Wisteria Cottage is a very welcoming sight.
The wood-burner makes this living-room the perfect place to relax and unwind after an action packed day.
Anyone for breakfast in bed?
Well-equipped and spacious kitchen.
What a fabulous place to lay a feast!
The spacious living-room offers plenty of comfy seating.
Dining al fresco is an option in this pretty spot.
The kitchen leads out onto your patio-area.
The master bedroom has a spacious en suite shower-room.
En suite to the master bedroom.
Bedroom 2 is a very welcoming double bedroom.
Bedroom 3 is a delightful single room.
Family bathroom.
Such a pretty row of cottages. If you have a need for more space, the delightful Jasmine Cottage is also available to book for extra guests.
The entrance into Moor Tor Manor.
The slate sign outside the door.
There are plenty of boats in Dartmouth offering fishing trips.
The river at Dartmouth is always full of craft of all shapes and sizes.
A gorgeous view of the Kingsbridge Estuary taken from east Portlemouth.

Wisteria Cottage


4.3 miles NE of Totnes / Sleeps 5 (no children under 3)

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7 Nights from  £476

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Church House Inn (¼ mile)

A Grade II-listed pub with a good reputation for food. A choice of dining areas, including the old village bakery (complete with original bread oven), the old cobblers or the converted hayloft. In 2012 the pub received the accolade of Devon Dining Pub of the Year by the Good Pub Guide.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2011

Church House Inn, Marldon. Village pub with amazing food using lots of local ingredients. Always reliable with very friendly staff. Dogs welcome in Bar area or beautiful beer garden. Open every day for food and of course great beer and wine.

Nearest beach

Preston Sands (2 ¼ miles)

Next to Paignton Sands this is also a popular family beach, with colourful beach huts and a long promenade. Go rockpooling at low tide at the northern end.

Nearest walk

Hidden Torquay Walk (2 ¾ miles)

Park your car at Belgrave Car park and start the walk from The Strand by Torquay Harbour. The walk is a moderate four and a half miles and offers wonderful views although there are a number of steps and a long, steady climb.

Nearest town

Torquay (3 ½ miles)

Elegant Victorian architecture, a series of wide, crescent beaches and a backdrop of seven hills encircling the town – it’s hardly surprising that Torquay has been such a popular holiday resort for generations. This is the English Riviera at its most classic and the best way to enjoy it is to stroll along the palm-lined promenade, ice cream in hand, watching the sea lap the shore.

Also nearby

Greenway (5 ¼ miles)

Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Lovely day out

This house is in the most beautiful spot, you could really imagine living there. The gardens are gorgeous and the walk beside the river is great for body and soul - look out for the resident seal!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pitty August 2019

Well worth a visit

The setting exquisite. Such lovely views. A walk to the boathouse a must. Trails for the children excellent.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Dr Brown July 2014

The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2013

Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Viv Chandler May 2012

Enjoyed by All

A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Quigg November 2011

A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2010

An inspirational place!

This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

'The Loveliest Place in the World'

Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Shaldon (7 miles)

Shaldon is an unspoilt village situated on the mouth of the river Teign between Torquay and Teignmouth. It has a thriving livelyhood based on the estuary. On a clear day, Portland Bill can even be seen despite being 50 miles away. A pretty village with two churches, a boutique, butcher, coffee shop and many conserved areas for all to enjoy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Burgher June 2019


The London, The Ferry Boat and the Clifford all good pubs. The London Inn and The Clipper are the places to eat.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Barnett September 2016

Shaldon village

Lovely walk with our dog along the estuary into Shaldon village with a few shops/cafes. London Inn pub by the bowling green friendly pub with excellent beer and food (Best to book for Sunday lunch). If you don't like the Hi De Hi type holiday with amusements and cheap trinket shops then this is a place to visit

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Ms Richardson January 2014

Very English Shaldon

A little hidden gem this village right on the seafront facing Teignmouth on the estuary, nice stylish shops and narrow streets with a bowling green and several nice pubs with good food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Gilchrist October 2013

Lovely pretty village, with a host of beautiful places to eat and drink. We tried the live music at the Ferryboat Inn, and had a lovely early evening looking out over the harbour from their beer garden. The shops were good quality, though during the off-season (October) I presume they have shorter opening hours (10-4 average) and some appeared closed. Everyone we met was very friendly, and the atmosphere was relaxed and refined.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2012

Fabulous estuary village

Complete with its full range of shops, restaurants/pubs and beachesSo much to see- the village has a great website.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Shaldon village life

Shaldon village hosts a variety of activities throughout the summer. There is a market on the village green in traditional costume every week and the well know water carnival where sand castle competitions and decorated boats abound. The highlight of the year has to be Shaldon Regatta, which takes place around the late summer bank holiday in August where everyone is welcome to enter and regatta boats are available if you don't have your own. Also five-a-side football, beach volleyball, swimming competitions and sandcastle competitions abound. Highly recommended.

Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway (2 ¼ miles)

Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Jewell September 2014

Steam Train and Cruise

We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Dent July 2012

A very good day out

We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.

Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.

Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.

There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr and Mrs Bramworth June 2011

Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Simon Tregoning July 2008

A good day out

You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.

Berry Pomeroy Castle (2 miles)

Reputedly Devon's most haunted castle, Berry Pomeroy is secreted away in a steep wooded valley. The 15th century ruin still displays a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber. The great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End, however, it was abandoned by 1700 and subsequently became the subject of many a chilling ghost story, some of which can be heard in the audio tour. To get a good view of the ruin from below, take the woodland walk, although this can be steep in parts.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

Lovely secluded setting down a narrow winding one-car-only lane. Very interesting castle history - do take one of the little hand-held recordings round with you. Very good cafe too - had a lovely crab salad.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2008

The ruins are brought to life with personal audio guides. Thoroughly recommended.

- Peter Reynolds

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (2 ¼ miles)

One of the best zoos in the country, famous for its conservation work and animal welfare programmes.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe May 2011

Great day out

Paignton Zoo is a well kept and well presented educational Zoo. The animal enclosures are always being adapted and improved, the information provided is helpful but understandable and the refreshment points offer a variety of foods without being vastly overpriced. You need at least 4-5 hours to see it all.

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