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Sylvan Scene

(Ref. 1025907)

Wellswood near Torquay, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful property in a fantastic location."

    Great sized living room that easily accommodated all 10 of us. Good sized kitchen/diner with plenty of crockery and cooking equipment. Bedrooms were all very generous in size and beds themselves comfy. Small criticisms really but 1) upstairs rooms need curtains. Although eye masks provided, comfort would be higher with actual curtains to block out the light. 2) Bed sheets - using kingsized sheets over 2 twin beds pushed together meant they didn't stay on. Would be better with single sheets. Very close to the wonderful Anstey Cove and Meadfoot Beach. Lovely parade of shops at the end of the road including a deli and co-op, 2 nice restaurants and a good family friendly local pub. Highly recommend. Would certainly go back.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was loverly, the steps leading up to the cottage was slippy due to ..."

    The cottage was loverly, the steps leading up to the cottage was slippy due to algae and moss, could do with a jet wash, large bottom floor bedroom had a funny smell, carpets had an odour smell could do with laminate flooring fitted in place,

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. I am sorry you found the steps slippy, unfortunately Devon and Cornwall had a hose pipe ban and step could not be addressed. We are please you found the cottage to be lovely and hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dean3.4Aug 2023

  • "A great week in a wonderful location, will definitely look to book again, a very good property that certainly enhanced our experience."

    Reviewed by Ben4.4May 2023

  • "A wonderful place to stay, has everything needed for large family holidays or extended get togethers, plenty of room and the owners have made sure it is well equipped."

    We all enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone who wants to explore the Torquay area of Devon.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent cottage for large groups well equipped and clean and comfortable"

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2022

  • "Just come back from a two week stay at Sylvan Scene."

    The house is beautiful. There is everything you need and more. The kitchen is stocked with everything there is ample crockery plates pans utensils and more. The house was spotless. Just a few items to suggest to the owner, there should be a handrail going up the steps outside especially for the elderly and children. There should be some sort of blinds up at the two upstairs bedroom windows. For the price you are paying there should also be a sky package. There was Netflix if you were clever enough to get it working. The tv in the kitchen kept breaking up so it was a waste of time. Would be great if the owner could get these things sorted. Would recommend it.

    Reviewed by Sylvia5.0Aug 2022

  • "Sylvan scene was a perfect house for our merged family vacation."

    It accommodated all nine of us along with two dogs in the greatest of comfort.The house is spacious and comfortable with a quirky outside space. The village of wellswood is delightful with lovely places to eat. Then Torquay itself is less than a five minute drive.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation and location."

    Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Jul 2022

  • "This house is just amazing and definitely has the wow factor."

    I found Torquay a bit rough in places but if you venture off there are some wonderful little harbours to visit. A great all round break for the family and fur babies.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great property, everything you may want or need."

    Great location .

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2022

  • "We have just returned from this beautiful holiday home, it was truly a home from home with everything you need."

    Fiona went above and beyond to make our children feel very special, even purchased a bed so we could take an extra child, the trip to feed the horses was amazing. So much to see and do within walking distance. The children and adults are already looking at dates so we can return. Thank you Fiona for making our holiday so special.

    Reviewed by Bob5.0May 2022

  • "We had a great weeks stay at Sylvan Scene."

    We celebrated my husbands 50th Birthday with our kids and grandkids. Plenty of room me my husband and our family of 6 adults and 2 small children and 2 dogs. Beautifully decorated, lovely and clean and very comfortable. Very well equipped, lovely welcome basket with some amazing yummy cakes for everyone. We let our family have the upstairs with their small children, they did struggle with the windows having no blinds at them , they tried their best to block the early sun rises with various items. Garden could of done with some TLC , shrubs were a bit overgrown. Location is lovely, wood right next door that leads to Meadfoot Green which leads you down to Meadfoot Beach. We ate at The Kents pub which was a few minutes walk away, serves lovey food and Me and Mrs Jones deli for brunch which was lovely too, and Jun Jaow Thai for a takeaway.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0May 2022

  • "We are in our final day here and this is without doubt the best holiday rental I have stayed in in the UK."

    Fantastic house, great location, it truly is a home from home. A lovely welcome pack of cakes, bread, milk and wine awaited us on our arrival and the house had everything we could have hoped for. Well done Sylvan Scene.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "A wonderful holiday home with everything we could wish for in a lovely quiet location."

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Apr 2022

  • "What a fantastic two weeks we had here!"

