cockington court in torquay

Cockington Crafts Only a mile from the bustle of Torquay sea front, easily accessible by car or bus, is the beautiful thatched village of Cockington, set in 460 acres of stunning Country Park. Cockington was mentioned in the Doomsday Book, and the picturesque village has been described as “The Prettiest Village in England”, and it’s not hard to see why with its thatched cottages and old English gardens.

Step back in time as you visit the Church of St George and St Mary (c1069), and enjoy strolling around the ornamental lakes, formal gardens and woodland. As a child, Agatha Christie took part in amateur dramatics in Cockington Court, and Cockington features on the Agatha Christie Literary Trail. If walking isn’t your thing however, horse and carriage rides are available in the village and there isn’t really a better way to travel down the narrow, winding lanes.

Enjoy refreshments at one of the chocolate box cottage tea rooms serving cream teas and locally produced goodies, or visit the Drum Inn for a more substantial meal and a drop of ale, where in winter one can cosy up in front of one of the real live fires, or in summer one can sit out in the garden, taking in the true beauty of this lovely little English village.

The pride of the village is Cockington Court, which was owned by the Cary family from, 1375-1654, and now home to a fabulous contempory arts and crafts hub. This is where to come for a unique gift; one can find everything from glass-blowers to blacksmiths to canoe makers!

Glass blowing


The court has beautiful gardens, a large lawn and a great tearoom. Cockington is a key location for many events during the summer months in the Bay, open air performances and Torbay’s Last Night at the Prom are held here in spectacular fashion.


Re-Opening Monday 6th July 2020

We are delighted to confirm that we will be re-opening the hotel and our restaurant on Monday 6th July. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers for their patience and understanding and for all the support you have shown us over the last four months.

Although your next stay with us will be slightly different, it will still be the same calm and peaceful, relaxing and restorative place you have come to know and love. A place where you can not only unwind, but enjoy great food and hospitality.

Be confident and reassured that we are providing an environment which conforms to government guidelines and industry best practices and will be as safe and secure as we can possibly make it. The health and well-being of everyone who visit us, as well as or staff remains our overriding priority

Initially, in order to ensure we can maintain the required social distance, we will only be open to guests booked to stay here in the hotel. It has seemed a long time since we closed our doors back in late March and so it will be a great joy to see our customers returning.

Booking with us

If you have a booking that was cancelled and would like to re-book, please email us at and quote your original booking reference number with your chosen dates. 

If you would like to make a new booking we have 10% off all our rates when you stay 2 nights or more in July to get this discount book online here at and enter the code 2NIGHT10 in the promotion code field.

This offer will apply to any room type when you book online

See you soon!
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