Reviews

We love to read what our guests think about their stay at Rill House.

These are their reviews on our Facebook page



We have just returned from another fantastic week at Rill House. Just the 3 of us this time and one very large Black Labrador who thoroughly enjoyed the garden and the great walks in the area. The coastline is stunning, made especially so with the fantastic weather we had for October. The house is better equipped than our own, the beds super comfy and good quality linen. The large kitchen is a great sociable place and even with just the three of us we enjoyed playing doggy bingo and had fun choosing a different song each with Alexa ( we are definitely getting one of these!!) We didn’t really cook as enjoyed eating out, particularly at the Tower Inn where we were made to feel like locals. The off street parking is an absolute bonus. We can’t recommend Rill House enough. You won’t be disappointed.

Phillips, 

We have just spent a week here at Rill House we have had a lovely time fantastic house very well equipped and has beautiful grounds could not fault it in any way. Very responsive team with any communication. In fact this is our last night before we return home and have booked for next year can’t recommend it highly enough well worth a holiday visit 😀 Thank you all at Rill House

Jayne Rudge, 

What a wonderful way to celebrate my hubby's 60th birthday with our family and where we all felt so welcomed especially the dogs. Rill House is so spacious both inside and outside that with six adults and two dogs everyone has space to relax plus the added and much needed benefit of parking for 3 cars.
The property is so well equipped and comfortable it really does feel like home from home and both Harvey and Charlie (the cockers) enjoyed a romp around the garden and paddling in the rill before setting off to the beach. It was so useful to have the outside tap/hose for doggy showers.
The adults had some wonderful evening bbqs on the patio and gave a big thumbs up to the large comfy beds.
Slapton a picturesque Devon village, is a haven of peace and quiet with two excellent pubs and the newly opened community shop provides the morning walk.
Thank you for the bottle of bubbles and homemade cake and for helping to make our family celebration so special.

Susan, 

Our second stay at Rill House for our daughters and their young children went very well, this year, under the new management of Moor to Sea. They were extremely helpful, sorting out a couple of complaints we had very quickly and also lending us some extra garden chairs as when we had friends round one evening (seating 11 outside). The house is luxurious inside, especially the bedrooms, and the parking absolutely invaluable in Slapton, particularly for families with young children. Our grandchildren also loved the garden, and we were able to set up a water slide for them one evening, in the glorious weather we had this year, which was a great hit. Also take them on a bat walk around the village another evening, led by our elder daughter, and spot some gloworms too. The new village shop, gamely managed mainly by local villagers, was also super, stocking a great range of provisions, and even a coffee machine, for holidaymakers and locals alike. Slapton is a beautiful village which we know well, as are other favourite haunts of our family, including Start Point lighthouse, Mattscombe, East Portlemouth and Salcombe (for sailing, wonderful sandy beaches), Gara Rock cafe (gone a bit upmarket this year, but still a lovely stopover on the coastal path), and Bantham (for surfing). We didn’t eat out much in the evenings due to the young, but enjoyed the usual fish and chips one night from the Start Bay Inn, and a delicious crab for lunch, which we picked out ourselves, from Britannia at the Beach, Beesands, another day. Altogether a great week and we hope to repeat it next year.

Barry & Gill Mapstone, 

Fantastic place to stay in the heart of the village, complete with its own private parking, a must in the narrow streets. Really comfortable beds guarantee a fantastic nights sleep. The house is well equipped and provides lots of space for everyone to spread out for any downtime. having the sunny spot outside the kitchen was great, with the separate shady garden to explore is an added bonus. we loved the large kitchen area complete with sofa and separate utility, in fact we spent most of our time in there, or outside with our two furr balls, when we did venture into the lounge it was really comfy in the large leather sofas. Would highly recommend for either small or large groups, there was just the four adults and two malamutes in our party but still found it offered value for money, in fact mom was blown away, ..... hubby especially loved the ask alexa feature in the kitchen !! looking to book for 2020 as unfortunately i cant get the time off i wanted in 2019 and its already getting booked up, just goes to show once you find this place, you wont want to leave.

debbie sanders, 

Had a lovely week. The accommodation is by far the best we've stayed in with out pooches and would certainly recommend to anyone.

Thanks for having us!

