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Cleave Cottage

Bigbury-On-Sea, Devon (Ref. 985844)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "A gorgeous cottage with lots of charm."

    A great place to unwind and perfectly situated for Bigbury beach which is dog friendly and has crystal clear water. A 20 minute car journey and you are in the heart of Plymouth with plenty of shops and a great outdoor lido. Plenty of places to eat within a 10 minute car journey of the cottage, best to book in advance at peak times. Beautiful scenary and a great garden at the cottage to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We will be looking forward to coming back next year.

    Reviewed by StewartAug 2022

  • "We have returned home today 2 days early."

    This cottage stay was very disappointing. The cottage was dark, depressing and claustrophobicthe kitchen only big enough for 1 person. The bathroom smelled of urine (accessed via the kitchen so nasty niffs not appreciated) and the bedlinen did not smell fresh either. The garden was pleasant but there was a significant amount of road noise for most of the day. I have never complained about any of our Sykes stays in the past but this left a lot to be desired and I would like to be compensated for our disappointment and early return.

    Reviewed by DanielleJul 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday - weather was great - the cottage was amazing - ..."

    We had a lovely holiday - weather was great - the cottage was amazing - everything to hand - the garden was beautiful which are dog loved - thank you so much for the care and attention you have put into the cottage

    Reviewed by SueJun 2022

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay at Cleave Cottage."

    We were welcomed with fresh flowers and all the essentials we needed. Bigbury on sea is a beautiful place to see , we enjoyed the walks and views surrounding us . And will definitely be back !

    Reviewed by SheridanMay 2022

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Myself and my son and daughter had a great time. So close to all the places I wanted to go back and see. Thank you. We will be back.

    Reviewed by ClaireApr 2022

  • "Lovely quirky cottage, large garden which we appreciated and toasty warm rooms during the cool evenings."

    We loved the Bigbury area too. Tranquil walks from the cottage. A very enjoyable long weekend break.

    Reviewed by JimApr 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful property a true home from home experience."

    Very clean, lovely welcome pack and finishing touch with flowers in the rooms. Perfect for our dog, he settled in straight away.Will definitely be back. Location perfect for beautiful walks in countryside and beaches.

    Reviewed by DeniseOct 2021

  • "Kitchen - fridge needs securing as it falls out of the opening Bathroom - in need of complete update."

    Tile joints and silicone unacceptable. No extractor fan. The stairs are dangerous, even though this is difficult to alter, a full handrail would be helpful. This issue should be highlighted better in the advertisement. Heating? Where was it when needed. One electric fire in the lounge is not sufficient on a cold evening. Overall we understand what a Cornish cottage is but this is not a reason for it not to be maintained at a good standard especially when charging £900 for a week's stay.

    Thank you for your feedback. There are in fact storage heaters you can control yourself or if you were concerned it is always best to contact the owner during your stay. We feel the pictures of the bathroom are reflective of the property, but this has been discussed with the owner. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2021

  • "The cottage was comfortable and beautifully furnished."

    It was private and had a good sized garden which was very pretty with trees and edged with hedging to give privacy. It was an ideal place for dog walking as there was a very handy walk just across the road into a field that overlooked the amazing countryside which eventually took you to the estuary. At the back of the cottage was a brick outhouse before entering the kitchen which was very useful to put your coats and shoes in and to feed the dog. It was a 5 min drive down to Bigbury on Sea and up the road from the cottage was a very handy local store which took a few mins in the car which was so handy to top up on your shopping. In all it was the kind of holiday which ticked all the boxes for us and we would love to return to Cleave Cottage again.

    Reviewed by JacquelineJul 2021

  • "Everything was fine."

    Sadly, like so many rural locations, broadband speed means that any streaming is impractical, but we realised that this is a general issue, not specific to this property.

    Reviewed by DonJun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, perfect garden for our dog to run about in."

    Perfectly positioned for public footpaths. The cottage was very clean, I would recommend. Some low ceiling beams and a steep staircase, but I would call that character!

    Reviewed by MatthewMay 2021

  • "A peaceful cottage, 5 mins drive to the beach."

    A beautiful garden, cosy cottage and welcoming owners. Ideal base for walking and great for our dog with the enclosed garden

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Cleave Cottage."

    Cosy, characterful, lovely garden and a great location. Helpful and welcoming hosts too. We'll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by ChristopherApr 2021

  • "As an older couple we found the stairs challanging, the cottage was beautiful,and we enjoyed the garden ,it was a relief to allow our dog the freedom outside."

    Bigbury is a lovely place,the local walks were good, thank you for a refreshing week. Phil and Penny Shaw.

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2020

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage."

    Well equipped. Everything clean and tidy. Nice garden to relax in after a long walk. Nice pub within walking distance for a meal if required.

    Reviewed by DeniseSep 2020

  • "Hosts provided tea, milk and biscuits which was very thoughtful."

    Very clean, cosy, well-equipped kitchen. A good base for seeing different beaches.

    Reviewed by BronaghSep 2020

  • "A lovely week in Cleave Cottage."

