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Kitchen Hall Double Bedroom Ensuite Shower Room Twin Bedroom Sitting Room Balcony



3 Tarifa

(Ref. 976198)

Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely, comfortable and well equipped apartment."

    Great views of nesting seagulls, kite surfers and extensive views of the sea and cliffs. The proximity to Burgh Island was the draw and did not disappoint. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend others to spend some time in this delightful apartment by the sea.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Apr 2024

  • "Absolutely loved the apartment, comfortable, clean and a welcome pack on arrival."

    The large balcony had a splendid view. Loved every moment of our stay at 3 Tarifa, Bigbury on Sea. Thank you..

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Apr 2024

  • "The flat was amazing."

    So warm and comfortable. Bigger than I expected. The light streaming through the glass doors from the patio each day. We even sat outside on the recliners in the Autumn sun. Well equipped kitchen. Listened to the waves from my bedroom. A perfect holiday and a real deal on the weekly price.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely, warm, comfortable apartment with a wonderful view."

    Really close to the beach and with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. We really appreciated the cream tea on arrival. We will return .

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2023

  • "3 Tarifa is a lovely two bedroom apartment with ground floor access, good quality furnishings, fixtures and fittings, two bathrooms, and a large balcony with views directly over the sea."

    We had a very enjoyable week's holiday there, exploring the local beaches and coastline and villages and towns, and look forward to coming to stay again.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2023

  • "Perfect. Beautiful location, very well equipped, spacious and clean."

    Really nice to receive tea, scones, cream, jam and milk on arrival (just what was needed after a long drive). Great views over the sea, just a shame the weather wasn't better so we could use the balcony more.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "The owner provided everything you could possibly want and more."

    Excess china and cutlery allowed efficient use of the dishwasher. Cream tea on arrival was very welcome. Lovely large balcony and sea views. We were disappointed that next door was a building site. Noisy workmen, cement mixure and banging was not welcome at 8am! This was not the owners fault but an adjustment to the tariff might have made the pill easier to swallow. Everywhere was very clean except the blinds. Lovely location, easy walk to beach and plenty of car parking for one disabled member. Would book again once the building work next door is finished.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Aug 2023

  • "It was our second stay & once again we had a lovely time."

    The property is luxurious with everything you could possibly need. The views of the coastline are stunning & it’s lovely to sit outside having a meal or drink, looking at the sea. Beds are very comfortable & would highly recommend a stay in the property.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jul 2023

  • "Two minor criticisms."

    There are about 6 cupboards in the kitchen and all bar one are full of crockery and glasses leaving only one cupboard for storing supplies. I counted at least 21 mugs in an apartment which accommodates 4. Also the fridge freezer doors could be turned around so they opened the other way which would make it much easier to use.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful position with views over the sea and walks from the property over the cliffs and along the beach."

    Well maintained and equipped. A pleasure to deal with the owner. New terrace furniture includes table and chairs and 2 sunbeds. Would highly recommend for two couples or family.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0May 2023

  • "The views from the apartment were stunning."

    The comfort and facilities were exceptional. We definitely will be coming to stay again and will recommend to friends in the future.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful holiday in a cosy and well equipped apartment."

    Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property was as expected great view of the sea nice to be on one level clean as expected little unfortunate that next door had builders making a noise but not until 9 am & gone lucky with the weather very warm to sit on the balcony good get away thank you for the scones jam & cream."

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Oct 2022

  • "As we came through the door, our reaction was "WoW"."

    The beautiful view, the huge balcony, and comfortable surroundings were perfect. The well equipped kitchen, and attention to detail throughout has made our stay such a pleasure. Thank you for such a relaxing holiday. We hope to return in the future. One small request would be a parasol on the balcony to provide a little shade, whilst enjoying the view.

    Reviewed by Gary3.8Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The apartment is very comfortable with amazing views. Decorated and equipped to a high standard, everything you need for an enjoyable break. I would highly recommend the apartment and bigbury.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing property, views and location."

    We had a lovely holiday- thank you so much! We have already booked again for next Summer. A beautiful and idyllic part of the country and already looking forward to returning next year.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great property and location."

