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About this listing

A new cabin (2017) in a large garden with uninterrupted views of the RiverTamar both from the cabin and decking. Ideal retreat for artists, writers, walkers and nature lovers. The garden is unsuitable for children as it is steep, well behaved dogs welcome provided they don't launch themselves into the river as the only access is by a ladder. There is strictly no fishing. Just enjoy a natural habitat, which is plentiful. You might see kingfishers, otters, cormorants, leaping fish, hope so!

The space

The Ottery was originally intended as an artist studio but I decided the view was so beautiful I wanted to share it with other nature and peace lovers. It was completed in April 2017 and is situated at the end of my garden. It has wooden floors in the living areas and tile in the bathroom.

It has far reaching views up the river and is situated close to an ancient bridge. There are 4 fantastic walks available by walking, no need to use the car! When the river is being lazy you can swim from the garden, but you need to ask me first please so I can judge if it is safe as the currents can be deceptive.

It is close to Dartmoor and about 30 mins drive to the coast.
It has no wifi or TV, but I have provided basic artist materials (please bring your own paper), board games, jigsaws and books and magazines.

Mobile service is excellent for Vodaphone, but for other networks you might have to go on the roof to get a signal! If you need to contact someone then provided it is UK you are welcome to use my landline.

Guest access

The cabin is for your use solely, as is the roof of the cabin which is sunny and has a table and chairs for your use, I have been told on a clear night the view of stars is amazing. You can also share the garden including the fire pit. However I do have a decking area which will remain private to me, but if we get on well: you will be invited to join me, if you want to!

The lower level of the garden is unstable and you need to act sensibly down there, but there is seating and it is very tranquil and you have a unique view of the 16th century bridge!

Interaction with guests

I will be available if needs be, but am planning on people being able to look after themselves, however I am very friendly and enjoy meeting new people.

You are welcome to borrow my washing machine for an extra charge.

A stack of logs will be provided daily if need be but extras will have to be paid for unless it is winter.

Other things to note

The Ottery is in Gunnislake in the AONB The Tamar Valley and is steeped in beauty and history. The woods are filled with daffodils in Spring as the whole area used to be a market garden. Old engine houses and mines are dotted on both sides of the river.

Although there is parking, it is awkward and I might have to ask you to move your vehicle so that I can get out. I will be able to let you know in advance if this needs to happen.

I have provided an insulated glove and riddle for the fire, also an ash can for the fire outside, please use.

Dog owners please pick up pooh in the garden and try to keep animals on the floor.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 2PM - 7PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 20%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 7PM

Smoking is allowed on the decking and in the garden but please bin your butts.


If you spill paint please clean immediately.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card

2 nights minimum stay

21 Reviews

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Tara User Profile
August 2017
An absolutely wonderful apartment to stay in, we loved it! Mel was a brilliant host - so welcoming, kind and helpful. The apartment had everything we needed and the setting is just perfect. Thank you Mel! We definitely hope to be back again.

Heidi User Profile
August 2017
The Ottery is a real slice of paradise for anyone who loves English countryside views with garden birds pretty much flying right up to the windows and river life always providing something to watch below. Mel provides an excellent selection of locally sourced items for a cook your own breakfast which was one of the best that we have encountered on our airbnb stays. We had a great time here and would very happily return if we were in the area for another dose of peace and relaxation.

Katie User Profile
August 2017
A beautiful place to stay. So tranquil and peaceful. Lovely town nearby although not in walking distance. We enjoyed exploring the Dartmoor National Park and going to visit the Eden Project which was just under an hours drive away. Would recommend the Ottery to everyone!

Jo User Profile
August 2017
An absolutely beautiful location with stunning views along the river Tamar.
Mel User ProfileMel is a superhost.
Response from Mel:
I was sorry to have missed you too glad you had a good time mel
August 2017

Bec User Profile
July 2017
Mel's place is very special. A great place for exploring the area. Simple basic accommodation, but very clean and comfortable.

Anna User Profile
July 2017
This is a super place to stay for a private and tranquil rest. The view is stunning and the lodge is perfect with everything you could need. The strawberries and cream went down a treat too. Our cockapoo enjoyed her time here and we could go on walks/bike rides nearby. Perfect.
Mel User ProfileMel is a superhost.
Response from Mel:
Glad you enjoyed it despite the rain!
July 2017

Donna User Profile
July 2017
Mel is the perfect host, friendly, welcoming, and informative. We loved the Ottery, with its spectacular views of the Tamar, and comfortable living. Mel included quality supplies for breakfast and just the right amount of support to help us enjoy our stay. The bird feeder with all the visiting birds was a real treat. We found the locals to be friendly and the trail rides were excellent fun. Mel also welcomed our dog, and had access to the spacious garden. We would highly recommend Mel and her lovely property.

Gunnislake, United KingdomJoined in April 2017
Mel User ProfileMel is a superhost.

I am an early (retired at 59) retired science and special needs teacher (not the job for oldies). I have taught swimming for the last 2 years but my skin has taken a dislike to chlorine so am now trying to do this instead. I am laid back and I hope kind (let me know if I sound teacherish!
I adore animals and nature, I dont have pets but would welcome well behaved ones! I am into keeping fit so do Aqua aerobics 3 times a week and like to go on long walks and swim twice a week. I love board games especially Scrabble.
I have lived here for ten years and might never leave. I am an outdoor person, but am not too keen on gardening at the moment!
I am friendly and can be sociable, but also respect boundaries.
I am tolerant and believe in equality for all, I am respectful but also like to know about people if they are willing to share

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