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Puffin Cottage

(Ref. 1020961)

Hawkchurch, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "Puffin Cottage is in a delightful location with access to many places of interest."

    Comfortable, very well appointed and with a beautiful and safe garden which was much appreciated by our two dogs.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0May 2024

  • "Puffin Cottage is an ideal property and we will definitely be returning."

    The cottage was cosy and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped, bed was comfy and the garden, beautiful. Located close to the coast and within a lovely village with lots of short and long walking routes for our dogs, 2 x Border Terriers. The fresh eggs were a bonus. Lovely hosts, lovely cottage, lovely holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2024

  • "We were very happy with the cottage and its lovely garden."

    Great location for visiting the area. Very comfortable, lots of hot water. Very comfy bed and big fluffy towels. What is not to like!

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage with a beautiful garden."

    The welcome biscuits and free fresh eggs were much appreciated. The owners, Phil and Polly, were the perfect hosts and gave great advice on places to visit. The local pub was also friendly and the food good. Would love to go back to the cottage again.

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Apr 2024

  • "Amazing place."

    Very cosy, clean and owners Polly and Phil were so welcoming. Everyone in village is friendly and the pub is fantastic and very dog friendly. The food is amazing too. The cottage has a beautiful garden which our two dogs loved so much. This is one of the best places we have stayed and we will love to go back again. Very highly recommend this gorgeous place.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2024

  • "The cottage was spotlessly clean and there was biscuits and fresh eggs which was a lovely touch."

    Hawkchurch is a beautiful friendly, but peaceful village and the owners really welcoming. a lovely base to tour Devon, Dorset and Somerset, we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2024

  • "My dogs and I had a great time despite the weather being very wet, the cottage was very warm and comfortable, it had everything you needed."

    The local pub was also very welcoming and allowed me to take both my dogs in, I had a lovely meal there on my birthday, for which Polly paid for my drinks. I would recommend this lovely cottage for anyone that wants a peaceful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Steph4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely little cottage and wow, the garden is magical."

    Our dogs loved it too. Perfect location near plenty of fun things to do and conveniently close to a nice pub that serves nice food. What more could you ask for?

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a delightful peaceful stay at Puffin Cottage which is well appointed and comfortable."

    The underfloor heating was exceptionally welcoming to come back to after a day out. The host Polly and Phil provided milk and biscuits upon our arrival and eggs from their own chickens which are delicious. The Cottage is well situated for visiting surrounding areas such as Sidmouth, Lyme Regis, Charmouth etc all within 30 minutes drive. All in all a lovely stay.

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. We’re so pleased you had a good stay. You have won the prize for the cleanest and tidiest guests ever. 5 stars on guest advisor! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jan 2024

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need and in the perfect location to visit lots of lovely places"

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Jan 2024

  • "Very nice cottage."

    We had bad weather and the underfloor heating and log burner were fantastic. Kitchen very well equipped. Great garden for our doggy and sweet village close for touring coast. Thank you Polly and Phil

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Dec 2023

  • "Wonderful, warm, welcoming hosts with a beautiful cottage and setting."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Apart from the weather, we had biblical floods that week it was a pleasant stay."

    The location was good. It was very peaceful .All facilities were good. The garden was lovely. My dogs really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Dec 2023

  • "Such a lovely cottage, clean and comfortable."

    We had an amazing week here, lovely garden. Hawkchurch is a great place, near so many places. The owners are lovely.

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Nov 2023

  • "Puffin cottage is a clean and cosy place to stay with a beautiful garden infront of the large windows to enjoy."

    Great location for exploring Dorset and Devon. It is a very quiet spot with a lovely local pub in walking distance. Phil and Polly are very sympathetic hosts who give great tips- thank you very much for a lovely week

    Reviewed by Nicolas4.4Oct 2023

  • "Quiet,relaxing,well eqipped kitchen."

    Easy reach of the coast.Nice walks with the dogs.

    Reviewed by Ronald4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable stay at Puffin Cottage."

    The location is excellent for both Devon and Dorset. We did have an issue with a failure of the fridge/freezer which, when reported was replaced with a new one next day. To give the property a five star review would require some TLC in the kitchen and bathroom but overall an enjoyable stay

    It was lovely to meet you. Thanks so much for your feedback. TLC on its way during the quieter season! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Sep 2023

  • "Great location."

    Owners were helpful if we needed anything.fresh eggs and vegetables were given to us .overall a lovely holiday.thanks again from Lin and stew ford .

    Thanks so much for your feedback. Really pleased you enjoyed your stay. If you get round to it any tips on how to improve facilities would be really appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stewart4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is in a very quiet village and area but close to all places we needed to visit."

