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8 Coastguard Cottages

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful cottage in the best position in town from our point of view, hearing the waves and the trains through the window was amazing."

    The cottage had everything that we needed, very spacious and bright. We will hopefully be booking a return visit.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely views and comfortable cottage."

    Had a problem with the television reception on /off not reliable. Agree the property description with access to property could be a problem if you have mobility issues. Would also add need a torch if returning to the property at night. Overall a good stsy

    Reviewed by Janice3.8Oct 2023

  • "Hot water went off for the last 3 days of holiday, the very kind neighbours at No."

    7 let us use their outside shower as your outside shower didn’t work either. As you can imagine hygiene is very important and after watching endless YouTube videos to try reset the boiler, we just gave up, so thank god the neighbours were so friendly and accommodating. Other than that fantastic place to stay with exceptional views

    Reviewed by Jamie4.4Jun 2023

  • "We loved it here!"

    The views of the sea and railway line are fantastic (and one of the main reasons we chose here). We didn't use much of the kitchen equipment but it looked as though everything needed was available (we couldn't find the freezer though). We used the bedroom with the wardrobe. Found the pillows to be a little too hard, but that's possibly down to our preference. We would echo a previous review about the TV in the living room being outdated but this wasn't a major issue for us. The on road parking (Elm Grove Road) was ok for us, but I can imagine it would be difficult in busier months. After speaking to a holidaymaker next door, they had a resident's permit available to them, maybe this could be looked into for future guests? All in all, this is a great place to stay and if we're looking to stay in this area again we would definitely want to book here.

    Thanks for the feedback Samantha, it is appreciated as it helps us know what is important for our guests. The freezer is next to the fridge, everything is built in so it looks like a cupboard, the washing machine is the same. We have installed smart TVs in both the bedrooms and will look into a new one for downstairs over the winter. The residents parking permits are only available to permanent residents, when I asked I was told by the church (who provide them) that this was the case. Overall though, it sounds like you enjoyed your stay, so that's lovely to hear. Hope to see you back in the future. Best wishes, Anna and Georgios Property Owner

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Jun 2023

  • "The accommodation was very nice, would definitely recommend, nice location , the only drawback is the parking."

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage, fabulous view and friendly welcoming neighbour's."

    Will definitely stay there again

    Hi Amanda, Thanks so much for the feedback. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Our neighbours are an amazing couple! See you again, Best wishes, Anna and Georgios Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage."

    The view is incredible. We actually saw dolphins on one of the days. Well placed for visiting places around Devon. Will definitely be coming back.

    Thank you so much for the feedback. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay and got to see the dolphins! See you again. Best wishes, Anna and Georgios Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "This cottage is beautiful and we were totally satisfied."

    Perfect for spending the first leg of our first overseas trip since covid struck. Please extend our thanks to owners for sharing their cottage! Also, thanks to their cleaner, Sarah, for her hard work in keeping it so spotlessly clean and safe for all. Debbie and Garth, Goderich, Ontario Canada

    Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! Thank you, Anna and George Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2023

  • "Thanks for your hospitality!"

    Lovely cottage in good state of décor and lovely furniture and facilities. TV's a little dated with no access to apps to stream preferred TV services. All the best, Kieran and Joanne!

    Thank you for the feedback, we hope you enjoyed your stay in Dawlish. We have noted your comments about the TV and we are going to look into replacing the main one with a smart TV so guests have a wider choice of options for viewing. Thank you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kieran4.7Apr 2023

  • "This is the second time we have been here, and perhaps not the last!"

    The cottage is extremely clean, warm, and comfortable, with amazing sea views. It is also very spacious, with a well appointed kitchen, no need to dash to the takeaway, just make it up as you go along. Then sit and enjoy the fruits of your labour in the dining room overlooking the sea, or outside on the patio. The main problem with this cottage is that you will definitely not want to leave it! Lots of love to Anna and George for an amazing holiday. Robert and Elizabeth, Wiltshire.

    Thank you Robert and Elizabeth for such positive comments, and for choosing to visit us a second time. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your week, even with the icy weather! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jan 2023

  • "We had an excellent week at 8 Coastguard Cottages."

    The property was immaculate and well equipped. We loved watching the world go by from the patio and, on occasions, watching the waves lashing over the new sea wall. We travelled to Dawlish by train and found this an excellent location for going out on train trips during our stay. We visited Exeter, Okehampton, Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes. There is a lovely walk along the coast from outside the cottages into Dawlish Warren. The local buses also stop on the main road adjacent to the cottages and run regularly late into the evening. We were aware of the steps down to No.8 but would recommend to others they take a small torch if planning to stay out after dark as part of the path was unlit.

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay. It is a wonderful spot and the sea has something different to offer every day. Regarding the lighting I will speak to the other owners and see if we can sort some better lighting for the path. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2022

  • "A great location and wonderful cottage, very highly recommended."

