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Grade II Thatched Cottage - Rose Thatch

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights



Rose Thatch

Rose Thatch accommodates 5. It has three bedrooms, one with twin (3’) beds (and space for a cot), one with a double bed and one with a single bed. The pretty beamed sitting room is furnished in keeping with its character. It has a large stone fireplace with log-burning stove, window seat and a TV with Freeview and a DVD player. The well-equipped farmhouse style kitchen has a fridge freezer, microwave, washing machine, electric cooker and dishwasher. There is a modern bathroom with bath (shower over) and shaver point. There is full electric heating throughout. In addition to its own private garden, it has a raised south-facing terrace with table and chairs leading out from the back door.

About the property


Two charming thatched cottages, dating to the early 17th century, in the heart of the beautiful South Hams - the southernmost part of of Devon. Each cottage is full of history and character with beams (not excessively low!) and a wood-burner. They are comfortably furnished and well equipped so as to offer a perfect base to explore this very special area of outstanding natural beauty whether as a family holiday, a walking break or just a relaxing retreat. The weekly rental includes quality bed linen, towels and WIFI. Located on a quiet back lane in the centre of old Malborough Village, two minutes walk to dining pubs, shop & post office and a short drive to several sandy beaches. Each cottage has a private garden and enjoys southerly rural views towards Bolberry Down. There is a private parking space at each cottage and plenty of additional free parking nearby.

Clare Mansfield
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2017

About Clare Mansfield

Rose Thatch and End Cottage are family run and owned by:

Clare & Bill Mansfield - we have 3 children and live in Dorking, Surrey

Mary & Stan Brittain - Clare's parents who live in Coventry, West Midlands

Clare Mansfield purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Clare Mansfield chose Malborough

We bought End Cottage soon after having our first child and realising that we were entering a phase of needing relaxing 'bucket & spade' UK holidays.

Clare's parent's life was also entering a new phase, they were retiring, had more time to spare, grandchildren to see and were looking for a new project. We joined forces and turned End Cottage into our family holiday home / holiday rental business.

Four years later, we bought the attached cottage, Rose Thatch, as we loved our Devon holidays with Granny & Grandad but was finding End Cottage a squeeze as we'd had two more children.

Since then we have holidayed at the cottages several times each and every year. We love the cottages, as do our many repeat customers. We never tire of the charm of the area and are always reluctant to go home

What makes this cottage unique

The cottages make fun and special place to stay.They are so old and full of character; a typical Devon thatched cottage holiday. They offer something different in all seasons - a cosy place to return to after a long autumnal walk, a comfortable bolt hole from winter storms, a relaxing place for a summer BBQ after a day on the beach.

They sit in the heart of a small but lively village offering places to eat out, traditional pubs and a Co-op that is open extended hours - there is no need to jump in the car to access these facilities they are just a few minutes walk away. Yet the cottages are on a little back lane with rural views, peace and quiet and staggeringly star-filled night skies.

Fabulous location for exploring the area by car (no need to drive along single track lanes) or by foot

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a lovely break, the cottage was lovely and clean as usual & a lovely place to stay.
Oct 2015
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Booking Notes:
To avoid Owner's Direct additional fees(check out their T&C and decide if you want to pay for their 'book with confidence guarantee') please contact owner to make a booking and pay by cheque or bank transfer. We will hold your provisional booking for one week only. Your reservation is confirmed when we receive your completed booking form and initial payment.

Changeover Day:
Our usual changeover day is a Friday but short lets and other start dates may be possible out of high season by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
The weekly rental is fully inclusive of qulaity bed linen, towels, WIFI & all electricity.

Short breaks and flexible changeover days available outside of high season.

Price reduction if you bring your own linen please ask on booking.


Malborough Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Downstairs bathroom with white suite & electric shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Room for a travel cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , The Cabin Room - interesting shape and nautically themed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Rose Thatch
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 13 reviews

Great location

  • 3 of 5

Nice old style cottage. Lovely location.entrance for car parking a bit tight, but free parking at the village hall.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Spent the weekend in Devon and stayed at Rose Thatch. Lovely cottage with all amenities provided, local shops and pubs very close by. Scones and clotted cream waiting for us on arrival was the perfect treat!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, great area

  • 5 of 5

Rose Thatch is a lovely cottage in Malborough.

We had previously stayed in Kingsbridge many times and frequented Salcombe/North Sands. Rose Thatch is ideal for both and no distance at all.

The cottage itself is excellent and the five of us liked it a lot. That said, the weather was excellent so we ere generally out early and back late. we didn't use the cooker at all and only had breakfast at the cottage. The rooms are clean, spacious enough and the view is wonderful.

Parking : We had read the words about parking at the cottage and the gap between the properties was a real challenge for me in a VW Passat - I had about a centimetre to play with either side of the car, with the wing mirrors already tucked in. Ours might be wider than most and the neighbours didn't seem to struggle. We unloaded the car on arrival and then parked just up the road - there's plenty of parking within 100 yards so no issues at all.

All in all - great place, great stay and good communications from the owner Clare (and very quick return of deposit).

Thanks :-)

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful cottage, full of character

  • 5 of 5

A delightful cottage, comfortable with all mod cons yet full of character. We found the cottage clean, well presented and as described. Friendly neighbours and a short walk to the shops. Just the place to get away from it all yet be close to everything you need, especially all the beautiful, local attractions such as the beaches. Highly recomended.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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very comfortable thank you

  • 5 of 5

lovely stay

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A relaxing New Year break

  • 5 of 5

We have had the most wonderful time at Rose Cottage,we loved every minute,if you want a relaxing stay this is just the place,the cottage itself is perfect,quaint and cosy,we especially loved the log fire!Hope Cove is close by,a nice walk away,Salcombe is also walking distance or a 5 min drive away which is a beautiful place with some great shops and pubs,there is a great Park for kids just a few mins walk up road opposite co-op,

We have really enjoyed it and definitely hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Exeter International
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Old Inn or Royal Oak
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Nearest Golf
4.5 Miles
Thurlestone Golf Club
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Totnes Station
Nearest Motorway
17 Miles
A38 (Devon Expressway)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
2 village Pubs or restuatants at Salcombe & Hope
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Hope Cove, South Sands, Soar Mill Cove
Car: recommended


The cottages are within 2.5 miles (driving, a little less if taking footpaths) from a choice of sandy beaches at Hope Cove, Soar Mill Cove, North & South Sands with many more lying a short drive away. The local district ( the South Hams) is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the spectacular coastline of cliffs, coves and creeks is largely manged by the National Trust.


The Cottages are on the southern side of a quiet backlane in the heart of the village of Malborough. Malborough lies on a headland 4 miles south of the market town of Kingsbridge, surrounded by the coastline on three sides, it is 2.5 miles inland of, but half way between, the seaside villages of Hope Cove and Salcombe.

Within easy reach of Plymouth, Totnes, Dartmouth and Modbury.

Further afield are day trips to Dartmoor, the Eden Project or Torbay