    !! A lovely house, very spacious and well equipped! A great kitchen with lots of space and easy to cook, big table and comfy chairs to eat at and a TV on the wall. Lots of room in the lounge with a corner sofa, 2 seater and chair, open fire and TV. Lovely tiled family bathroom downstairs with a walk in shower and big bath. 2 big double bedrooms downstairs with 2 bigger bedrooms upstairs and a single bed with a cot bed in as well. There’s an additional en-suite bathroom with another shower as well as a single toilet in another room. Electric gate entrance at the front with just enough room to get 2 family saloon type cars in, any bigger and you’d be struggling to get them both in. Be warned though, access to the house is up 29 steps! Lovely big decking area on the front of the house with a 3 tier garden at the back with seats to sit out and a grassy bit at the top. Fully enclosed we were able to let our 2 dogs out without fear of them toddling off. At the front of the house there is access to a forest walk which was steep and muddy, but takes you down to an open green area and to a beach a little further. Also local shops, pubs and restaurants are a 5 min walk with Torquay centre 5 mins away in the car. A great base for exploring from here with lots to see and do in the area. We had some very mild and dry weather for November so we had a great time out and about. The owners couldn’t do enough for us, there was a welcome pack on arrival which was lovely and thoughtful along with a dog bed and water bowl. Can’t recommend this place enough, we will be back to stay again another time!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is a lovely house in good upkeep and very clean."

    The welcome pack was lovely. Facility wise there is an additional toilet not listed in the description and you can park 2 cars behind the gate, a third might at a push be possible. The number of beds has been maximised, which does mean that things would be tight if fully used. For example one bedroom only has one set of sockets, used by bedside lamps and physically out of reach by the bed positioning. In practice you will probably find you will need to drive to all attractions ( Kent's Caverns a must visit exception), but are fairly close.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2021

  • "Plenty of space for all 3 families would definitely stay again"

    Reviewed by Ann4.4Aug 2021

  • "Where do we start with this home."

    I have been travelling to Torquay for 40 years now for holidays. This has been the cleanest spacious house we have stayed in to date. Everything needed was supplied the house is gorgeous and situated just perfect for bus links and close enough to walk into town each day. 10 out of 10 for us

    Reviewed by George5.0Jul 2021

  • "Sylvan scene does not disappoint ."

    The house is in a very quiet area only 10 minutes walk away from a small secluded cove and a small beach . The owners have pretty much thought of everything and the welcome pack they supply is a lovely touch . The house is very well equipped and extremely comfortable . There are plenty of bars and restaurants on your doorstep . We would definitely stay here again and we will highly recommend it to anyone reading this

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2021

  • "House was perfect for our family."

    In walking distance of small coves and a handy little shopping area with coffee shops and restaurants. Owners had thought of everything . We appreciated the supplies of cleaning products and essentials that are not always present in some properties .The treat box and food basket were a lovely addition. Would certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic house in a quiet setting with all amenities easily accessible."

    Very enjoyable stay . Thank you

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2021

  • "We stayed at Sylvan Scene for a week recently (June 2020) and was totally blown away with the level of quality and comfort supplied at this property inside and out."

    The weather wasn't particularly good for the first half of the week so didn't get the opportunity to take advantage of the outside dining area. The inside made up for it and the kitchen and facilities were excellent and we took advantage of the quality kitchen and dining area. We had a Tesco delivery on the first night so we stocked up for the week ahead. We used the Kents pub for takeouts - the burger was out of this world and the Sunday lunches were excellent. if I could win the lottery a certainly would be trying to buy this place ... a real gem :) The welcome pack was a lovely touch and a nice surprise, thanks, Fiona :)

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2021

  • "The accommodation was fantastic the location was very good - we had an amazing holiday"

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0May 2021

  • "This is a beautifully presented, high specification, quiet and comfy home is a delightful location."

    Situated adjacent to Woods, a 10 minute walk from the Coast, 20 mins walk into Torquay, it offers a great choice of walks and easy access to lots of beautiful vantage points around Torquay. Great bedrooms, beautiful Kitchen and lounge and with a private rear terraced garden. The local shops are excellent as well. Highly recommended and we will certainly stay again.

    Reviewed by Matt5.0Oct 2020

  • "Such a comfortable house in a great location- quiet yet close to so many things."

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a great holiday, the house provided the facilities and comfort to make it a thoroughly relaxing break."

    It had everything we needed, the beds and lounge furniture were extremely comfortable and the kitchen really well equipped. Everywhere was spotlessly clean and in these challenging times that was essential, they had even provided masks and there was hand gel all around the house. The owners had very thoughtfully left us some beautiful locally produced cream cakes and a welcome basket, which we really appreciated. They also kept in contact with us during the week and offered helpful suggestions regarding the local area. We would thoroughly recommend this property to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was excellent, very clean and everything was so carefully thought out by the owners especially The coffee , Tea , milk and sugar along with cakes ,fruit , wine and a bread stick was all thought of by them on our arrival , which we thought was a lovely touch ."

    The cottage was spotless when we arrived and it consisted of everything you would require for a week's stay. my only suggestion would be that curtains were considered for the two upper main bedrooms that have the double doors for privacy reasons along with the fact that the bright morning light does cause early rising. The small toilet upstairs could also benefit with a curtain or blind for privacy reasons again as you were able to see the upper level of the garden very clearly when people were up there so it does cause conern that those who are on the upper level can also see into the toilet ,so again for privacy reasons this would be a suggestion to be considered other than this the property was fantastic and we would consider returning as it was idealy located and an enjoyable stay in a very comfortable accomodation

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Sylvan Scene. Folding screens have now been added to the rooms you mention to provide additional privacy and the small toilet window now has a blind installed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edirin4.7Sep 2020

  • "This house has everything you will need - the owners have thought of everything."

    The house is beautifully equipped and the furniture is of luxury standard - beds are super comfortable and kitchen has everything you will need. There are so many little touches that exceed expectations, there was a box of masks on arrival, hand gel through out the house, a hamper on arrival, box of cakes and milk tea coffee sugar already stocked up. Location is lovely - 1 mile from a quiet cove and lots of lovely walks through the woods. Thoroughly recommend this property

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2020

  • "Wonderful house, extremely comfortable, fresh and clean, gardens lovely with bbq, fire pit and eating and seating area, everything you need in a home."

    Owners more than helpful in every way. We would highly recommend this holiday home to anyone who is looking for a fantastic holiday home! Stay:- August 2020

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely house in a great location."

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Aug 2020

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x family room with super-king-size (zip/link) and single, 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link), 1 x super king-size (zip/link) with en-suite shower room, 1 x ground-floor twin (zip/link), 1 x single
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • 2 x electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, wine cooler, Smart TV with WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed rear patio with seating
  • Two well behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, beach 1.3 miles
  • Note: No Stag or Hen parties please.

The property

Torquay 1.1 miles.

Located at the end of a leafy no-through lane, in the peaceful village of Wellswood in Torquay, is this stunning, contemporary, detached home, Sylvan Scene.

Accessed via a flight of stone steps, this well-positioned property is ideal for a large family to come together and enjoy a coastal escape in South Devon, with the South West Coast Path, glorious sandy beach, golf course and Kent's Cavern attraction all within easy reach.

Enter the property and find an incredible, newly fitted kitchen of the highest quality, with Neff appliances, twin ovens, American-style fridge/freezer and dishwasher, along with a breakfast bar and wonderful dining table.

On a warm day, open up the bi-fold doors that reveal the lovely patio garden and allow in lots of natural light and a cool summer's breeze.

At the end of a busy day, relax in the cosy sitting room, with its soft grey carpet, choice of seating, including large corner sofa and snuggle chair, and enjoy your favourite TV shows or a family film night as the open fire crackles in the distance and adds to the homely feel of the room.

The property has a choice of five bedrooms, two of which are on the ground floor, consisting of a twin with zip/link feature and a super-king-size with zip/link feature, meaning a wide variety of groups can be catered for.

Upstairs, you will find a master super king-size double with dual aspect Juliet doors and apex windows, plus a contemporary en-suite shower room, a family room with a super-king-size with zip/link feature and a single bed, with dual aspect Juliet windows and a single bedroom.

Also on the ground floor is a pristine, contemporary family bathroom suite, offering a bath and shower cubicle, so you can start the day with a refreshing rinse or end it with a long relaxing soak.

Outside there is an enclosed, tiered patio garden with seating, ideal for lunch in the sunshine or just relaxing with a morning coffee, while keen walkers will appreciate the woodland walk available from the doorstep that leads onto the spectacular South West Coast Path, which you can follow in either direction along the coast.

There is a small selection of shops and restaurants within a few minutes' walk of the property, while the popular town centre of Torquay is just one mile away, with a wide selection of shops, cafés, restaurants and a wonderful nightlife.

The popular attraction of Kent's Cavern Prehistoric Caves makes for an unusual, underground, family-friendly day out, while Torquay Museum offers a fascinating insight into the life of Agatha Christie and Torquay's Dinosaur World is a fascinating hands-on experience for kids.

Soak up the sunshine at the shingle beach of Meadfoot, with excellent diving opportunities as well as fishing and rock pools that the children can explore, or spend the day at family-friendly Peaked Tor Cove or Beacon Cove, while a stroll around the idyllic marina allows you to see the boats drifting in and out of the bay.

Hop on a boat for a day trip to Paignton or Brixham, along the incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline known as the English Riviera, or try your hand at sea angling or a range of watersports activities.

Babbacombe and its model village, cliff railway, golf course and two picturesque beaches is also within easy reach.

You will be spoilt for choice with fantastic family-friendly days out from this incredible Torquay holiday home.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Paignton 3.6 miles; Brixham 8.5 miles; Dartmoor 17 miles.

Famous for its sandy beaches, promenades, palm trees and plentiful attractions, the popular seaside town of Torquay in South Devon has been welcoming visitors for the best part of 200 years. Torquay holds many delights for both families and couples, from an abundance of children’s activities whatever the weather, to coastal walks, restaurants and nightlife. Local attractions await at Cockington village and craft centre, Torre Abbey, Kents Cavern. Enjoy the wealth of sea life on a boat trip across the Bay to Paignton, Brixham or Dartmouth – and even more exotic animals can be found at Paignton Zoo. Torquay is at the heart of the English Riviera, a UNESCO Global Geopark. Take the Dartmouth Steam Railway and enjoy a boat ride up the River Dart. Explore Greenway the home of Torquay’s world famous crime writer - Agatha Christie. A stay in Torquay can be as relaxed or as active as you choose and is certain to inspire you to visit again.

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Note: No Stag or Hen parties please.