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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Combeinteignhead, Newton Abbot, Devon, England

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Jonathan...
1 review
“Amazing place for our outdoor loving family! and Dog!”
Reviewed 1 March 2017 for a stay in February 2017

Best holiday! If you love the outdoors you will love this place. So much to do without going anywhere.

Kids loved rowing in the boat and rowed across to the train the otherside and got a hoot hello from the train driver! They loved watching the windsurfers and rowers out on the river most days.

Lots of wild life to see and lots of exploring to do right on the doorstep.

The 'River shack' was somfortable, cosy, warm and had everything we needed! we didnt want to leave.

The walk from the car was fine for us, even with a 15month old and a 6yr old. The steps down to front door are quite steep but fine if you are careful. Most days the tide was down so we could just walk along the shore. Just had to make a couple of trips with our stuff at the start and end of hols but we loved being away from every day life. It was just so peaceful.

Judy was so helpful, even helping us find a Dr when our little boy was poorly. I got the impression nothing was too much trouble for her which was lovely.

This place is a must visit for any outdoor loving family! plus Dog! It is what it says on the tin - a River Shack! but a lovely one at that! We will be back!

Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Mar 2017
Thanks for the lovely review Jon, so glad you enjoyed your stay and I hope you come back again :)
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kimbersen...
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Such a beautiful unique place & wonderful host”
Reviewed 16 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Judy was an extremely generous, kind, thoughtful and welcoming host. Nothing was too much effort- from recommending beaches, walks, restaurants and all the best local spots to leaving treats for our arrival.
The 'River Shack' Barbaree was beyond all my expectations, such a beautiful setting- the views were absolutely incredible! The property itself is idyllic; a great size, quiet, peaceful and very well equipped- Judy has great taste! The roll top bath is such a treat after a day’s adventuring on Dartmoor.
We used the house rowing boat to row to the local pub at sunset which was so much fun!!
We really didn't want to leave and would love to return in the summer, I will definitely be recommending this beautiful and unique find with friends and family!

Thank you Judy for helping make our anniversary such a special one!

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Liked best: the views, the location and the uniqueness of the property
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
1 Mar 2017
So glad you had such a lovely relaxing stay. I hope you can come again :)
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samdick
London
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8 reviews
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 26 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

The cottage is a perfect place for a relaxing break. It is small, comfortable, well equipped and has beautiful views. The cottage itself is a 'river shack' in that it isn't a brick built cottage, but it felt incredibly comfortable. It felt rustic enough to feel different but not too rustic. It has a good TV and is incredibly well decorated.

Being on a tidal estuary that runs West-East means that the scenery is constantly changing with beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the water. There is wildlife (swans, herons and other birds) going past, with infrequent boats, kayaks, water skiers and windsurfers to grab your attention but far enough away to not feel on view. Beautiful walks are to be had from the backdoor across fields too.

I don't have any downsides really except that the shower is a hand held one but it just meant I had deep baths most days.

It wasn't a problem for us but it isn't on a road so you will have to carry your luggage up and down steps, through gates and across 'fields'. Pack light essentially. It might also not be good for those who cant walk very well.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The shower
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
27 Sep 2016
Thanks for that lovely review Sam, so glad you enjoyed your stay :)
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Rushetto
Thames Ditton, United Kingdom
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“A special holiday let in the most beautiful location”
Reviewed 24 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We have absolutely loved our week at the Rivershack. This holiday rental is such a special place. Beautifully renovated by its owners, it is both stylish and cosy and very well equipped for a family stay. There is nothing more relaxing than watching the waves lap against the side of the cottage at high tide, all with the beautiful green hills in the background.

There is so much to do in the neighbouring towns and villages. We have had great days out in Teignmouth, Shaldon, Dartmouth and Salcombe, Devon's beaches are wonderful.

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Liked best: The scenic location
Travelling group: Young Children
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26 Aug 2016
Thank you for your kind review. Im really glad you enjoyed your stay.
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littlebet...
Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
“An absolute delight”
Reviewed 15 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

We wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend this riverside house. It's unusual setting right next to the water creates an immediate sense of holiday and relaxation. Being off the beaten track, there was a far way to carry our luggage. Peaceful and traffic-less, it is perfect for quiet rest, but there is no feeling of isolation due to the delightful activity on the estuary. We watched fishermen, cocklers, canoeists, paddle boarders, hikers, dog walkers, swimmers, jet skiers, sailors and rowing boats, but at no point did it feel either too busy or overlooked. By evening the activity would come to an end and we'd be left with beautiful sunsets and fantastic birdwatching opportunities. The house has been equipped in a thoughtful, generous and comfortable way and we felt instantly at home. We were lucky to have beautiful sunshine, but even in the most rotten weather this would be a wonderful place to be; the view is endlessly captivating.

Our host Judy, was warm, friendly, welcoming and made us feel very at ease. She was attentive without being intrusive.

The countryside is beautiful, and there is a lot to explore and enjoy. Without straying far at all, Shaldon and Teignmouth are fun, lively and interesting places to be. We felt very spoiled to have found such a gem of a place and are, without question, keen to go back.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Aug 2016
Thank you Elizabeth, Hilary and James for such a lovely review. being my very first guests it means an awful lot to me that you had such a good time. I look forward to welcoming you back anytime.
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