English Country Cottages

Tuckenhay Mill - Miller’s Thumb

Bow Creek, nr. Totnes

Property Reference: HHV
  • Sleeps4
  • Pets 1
  • Bedrooms2
  • Grade4 Star rating

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Availability & Price

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Available start days
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2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri

4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

This property may offer special 6 night duration on 28th June. Call us for booking details
This property may offer special 6 night duration on 28th June. Call us for booking details
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Property Features

  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Ground Floor FacilitiesGround Floor Facilities
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Ideal for GolfIdeal for Golf
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Hot TubHot Tub
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • StairgateStairgate
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection

Property Description

"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 Blue Flag 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.

Commanding spectacular views over Bow Creek from its elevated position. From its modest exterior, it has the best uninterrupted views of Bow Creek and the surrounding valley. It is a comfortably furnished property, with its own private garden and wooden sun deck. Small entrance hall. Open-plan living room with doors to garden, modern fitted kitchen and dining area. Double bedroom fitted in antique pine. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full NSH, hot water and use of swimming pools £100 per week or £50 for short breaks
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Dishwasher
  • Additional fridge
  • Garden and sun deck with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen included
  • High chairs and additional travel cots available by arrangement (one high chair, one cot in all cottages unless otherwise stated)
  • Modern flatscreen TVs
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Wi-fi internet access (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.
  • One well-behaved dog is welcome in all cottages (except Mill Leat) (Dogs go free 2 November - 13 December).

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)!

Customer Comments

Selected comment(s) from customers who have enjoyed staying at this property:
  1. We love Tuckenhay Mill, and Millers Thumb is great as you can get wifi reception. It is also detached from the main mill so nice and quiet, it also has a lovely deck so you can sit out there with a morning coffee or a glass of wine and look at the fantastic views. April 2012.
  2. Millers Thumb is in a great location within Tuckenhay Mill. The enclosed garden / decking area was excellent for our 2 young children, and the views are stunning. There is plenty to do on site and the facilities are of a high standard. I would recommend staying at Tuckenhay Mill and hope to visit Millers Thumb again in the future. June 2011.
  3. We found the cottage lovely and just what we were looking for. Cosy comfortable and quiet. April 2011.
  4. This is our second stay at Millers Thumb and we like this property as it is a little distanced from the others in the complex so we don’t feel that our children are disturbing anyone. It also has a private balcony with a lovely view of the valley and river. Sept 2010.
  5. A comfortable cottage, with good facilities, in a quiet location. Sept 2010.
  6. The location of the property within the Mill itself was excellent as it is in an elevated position with its own private balcony and far reaching views. It also has arguably the most generous and convenient parking facilities out of all the cottages which was ideal when unloading and loading the car. Aug 2010.
  7. Spotlessly clean. Everything you might need is provided. Beautiful view from the lounge window and decking down onto the estuary. The facilities at Tuckenhay are excellent and the staff there couldn’t be more helpful and friendly. It is great for dog owners as there are lovely walks in all directions and you can clean them off in the stream when you get back! We have stayed at Tuckenhay many times over the years with various friends and family and have stayed at Millers Thumb the last three times. It feels like a home from home. Nov 2009.
  8. It was cosy and spotlessly clean - I would return to the cottage. Oct 2009.
  9. Was very clean and well equipped, Internet very useful. Could do with some extra pillows. Sept 2009.
  10. Well equipped, quiet. Sept 2009.
  11. The complex was 90% full. However it never seemed busy. My family found their was always something to do and it was the most relaxing break we have had. The kids were and still are heart broken to be back to reality. June 2009.
  12. Someone came to introduce themselves in the first evening and helped us with the TV, video and DVD as there were no instructions about changing scart leads. There is no life guard at the pool therefore children need supervision. The accommodation had good resources but they could do with a reception of some kind in case anybody needed help. The resort was high quality and in a beautiful setting and we had a great time. Very good welcome we received a food pack on arrival, it was very comprehensive and good quality it made the cottage seem like a home. It took us some time to actually find the apartment due to not seeing a picture of the accommodation from the outside in the brochure but finding the resort itself and location was easy. March 2009.
  13. This was our 2nd time at Miller’s Thumb and won’t be our last. The children loved the pool and swam every day. The playroom was fun for all and I even got time to use the gym. Thanks to all at Tuckenhay Mill, we look forward to coming back soon. Sept 2006.
  14. Our first stay at Tuckenhay Mill has been very pleasant and we’d come back to Miller’s Thumb. The property is delightful, clean and the facilities are well thought through. We made good use of the Roman pool with our 20-month-old son and he thoroughly enjoyed the indoor play area/games room. Thanks to all at Tuckenhay Mill - we have had a lovely holiday. Sept 2006.
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