River Garden Cottage

A charming 18th century cottage
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  • Historic charm
  • Central location for shops & restaurants
  • Private garden with seating area overlooking the river
  • Parking for one car
  • Near Dartmoor National Park

River Garden Cottage is a charming 18th century holiday home with a riverside garden, bursting with original features. Located down a quiet, private lane, just off Buckfastleigh high street, it makes an excellent base for those wishing to explore this beautiful part of South Devon.


From the front door, you step into a welcoming open-plan living, kitchen and dining area. You’ll find an abundance of exposed stonework, oak flooring and beams, matched with rustic and original furniture and fittings. The kitchen is well-equipped with modern appliances and you have a smart TV and high-speed broadband, so you can stay connected too.


The bedrooms are upstairs, along with a bathroom, so it comfortably sleeps up to four guests.


You can enjoy sitting out in the private lawned garden, situated a few steps along the lane from the cottage. It overlooks the fast-flowing River Mardle. In colder months, you can snuggle up in the cosy living space by a log fire.

  • King/twin bedroom
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen with fridge/freezer, oven and hob, microwave, coffee machine and washer/dryer.
  • Lounge/diner (open planned including the kitchen)
  • Smart TV
  • High speed broadband (65Mb/s)
  • Garden with table and benches by the river
  • You will be provided with a parking permit allowing use of any of the four near-by town car parks. There is also a private parking space with a narrow access for a small to medium sized car approximately 100 meters from the cottage
  • The riverside garden is a short walk away from the cottage, along a little lane

The attractive market town of Buckfastleigh sits on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It is a scenic location, by the rivers of Dart, Mardle and the Dean Burn.


Originally a thriving market town for wool production, Buckfastleigh is brimming over with echoes from its past. Ancient mills, characterful cottages, a 13th century church and a Benedictine Abbey are very much part of this thriving small town.


A cottage in Buckfastleigh gives you a chance to experience living in a historic home, with easy access to local shops, a farmers’ market (Thursdays), galleries, restaurants, glorious country walks and pubs. You may also like to try out the town’s outdoor swimming pool, skate park, tennis courts and bowling green.


Explore further afield for beaches and the coastal villages of Torbay, just half an hour drive away. Totnes is the nearest train station, just 15 minutes’ drive from Buckfastleigh, with trains to Exeter and Plymouth.


Read more about the coastal path and beaches nearby in our blog post – 5 Best Beaches in Torbay, South Devon.

We absolutely loved this cottage, easy access to everything....buses, restaurants, shops, pubs, moors Main roads. we woukd definitely come back.

It was spotless, we didn't want to leave.

Thanks Sarah
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Katie was very helpful and responsive.
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We liked staying in this cottage as it is a good location for us. We did find the cottage a bit small for 2 adults and 2 small children
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Great place to stay and access Dartmoor!
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Lovely little cottage in a quiet country town on the edge of Dartmoor National park.

We had a delightful stay here.
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We loved the quaint cottage feel, especially the fire place. Katie also left us some fresh bread with assorted jams which was lovely to start the morning with.
If you’re looking for a warm and homely feel, then I highly recommend this cottage.
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Ere &.
Lovely place
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We loved our stay at River Garden Cottage. It is a very snug, warm little place, with comfortable, tasteful furniture. We were welcomed with a breakfast basket on arrival, lots of basics in the kitchen, and enough wood for two fires in the wood burner. The house is tucked down a quiet side street, and the river Dart is a few paces from the house - absolute magic to hear it bubbling away every night!

The proportions of the house are very cosy throughout, so it's good for a trip with friends/family you feel comfortable with! For example, the dining table is the size of a desk, and there is perhaps only a 2ft gap between the twin beds.

A note on the parking - even with a 3-door Peugeot 207, the home-parking a bit of a squeeze! Not a problem though; Katie arranged for us to have free permit parking in the nearby car parks (2-3 min walk) for our stay.

We enjoyed the garden, proximity to Dartmoor, and the local wholefood community shop up the street. All in, we'd highly recommend!
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Nice & cozy place. Centrally located & close to the local grocery. Wood burning stove was lovely.
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Wir haben uns zu zweit sehr wohl gefühlt. Besonders aufmerksam war, dass zur Begrüßung ein kleines Körbchen mit Brot, Marmelade, Käse und Butter auf dem Esstisch stand. Das Cottage hat einen besonderen Charme, der sich gut in die Umgebung einfügt. Wir würden wieder dort buchen, wenn wir noch mal in Buckfastleigh eine Unterkunft brauchen.
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Lovely homely, cottage in one of the oldest parts of Buckfastleigh, a short walk to a community organic produce shop and a Co-op store with long opening hours. Excellent shower and comfy bed. Delicious cream tea at the Singing Kettle a few doors away. Thank you to our hosts for quick responses and an enjoyable stay.
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Nice and cozy little cottage. Very clean, considering it's pet-friendly. The beddings and towels were smelling beautifully. The welcome basket had delicious local goodies. Note that the parking is way too tricky to enter, unless you have a small car. But even then, it's really not worth the hassle and risk of getting it scratched, when there are 2 public parking places within 2' walking distance. Katie had arranged our virtual permit beforehand and, although they were busy, we never had an issue finding a space. The EV charger in one of them can be handy for topping up.
A couple of things to consider:
1. The garden is remote, at a completely separate plot, on the other side of the river. And whilst it's close, accessing it is not as easy or as straight forward, as if it was by the property. Unfortunately, we ended up not spending any time at all in the garden, because of that.
2. We found the neighbourhood to be noisier than we expected, especially during weekdays.
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We had a wonderful stay at River garden cottage! Very comfortable, clean and felt like home. It is situated in the perfect location and Katie was a fabulous host.

Thank you for our stay!
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Always a cosy place to base the holiday from. We walk alot in the moors and coastal paths. Having a comfortable place to rest as well as a good shower is always a positive. Stayed here a number of times now and will continue to do so when in the area.
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Compact, clean and all that was needed for our short break. Quiet location and ideal for visiting surrounding area.
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Very tidy and lovely a cottage equipped with everything you need. A good bed and nice bathroom. Katie is a great host and there when you need her, Very nice and wants to share all she knows about the area. We had a great stay!
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Lovely period property with access to fantastic walks on Dartmoor. There were very clear instructions for arrival. The parking at the back is very tight access and not for those with high anxiety about their car's bodywork but there is an alternative to park in one of the town's two carparks.

Katie had laid on a lovely welcoming food pack for us on arrival and the property was very freshly decorated and welcoming.

I would point out that the garden is 100 yards from the house, which is worth knowing if you are planning to take a dog with you.

We had three wonderful dog walks along the River Teign at Fingle Bridge, in the heart of Dartmoor at Two Bridges and on the beach at Dawlish Warren. I would also recommend a meal at Furzeleigh Mill.
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Exactly what we needed. Our short notice booking was no trouble for the host. Really grateful our needs were met.
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Lovely stay. The cottage was well located and cosy. The parking permit was great, and really enjoyed the welcome basket - thank you!
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we really enjoyed the location of the cottage ,the parking space was very handy , buckfastliegh has some good shops we enjoyed the local shopping
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Very nice cottage that was perfect for us. Nice location and easy access. Host very helpful and easy to communicate with. Great place that I am happy to recommend
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