    Re previous review. The previous occupants rang us on the landline asking for a Amazon fire stick. We were not happy to return this without consent from the owner and asked them to ring the owner. Any difficulty in retrieving this item left behind was due to their approach.

    Reviewed by Maria4.7Jul 2022

  • "Great place to stay in Big bury on sea everything good but just one thing change ..."

    Great place to stay in Big bury on sea everything good but just one thing change over day we were running bit late 15 min leaving the guy was very abrupt when he came in and didn’t even knock , this led to us having forgotten an item and trying to get this back was very difficult after we left , got call from the owner and she was very abrupt to regarding the forgotten item so place lovely owner and caretaker could do a course in customer care

    Reviewed by Ethna4.7Jun 2022

  • "So enjoyed our stay at Tarifa - such a perfect location with beautiful views from the large balcony and the beach just a short walk away."

    The accommodation is modern with every detail in terms of comfort and facilities having been thought of. We've stayed in a lot of holiday rentals but this our favourite!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property with stunning sea views."

    Very clean and comfortable. Although there was a television in the second bedroom it didn’t work. The main bedroom could have done with a drawer unit in the room so that there was somewhere in the room with a dressing table style top to make drying hair easier and somewhere to put jewellery at night. The unit in the wardrobe we did not use as it was behind the doors with no light. It was disappointing not to have bath sheets just bath towels. The wash basin in the bathroom took a long time drain away We were surprised that there was no mention that the roads leading to the property were extremely narrow.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Jun 2022

  • "Brilliant place to stay, great views from the lounge and the terrace."

    Loads of crockery and cutlery and use of the dishwasher meant I did not have to wash up all the time. Beds very comfortable, lovely linen and towels. Excellent base to do local walks and of course lovely beach just a few minutes walk away. Will definitely use this apartment again.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0May 2022

  • "We were so impressed with the property you are so very fortunate to have this little gem,its like home from home."

    When we arrived we were welcome with a lovely cream tea thankyou very much it was a lovely start to the holiday we sat out on the wonderful terrace and enjoyed the wonderful view.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely setting near the top of the village, good view towards Bantham beach and Hope Cove."

    Very well equipped in the kitchen but would have liked a blanket to go over the summer duvets, and a nest of tables in the sitting area. We had asked about shade on the balcony and benefited from taking our own garden parasol.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.4May 2022

  • "A third visit, high Standard as usual."

    A fabulous view both from the comfortable sofas and the wonderful balcony. Clean, well equipped and like a home from home! We have had a great week and will be back.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Apr 2022

  • "My only niggle was that in "clearing the decks" to make Covid cleaning easier for the staff some of the lighting had been removed too."

    This left the main lights and the two table lamps as far too dim at this stage of the season for reading

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Oct 2021

  • "We have stayed here before and loved it so much that we booked it again for this latest stay……and yet again for May 2022!"

    The first visit, we couldn’t use the balcony because of the awful mess the seagulls had made - this time though it was all spotless and seemed far fewer gulls (I think they are all in Worcester, where we have awful problems) but we did wonder where they all were, despite being thankful! The kitchen has been altered and new units installed, all spotless and very well equipped- we needed nothing extra at all. We thoroughly enjoyed our generous welcome gifts, milk, scones, strawberry jam and not to mention clotted cream and a packet of lovely tea! We look forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Sep 2021

  • "The view"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2021

  • "Just one tiny gripe."

    The internal hall from which the flats were accessed really smelt of damp. To start with it was really off putting..

    Thank you for your feedback. We will arrange to have the communal entrance hall professionally cleaned. If you had contacted us during your stay we would dealt with it straight away. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay at 3 Tarifa."

    The property has a beautiful terrace overlooking the sea & is very well equipped. It was very clean & comfortable too. The location is fab - just a short walk down to the beach.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jul 2021

  • "Considering we're in the middle of a pandemic, the whole holiday experience was outstanding."

    Tarifa was fabulous, and catered for all our needs. We would certainly like to return. Our 9 & 12yr old grandsons, thought it was 'Just Awesome'...... One of the best !!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2021

  • "I need to make very clear that the property was perfect."

    The owner was extremely helpful and the apartment was extremely well equipped with high quality fixtures and fittings. Mrs Pester also provided excellent information on the area. My problem is with your company. I booked this holiday with Helpful Holidays, a company I have used successfully in the past. However sometime prior to the first lockdown, without any warning, you became Sykes Holidays. Contact with them was impossible when it was obvious that our holiday originally booked for June 2020 would not take place. Eventually, on email, the only option I had was to rebook for this year. I was NEVER given the option of a refund, to which I was fully entitled. Then, to add insult to injury, Sykes made me pay a supplement to bring the cost up to 2021 prices. It would have at least been a gesture on Sykes’s part to keep the price at the original level. I know for a fact that other UK companies managed to do that. I would very much like to get your feedback on my comments. Regards, Lynn Baker.

    Reviewed by L5.0Jun 2021

  • "3 Tarifa was an absolute gem!"

    It was immaculately clean, beautifully presented and well equipped. A delicious cream tea left for us was a lovely thought, enjoyed on the balcony with beautiful views. We are already looking forward to returning! Thank you

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2021

  • "Delighted with property, it was well equipped, comfortable and for the most part very clean."

    Unfortunately the superb deck, it’s furniture, and sliders to it were not clean. We needed to clean them before use. This was the only drawback in great week, (weather could have been better, but views were fantastic)

    Reviewed by Mike4.7May 2021

  • "A comfortable and well-equipped holiday home."

    Great location with fabulous views.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Oct 2020

  • "The location although quite remote is beautiful."

    Perfect if you want a quiet holiday (outside the school holidays) or are into walking or swimming. There are local amenities, you just need to do a bit of exploring, the pubs are great. The apartment is wonderfully clean and well equipped, comfortable beds and everything you need, topped off with a great view from the balcony. Would recommend booking the afternoon tea at Burgh Island hotel, a nice taste of luxury. The only other comment I would make, is that an extra low level reading lamp would make a great difference in the lounge, it was difficult for two people to read at the same time. Also, be aware that the roads are very narrow and it can get very busy at weekends, however, it is a short walk to the beach so no parking necessary, although you will have to negotiate hills. Overall, I would highly recommend this apartment, and the complimentary cream tea was a lovely way to welcome us..

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2020

  • "We had a lovely week ."

    The apartment was equipped to a very high standard. We loved sitting on the balcony with the most amazing sea views. We stayed local and explored using the walks recommended. Would definitely recommend and hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic place, will definitely be back"

    Reviewed by Lydia5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very well equipped apartment."

    Modern fixtures and fittings. Fabulous view from the balcony. Lots of lovely walks enjoyed along the stunning coastline. Bigbury-On-Sea is a lovely part of the world; great beaches for bodyboarding. Village itself very quiet with limited amenities but perfect for getting away from it all! On our ‘return to’ list.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Aug 2020

  • "The apartment was really comfortable and very well equipped."

    The view from the balcony was wonderful and it was fairly easy to get to the beach. The owner of the property was extremely helpful and understanding when my husband was ill on the day we were due to leave and arranged for us to have extra time to pack up.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2020

  • "Excellent apartment."

    Very well furnished, comfortable, modern and up to date. Outstanding sea views and easy access to all Bigbury beaches. Most impressed. Covid instructions were very good and hand sanitizers everywhere.

    Reviewed by Grahame5.0Jul 2020

  • "Great sea and sunset views from the large roof terrace which is at the rear of the apartment, plus a nice view of hill and sheep from the main bedroom at the front."

    Very handy location if dining at Burgh Island as only it is only a 5 minutes walk downhill to the beach opposite the island. The apartment has been finished to a high standard with good quality fittings. It is in a quiet location too. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Oct 2019

  • "This is the third time we have been to Tarifa in Devon and was as before, very well equipped, comfortable and an outstanding location."

    I would add that one reason for us returning over a period of three years is its current relative ease of access; it being a level entry to the apartment and still something my disabled wife can negotiate. However there is a BIG step into the entrance from the carpark. This could be easily ramped, as far as I can see, and then the owners could quite legitimately then advertise it as suitable for wheelchair and similar access. Otherwise there will come a time when that may become the only reason we wouldn't return.

