Old Thatch


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4 bedrooms

Up to 8 guests


Key Features

  • Property code: OLDTHA
  • Changeover day: Friday
  • 2 or more bathrooms
  • Access statement available
  • Near beach
  • Central heating
  • Parking (see description for details)
  • Discount for small parties
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden or outside space
  • Nearby pub or restaurant
  • Real fire
  • Nearby shop
  • Tumble dryer
  • Village
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi


Old Thatch, a delightful Grade 2 listed thatched cottage dating back to the early 16th century is located in the small hamlet of Widewell, overlooking the seaside village of Torcross and Start Bay. Recently totally renovated it retains plenty of period features whilst providing comfortable and attractive accommodation for families looking for something special. A large but cosy sitting room with exposed beams and open fire is a great place to relax and a door opens into a light and airy conservatory overlooking the garden, furnished with a large dining table; a perfect spot for leisurely meals.  A large traditional farmhouse kitchen with electric Aga will inspire guests to culinary triumphs and upstairs there are four comfortable bedrooms.

From the top of the garden guests can enjoy a panoramic view of Start Bay and a short but steep walk/drive down the hill brings you to Torcross with the popular Start Bay Inn and the beach. Torcross has several cafes and from there it is a pleasant coastal drive to the historic port of Dartmouth. Go the other way to the market town of Kingsbridge and the yacht haven of Salcombe.  There are plenty of opportunities for bracing cliff top walks nearby and lots to do in the area with the knowledge that after a hectic day, Old Thatch will welcome you home.

Please note that parts of the large garden are terraced and walled with drops. Younger children should be accompanied at all times.

Hallway with step down to large sitting room with sofas and armchairs surrounding an open fire, 40 inch TV, DVD and Apple TV. Door to spacious conservatory with dining table and seating for 8 as well as table football. French windows to patio. Off hall, farmhouse kitchen equipped with electric Aga, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and butler sink. Outside utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.  Ground floor shower roomwith walk in shower, twin hand basins and WC. Stairs to first floor. Large master bedroom 1 with 6ft four poster bed and sea views. Double bedroom 2 with 5ft double bed. Double bedroom 3with 4ft 6in double bed. Jack and Jill family bathroom with bath and shower over, hand basin and WC connect bedrooms 3 and 4. Bunk bedroom with sturdy 3ft bunk beds. 

Patio accessed from either kitchen or conservatory and furnished with garden table and chairs and large sunshade. Steps lead up the garden to a viewing area, also equipped with garden table and chairs.

Off road parking for up to 3 cars.

  • Included: Bed linen, towels (guests must provide their own beach towels), electricity, central heating, Wi-Fi, apple tv 2 with game consoles (guests need own apple account to use), sonos sound system, travel cot, high chair and stair gate. Initial basket of logs in winter.
  • No smoking
  • Local Facilities: Torcross Beach 1/2 mile down the hill. Other beaches include Beesands via 1 mile clifftop walk or short (2 mile) drive, Blackpool sands 5 miles and East Portlemouth 7 miles. Good pub and cafe on Torcross sea front 1/2 mile. Farm shop in Stokenham 1 mile. Garage with good food and leisure shop, East Charleton 3 miles.  Kingsbridge with all facilities 6 miles. Dartmouth 8 miles.

August 2019

Absolutely wonderful property. Enjoyed very much by all three generations. It is true that the best scones we had in Devon were from the Seabreeze Cafe just down the road. Outstanding service provided by Toadhall staff as well. We cannot thank you enough!

June 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed out stay in this outstanding cottage - loads of space and beautiful gardens and grounds. I must say, for an uninitiated Californian, the Aga cooker took some getting used to, but fortunately there was a most helpful cookery book by Mary Berry, who offered all sorts of good tips on how the beast worked. I would caution anyone with mobility issues that this might not be the best choice. The steps up to the first floor where the bedrooms are located are steep and with no hand rails. Also, the lovely garden area is laid out on different levels with more stairs, especially up to the top back of the garden to capture the amazing views over Slapton sands. This was a wonderful location with Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Salcombe all very easily accessible. The weather was agreeable, we loved our stay, and would welcome the opportunity to return some day.

May 2019

Thank you so much for sharing this little paradise with us. The Old Thatch is a beautiful cottage, like from the picture book. The garden and the beautiful view also contribute to making you feel very, very comfortable. We had a wonderful week with fantastic weather. The coastal walks are spectacular, the mansions with their gardens enchanting, the narrow streets breathtaking and the people so friendly. Many thanks for this great week!

November 2018

The cottage was stunning & really enjoyed the week. There was no welcome pack as such which seemed odd although plenty of staples tea,, coffee, salt, pepper etc.

September 2018

The garden and views were excellent. The location was lovely. The cottage had a charm of its own.

June 2018

The house and gardens are beautiful and we had a lovely stay.

June 2018

I would recommend this property to anyone who wants a beautiful place to stay, a fabulous view, luxurious bedding, fabulous crockery, everything you could wish for, well done Toad Hall for having this Cottage on your books, we will be back !.

August 2017

Overall fantastic cottage in lovely setting Could have stayed for 2 weeks Being over critical with improvements listed above Cleanest cottage we have ever stayed in

May 2017

Yes we enjoyed our stay, it was amazing.

March 2017

Lovely cottage,great views and offers very comfortable living with all mod com.When it comes to modern IT i am a bit of a dinosaur and some of the equipment was a bit beyond me but we did enjoy the table football. I had an issue with the cottage in that I am partially disabled and the lack of handrails on the stairs and the various steps from lounge to kitchen caused me some problems. On the whole we had a great time but failed to see the humpback whale

September 2016

Old Thatch was an outstanding holiday house, exceptionally well-equipped and in a great location. The thing which made it extra special for us was the view of the sea and Slapton Ley from the large and beautifully maintained garden. Having our breakfast at the sunny table at the top of the garden, with that fabulous view was a real treat.

September 2016

Received excellent service across the board prior and during the holiday. Would definitely use you again. In relation to the Old Thatch; the cottage was superbly maintained and kitted out to a really high level with a stunning garden. Only thing I would say is that you probably don't need an Aga in the kitchen, made the rest of the house really warm!!

July 2016

We have stayed in numerous quality holiday cottages over the years. The Old Thatch at Torcross was just incredible. The owners have created the mos perfect place to stay. This is a gem!

May 2016

This is a fantastic cottage to stay in with wonderful views across the bay. The cottage is purely loved by its owners and well looked after inside and out! On arrival it was lovely to have a few essentials for our stay including a bottle of wine! Which was very welcoming after a long journey stuck in some Bank Holiday traffic! Thank you Toad Hall and the owners of Old Thatch for sharing this beautiful place for holidays.

May 2016

We recently stayed at Old Thatch for a weekend treat for my brother-in-laws 50th Birthday, it is really lovely and comfortable. The bedrooms were really nice with lovely beds and bedding. The gardens were beautiful and had lovely views of Slapton sands. There was plenty of room for eight of us, the large conservatory seated us all, but the kitchen table was also ample. I would love to go back again, simply idyllic!

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