. Two comments about the pools: closing the adult pool at 6.30 seems silly, when an evening swim is really desirable. And the opening time of 9am means no early morning swim before breakfast. Secondly: £250 surcharge for the use of the pools is a hefty whack on top of the rental fees for the week. We paid it - and tried to forget it and just enjoy the facility - but I felt it is over the top when every unit is paying this. The biggest issue for us was the fact that the house has hard floors, and try as we might, it's impossible to keep children aged five, four, four and two quiet when they have SO much amazing space to explore. So we found ourselves at the sharp end of the couple in the unit which was attached to the end of the house because the children were noisy. We honestly tried our best and kept them confined to the lounge in the early morning (they were all in bed by 7pm), but our best wasn't good enough. It caused us to be constantly anxious, telling them to "be quiet" so as not to annoy our neighbours, and one of my daughters went home a day early with her children. But, all in all, we had a great family week - the house is amazing. Would love to come again.

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2016 24/10/2016

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback. Our pools are open for 10 hours a day, closing in the evening for maintenance and safety. However during the summer months the outdoor pool is open later. Use of the leisure facilities and your heating and hot water including logs and in the winter a hamper this works out at approximately £3 per person per day! We are sorry that you experienced problems with guests in another cottage, which is very unusual.
9.6 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by ReeVoo

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