    Polly and Phil are a lovely and friendly owners and keep the cottage clean and supplies everything you need for your is great to sit in and enjoy a drink.would book again.thanks Polly and Phil again and for the lovely eggs from your own chickens.

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback and for leaving the cottage so beautifully clean and tidy. Sorry I didn’t catch you before you headed off. I meant to give you more eggs and wish you well for your long journey home. I hope it was ok. We’d love to see you again. Take care. Polly & clan. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "Undoubtedly the best holiday cottage that we have ever stayed in."

    Lovely cottage, fabulous garden, brilliant hosts and superb weather. It was a perfect base to explore the local towns, villages and beaches. Very sad to leave.

    Thanks so much for your amazing feedback. Honestly so so pleased that you enjoyed Puffin Cottage as much as we enjoyed meeting you. Absolutely fabulous guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday at Puffin Cottage, it was so quiet & peaceful, The garden is a great space to relax and our dog really enjoyed it aswell."

    There are lots of good walks without having to drive anywhere and the local pub was very friendly and welcoming as was Polly & Phil. We have already booked again for next year.

    We’re really looking forward to seeing you both again. Thanks for being such lovely guests and for leaving everything so clean and tidy. Take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Jun 2023

  • "Light and airy cottage with a beautiful garden in which to chillax."

    Excellent location in a small village with an old pub serving delicious food. Coastal towns of Lyme Regis and Seaton just a few miles away. We had a lovely time and a big thank you goes to our hosts Polly and Phil who endured our stay was perfect. Thanks Lynne & Terry.

    Thank you both so much. Absolutely lovely to meet you. Thanks for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy and for the accidental gift of Millers cheese! Take care. Polly, Phil and clan Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a relaxing stay in Puffin cottage and visiting nearby places of interest."

    Polly and Phil are very friendly hosts who looked after us very well.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2023

  • "We had an amazing time @ puffin cottage."

    Perfect location, walks all around & a pub, 5 minutes away. 10 minutes to charmouth beach. It was such a lovely place, lovely hosts, just a really happy holiday. Thank you so much. X

    Thanks so much Tina. It was really lovely to meet you both and of course your gorgeous dogs. We really appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again. Take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina5.0May 2023

  • "Our first time here, and it won’t be our last - we appreciated the cosy cottage, it’s location, warm welcome from owners, and friendly locals."

    It was nice to visit places along the coast, but we always looked forward to returning to Puffin Cottage - sitting in the garden was very relaxing. Lovely local walks around the village surrounded by fields - our dog really enjoyed it too! Very friendly welcome at the local Old Inn - well worth a visit. Thank you to Polly, Phil and family.

    It was absolutely great to meet you. We’re so chuffed that you had a relaxing time and really appreciate the lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great little cottage, ideally located."

    Small but cosy and lovely garden. Owners are helpful but not intrusive and bent over backwards to sort out a Wi-Fi problem we had. Highly recommend

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. It was great to meet you all. Take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Apr 2023

  • "My second stay in Puffin Cottage and very grateful for its comfort and cozyness as the weather was not the best."

    Ita a great base set in a lovely village and my hosts Polly and Phil are welcoming but not at all intrusive.Looking forward to visiting again.It deserves its ratings.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cosy & quiet cottage."

    Away from the mainstream with lots of local walks - me & the Great Dane thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We’re really pleased you and gorgeous Rose had a good stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a really good time at Puffin Cottage and have already booked to visit again."

    The cottage is very comfortable,well equipped and cosy.The mature garden is a bonus,bigger than I had expected with good lawn space plus trees and shrubs. The cottage offers privacy but Polly and Phil were on hand if need be.It deserves it’s good ratings

    It was so lovely to meet you Margaret. Thanks for leaving the cottage so lovely and tidy. We’re looking forward to seeing you and the lovely Jack soon. Take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a wonderful say."

    Our hosts were excellent and we found lots of fossils on the beach.. great time had by us all, as well as Woody the dog. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Aug 2022

  • "Great cottage, with excellent facilities."

    The garden and the bbq were lovely amenities. Really enjoyed our stay, and Polly and Phil were excellent hosts. They were very kind and generous with their garden produce.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "Amazing village location, friendly and relaxing."

    We all had an amazing time. Fresh eggs on arrival were lovely and the accommodation was clean and bright - perfect for us all. The garden was beautiful - we were very spoilt with the weather on our weeks so spent all day exploring East Devon/west Dorset We will book again!

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback. We’re really pleased you had a relaxing time. P.S. your friend stole the show in Mamma Mia! Brilliant! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2022

  • "Very happy with the cottage very clean and equipped well , able to park car off road on the driveway ."

    Very nice postion , floor to cealing large wwindows over looking the garden Very private.. although hosts just across driveway.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Puffin Cottage and we found it just as comfy and cosy as before."

    A truly lovely property, lots of hot water, perfect after a day out walking, and a good night’s sleep on the comfortable bed. It must be said too that everything was so clean!! Polly was very welcoming and gifted us some delicious eggs from the chickens. We will definitely be back again soon. Thank you so much.

    Thank you so much! It was really great to meet you. I was hoping to catch you to send you away with more eggs but you were such early birds! Thanks for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. Hugely appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely holiday cottage."

    Very clean and cosy. Beautiful garden which the dog enjoyed. Great location for exploring Dorset. Very quiet spot with good local pub in walking distance. Thankyou.

    Thanks so much for the lovely feedback. We’re really pleased that you had a good break. Huge thanks as well for leaving the cottage so beautifully clean and tidy. We hope to see you again. Take care. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2022

  • "Just wonderful - cosy, welcoming and peaceful."

    The owners are very friendly and considerate, gifted us with treats for our grateful dog and provided everything we needed for a comfortable stay. We will definitely return, thank you.

    Thanks so much for your lovely feedback and for leaving the cottage so beautifully clean and tidy. It was great to meet you and Busby. We'd love to see you again, particularly since you brought such gorgeous weather with you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kia5.0Feb 2022

  • "Comfy property with lovely underfloor heating (nice for our feet and the dog loved that too)."

    Bath was very nice after a walk in the cold January weather. Garden was smaller than expected and not secure, but nice to look out onto. Didn't feel confident to use the wood burner as the seal was damaged and didn't want a room full of smoke

    Thanks so much for your comments. It was lovely to meet you and your gorgeous dog! I'm sorry to hear that you were expecting a larger garden, we ordinarily get comments to say the photos don't do it justice. We will add a note to the details to say that the garden is not currently secure until we're able to do this. I'm really sorry if this inconvenienced you. The fire rope on the wood burner is there to increase the efficiency of the fire rather than smoke proof the property. The chimney has been recently swept in line with requirements so draws well. We've got a rope fixing kit on hand as we rely solely on wood burners ourselves and would have been really happy to pop in and resolve this. This has been done and I'll make a point of double checking in between stays. Thanks for your custom and thanks for leaving the cottage so beautifully clean and tidy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michaela3.8Jan 2022

  • "We had a lovely short break at Puffin Cottage."

    The owner was really helpful, even going out of her way to find out about local trick or treat options for my children on Halloween. The cottage was clean, cosy, warm and comfortable and we had a fantastic time visiting Lyme Regis and Charmouth Beach to hunt for fossils and sea glass.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely quiet restful week in Puffin Cottage."

    .. Perfect! Ideal location. Clean and comfortable. Everything you need, making it a real home from home! We will be back and highly recommend staying there. Thanks Polly for the warm welcome and fresh eggs :)

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in Puffin Cottage, it's a beautiful place and the owners are very welcoming."

    It's a good location and within easy reach of lovely walks and great beaches. The garden is pretty which was great for our child and spaniel.

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Jul 2021

  • "All good. Cottage very good - comfortable and well equipped - and hosts very friendly and helpful."

    On reflection it would be helpful to point out in the directions that Puffin Cottage is accessed via the gate to Glebe Cottage as we were a bit unsure when we arrived

    Reviewed by Graham4.4May 2021

  • "Puffin Cottage is compact but beautifully presented."

    The owners are lovely and helpful and the cottage is in a beautiful village which is very handy for the Jurassic coast. The are plenty of walks from the cottage and the dog loved the private garden. All in all we had a lovely stay in this cottage despite some not so great weather. We would be happy to stay there again and happy to recommend this as a comfortable place to stay in a lovely location with friendly hosts.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0May 2021

  • "Wonderful place"

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Apr 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our four night stay at Puffin last week."

    Such a gem of cottage in truly beautiful surroundings. The cottage exceeded our expectations...all four of us adored our stay and soaked up the calm atmosphere and beautifully light cottage. It was very clean and all of the household amenities were in great condition. We loved to explore the local area and will definitely consider coming back :)

    Reviewed by Diego5.0Apr 2021

  • "A cosy cottage with a lovely garden."

    Feels very private, but still very close to the shop and pub. Great local walks and also close to the coast. We found the cottage clean, well equipped with comfortable beds and a welcoming wood burner.

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage in peaceful surroundings."

