Me and my family have been to this hotel for 4 years in a row. It is in a lovely location, by the train station, seaside and small woods. The evening and breakfast meals are good quality, with lots to choose from. Pool table, table tennis and tennis is available. Also the staff are friendly.
Personally I think staying for a week is too long without going on trips. There are things to do at the hotel but not many; other towns closeby are better than dawlish also. Travel to exeter or newton abbot for shopping, many kids days out nearby or zoos. Look in the leaflet corridor.
Recently the dessert trolley has been removed, making the meals substantially smaller but better presented. We might not go back next year - try somewhere else for a change but we have enjoyed our stays.