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Oct 2019

  • "Excellent service."

    Wonderful place exactly as described. Used Sykes many times, really happy.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2019

  • "I booked this flat for my Mother."

    We were blown away by how clean and well presented the flat is, it has been finished to a very high standard. Everything is brand new, robust and durable - I think even the washing line is brand new! Everything seemed to be very well thought out and beautifully presented. My Mother had a lovely week, enjoying cups of tea on the lovely balcony with an amazing view. The afternoon tea left was a lovely surprise and enjoyed by all!

    Reviewed by Annaliese5.0Aug 2019

  • "I just wanted to say thank you for the fabulous flat."

    It looks and feels like it was refurbished last week. The carpet is like new and much cosier and softer than our one at home. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything I could need to feed my children and I loved the non stick pans. We all enjoyed the dishwasher - a real holiday treat! The showers are fab after a day on the beach with such powerful hot water all the time and we did use the towel rails once on a rainy day but great they can be used independently. The rest of the time we used the sunshine and wind to dry everything on the balcony. We all slept really well on your comfy beds and the plentiful supply of sea air! I can't say anything about the surrounding area as the beach at Bigbury-on-Sea is so fabulous that we didn't go anywhere else, it is so easily accessible from the flat we just went up and down to the beach with spades, body boards, tennis racquets, towels and a wind break - we needed nothing more.

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0Aug 2019

  • "I hate to mark Tarifa down from excellent as it is was spotlessly clean, comfortably furnished and Is so well equipped, even down to providing 2 smart TVs."

    However, there are two negativities in our opinion which impacted on our enjoyment of our stay. The first was the firmness of the mattresses, which affected our quality if sleep and left us with aching hips each morning. The second was the terrace which we were unable to comfortably use due to the number of seagulls nesting on the roof above and their continual coming and going. The picture showing a lovely clean terrace with a table set out for a meal in the apartment’s advertising is not accurate as it was dirty with seagull mess. There is an awning, but there was no means of lowering it, which would have allowed us to sunbath under its protection from the seagulls. There are wonderful views from the terrace which enjoys all day sunshine and was one of the draws to choosing Tarifa. I don’t mean to be negative as in all other aspects we cannot fault Tarifa, which is in a wonderful position in a wonderful location. ***Owner Response*** We are pleased to hear you had a good holiday at 3 Tarifa and are sorry you found the mattresses too firm for your liking and that you were bothered by the seagulls this week. Being so close to the sea and seagulls being a protected species, they are inevitable - we find that when we sit on the balcony, the seagulls stay away. The glass patio table does sometimes need cleaning during the weeks stay, which again is unavoidable being so close to the sea. Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback and we hope you visit the area again soon.

    Reviewed by Tim3.8Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful apartment."

    Beautifully clean. Perfect views from the balcony. Very enjoyable but the weather could have been better! Plenty of places to eat. Hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by Winifred5.0Jun 2019

  • "Very impressed with the whole experience."

    The Holiday accommodation was exceptionally good. Sykes Cottages were great to deal with.

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2019

  • "Bigbury on Sea with its stunning views of Burgh Island was a perfect place to explore the Devon Coast and enjoy lovely beaches."

    The apartment exceeded expectations and had lovely views from the balcony. There were a few restaurants a short distance away some of which can reached by the coastal path or a walk across the beach at low tide. Other lovely restaurants could be reached with a short drive. I will definitely come back here.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0May 2019

  • "Thank you for a wonderful few days in this lovely apartment."

    My parents, who are both in their mid 80's, my husband and myself spent a very relaxing time here and I'm looking to book again next year. The weather was mixed but watching the sea change throughout the day from the wonderful picture windows and patio area was definitely a plus for this apartment. One thing would be for there to be some bigger towels if possible.....the only down comment we could mention. A FABULOUS PLACE......THANK YOU

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Apr 2019

  • "An absolute dream, with stunning views."

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Apr 2019

  • "Good communication right from the start of the booking process, with friendly and helpful staff."

    The property description was excellent, and if anything was quite reserved as the property was even better than described and is a credit to its owners and those who maintain it on their behalf.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2018

  • "It was a wonderful flat with a lovely view, it was just a shame about the nesting seagulls and their chicks just feet above our door to the patio."