    Yes it is a bit of a trek down the steps but it is worth every single step to get there. Loved it again, will be back next year too.

    So pleased you enjoyed your third stay at the cottage and lovely to hear you are hoping to come back next year! We do really appreciate you taking the time to do the feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Aug 2022

  • "Everything was nice shower should be looked at a litte leaky sorry about the ice cream left in freezer"

    No problem about the ice cream! Thank you for letting us know about the shower, we have now had it changed so no more leaks but much appreciated as your feedback helps us to keep everything in good repair. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula4.7Aug 2022

  • "Great property, comfortable with four adults and two children ,although bedrooms a little tight with double beds and draw units etc, may struggle with six adults tbh."

    Upon arriving I was expecting an en-suite as two bathrooms were advertised, although it does clearly state that one is located outside, which I would imaging would be a little chilly in the winter months, and tbh I must have missed when booking, so beware. Ideally suited to a family as opposed to six friends/three couples. lovely balcony/terrace to sit out in the sun ,some walls could do with repainting too.Trains frequent but tbh don't really bother you as you get use to them, cracking views and very lovely neighbours at no 7.Also take note of the parking and access instructions, they are clear enough to follow, but parking is very limited in the side roads and whilst unloading/loading luggage/food etc I would reccommend smaller lighter bags, and more trips than large heavy boxes and cases as the amount of steps and walking required is quite tiring, if like me you are not the fittest person around, all in all a lovely week.

    Thank you for your feedback; it is always really helpful for us to see where we can improve. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay and the beautiful views! It does clearly state in the description that the second bathroom is an outside shower room and is generally used in the summer when people come off the beach. Again, the parking is clearly stated in the description and we completely understand it is not the easiest as we have spent time living at the cottage but it is well worth it when you get down and, as you say, travelling light is the way to go. We have now made a recommendation to Sykes that they limit the number of adults to 5 in view of the fact that one of the beds is against the wall and it is difficult to manoeuvre if two adults were sleeping in there. We will be painting the walls at the end of the season as it is very difficult to get workmen down with all their equipment during the summer when there are lots of bookings. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2022

  • "I think that the cottage itself is lovely but access to it for loading and unloading really should be highlighted as it is quite demanding even for me who i class as relatively fit."

    Unfortunately with the sea wall being under complete reconstruction this means that there is no easy way to get into Dawlish other than using the steep steps and slope back onto the main road that you have to use to load / unload your stuff. Also with no parking you have to then park on the pavement blocking pedestrians to do this or you have to try and park opposite up the hill which makes it even more awkward.

    Thank your review. We would like to make clear that the sea wall works are now complete and the description mentions the parking is roadside, but this does not denote a personal space outside the property. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mathew4.1Aug 2021

  • "Cottage was exactly what were expecting, with lovely see views."

    The only negative was the builders on the construction on the sea front started work at 5.30am in the morning and didn't finish till 1am the next morning. With the weather so warm the windows were open so not very good nights sleep. This wouldn't of been a problem if they started at 7am and finished no later than 11pm. Other than this issue cottage was lovely and the view was fantastic.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Coastguard Cottage is beautifully situated overlooking the trainline at Dawlish with the sea immediately beyond that."

    The property had all we needed and was very clean and tidy. During our stay we had one unforeseen situation which the owner, together with the cleaner, immediately resolved. We couldn't fault the property or the exemplary service we received. We had an absolutely wonderful holiday and would definitely go again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the property to others.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2021

  • "The only real problem was where we had to park and transport our suitcases from, I understand that we where informed about the steps but adding the distance to get to the cottage was very tiring."

    But to end on a good note the effort was well worth it absolutely fantastic place.

    Reviewed by Geoge5.0May 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our visit again, the card and welcome were very much appreciated!"

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2021

  • "What a fantastic week, helped by the weather of course, but the location of the cottage is amazing."

    As outlined in the description it's quite a hike to the front door but once we were there wow, what a view. Thanks

    Reviewed by M4.1Apr 2021

  • "This beautiful little cottage is a dream, an place to escape reality."

    To sit there, in the comfort of your own bed and watch the sea outside the widow is breathtaking. Absolutely food for the soul.

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Oct 2020

  • "Only one t towel then noticed some on bottom of wardrobe on our last day, didn’t know."

    Also no salt & pepper or oil/foil/ketchup and cloths (basics) . Maybe because of COVID though. Overall the cottage gives you fantastic views. We would stay again

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Oct 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with fantastic views would recommend to anyone."


    Reviewed by Leon5.0Sep 2020

  • "We stayed here for a week with 4 other families members."