    Lots of great walks direct from the cottage - very well maintained footpaths and signage. Polly and Phil are great hosts - helpful and welcoming without being obtrusive. The welcome pack was lovely - thank you for that. King Sized beds are one our must haves these days and this one is super comfortable. The cottage is ideally located for touring the south coast from Portland Bill to Exmouth with Lyme Regis and Charmouth offering great local beaches. The coastal path above Seaton is also well worth a visit. With all this and with a great local to return to in the evenings, what more could you want? To make your holiday complete, the cottage has a proper teapot!

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Sep 2020

  • "The holiday was great, the cottage and location was very good."

    The only problem was dealing with Sykes Cottages. You would not answer emails or answer my phone calls. The only part of you system that worked is were you took my money.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2020

  • "Had such a lovely stay in this lovely cottage with our 5 year old."

    He particularly loved the garden with a tree swing and squirrels; we loved the shady cottage at the end of a hot day at the beach!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2020

  • "Proximity to Charmouth beach is excellent, local pub in Hawkchurch was very friendly."

    Nice comfortable cottage, all necessary facilities provided. Owners very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Alistair4.7Jul 2020

  • "When you walk into a place and find cake forks in the cutlery draw, you know it's going to be good!"

    We had a lovely stay at Puffin Cottage. It was warm, cosy, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. The cottage is adjacent to the owner's house but is private and not overlooked. Phil and Polly (the owners) struck the perfect balance between being very respectful of our privacy and, at the same time, giving us the sense that they were on hand should we need them and that they would do anything to make our stay more comfortable. Hawkchurch is a delightful village too, with a warm welcome on offer at the church, pub and shop, which are all just around the corner. Our dog Welly also had a very enjoyable time, with numerous footpaths right from the doorstep. We booked for two weeks and stayed for three....that says it all! Thank you for such a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Feb 2020

  • "Thank you!"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2020

  • "A lovely relaxing place."

    Nice festive welcome from the host. Always warm and very comfortable

    Reviewed by Tina4.7Dec 2019

  • "The owners of this cottage were friendly and welcoming and it must have been difficult for them as they had only just moved to the area themselves."

    it was a quiet country area but fairly easy access to attractions such as the coast and historic houses and gardens. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather that week.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Sep 2019

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  • One level
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x single with pull out truckle bed for a child
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, separate shower, WC, basin
  • Open plan living space with seating area with multi-fuel burner, dining area and kitchen.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Well defined garden but not 100% secure for more persistent dogs
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: There is a unfenced pond within the grounds
  • Note: This property sleeps a maximum of 3 adults.

The property

In the heart of Hawkchurch, 200 yards from the village inn, is this detached single-storey cottage well converted from an artist's studio.

Smart and stylish, it is a pretty cottage for small families or couples to explore East Devon.

French windows lead you from the patio into your bright and airy open plan living space with seating area with big white leather sofa and multi-fuel burner, dining area and fitted kitchen.

Head up a few steps to the bedrooms and smart bathroom with romantic roll top bath.

The sunny patio has outdoor furniture beside your lovely lawn with small unfenced wildlife pond.

There's another little lawn to the side where you can stretch out on the loungers.

The owner has poultry in the adjoining paddock and eggs and organic veg may be available in season.

This is a great location for touring Devon and Dorset beyond this pretty village.

The Jurassic Coast is fun for fossil hunting at Lyme Regis, Axminster is home to the River Cottage and Forde Abbey House and Gardens are splendid.

Puffin Cottage is a dear little base for enjoying the lovely landscape and soaking up the peace.

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

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About the location


Axminster 4 miles; Lyme Regis 6.9 miles.

Hawkchurch is a village in Devon, England, 3 miles north east of Axminster on the border of Devon and Dorset, and about 6 miles south of Somerset. It is 4 miles north of the tourist and fishing village of Lyme Regis. Hawkchurch has a village shop which is run as a community venture. The village pub, The Old Inn, is a traditional coaching house and a hostelry which has been on the site since 1543. Nearby Axminster, which is one of Devon’s prettiest smaller towns, and has many attractions, including plenty of privately owned shops, a weekly market and excellent old inns, with one dating back 100 years with its own resident ghost! The seaside town of Lyme Regis has much to offer visitors with many craft and antique shops, galleries and cafes. The scenic coastal path offers excellent walking opportunities and spectacular views of the stunning Jurassic coast, whilst the gently shelving sands and sparkling waters of Lyme Bay provide the perfect place in which to relax and unwind. Where ever you decide, Hawkchurch is an ideal place to enjoy with easy access to many areas around Dorset and Devon at any time of the year.

Note: This property sleeps a maximum of 3 adults.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas