Quack Cottage

Watermill Cottages, Higher North Mill, Hansel, nr Slapton, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 0LN

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Unwind in idyllic Quack Cottage, a romantic, traditional Devon stone cottage + garden between Slapton Sands & Strete, near Dartmouth.  The perfect holiday retreat with stone fireplace, exposed beams, wooden window seats, and a stable door in the kitchen.

Enjoy sundowners & bbqs in the huge, private, south-facing garden above The Gara Brook, a shallow trout stream. An old bread oven (non-functioning!) in the thick chimney walls by the wood burner adds to the charm of this ‘chocolate box’ cottage, festooned with roses, jasmine, wisteria & honeysuckle. Sleeps 2-4 (1 x double, 2 x singles).

Relax by the fire in the cosy living/dining room. The modern fitted kitchen is in a more recent extension, it’s fully equipped with fridge, electric oven & hob, washing machine, kettle, toaster and microwave plus a separate undercounter freezer for you to use.

Quack Cottage nestles in a typical steep-sided Devon coastal valley by a former watermill in 20 acres between Slapton and Strete.  Close to Start Bay & beaches, pretty villages & The Coast Path in S Hams AONB.

Reconnect with nature and each other far from the madding crowd, in a haven of peace and tranquillity almost untouched by the modern world with woods, meadows, private garden, & stream.

There’s no through traffic, just a green lane stroll beyond the cottage and a 24-hour wildlife channel outside your window.  The star-gazing is amazing as there’s no light pollution.

We welcome dogs and are flexible on number.

Free electric car charging using electricity generated by our water turbine. Quack Cottage has plenty of parking.   A log burner, electric radiators and heater so you’re cosy all year round.  All logs are included in the rental.

Guide Prices

Quack Cottage: sleeps 2-4 (I double, 2 singles)
Barleycorn Cottage: sleeps 2-4 (1 double, 1 twin, space for extra beds) Rose Cottage: sleeps 2-4 (1 double + ensuite, 1 twin + ensuite), Mill Cottage: sleeps 2-6 (1 double, one single +cot or twin), 1 kids' bunk bed room), Crownwheel Cottage: sleeps 2-6/7 ( 1 double above the stream, 1 full size bunk bed room + space for cot/zed bed,1 huge twin with ensuite). For our other cottages, all around the watermill and stream, see Watermill Cottages on Visit South Devon or www.watermillcottages.co.uk

Mill Cottage: sleeps 2-6 (1 double, I twin or single + cot), 1 kids’ bunk bed room) Crownwheel Cottage: sleeps 2-6/8 (1 double, I twin + ensuite, 1 full size bunk bed room; space for extra beds)

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Open all year.
Short breaks available all year, outside school holidays.



  • BBQ

Children & Infants

  • Accept children all ages
  • Cot
  • Facilities for children
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Beach within 2km
  • Countryside Location
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Electric Car charging point
  • Electricity inc in rate
  • Free car parking
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Linen provided
  • Log Fire
  • Near coastal path
  • Open All Year
  • Pets accepted
  • Pets accepted by arrangement
  • Short breaks available

Key Features

  • Green
  • Groups Welcomed
  • In countryside
  • Midweek breaks
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Romantic
  • Weekend breaks

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Drying Facilities
  • Electric shaver point
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Oven / Cooker
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Venue Facilities

  • Wood burning stove



Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Slapton take the Totnes road to Totnes. Half a mile from Slapton, turn right at Start Bay Centre, part of Slapton Ley Field Centre (an old school), signposted to Merrifield. Drive for about a mile. At the T junction at the end of the lane, with the house called Merrifield in front of you, turn right. Follow this lane as it bends, narrows and dips. You will pass Hansel Cottage and the walls of Hansel hamlet to reach us.

Higher North Mill and Watermill Cottages are at the bottom of the hill, by the stream, and a mile from the No Through Road sign at Merrifield. For full directions from M5 & Totnes, see website http://watermillcottages.co.uk/directions/







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Recent Reviews:

  • Arkadiana
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Beautiful gardens, perfect spot, just a bit sad....
    3 of 5 stars
    19th June 2019
    This really was a picture perfect spot for a holiday. Despite the fact that it rained the whole week we were there, and there was no internet, TV or phone signal, it was a lovely peaceful and... Read full review
  • sue l
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    So peaceful and relaxing
    5 of 5 stars
    24th Feb 2020
    Back from our week long visit and wish we were still there. Our 6th or 7th visit . Love the fact there is no TV or internet just peace and tranquillity. Despite the weather it’s beautiful and the... Read full review
  • 768gaylep
    Chipping Campden, United Kingdom
    2 of 5 stars
    15th Sept 2020
    Only giving Rose Cottage two stars because of the log burner and the hot shower (the water was actually boiling and melted my drinks bottle when washing up, and could easily scold someone). Other... Read full review

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