From our Facebook page

Jo Duckham , 

In 2015 we set about searching for our perfect honeymoon, we were limited as we had three dogs to travel with us. We chose to find a suitable option in Devon, as we wanted to experience the area , knowing how beautiful it is.
We initially discovered Grants cottage and contacted Emma to discuss our requirements. At the time Emma asked us to consider Rill house, as she was uncertain of Grants cottage being available.
We are more than grateful that we were introduced to Rill house as an option and promptly planned our honeymoon there in May 2016 and we have booked to return each year since ( and hope to book our regular weeks each May for the future).
Rill house offers beyond requirements for an extremely comfortable holiday, it truly is home from home.
The court yard and large garden offer the security of allowing our dogs to safety enjoy plenty of space to run and play, knowing they will not escape is total satisfaction for us.
The on site parking is a huge bonus , as there is very limited space in the beautiful village.
Both pubs are fabulously welcoming and provide great beer and good food.
The beach a short distance away offers great opportunities for the dogs and the walks from the house around the ley are also fantastic.
The community village shop is a must for essentials and each visit supports them to offer a much needed service in this little community.
There is much to explore with a reasonable driving distance and the majority of places accept dogs.
The icing on the cake is the fabulous service Emma & Richard provide with lots of updates of interest while we are enjoying Rill house and the exceptionally thoughtful touches they enjoy sharing.
Every time we leave Rill house, it steals another piece of my heart, I simply have to return each year to feel complete.
There is now no other holiday destination for us, we and the dogs are more than happy to return.
Thank you Emma and Richard for sharing your amazing home .

Sally & Allan Parsons , 

Just had a wonderful week at Rill house , 4 adults one toddler and 3 doggies , the house is fantastic , Charlie the toddler loved the play room and that he could run from room to room , really thick carpet everywhere so no bumps when he fell over , the pooches loved the secure garden , we managed to get out every day lovely walk to the beach and had 2 lovely meals out at the Queens Arms a very dog friendly pub . We will hopefully be returning next year.

(From our Facebook page)

Ann Potter, 

Searching for dog friendly cottages in the South Hams last year we came across Rill House. It stood out from many others because of the "extra mile" the owners Emma and Richard had gone to to positively welcome dogs! Access to every room and no problems accepting more than two dogs. A rare attribute for multi dog owners. Having just returned from a fantastic week there, with snow, sun, wind and rain it certainly lived up to its reputation and more.

Located in the centre of Slapton, there was easy walking access to the two pubs and village community store.
A massive kitchen and large but cosy lounge were coupled with very comfortable beds in roomy bedrooms. Everything was beautifully clean and well looked after. The dogs loved the big secure garden and had fun chasing around in the snow! We also had fun playing with Alexa in the kitchen!

We spent too much time in the Tower Inn, old and atmospheric. Good high quality food, perhaps on the expensive side but very fine ingredients and friendly service. The Queens Arms was also very friendly and had a more standard and cheaper pub menu.

Emma will offer lots of suggestions for places to visit through the Facebook page - and there are many in such a beautiful area. We loved North Sands in Salcombe for an all year round dog friendly beach with easy car parking and the Winking Prawn cafe right by the sandy beach (check tide times as high tide fully covers the sand). Also try Aune Valley butchers and deli on the road to Loddiswell for good food and the adjacent award winning Valley View cafe for ginormous breakfasts and lunches, or just a coffee.

Before we even left we decided to book again next spring. We just hope it might be slightly warmer weather!

Martin, Maggie and the Collies Florence and Zebadee
(From our Facebook reviews)

Martin Hale, 

4 adults and 5 (yes 5!) dogs stayed here at Rill House as part of my 40th birthday celebrations mid March 2018.
Wow what a place! Rill house is simply beautiful and within the first day we had already decided to book for next year in July when hopefully the weather would be a bit kinder to us!
Communication from Emma right from the start was superb and all questions answered quickly. Moor to Sea handle the actual booking and this also went very smoothly.
The house is so very well equipped, cosy and we had everything we needed plus extras. A really lovely surprise was a big bottle of bubbly placed on the kitchen table for us!
The bedrooms are very comfortable and have excellent bedding with comfortable mattresses.
The enclosed garden, well the dogs just loved it! Our two little Border Terriers raced round and round it like crazy!
We had one day of beautiful sunshine which we spent sitting on the patio.
The beach is literally 15 minutes away and it was just a shame about the windy/rainy weather as I expect it's amazing is glorious sunshine.
We used the Queens Arms pub mostly for food and it's tasty home cooking at very reasonable prices. The staff there are chatty and welcomed us with a smile each time we went there.
Just loved it here. Thanks to Emma and Richard and the guys at Moor to Sea.
See you next year!!

Donna Carlin, 

Another fantastic week here. Gorgeous house, with everything we could possibly need to have a stress free, enjoyable week. Beautifully clean and well presented, dog treats and a ball left for the four legged guests, and a treat for the human guests too! We love the walk down to the beach, and coming back through the nature reserve. Despite being in a small village, there are two pubs which serve great food, and are very child friendly. The nearby farm shop makes for happy shopping, and cake eating! Can't recommend staying here enough! Have already booked our next two visits!

