We have just returned from coastguards cottage in Dawlish, what a fab place. The whole house was very clean and looked like new. All the furnishings etc were lovely and modern with a railway and seaside theme as the local line runs right past the house next to the sea! Just about everything is provided to ensure a comfortable stay. We were met by a nice man with the key who quickly showed us around and told us how to work things. There is a nice log fire in the living area which is great for the chilly evenings, and the dining table looks out over the bay so a fabulous view to be had over breakfast etc. There is nothing I can fault about this holiday home and we all agreed we would definitely stay again and recommend it to all our friends.
Me and my partner partner stayed at coast guards cottage in October 2014. The cottages are signposted off the road and parking wasn't an issue in a street opposite the house. Access to the cottage involves steps and then along a passageway with a row of other coast guard cottages and number 9 is at the end which was rather nice as it felt quite private. Richard met us there and was very welcoming, he was on hand if we needed him. Inside downstairs is beautiful, very well decorated, very comfortable, ample seating and a large dining table, a good quality kitchen with a cottage feel. Upstairs 3 bedrooms each with a double bed and plenty of storage with a nice bathroom with a shower over bath set up. The terrace was where we spent most of our time though well into the darkness of the night, it offers everything from sea views, birds, boats, ships to trains! We were not disappointed at all with this find and would recommend this cottage. A visitors book might be a nice idea with somewhere for people to give others ideas for evening meals, drinks and day trips. Thank you Peter, gorgeous place. We hope to be back soon.
This was booked for my husbands 50th and boy it did not disappoint .
We had Family join us from jersey who were also blown away with this house .
I am currently sat on the patio watching my husband fish off the jetty with a wine in hand not wanting to leave this amazing house.
There is nothing I can say that is negative about this property except even the owners amazing pictures will not prepare you for how truly magnificent this place is, perfectly located , decor fabulous , there is not one thing missing from this house that you could say it would have been nice to have because it's all here.
The Views are spectacular and to die for , I don't believe you could find better anywhere.
The owner Peter has been more than accommodating and should be proud of the first class service and rental he offers .
We have visited many places around the world and have been coming to Dawlish on and off for many years and this cottage has to be one of the best places we have ever stayed in .
The cottage is perfectly located to get anywhere and we have visited Brixham , Exeter, Teighnmough, Exmouth, Paignton , and Torquay all by public transport . Torquay harbour is a must for a visit at night for a lovely meal and beautiful scenery .
The weather has been fabulous and the only down side to this is that we have been unable to enjoy the log burner with the sound of the sea and wind blowing .
I'm sure we will visit again and this cottage will be the only place we would want to stay x
We stayed two weeks in coastguard cottages number 9. It is a great cottage, which has everyting we needed. The view is beautiful and the weather was good. So we could sit on the terras sometime. There was one thing we didn't like to much: parking the car on the street and walking a couple of minutes to the cottage. But when we arrived at the cottage we enjoyed the noises of the sea and sometimes a train passing by.
Devon is great to visit and there is a lot to do. We enjoyed our vacation in Dawlish!!!
Manten family of the Netherlands
We left booking a family holiday late but stumbled on this gem through Trip Advisor. I believe it has only be recently refurbished to amazing high standards and probably why we we lucky to get it for a week in high season.
The cottage is on the end of a terrace of nine and only accessible by foot down a steep path, steps and private alley way. But that is more than compensated by the views and tranquillity once you arrive.
The cottage has 3 cosy bedrooms, each with a double bed, two of which have sea views. the open plan lounge is fitted out to a high standard, with a large corner sofa, glass dining table, wood burning stove and two arm chairs to sit and view the sea.
The walls are adorned with artwork, a mixture of railway and maritime mania . There is a large flat screen TV, with Talk Talk digital service and sound bar. We didn't use the TV but plugged in our Ipods to the sound bar for ambient music to accompany the music of the sea. WIFI is available throughout the cottage, but mobile phone signal can be patchy. Mine worked on the patio but my wife's worked throughout the house. But in my case, the isolation was perfect for being away from work and to enjoy some family time. There are also a selection of books and games.
The kitchen is well fitted out, double oven, gas hob, microwave,dishwasher and two fridges, one with a freezer compartment. Maybe the second fridge would be better as a separate freezer, but that's a very minor quibble. We tried to think of something that was missing and all we could come up with was a salad spinner, everything else you could possibly want was provided.
The bathroom had a full size bath shower, with the latter having a nice 38C constant temperature setting. All other amenities you would expect were provided, iron, hoover, hair-dryer etc, even a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.
The whole back wall of the lounge comprises of a single sliding glass door, allowing you to open the lounge completely to the patio to make one very large space. Two sun loungers are provided, along with a wooden pub style bench table with parasol.
Below the patio wall runs the railway line, directly next to the sea wall. The views from the patio are outstanding. I took my telescope along for some evening star gazing, but this also doubled up to scan the sea during daylight hours.
To get to the beach takes 2 minutes across the footbridge at the end of the alley way. They are still repairing the sea wall path towards Dawlish Warren and it is currently closed to the public. But it's a 5 minute walk in the other direction to Dawlish, either along the beach of sea wall.
We were lucky with the British summer weather, and every morning we woke to clear blue skies across the sea. We actually wished for a stormy day so we could watch and listen to the crashing waves from the comfort of the cottage. We were told when we were leaving that there have been times where storm waves have actually crashed over the top of the house !
With my eldest son's passion for railways, and my youngest two for the beach, sandcastles and swimming the location was ideal. Late each night my wife and I would go for a stroll down the sea wall, not meeting a sole, and just sit and listen to the sea and watch the stars.
Overall this is an excellent cottage for a traditional family seaside holiday with a bit of luxury. It's probably not recommended for very small children or the infirm due to its access. The owner if very friendly and contacted us when we arrived to make sure everything was okay.
My wife I and I plan to return for a winter weekend and hopefully catch some stormy seas.
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