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Excellent location, wonderful views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Perfect location, central yet peaceful, large garden, 20 minutes to beach and moor

This fabulous, unique property, is ideally located near Totnes centre with a large walled garden, a sun soaked sun terrace and built in bbq. There are three spacious double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious lounge with open fireplace, a kitchen and dining room and separate utility room. The house is three minutes walk from bustling Totnes High street with all its individual shops and restaurants.

Lucie Dudley
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2016

About Lucie Dudley

Hi, I'm Lucie, I have lived in Totnes for six years having moved down with my family from Berkshire. We love living in Totnes - there is so much to do but with a gentle and easy-going pace. The house is very close to the High Street - a hidden sanctuary, tucked away from the bustle, and the perfect base from which to explore the South Hams. The the town has everything you could need - post office, good cafes and restaurants, all manner of quirky shops and the beach and Dartmoor are both just a short drive away! Great place to get away from it all.

Lucie Dudley purchased this house in 2011

Why Lucie Dudley chose South Hams

Perfect location for both Totnes and as a base for exploring the South Hams. It's a two minute walk to the high street with its array of unique shopping opportunities, and no taxis needed after a meal at the Seven Stars, Rumours or Steam Packet Inn, as home is just up the road. The house and garden are their own little world, a real retreat away from the hustle and bustle, where you can light up the bbq or open fire and crack open a bottle of wine. The sitting room has wonderful views to the river, and you can see Totnes castle and church from the garden. There are plenty of stunning walks right on the doorstep - to Ashprington and The Sharpham Estate, or along the river to the beautiful Dartington Estate.

What makes this house unique

Apart from the idyllic location, the house has a charm all of its own. The front door is accessed through a stone archway and inside it is chock-full of character, with an open fire and steps up to the kitchen from the hall. It will suit those looking for something with a bit of charm, amazing views and wanting to be in the middle of things. The terrace gets all day sun during the sunny spells and there is a separate lawned garden, in which to relax with a good book.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a very enjoyable stay, comfortable house and great spot so close to the town. We came by train and were able to do some great walks and excursions with the children. The trampoline was a great hit! Thank you
Mar 2016
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Totnes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Ensuite shower room to top bedroom, WC bathroom with bath/shower over, wc and sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Kingsize bed, double bed and twin room Notes on bedrooms: Top bedroom has a double bed with ensuite shower room, Master bedroom is very spacious with a walk-in closet, third bedroom has twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Moat Hill House is found through a secret archway off the narrow winding lane that is Moat Hill, in one of the most sought after parts of Totnes. Officially a two floor flat, it feels just like a house inside and boasts a large sunny garden and sun terrace. The property is Georgian and has stunning views over the town, river and countryside. Very cosy and filled with character and charm, while being spacious and light. Outside: The stunning garden has enchanting views to both the castle and St Marys church and is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The sun terrace is well positioned to catch sunshine all day and with table and chairs for eight people and a parasol, is ideal for morning coffee and toast, a long, lazy lunch or evening bbq. The built-in bbq is found through the gate and down the old stone steps which lead back to the large lawn area,which has a Devon stone wall running two-thirds of the way round. There is also a large trampoline and badminton to keep both the young, and the young at heart, entertained. Utility Room: Lovely sunny room with double doors leading out to the garden includes; washing machine, ironing board and iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned prior to each let with cleaning equipment left in the house. A linen/towel change is offered for guests staying long than one week.


Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Excellent location, wonderful views
average rating of 4.1666665 based on 8 reviews

Lovely holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Moat Hill House. We were very happy there. The location was good, parking was a little difficult but not a huge problem. The property was well maintained, clean and comfortable. Lucie was very helpful throughout, from booking to the last day of our stay. Some nice eateries locally, we especially liked the Steam Packet, just at the bottom of the road, lovely food, good choice and a nice seating area outside overlooking the river. We took the boat from Totnes to Dartmouth, a pleasant way to spend a few hours. I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Lovely house that suited our needs with a lovely walled garden that wasn't over looked. Parking is an issue but once unpacked car we walked everywhere as Totnes is on your doorstep!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Immaculate house with plenty of space

  • 4 of 5

This house has plenty of separate places where people can sit together, or have some time out. The garden is open and yet private with a good trampoline. The kitchen is convenient.and outside is an easy-to-use barbecue. There is a good choice of tables both inside and outside for meals. Guests should be aware that the house ,because it is conveniently near the town,is in a narrow street, so does not have a place outside to leave a car, so they will need to unload quickly and remove the car.

.We were two couples in our seventies and we certainly enjoyed our stay there.We enjoyed the local restaurants and shops,and the atmosphere in Totnes.

We would certainly recommend the house to others, but only if they are fit and don't mind stairs.

The food parcel on arrival was very good and the help and information from Lucie was of a high standard.

Thanks for everything

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful quirky home!

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful place, Yes there is a little difficulty with unloading on arrival I had to reverse down the hill 4 times, but with planning that is the only hiccup.

Lucie greeted us on arrival and there where welcome goodies. the house was clean nicely furnished wonderful garden for the dogs, brilliant location, and a truly lovely home, Thank you Lucie we would love to visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very Comfortable property

  • 3 of 5

Booking arrangements via Owners Direct and contact with property owner was a easy and friendly process.

Moat Hill House is a property with character, with large rooms with good views of the River Dart and Totnes. The property is well equipped and the complimentary welcome pack adds that little extra touch. We found Moat Hill house to be well presented and very comfortable. Moat Hill House is just 2 minutes from the Steam Packet public house and River Dart, and the centre of Totnes is only a 10 minute stroll.

The property was clean and well maintained and the service given by the owner was excellent.

Besides the external steps to access Moat Hill House and the many internal steps, ( which forms part of the property character ) it is a steep uphill climb to the property and therefore not ideal for those with any form of restricted mobility.

The detached allocated parking for one car is only a couple of minutes away, which in its self is not a problem but due to the property location, in a single track narrow lane, parking to load and unload the car is extremely difficult by virtue of inhibiting normal traffic flow – this becomes a problem.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the house and garden, and hope to address the issues raised and reassure future guests. The house is located on moat hill, with narrow Devon stone walls, which are all part of its charm, and there are ten steps leading up to the house. The steps and slight hill are fine for most people, but for anyone with limited mobility, or maybe feeling their age, I don't think it is a suitable property. Totnes is known for its narrow lanes, again all part of its charm. To load or unload all you need do is pull up by the house, hazard lights on, and unload. Then go and park, but I imagine this comes down to personal preference as to whether this is a problem. Once you're in, the house and garden are worth it, and we've had wonderful complimentary comments in our guest book, which is available to read in the house. Warm wishes. X
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Totnes by the River

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Lucie's quirky, but spacious cottage. Situated right in town by the river, to location couldn't be better. Walk everywhere! No car needed in town...

The cottage and lovely garden were homely and super clean, with good local info available.

Couldn't fault it, and would visit again in a heartbeat.

Jason & Cara

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Exeter / Bristol
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Goodrington Sands
Car: not necessary

Coast/Beach: Stunning sandy beaches of Bantham, Thurlestone and Bigbury : 20 minute drive.

Goodrington Sands (Paignton) - 15 minutes drive

Fine shale beaches of Blackpool sands and Slapton sands : 20 mins drive

Dartmoor National Park (Haytor/Widdecombe on the Moor): 20 Mins drive

River Dart: two mins walk

Plymouth Harbour - 25 mins drive

Torquay harbour - 20 minutes drive


Exeter airport - 1/2 hour away.

Bristol airport - 1 1/2 away.

Cardiff airport - 1hr 10 mins away

Totnes station - five mins walk from house

*Car hire in Totnes is not essential as there are plenty of trains and buses, unless you want to explore the South Hams beaches/moor etc.

Free parking can be found on the road either just beneath the house on Moat Hill, on the slip road that runs from Moat Hill to the Steam Packet Inn by Sharpham Drive, or further on up past the house, round the bend a


Torquay - English Riviera - 20 minutes drive

Woodlands theme park - 25 minutes

River Dart Country park - 20 mins

Plymouth harbour and barbican - 25 minutes

Villages of Ashprington, Tuckenhay, Dartington: five minutes drive

Dittisham - crabbing, ferry, amazing seafood restaurants - 25 mins away

Villages of Broadhemspton and Staverton (horse-riding) - ten minutes drive

Dartington Hall Estate - year round events: 5 mins drive or 1/2 hour walk

Further Details:

Totnes is a thriving and bustling medieval market town, with a weekly market selling fruit, veg, bread and lots more. There are a choice of fabulous restaurants and cafes all along the quaint high street, particularly Rumours, Brioche, Tangerine Tree cafe and Fat Lemons in Ticklemore Street. The main pubs are the Royal Seven Stars Hotel and the Steam Packet Inn, which serve delicious meals and are great for sitting outside and watching the world go by. The Steam Packet is just two minutes down from Moat Hill House and Seven Stars about five mins walk. There are plenty of country walks too, an enchanting track runs from just down from the house all the way to Ashrpington, taking in woodland, stunning views of the River dart and beautiful Devon countryside. You take a picturesque stroll along the river to the Dartington Estate, with their all year round activities and summer open air cinema. There are all the usual high street banks in Totnes, along with a post office to be found in the small high street Spar. The supermarkets are both walkable - about five minutes Co-op in the town centre, and Morrisons as you come into the town on the left. For fresh fruit and veg, bread, cheese and local produce visit Annies on Ticklemore Street, only two minutes from the house. Green Life in the market square has everything you could ever want for an all organic lifestyle including beauty, cleaning, food, homeopathy and aromatherapy.

For winter holidays there is the popular and now legendary Totnes Christmas night market held each Tuesday in December in the market square and high street.


Rates & Availability

Totnes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Apr 27 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 28 2017 - May 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 30 2017 - Jul 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Peak summer 2017
Jul 21 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $129.36
Pet Fee $32.34

- The property is accessed by steps leading up to the front door and so may not be suitable for those with mobility restrictions.
- Dogs are welcome under prior agreement with the owner at a fee of £15 per stay but must be up to date with flea and tick treatment, have clean paws in the house and must be cleaned up after in the garden.
- *** During the winter period: Oct - April. Gas is charged at £3.32 per 10 units used. A reading is taken at check-in and again on the night before departure. I will then text you the amount due - payable cash on departure.
- The guest must keep the property clean and in good order and will be responsible for any damage or breakages. It is expected that guests treat the property with the respect that they treat their own and leave the property and its fixtures and fittings in a clean and tidy condition, including correct disposal of rubbish/waste for recycling, if applicable.

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