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Little Otterling | River Cottage | Tamar Valley, Cornwall

Guest Feedback and Testimonials

Feedback is of utmost importance to us here at Unique Home Stays, and we love to hear back from our guests to ensure that we have not only fulfilled, but exceeded their expectations every step of the way. But don't just take our word for it, read what previous guests have said about Little Otterling below:

What a beautiful cottage and setting! We so enjoyed our rambles in the gardens and woods with Zula, our dog. The owners have thought of everything to make you feel very at home and welcome. Thank you!

Our second visit. Amazing location and lovely cottage together with fantastic weather made for a wonderful holiday. We can┤t wait to return again!

Thank you for such a magical few days of peace and tranquility. We really feel like we have had a chance to properly relax and unwind. We were lucky enough to spot the otter within the first half an hour of arriving and again last night! What a treat! We loved lunch at The Cornish Arms (the best Scotch Egg ever!) and scared ourselves to death doing the big zip line at the Tamar Trails! We also had a lovely walk in Lydford and up to Widgery Cross followed by a delicious Sunday lunch at the Dartmoor Inn. But most of all we loved spending time in the cottage and sitting watching the wildlife on the river. Thank you once again. We hope we will be back sometime!

Thank you to the owner for providing such a lovely break for the beginning of our honeymoon. This tranquil setting is exactly what we needed after months of hectic wedding planning. We enjoyed trips to Plymouth harbour, Tavistock and Calstock. We thoroughly recommend The Tamar Inn in Calstock along the river - a lovely pub with gorgeous food for a great price. The cottage is such a cosy place that we looked forward to coming back to each day, especially Toffee dog with the underfloor heating. Many thanks for making such a special trip so memorable.

We had a lovely weekend and really enjoyed the peace and quiet. Sitting watching the river go by and listening to birdsong was equally lovely at both breakfast and sundown. We enjoyed an evening outdoors with the fire and two delicious flame cooked chops! A beautiful spot to relax and unwind. Thank you!

Our second visit to Little Otterling and as was the first visit, we had a lovely, peaceful time. We didn´t do much and didn´t need to. We just enjoyed the river walks and beautiful setting of the cottage - watching the river at night is magical. Thank you.

We have had a wonderfully relaxing week - thank you for creating such an idyllic and comfortable base from which we could explore the area. We would highly recommend the Tamar Trails walking routes (the woodland tracks are perfect for wet weather!) Dingles Fairground Museum (for young and old alike!) and a day trip to St. Ives. We enjoyed excellent meals at The Cornish Arms, the Royal Oak and Meavy and Taylors in Tavistock. We also stocked up on lovely treats at the Lifton Farm Shop. A wonderful break, we are very sad to have to leave!

We´ve had a lovely time at this cottage. We´ve seen kingfishers, hawks, rabbits and otters. Absolutely wonderful to see all these creatures in their natural habitat. We have enjoyed sitting on the patio watching the world go by.Thank you for the welcome pack and flowers.

Where to start......Amazing. We have visited Cornwall for the fifth year on the trot and can honestly say this is the best place we have stayed. It really is perfect! A fantastic tranquil and peaceful place, we spent a few nights sitting by the chiminea relaxing and enjoying the scenery and the stars. We´ve visited a few places during our stay but always loved returning to the cottage at the end of the day. It´s perfect Alison, we couldn´t have asked for anything more. We saw the kingfisher but unfortunately no otter or deer. But we will be back in 2018 so will try again then.Thank you for the lovely welcome pack which helped us settle in, it was very much appreciated.

Thank you for an amazing stay. A beautiful cottage surrounded by a beautiful setting.Lots of walks and new friends. Calm and relaxed.

We felt very fortunate to escape the city on one of the hottest weeks on record, and to spend it here in rural bliss. Thank you for a magical week.

It´s been a complete pleasure staying at the cottage. From the moment we drove down the lane, we knew we were in for a treat. What a scene - tranquil, peaceful, calm, I could go on. The cottage has been so easy to stay in with everything you need provided. The lovely homely touches left by Alison and Ed just help you to settle in perfectly. We used our week well with trips out to various places, we´d recommend Rame Head and walking over to St. Michael´s Chapel, Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, Kit Hill and Tavistock. Nelson (our Vizsla) loved venturing in the grounds and is going home for a well earned rest. We will be back. Thanks Alison & Ed. Great hosts and for sharing what you have here.

What a lovely place to stay. Really enjoyed the peace and quiet and all of the amenities. We even had one good sighting of the otter and two glimpses.Enjoyed Cotehele and a trip to the otter rescue park was well worth the drive. Thank you for a delightful stay.

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Little Otterling. It was everything we wanted it to be and we hope to come and stay with you again.

Lovely break, lovely cottage and so relaxing just hanging around by the river. It´s been fantastic and thanks for recommending the local pub. Fab people and a really great curry. Just been for our final walk before heading back to the nonsense!

A lovely stay in a peaceful and beautiful spot. Saw Otters and Kestrels! Enjoyed our evenings on the patio - relaxing and taking in the scenery! Lovely visits to Tavistock, Buckland Abbey and Lydford Gorge. We had a perfect honeymoon.

Thank you for a lovely stay. A beautiful setting and a beautiful cottage.... we´ve had a great time.

Relaxing stay. Great location. Cooking the mackerel we had just caught during the fishing trip in Plymouth on the outside wood burner was delicious! The Squid Ink Restaurant in Love is worth a visit.

Peaceful stay...just perfect. Didn┤t go far, too nice just sitting by the cottage. Already planning 2017!

A truly wonderful, tranquil, peaceful setting, making the perfect relaxing weeks holiday and topped with a fantastic weeks┤ weather!! Found some lovely places in Cornwall we didn┤t know existed and far from the madding crowds. What a joy it was to sit outside early (ish) mornings and late evenings watching the Tamar flow by trying to see the otter and Kormorants, only saw the Kingsfisher unfortunately.....better luck next time!!

What a lovely little property with all the amenities taken care of, with lovely touches. The weather was kind to us, if a little chilly but still lovely to watch the Tamar go by in the hope of seeing an Otter or two. Regular bypasses of Kingfishers, Buzzards, Treecreepers etc-you couldn´t wish for a better spot! We visited a few lovely places, Lanhydroc, Cotehele are excellent houses and gardens and Lydford Gorge was amazing as was the Castle Inn for an excellent meal in a truly traditional pub. What a great few days, thank you so much and hopefully we will be back. Saw otters this morning!!!

The perfect location for our mini moon!! The walk to the weir was good fun. The house is perfect in every way and even in the rain the location was amazing. Unfortunately no otter sightings.... this time! Thank you to Alison for all of your help.

Thank you Alison for providing a beautiful cottage in which we have had a perfect break, away from our busy working lives at home. We have explored the Tamar valley which is beautiful. Visited the Lydford gorge nearby, where we had a lovely day out. We visited St. Ives and Land´s End. Thank you for your scenic directions following the coastline. All in all we have had a great break with an idyllic base. The weather has luckily been great. We made good use of the outdoor furniture and BBQ. Lilly the dog has had a lovely holiday, too.

We have had a magical few days enjoying your beautiful cottage and gazing at the stunning scenery.

We┤ve had a fabulous holiday; we enjoyed some leisurely walks and many encounters with fabulous wild life. We have seen the otters on a daily basis, many kingfishers, buzzards, deer and even a fox!

A peace of heaven! Restful, calm, still, serene, placid, soothing, idyllic and more! The cottage is a real gem, you are so very lucky to live here and thank you for sharing this with us. Even spotted 3 otters today!

Thank you for a wonderful two week stay. An absolutely amazing place, loved seeing the otters (four or five times) and all the other fabulous wild life. We even saw a deer. It is a really magical place! Thank you again!

Had a wonderful time. Property and area were amazing. So quiet and peaceful. Perfect for recharging the batteries. Hope we can come back!

A lovely, relaxing break and a great start to 2016! Even with the rain it´s a lovely spot to stay, great walks and so peaceful.

Our Christmas holiday at the Little Otterling has been the perfect break for us. The cottage itself lived up to every expectation, the surroundings were peaceful and every bit the picture. Not to mention the kindness we received from Alison, who made us feel very comfortable and welcome! Thank you so much for one of the most memorable and enjoyable Christmases to date. We will visit you again one day.

Little Otterling was a lovely retreat for us. The cottage was really cosy and we loved the wood burner. It was so calming to gaze at the river every day as the water made its way downstream. The nature, local walks and surrounding scenery provided a great getaway from our usual Midlands setting. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

Firstly a big thank you to Alison for a wonderful stay and looking after us while we were here! Secondly a big WOW to what you guys have done to this place! The minute you turn the corner to enter the property you certainly know you will have peace and quiet. Amazing spot to relax and switch off from the world and appreciate nature´s beauty and the little things in life we sometimes take for granted. Sad to leave such a special place, but excited knowing we will be back soon! Lovely memories made here at the cottage.

Everything was perfect, from the moment that we arrived until the moment we departed. We could not have asked for more and will definitely be back.

Thank you for such a fabulous stay at Little Otterling. It was the perfect place to celebrate our first wedding anniversary! Such a wonderful setting and a beautiful cottage.

Wonderful! Little Otterling was everything we expected and more! Perfect seclusion, fab walks, home comforts. We will be recommending it and hope to be back soon. Great to meet you too Ali and Ed, thanks for being so welcoming.

We have had a wonderful, restful, peaceful week in this gorgeous little cottage. Sitting watching the river with its kingfishers, grebes and the odd quacky ducks was a joy and walking along the river in the nearby woods was so pretty and great fun. Thank you Alison for the care and attention you have put into this place, I´m sure we will return.

I was looking for a quiet, secluded, cosy cottage with stunning scenery and that allowed dogs. The Little Otterling ticked all the boxes. The property was spot on. Alison was lovely, welcoming and kind. Fresh flowers, fresh bread and basic larder produce were left for us which was great. We really felt at home there for our stay and enjoyed every bit of the cosy features. It was a bonus to have plenty of wood for the two burners. The hamper was a nice touch and the contents were delicious. Intentional or not, I was chuffed that most things in there were lactose free so I could enjoy. A great mixture of treats too and we enjoyed the Prosecco to toast our engagement.

Thank you ever so much for a wonderful and relaxing break at Little Otterling! The cottage is absolutely beautiful and the scenery is stunning! We went for a lovely walk with our dog up the river, enjoyed a barbecue one evening as the weather was beautiful and watched the meteor shower. The perfect setting for getting engaged!

We just wanted to thank you for such a wonderful relaxing holiday at Little Otterling. The facilities here are wonderful and the surrounding areas are beautiful. A real home from home. We were lucky to have a lovely week with only one day of rain. We loved the loungers on the terrace and breakfast area outside. We enjoyed a lovely Sunday lunch too at the White Hart up the lane which is well worth the walk. Diolch Yn Fawr!

What a beautiful place. We could not believe the transformation when looking through old photos! Alison and Ed were the perfect hosts- welcoming, warm and helpful. We had an amazing honeymoon here and found the location perfect for choosing between staying in the cottage and letting the world go by or venturing out to Plymouth, Tavistock and even Newquay! It is the perfect honeymoon location and we can´t wait to come back again.

Idyllic cottage and river setting. We loved it. It felt just like home - if only it was!

Thank you for ten great days in the Tamar Valley at Little Otterling. What a beautiful place to stay, that is so well decorated, and modern but cosy. We absolutely loved the landscape, the nature, the house, the people and the thrilling drive up and down the lane with our 4x4! There were also great days for our dog, long walks on the moor and two nice dog training days with DSRT in Tavistock.

Thank you for such a wonderful stay! We have had such a perfect week (and weather!). We even saw two deers grazing by the river. We couldn´t have asked for anything else, as everything we needed was here. My favourite day was spend sunbathing on the amazing sunloungers, and I even caught a tan. Thanks again!

An outstanding property, and the owners could not have been more welcoming or helpful. Little Otterling is very well decorated and cared for with every facility you could require. The location for us was second to being extremely peaceful and tranquil. Amazing location!

