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Pilchard Cottage

(Ref. 1143949)

Dawlish, Devon Show on map

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi


1 Customer Review

  • "A big plus for me was that no pets were allowed in the cottage."

    We are so pleased you had a lovely holiday in Dawlish and that you found Pilchard Cottage to be very clean and well maintained. Thank you for the kind words you left in our Guest Book, glad you found the cottage to be comfortable and beautifully furnished. We hope to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Feb 2024


  • Two king-size bedrooms
  • Ground-floor bathroom with jacuzzi bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail, and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on first-come-first-served basis
  • Rear enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 miles, beach 0.4 miles
  • Note: Step down into sitting room and dining room

The property

Pilchard Cottage is tucked away in the heart of the quaint seaside town of Dawlish and is a renovated 220-year-old Georgian Cob Cottage full of quirks, charm, and home comforts. The cottage is ideal for two couples or a family and was built by The Lord of the Manor at the turn of the 19th century for the local fishermen and their families to reside.

The property is perfectly located for the world-famous Dawlish sea front, The Lawn, The Brook (where you can see the black swans and their cygnets), shops, cafés, bakeries, ice cream parlours, restaurants, pubs, takeaways and public transport links. As you walk into the property through the porch stable door there is a step as you enter the sitting room.

The sitting room is well equipped with a 42” Smart TV, stylish seating, and benefits from the added ambience of fairy lights and a woodburning stove, making this room a truly magical space to relax after a day of exploring the local beaches. After the staircase on the ground floor, allowing access to the bedrooms, is a separate dining room accessed via a step.

The large dining room offers tasteful seating for up to six people, and there is also a window seat for reading or enjoying your morning coffee and a bookcase set back into an old mysterious doorway.

There is also a desk with a second TV / monitor, which could be used as a workspace if needed. The galley-style kitchen, a contemporary space with opulent furniture and stone flooring, is well equipped with an electric hob, fan assisted oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, and a coffee machine. Beside the kitchen awaits a refreshing bathroom with bronze fittings and stylish furniture, ideal for a warm shower or a soak amongst the bubbles.

The bathroom offers a spa bath and a thermostatic rainfall shower, and there is also a large mirror, a shaving point and shelving for storage. The bedrooms are accessed from a small landing at the top of the stairs, with two further steps to access the front bedroom from the landing.

The front bedroom is a large room with a king-size bed, bedside tables, dressing table and chair, built-in wardrobe, and further storage. The back bedroom is located off the landing with one further step to access.

The back bedroom is also large, it has a king-size bed, fold out futon, a large chest of drawers and a built-in wardrobe, as well as two windows with far reaching views over Dawlish. Take breakfast outside in the characterful rear courtyard, accessed via a door in the kitchen, making the most of this fully enclosed sun trap during the summer.

There is a metal patio set which seats four people and a parasol for the summer months.

There is also a log store, potted climbing roses and a wall mounted pull out rotary airer for your laundry. Historic Dawlish is a wonderful place to enjoy a holiday year round; from sunbathing and sea swimming in the summer, watching the resident Wildfowl paddling in The Brook during the spring, steam train spotting in the warmer months, migratory bird watching in the autumn and admiring the wild winter sea as it collides heavily with the recently completed sea wall during an Easterly storm. If your stay coincides with one of the wonderful community organised events, then you are in for a real treat!

This includes highlights such as Dawlish Carnival in August (The Pram Race is not to be missed!), Dawlish Walking Festival in September and Dawlish Christmas Market in November/ December. Other annual events include food markets, plant sales, craft markets, motorcycle and vintage car show, brass band concerts and marching bands to name a few. Dawlish also boasts a theatre, museum, a bowling green, a wonderful new play park, crazy golf, boat trips in the summer and a fantastic stretch of the South West Coast Path from Coryton Cove to the magnificent nature reserve of Dawlish Warren and beyond. If you wake early on a clear morning, amble down to the breakwater at Boat Cove and bathe in the golden glow as the sun rises out of the sea whilst listening to the birds chirp from their burrows in the red sandstone cliffs behind. Outside of Dawlish there are plenty of lovely seaside towns to visit including Teignmouth, Torquay and Brixham.

Paignton Zoo and Dartmouth Steam Railway are top attractions for the local area. The city of Exeter makes for a wonderful daytrip and is quickly accessed by train from Dawlish; you can walk the Roman Walls, visit the Catacombs on a guided red coat walking tour and enjoy the magnificent Royal Albert Memorial Museum on a rainy day. If you are travelling to the area by car, then a day spent at the Dartmoor National Park is not to be missed.

On a clear day you can see for miles which makes for a thrilling 'yomp' across the Moors; waterfalls, tors, forests, and wild Dartmoor ponies are just a few of the highlights here.

To add a little more excitement and mystery to your day, make sure you read up on the local Dartmoor legends before your trip, such as The Headless Horseman, Kitty Jay’s Grave and The Hairy Hands to name a few. South Devon has been a highly popular tourist destination for centuries, with varied landscapes, great attractions, and natural beauty.

Come and stay at Pilchard Cottage and explore this incredible area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Teignmouth 3 miles; Exeter 13.4 miles; Exmouth 19.7 miles

A charming seaside town set on the southern coast. The town of Dawlish offers all of the facilities for day-to-day living including a pleasant variety of shops, restaurants and cafés and a small theatre. Dawlish is famous for its Black Swans that live with other wildfowl on the Dawlish Water that runs through the central town park down to the sea, at night in the summer it is beautifully lit by strings of coloured lights. Dawlish comes with a wonderful, sandy beach with a crazy golf course also nearby, it is the perfect place for a family holiday. Up the coast is Dawlish Warren that can be reached by car or train or, for those energetic types, a walk along the sea wall. Further afield, Dawlish mainline station offers access to Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay, Paignton or even Plymouth, trains are plentiful.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas