English Country Cottages

Tuckenhay Mill - Vat House

Bow Creek, nr. Totnes

Property Reference: FJF
  • Sleeps4
  • Pets 1
  • Bedrooms2
  • Grade5 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
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • Ideal for GolfIdeal for Golf
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Hot TubHot Tub
  • Open FireOpen Fire
  • Horse Riding NearbyHorse Riding Nearby
  • 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.

This very well-furnished cottage has a spacious and comfortable open-plan living/dining-room with open stone fireplace. French windows lead on to a small south-facing patio and garden. Roomy farmhouse-style kitchen area with split-level hob and oven. First floor: Two very comfortable bedrooms – one double with 5ft bed and one twin – each with en-suite dressing area and bathroom with toilet. Fitted carpets, except kitchen which has a polished wooden floor.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included October-May
  • Electricity, NSH, hot water, panel/convector heaters and use of swimming pools £104 per week or £52 for short breaks
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Dishwasher
  • Small patio and garden with furniture
  • 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. This was our 3rd time in Vat House and we love it just as it is, please don’t paint the beams! It will spoil it, we will be back in spring with our friends who also loved it. Sept 2012.
  2. The VAT House Cottage is one of the 21 units of accommodation on the Tuckenhay Mill Site, approximately 3-4 miles from Totnes.This is our third visit and the reason we return (as do many others judging from comments in the Visitors Books) is that the accommodation is spacious, clean, well appointed (in terms of equipment),and is subject to extremely high standards of maintenance. Moreover,Tuckenhay isn’t described as "Devon’s best kept secret" for nothing.The location is fabulous and the extensive grounds are beautifully maintained. The indoor heated pools, hot tubs, sauna, & steam room, plus snooker, pool and table tennis tables also provide a wide range of "wet-weather" options alonside the badminton Hall and fitness rooms for those seeking something more energetic. Sept 2012.
  3. Excellent accommodation and facilities. Dec 2011.
  4. Once you’ve arrived you’ll never want to leave! Oct 2011.
  5. Lovely cottage for our family of four - the two bathrooms are useful. Aug 2011.
  6. Superb holiday cottage complex with fantastic accommodation and swimming pools were such fun for the children. Been many times before and have already booked again for next year. No other cottage complex like it and in such a beautiful part of the country. Aug 2011.
  7. The Vat House is a very comfortable cottage, ideally suited to a family of four with two childrenn sharing a twin room. It is double aspect with a south facing garden right next to all the wonderful facilities that Tuckenhay Mill has to offer. April 2011.
  8. It would be good to know at the Booking stage if linen can be hired. The hamper on arrival was wonderful and well needed!! There were other comments regarding the showers from previous guest’s but we thought they had good water pressure, but they just may need some of the parts replacing? The gardens are a lovely place to sit and are well kept just like to the rest of the mill & facilities. Tucknehey is not only a fantastic for holidays but a beautiful place for Honeymoons too! We can’t wait to come back. March 2011.
  9. Very pretty property, set in a lovely area of the country, the accommodation was really well presented and clean which was our first impression and one that lasted throughout the holiday, the facilities at Tuckenhay Mill are top notch and although some of the pool tables and the carpet bowles were a bit knackered we didnt exactly go to play pool and carpet bowles all day long. The childrens play area was a bit cold in the main building. the two swimming pool’s were excellent, i couldnt fault the cleanliness of the changing rooms.the helpfulness of all the staff made us feel reasured and gave the place a good atmosphere. the first time i visited tuckenhay mill was when my parents brought me and i was about 14 years old, i have stayed a few times since then but not for a while. so now i am 31 with my own family it is great to know that T.M is one of the few places that you can go back to time and again and never be dissapointed, we all had a really great time. Feb 2011.
  10. A good mix of spacious and comfortable rooms but retained character. Nov 2010.
  11. Beautiful property in a beautiful location. Oct 2010.
  12. Charming and characterful cottage, well equipped, great facilities. Oct 2010.
  13. Liked the layout, French doors to the garden, near to the pools. Sept 2010.
  14. Everything one needed - clean and comfortable we were a little chilly on the cooler evenings any little problems were quickly and efficiently dealt with by the staff. July 2010.
  15. Tuckenhay Mill is an excellent idea for a three-generation holiday - families can be together but separate! June 2010.
  16. Lovely open planned kitchen/lounge area which enables the chef to remain part of the holiday party when cooking. June 2010.
  17. Superb location. Definitely a "get away from it all" place. June 2009.
  18. The comfortable and easy going setting and fellow holiday makers made for a relaxing break for the family. April 2009.
  19. Loved having two bathrooms. Double bed could do with being larger though. Beautiful kitchen. Overall lovely property. June 2009.
  20. Overall facilities were very good - pools good for young children. May 2008.
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