    All adults. Downstairs was big enough , The lounge was very comfy. The dining room was a little tight for 6 but still very good and we used it for eating and playing cards. The bedrooms are small but we knew this and it didn’t cause any problems the beds are very comfy. The 2 showers were good and very handy to have the downstairs one after a swim. The views are amazing and could not be beaten anywhere . The sea is 2 mins away perfect for a swim. The trains never kept us awake even with windows open. We got parked a 5 min walk away , and yes there are some steps and a bit of a hill to get to the cottage but it is worth it . We would stay again .

    Reviewed by Kate4.4Sep 2020

  • "Beautifully positioned cottage overlooking the sea."

    We had a slight problem with the boiler which was dealt with efficiently and quickly by the owners. One minor criticism is the information provided regarding parking and access. Parking can be difficult on the road and anyone with mobility issues would struggle. This did not detract from a wonderful week in Dawlish

    Reviewed by Wendy3.8Aug 2020

  • "The view is spectacular, the position excellent as long as all guests have good mobility."

    The bedrooms are small and the bathroom is a little tired.

    Reviewed by Tamara4.4Aug 2020

  • "The location and the view were absolutely fabulous; we could not have asked for anything more beautiful!"

    The cottage was pristine and the decor extremely tasteful and appropriate for the setting. We would not have to think twice about staying again when visiting the coast of Devon. Thank you so much. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Aug 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage with the most amazing views."

    It is in a secluded location but with easy access to the town centre and coastal path. Helpful, responsive owners.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jul 2020

  • "Breathtaking views from the outdoor terrace."

    Well located with an easy walk or drive to lots of great beaches. 10 minute walk into Dawlish via railway bridge with steep steps. But be aware that the property is not suitable if you have mobility issues of any kind. There's a considerable distance from the closest parking to the property which involves a long walk including a steep slope as well as the 40 steps mentioned. Worth it though if you can manage!

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.8Jul 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with TV, 1 x 4-foot double with TV, 1 x 4-foot double to sleep 1 adult or 2 small children
  • Shower room with jet shower, basin, and WC
  • External shower room with shower, basin, and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room/conservatory
  • Sitting room with electric pebble fire
  • Gas central heating with electric pebble fire
  • Electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed patio terrace with furniture and sea views
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop within 0.4 miles, pub within 0.3 miles
  • Note: There are 40 steps down to the property entrance from the street, therefore this property is not suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: In the 4-foot double bedroom (no TV) the bed is only accessible from one side, please consider this when booking
  • Please note: there is ongoing construction work building the second section of the protective sea wall along the front and the railway line during summer and autumn 2021
  • The times vary according to the tides so can include some late or early hours too
  • Please contact us or the property owner for details of the schedule during your stay

The property

Offering idyllic seafront accommodation in the heart of Dawlish, a wonderful coastal town in Devon, 8 Coastguard Cottages makes for a fantastic retreat to the seaside.

Perfectly suited to three couples or a group of six friends, this former coastguard's terrace enjoys panoramic sea views from your own private terrace.

Find some parking on the road and travel down the forty steps to your Dawlish dwelling, enter and come into the kitchen to put the kettle on and begin getting settled in.

Discover a host of appliances within this neat kitchen space with a double electric oven and an induction hob amongst several more to assist you on your self-catered stay, fitted with attractive wood units.

Move along into the sitting room and spread out on one of the soft leather seats, with an electric pebble fire to add a homely feel, and a large wall-mounted TV for some evening entertainment on a quiet night in.

Enjoy a meal with a view within the bright and airy dining room-come-conservatory, with the windows looking out over the sea, you can dine in style.

On a warm evening move out to the wondrous terrace and take in the breath-taking views of the sea, enjoying the changing colours of the sky at sunset.

After you return from the beach covered in sand, enjoy stepping into the external shower room before you head inside the property, offering a convenient place to wash of the salty sea water and sand!

Find another shower room to freshen up in on the first floor, amidst the three charming double bedrooms, made up of a double, a four-foot double, both of these enjoying TVs, and finally a further four-foot double neatly placed against the wall, giving every guest a lovely spot to wind down in.

Head out onto the golden sands of Dawlish Beach and enjoy paddling in the sea, before exploring the towns selection of charming cafés and local shops.

Walk along the South West Coast Path and come to Dawlish Warren, a holiday resort area and nature reserve where the beach continues to stretch along, with cycle hire available here to continue adventuring along the coast, as well as a Warren Golf Club for keen golfers, and a fun Grand Prix race track!

Powderham Castle is a lavish 14th century castle resting further north along the River Exe near to Kenton, go here to marvel at the amazing tapestries and antiques, as well as the extensive grounds.

Further south is the town of Teignmouth, bustling with seaside fun and home to a classic pier built back in the mid-1800s, with Teignmouth Lighthouse providing a perfect photo opportunity, and the Shaldon Wildlife Trust over the water offering a great day out with a small zoo home to some rare species.

Enjoy finding many wonders along the Devonshire coast when you stay in the delightful 8 Coastguard Cottages.

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 cinema. 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