Thank you for a wonderful stay in such an amazing place. We had not realised how tired we were until we arrived at Little Otterling and stayed still to enjoy the scenery and listen to bird song. The ducks with their ducklings in the river and deer in the forest reminded us to slow down and just enjoy. On the last morning we finally saw otters which made our week! We would love to come back soon.

Thank you to my husband for such a lovely birthday treat at Little Otterling! I had a fabulous time despite the mixed weather. No otters but we did see a deer swimming in the river. The mine ruins are very interesting and romantic. So lovely to stay somewhere so quiet. I´m sure we will be back.

Thank you for the most wonderful and relaxing holiday. You made our stay so special with the little extra´s like flowers, eggs, bread and milk. After a long journey like our´s this was so unexpected, but we were so grateful. Little Otterling was just perfect, a real home from home. We even saw an otter, deer and many birds! We will hopefully be back soon with our friends and book the other cottage.

We loved this little haven in the woods and don´t want to leave it today. Thank you for such an enjoyable Easter in your beautiful cottage. All the little touches made all the difference.

What a fantastic week away! It is just what we both needed. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere to relax and spend time together. Such a magical place, the cottage was amazing! We love the under-floor heating, especially when we got back from amazing walks in the local surroundings. Perfect in every way!

We have had a great week - saw an otter on Tuesday morning showing off his fishing skills and then again on Thursday just cruising down river - a real treat! Undoubtedly we will return to explore further.

What a wonderful heavenly place to stay! Thank you for letting us share it, we will return.

Thank you for a lovely stay, it was perfect. The cottage was immaculate, the fresh flowers were a nice touch and unexpected. We loved walking along the river with Jess (our dog). She got very brave and took herself off on a walk by herself! It was was an escape from our busy life and we don´t want to go home. Love the White Heart pub where we met some lovely local people. We will be back!

Thank you for an amazing stay, the place was perfect. Really enjoyed how quiet and peaceful it was. We visited Bigbury-on-Sea which was lovely and so quiet this time of year and St. Ives a favourite of ours, only 1 1/2 hours. Really didn´t want to leave and go back to our busy lives. It was our dog Dougie´s first family holiday and he loved it! Thanks again.

Thank you for a great stay in your lovely cottage. We had a wonderful time despite the rain! The location is perfect - nobody around and great scenery all over - we would have loved to have stayed longer. Thank you.

A glorious location which is even better in person than I could have imagined in the photos.

We wanted to thank you for giving us the most perfect place to stay and start off our married life! Truly it has been a gift from God finding the cottage, and we have no hesitation in recommending you to our family and friends. It was lovely getting to know you as well and we wish you success in your business. Hopefully we┤ll be back with baby Lee! Much love and blessings

The owner welcomed us and was extremely friendly. Made us feel welcome and was extremely knowledgeable on the area. Everything was exactly as expected and was a beautiful break away from home. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The property was beautiful inside and out in an outstanding location. Very private and very relaxing.

We loved it here! The river is amazing and the cottage is wonderful - so cosy and beautifully furnished especially with the cute and stylish finishing touches. It really is luxurious and felt like a rare privilege to bring the dog to such a beautiful property. The fresh produce was a real bonus (the bread was nice!), moreover, we loved that the cottage had been decorated for Christmas, inside and out - a real surprise and so pretty! It´s the perfect bolt hole tucked away from it all in its own secluded valley; we even saw the elusive otter as well as kingfishers, buzzards and a leaping salmon. Arriving in horrendous weather the place really felt like a glittering port in a storm. A perfect Christmas!

Thank you for letting us share a little bit of your heaven here! It has exceeded all our expectations. We wish you well with Little Otterling, and we will certainly recommend you to our friends and family, and hopefully be back soon!

The cottage was exactly as described, the quality of finish was excellent and the owners very welcoming and helpful. We would definitely stay again in the future.

We wanted to say thank you for a wonderful stay. We had everything we need for a fantastic and relaxing time. What luxury!! Thanks again. Ps lovely scones!


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