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jul 2018

  • "This was our second stay at 3 Tarifa, Bigbury, and as always with Helpful Holidays, never have we been disappointed!"

    The apartment and its situation, overlooking the sea was all we could wish for. Everything you could ever need is there. Just so lovely. The cream tea makings there on arrival were much appreciated too! Cannot wait to come back again! Many thanks

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2018

  • "The accommodation was lovely and it's a beautiful area but we were unable to use the balcony because seagulls were nesting with their young very close on the low roof of the property."

    The patio and the furniture was very messy and the adult birds were too close for comfort.

    Reviewed by Therese4.7Jun 2018

  • "The apartment was spotlessly clean and was the best equipped holiday home we have stayed in."

    It was really outstanding. The views from the living room, twin bedroom and balcony were fabulous, ever changing sea, sand and surfers. The only down side were the seagulls that were busy nest building and depositing ‘mess’ on the balcony, we had to be careful to watch where we put our feet! It is obviously difficult at the seaside and some of the locals had set up various deterants with varying success. An outside broom and hose would have been useful! However having said all that, I am still recommending this apartment to friends. We had a lovely holiday, thank you!

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0May 2018

  • "Great location, very well equipped."

    Good info/instructions.

    Reviewed by Karyn4.7Mar 2018

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  • One level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size double with en suite bathroom with bath, overhead drench shower, WC and basin, 1 x twin with TV
  • Shower room with shower, WC, basin
  • Sitting room with dining area and balcony
  • Kitchen.
  • Central heating
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washer dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for one car in a reserved parking space
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

The property

This newly refurbished apartment is one of seven situated 350 yards from the splendid beach in Bigbury-on-Sea.

Smart, light and comfy with a modern feel, this is brilliant accommodation for enjoying a holiday right on the coast.

Step up to the entrance and into your sitting room, all comfy and bright with a handy dining area and smart new kitchen, ceiling-high glass doors you can slide open to a balcony, bringing the outside in and providing a lovely spot for evening drinks.

At the end of a day enjoying the gorgeous coastline, you will sleep well in the two bedrooms, with sea views from the twin room.

Outside, as well as your excellent balcony, you have use of a shared lawn, all neat and well manicured.

Wander down to the beach to walk on the sand and across to Burgh Island or perhaps a dip in the waves, maybe with a bodyboard or a surfboard which can be hired from the surf school.

There is a simple little pub on the island, The Pilchard, where you can enjoy a quiet drink and contemplate the scenery which inspired Agatha Christie in some of her mysteries.

For walkers, the South West Coast Path is beyond compare with amazing scenery and little coves en route.

Kingsbridge and Salcombe will provide plenty of opportunities for retail therapy, as well as excellent eateries.

3 Tarifa is a peaceful and civilised place to enjoy the sea and countryside on the doorstep.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Modbury 6 miles; Plymouth 12 miles.

Bigbury-on-Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is ideal for family holidays. Dusted with sand and lapped by shallow waters, the beach offers safe fun for groups particularly if you’ve got children in tow. In addition, Bigbury-on-Sea beach is dotted with rock pools, so there’s plenty of entertainment for budding marine biologists. There’s also a wide and varied selection of watersports available to visitors who prefer their holidays to feature a little adrenaline rush. Windsurfing and kite-surfing are popular here, with hire facilities located right on the beach. To give you some peace of mind, there are lifeguards present at Bigbury-on-Sea beach during May to September and the beach also has a first-aid room. You can even take the dog onto the beach, although they are restricted to certain areas during the summer. Bigbury’s most famous landmark is Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach. However, when the tide is in you can still reach the island by hitching a ride on the popular and unique ‘sea tractor’. Burgh Island boasts an award-winning hotel, elegant and rather genteel, it’s an ideal romantic retreat for couples. Explore the South Devon coast with its fabulous sandy beaches and its breathtakingly beautiful coastal path or simply take time to visit some of the charming estuary towns and villages dotted throughout the area, such as Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The city of Plymouth and the wild open spaces of Dartmoor are also both close at hand.

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