Alison Martin, 

Got home on Friday after having a fantastic week in this cottage. We have stayed in quite a few cottages but none of the others come close to match this stunning cottage. The cottage is very well equipped for families and dogs and is immaculately clean. I loved going out in the court yard and hearing the babbling brook, it must be wonderful to sit out there in the summer when it's warmer and the flowers are in bloom. Max the dog is sulking now for bringing home, I think he wanted to stay, he had a whale of a time exploring all the beaches. It was nice to be able to go in the local pubs with Max and he tried dragging us in every time we went past any. I would really recommend going to the Cricket Inn at Beesands, we stopped here for lunch on the way back from a coastal walk to Start Point and the food was fantastic. I would recommend this place to anyone, I don't think you could find better anywhere.

Yvette Chew, 

Just returned from a wonderful week with my retired parents and five dogs. Rill House was perfectly safe for our dogs and we especially liked the personal extras like welcome treats for dogs and humans! Super comfortable beds, lots of space and everything you could need. It was hard to leave!

Kate, 

Had a fabulous week's stay at Rill House in August with our three dogs and two children (11 and 14). Beautiful house which is really well equipped. The children particularly appreciated the games room with a variety of games and also an Xbox. There were also games for outside play which were fun to use. Dog bingo and jenga were both played and also a game of outdoor draughts. The garden is absolutely beautiful with gorgeous planting and is perfect for dogs to race around in too. The dogs also enjoyed Rill House's own rill for a little paddle on hot days. We could have just stayed put enjoying the house and garden for a week to be honest but we also loved the village and local area. Slapton has two dog friendly pubs which are very welcoming. The walk through the nature reserve to the beach is lovely. The beach is quiet even in mid summer. Torcross up the road is slightly busier with great fish and chips. Further afield we loved Kingsbridge and also visited Beesands and Salcombe. Nice touches were the dog tags for the dogs and also dog treats and dog towels. Beds were super comfy. Showers good. Kitchen well equipped. Landline to accept incoming calls is useful. Tassimo machine great. Having a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer all really appreciated. Basically, there is everything you need and more. Would recommend it to anyone.

Liz and Shaun Kirtley, 

Stayed for a week for a family birthday. Beautiful house. Very well equipped. Nothing was overlooked. Highly recommend. I just wish the roads were a bit wider or one way 🙈.

Claire Rose , 

Fantastic week here @Rill House! Thank you so much for making us all feel so welcome, we're particularly impressed with how accommodating you are to dogs & children! The garden is beautiful & dog friendly and the information you've provided as been very useful. Thanks once again!

The Fosters, The Falders, The Hannafords & the dogs!, 

Another lovely week at Rill House and it was so lovely to see my drawing being used on the welcome card! Molly has been enjoying laps of the tide at Strete and I had a lovely afternoon looking at the open gardens with tea inside the church!

Berenice Smith, 

We had a wonderful stay in May with excellent weather.
The house was perfect, everything you would ever need plus plenty go space indoors and a wonderful garden for our two dogs to explore. Thankfully they didn't decide to dip their toes in the stream and also avoided the frog on the steps to the garden.
We celebrated my husbands birthday and after visiting Skokes farm shop for supplies had a BBQ with family who stayed in a different holiday cottage in Slapton with the dogs playing.
Great that Rill House had private parking as due to the village being built pre cars parking is wherever you can on a first come basis.
Lovely welcome pack on arrival with dog biscuits from a village in Norfolk where we've also stayed at which was a nice touch.
Our favourite beach was at Bigbury-on-Sea which is vast and sandy plus lots of exploring for the dogs.
Both pubs in the village were very dog friendly but you need to book a table as they were busy evertime we ate out. Also ate at The Pickwick Inn near Bigbury and The Village Inn near Thurleston and both were friendly (dogs allowed in the bar and outside areas) and food was great.
Would definitely go back and happily for more than 1 week.

Tina & Graham King, 

Have had such a wonderful stay at Rill house with my dad and our seven dogs. The house and garden are amazing, (very jealous) lots of space, super clean and tidy and everything you need. Also a good selection of games to play in the evenings.

Our favourite beach was Banthum, to be honest it's the only one we went to, three times. Kept going back as its pretty secure for run away lurchers. Estuary one side and cliff on the other. Haldon Forest was lovely too, hours drive but great fun for the dogs- we picked up some leaflets and left them at the house.

We will be back next year for sure! Love the humans.

Note from the dogs: Fanks sooo much for the biskits, they was yum yum. And fanks for lettin us plays in the awesom garden and the stweem. We's cant wait for next year!! Lots a love Rufus, Alfie, Merlin, Polly, Oscar, Rocket and Kiera.

Sorrel Griffiths , 

Just home from our stay at Rill House and we can't recommend it enough. The house is warm, comfortable and well equipped. Plenty of space indoor and out. The patio is south facing and private and the garden is beautiful. There are two local pubs, lovely food and very welcoming (dogs too) A short walk to Slapton beach, various walks around the Nature Reserve and close to Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. I hope we'll get to go back next year.

Becky Hext,