    Gorgeous garden, very relaxing situation, has everything you'd want. Might be a good idea to update the wifi, perhaps, as we had to resort to using 4G. That said, if you're looking to, literally, get away from it all, what does wifi matter anyway? Loved it there. Feel sad to have left.

    Reviewed by KerryJul 2020

  • "We stayed for a week at this cottage to visit our family who live locally."

    When we arrived the heating, hot water and fridge were all switched off, and there was a very musty smell. We opened windows despite the pouring rain to try and freshen it up. We think it was coming from the fan in the kitchen. The Internet did not work. We rang the owners on The Monday who said they had a new router, but had not fitted it. My husband fitted it and spoke to BT for over an hour trying to get a signal, but the operative who was very helpful said it needed a visit to sort it out and arranged one for the Tuesday. We got a phone call Tuesday morning from the owners saying they had cancelled the appointment, in case they had to pay a fee!! This left us with no internet for the rest of the week. It was bad weather so we spent a fair bit of time in the cottage so it would have been good to have had the use of it, Plus no phone signal so hard to contact family to meet up. My mobile phone internet worked so had to use that but ran out of credit eventually. The cottage needs quite a few things updating. The hot water in the kitchen is practically non existent. On reading previous reviews these are all things that had been mentioned months before, internet and hot water, so obviously not been sorted. Rather disappointing.

    Reviewed by WendyOct 2019

  • "We had a great weeks holiday at Cleave Cottage everything we need was catered for, stair case a little precious but we soon got used to it."

    On the hole we really enjoyed our stay... First time back in Bigbury for 35 years but I'm sure we'll be back again soon....'ll

    Reviewed by VickySep 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location for the beach."

    Everything was comfortable and very clean, and in particular the garden was lovely. Only thing I would say is that the internet isn't the best and the hot water pressure from the taps is not very good! Fine if you want a shower though :)

    Reviewed by SophieAug 2019

  • "We really enjoyed staying in this quirky listed cottage."

    It has everything you might need especially the kitchen is well equipped. We loved the private garden and the parking was very good. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very clean. As a couple with a teenage son we couldn’t recommend more highly.

    Reviewed by DonnaJul 2019

  • "It is what it says - it is a very charming period cottage."

    The downsides being a very sharp set of circular stairs to the bedrooms and no bannister to hold on to. It can be dicey, especially at night. The flow of hot water in the kitchen is very poor. Kettles should be used. The hot water on a separate water heater is excellent. The bedrooms were quaint to say the least. On the upside the property was well maintained for its age and type, with a virtually brand new thatch. it was also beautifully clean, with the most beautiful garden, eat outdoors from breakfast until dinner at night (if warm enough), its a real treat.

    Thank you for taking the time out of your day to leave us this feedback. We are sorry to hear that you had some difficulties with the stairs leading to the first floor of the property. The steep stairs are a feature of this Grade II listed property and we try to be clear about these in the description. We will however improve this to make mention of the lack of handrail, thank you for highlighting this. We were really pleased that overall you liked the property so much and we're delighted that you had a good holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2019

  • "Very clean and well equipped cottage with some nice touches."

    Friendly and helpful owners who didn't intrude but offered help should we need it.

    Reviewed by CorrieApr 2019

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  • Two bedrooms (interconnected): 1 x double with door to 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with electric fire.
  • Electric heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi, selection of books, games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Towels not included
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Two dogs on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Due to the rural nature of this property WiFi speeds may vary
  • Note: Some low beams in property, please take care
  • Note: Twin bedroom can only be accessed through double room

The property

Cleave Cottage is a characterful, Grade II listed cottage boasting a charming thatched roof and sitting within the South Devon AONB, near Bigbury-on-Sea.

Surrounded by countryside and within close proximity to the stunning coastline, this is a home-from-home just perfect for that much-needed family break.

Get a sense of this property's character from the moment that you step into the living/dining room, an alluring layout enhanced by rustic features such as the flagstone flooring and exposed wooden beams, an electric-effect woodburner rests in a stunning stone fireplace for that added touch of warmth.

A flourish of quirky knick-knacks line the walls, giving it a quaint feeling.

Next to this, a pleasant kitchen provides quarry tile flooring and cream-coloured units which host a handy range of fixtures and fittings to make use of.

From here, you have access to the delightful family bathroom, offering a shower over the bath.

A set of steep, old-style stairs (no handrail) bring you to the welcoming first floor, the layout is ideal for families as the twin room can only be accessed from the master double bedroom.

A sizeable, enclosed garden rests peacefully to the back of Cleave Cottage, there is a choice of places to sit and unwind.

Bigbury-on-Sea, at the mouth of the River Avon, is just a couple of miles away and plays host to a wonderful beach where you can sit and bathe, or try your hand at some thrilling water sports.

The nearby Burgh Island attractively overlooks the beach.

The renowned South West Coast Path runs nearby and enjoys spectacular scenery, while hosting popular places such as Salcombe, Dartmouth and Plymouth - all of which offer much for visitors to see and do, suiting all tastes.

Tour magnificent South Devon from this heart-warming thatched cottage.

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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Region Information

Please note: there is a steep curved staircase, with a partial handrail, leading to the first floor

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas