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May Cottage

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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely amazing holiday home and the view of the beach from the window…."

    Well who needs a television! Perfect for the children and dogs. It has everything you might need for a week stay. Only one point that could have made it easier for the week would have been some sharp kitchen knives.

    Reviewed by Corrina5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have had a wonderful weeks stay at May Cottage!"

    The position of this property is amazing and so close to the beach, where we saw wild seals daily which was definitely a highlight! And great walks on your doorstep. However the property itself is definitely in need of some attention, its tired and in need of a deep clean! The blinds are broken, and windows are difficult to open. The carpets are really grubby and the walls are in need of a coat of paint. The shower door downstairs also kept falling off. But the most disappointing thing of all was the garden, its overgrown and full of weeds and looks completely unsightly! Dont think it would take much to tidy this up, but from reading previous comments it seems to have been like this for some time! Its a complete lack of care and very disappointing

    Reviewed by Kate3.8Oct 2023

  • "An extremely good value for money holiday cottage, although beginning to show some need for general attention."

    Our dog companions were somewhat disappointed by the state of the courtyard garden, with the rear non patio section over grown with weeds and nettles. Parking is not easy, if you have a car larger than a golf size car, and we needed to park on the road outside the cottage, which is limited due to the use by locals dropping infants to the local nursery and those looking to avoid paying the car park fees. Whilst we ate out most days at the excellent Hope and Anchor, we struggled when trying to use the electric main oven as its thermostat has stopped working, meaning it is fully on or off with no in between. Generally, however, the kitchen equipment supplied is sufficient, if a little dated. But these minor issues can not take away the many positives of staying at May Cottage. Its location only yards from the beach and easy access to the village (although up a good incline). The interior makes for a comfortable stay. Overall we would recommend a stay here, and may well book again.

    Reviewed by Kevin3.8Oct 2023

  • "Our stay at May Cottage was enjoyed by all the family."

    Thank You.The cottage suits us perfectly and we were, lucky with the weather. We are hoping to rebook for next year,same time.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week in beautiful May Cottage."

    The house was clean and well equipt with everything you could wish for. The outside space was safe for the dogs and a great suntrap for alfresco dining which we managed every day due to the perfect weather! The bedrooms were all large with really comfortable beds. The front bedrooms also had spectacular views of the sea. The lounge had ample seating for our family and there are plenty of bathrooms so no need for queues in the mornings. We had a perfect week and will definitely be back next year. The only criticism is the lack of a gate at the front of the house, we did manage to borrow a pallet from next door to keep the dogs safe as it only takes a second to get from the front door to the road. It didn't spoil our stay but could be a worry for families with young children.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7May 2023

  • "We did try to use the hoover but it was fairly ineffective."

    Cleaning up during the stay and at the end would be easier if there was some cleaning equipment and products. Time does tend to standstill when we are there, if the clocks had working batteries in them time might seem to go faster! It will be a relief when the neighbour actually finishes his garden project as the jcb does not make for easy conversation when enjoying what sunshine there was in the garden. Yet again had a thoroughly enjoyable time at May Cottage, and will be looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Apr 2023

  • "Property is a great size and the beds were really comfortable."

    Also lots of hot water which is a big plus with two families. Ample pots, pans and cutlery etc, again ideal for two families. Excellent position to access beaches and amenities.It was superficially clean but in my opinion would benefit from a deep clean. Some maintenance required on window fastenings and door handles on downstairs toilet and back door handle. We would stay here again if we were coming back to the area.

    Reviewed by Jill3.8Apr 2023

  • "A very comfortable house with a very well equipped kitchen."

    The property was very clean and tidy and the beds were very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely property, very well equipped everything you could have thought of, clingfilm, tinfoil numerous pots and pans."

    Amazing location, love Hope Cove. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.1Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful property and location We had an amazing week here Only a few bits which could make it better- the outside light is set off by the window and therefore hard to sleep on windy nights."

    There was 2 pairs of boxers (not ours) behind the bed

    Reviewed by Emily4.1Nov 2022

  • "Great Cottage in a great location."

    Unfortunately, it was not as clean as expected or as we have experienced in previous years. All crockery and glassware required rewashing, cottage smelt of stale food, bin was full and smelling and BBQ was not working until all the grease had been removed from the gas jets (but clean no works after a bit of elbow grease!). Bed in rear double not ensuite not comfortable. Garden a great sun trap but requires weeding and tidying up as really not to the standard one would expect for the price. Could have been fantastic but fell short. We did discuss issues with Coast and Country who added in two cleans to help resolve some of the issues.

    Reviewed by Adrian3.4Jul 2022

  • "It is my perfect holiday destination!"

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely house with everything that you might need apart from a cot and high chair."

    Very clean throughout but the cooker needed a good clean. Great location. Suited us perfectly.

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Jul 2022

  • "May Cottage 10-17/06/2222 Fantastic location, nice big house, garden on the ..."

    May Cottage 10-17/06/2222 Fantastic location, nice big house, garden on the back could do with a regular Gardner, Disappointed to here when linen’s/towels were dropped off Thursday instead of Friday, when I asked if bed /pillow protectors needed to be removed with sheets, I was told No they only get changed every 4th week, I have contacted the agent to report my finds, I also told them there is work being carried out at the next door property where on Wednesday when we arrived back they were having concrete laid two concrete deliveries and a concrete pumping machine, in told 3 hours, we was unable to sit out the back or front, local gent told me this work had been going on 2 years, I think sykecottages should make people aware, I said I would leave an honest review,

    Reviewed by Mandy4.4Jun 2022

  • "No problems."

    Everything we needed. Our family loved location and weather great. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2022

  • "As discussed on the phone with your representative on Saturday 2/4, we felt that there was a lack of kitchen knives."

    The ones which were there were lacking in the type of quality which one would expect in a proper kitchen environment. Also there was no box grater. Oven trays could do with replacing as well. Very impressed with your representative’s offer to bring some knives etc over on the day when we spoke, excellent service. Again we had a wonderful break and the house really is well suited to family holidays, and is well kept by your team. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Apr 2022

  • "This lovely house is in a wonderful situation and is very quiet."

    The local eating places were also very good. It was spotlessly clean. Good crisp bedding and towels and was very warm. The kitchen is very well equipped.It has lots of china and cutlery.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Mar 2022

  • "Good communication, liked the welcome cleaning pack and emails."

    House was as described , excellent location

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Mar 2022

  • "It was an amazing holiday and we can’t wait to come back again ☺️"

    Reviewed by Chelsea5.0Oct 2021

  • "We stayed in May Cottage in 2020 , thoroughly enjoying the location."

    Sadly there has been no investment in the property over the past year. The upstairs blinds are badly soiled and need cleaning. The family shower head is too big for the attachment and has a tendency to spray everywhere when turned on full. Underneath the beds need to be cleaned as there was residue dust and articles visible. This was apparent when looking for something which had been misplaced. As it is a house accommodating 8 it needs a larger fridge. The oven needs replacing as it does not work efficiently. Down each side needs a good clean as there is a collection of food detritus. A suggestion - move the washing machine to the back room and install a tumble drier. As it is a property which allows pets please ensure sofas are cleaned appropriately as the far sofa smelt of animals as it did in 2020 requiring a deep clean when in situ. At a cost of @£3200 per week and an increase of @ for 2022 more is needed. We would not hesitate to recommend the location but feel the rental price is now excessive for what the property provides.

    Reviewed by Lisa2.8Aug 2021

  • "Having stayed at this beautiful cottage before we were disappointed."

    The cottage seemed tired- broken blinds, chipped paint, holes in the towels. It is an amazing cottage, in a beautiful location, but it needs a bit of TLC as we noticed such a difference since our last visit (two years ago). The cottage needs a lick of paint and the garden needs sorting. It didn’t have the same luxury feel that we have felt here before. We had called coast and country in advance to see if we could have a travel cot put in the house, they called back to say no, however when we arrived there was one in the utility room. May Cottage is in such a fantastic location, with beautiful views of Hope Cove and is such a fantastic space. I hope that it gets the attention it deserves to bring it back to a lovely holiday home.

    Reviewed by Charles2.5Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage very close to picturesque cove."

    Unfortunately, once inside we found the kitchen was not very clean. Work surfaces, crockery and cutlery were dirty. The fridge also had bits of lettuce stuck to the back of the fridge and something spilt inside the door. Had to spend the first couple of hours of our holiday making everything clean. Loaded the dishwasher with cutlery and crockery but once finished found black bits all over the contents and inside the dishwasher door. (Note left for cleaner, but she arrived a few minutes before we left so Hubby spoke to her). We also found the courtyard garden was full of weeds spoiling what could have been a nice space. The rest of the house was spacious with comfortable beds and a powerful en-suite shower. For a 4 star property we were a little disappointed.

    Reviewed by Helen3.4Jul 2021

  • "We stayed at May cottage with our two elderly parents and it was a perfect location, being so close to the sea and so easy to carry chairs and cups of tea down to the jetty."

    Walking up onto Bolberry Down and swimming in the clear lovely sea most days was a delight and hard to leave at the end of the week. It’s set in a perfect location. The cottage was beautifully decorated, sparklingly clean and the beds, sofas etc super comfy. The bedding/towels were very luxurious and hotel quality. The kitchen was well equipped though we were surprised to have to go out and buy bin bags, salt & pepper, washing up liquid, hand soap, toilet rolls, anti-bac and dishwasher tabs. A couple of small suggestions would be to have a gate to stop dogs (and small children) running into the road as you’re getting out of the front door, and a couple of discreet grab rails - my father was too unsteady to use the shower as there was nothing to hold onto. We used the courtyard a lot for meals and would have liked not to have to clear it of dog poo first / and it could have been a bit tidier though I know it’s hard to keep on top of a Holiday cottage garden. We used our own beach parasol as there was no shade over the table. This might be outside of your control but the guests in the cottage next door were a large young group partying till at least 2am every night and we could hear every word - loud laughter/singing/generally ‘having a good time’ - even a cough or sneeze echoed straight in through the bedroom windows on that side (maybe reflected off the walls). So not much sleep (they were quiet one night after we asked them). Despite that we really loved our holiday and were blessed with the best possible hot weather. The info from Coast and Country was good but I wasn’t at all impressed we had to pay £200 extra to move our booking due to covid - and there was no option to cancel and have a refund. (I have cottages myself and have given full refunds throughout).

    Reviewed by Ken4.7Jun 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday."

    Would recommend the house - very comfortable and so close to the beach. My only thing is:- it doesn't have a tumble dryer (difficult with wet towels every day), and also the drive will only take a very small car. We had to park off road as 4 x 4 wouldn't fit.

    Reviewed by Maxine4.7Jun 2021

  • "We've been to May Cottage before some 5 years ago , lovely to see Hope Cove is still unspoilt and beautiful."

    The house has been refurbished and is lovely with very comfortable beds. Throughly recommended

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2020

  • "We all had a very pleasant weekend at May Cottage."

    This a well - equipped house with magnificent views.

    Reviewed by Martine5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had an idyllic week at May Cottage."

    The house and the location are even better than we expected, and the photos on the website don't really do it justice. Everything in the house - decoration, furniture, equipment, utensils, etc. is of the highest quality. The house has been furnished and equipped as a family home, not just as a holiday let. The downstairs is open plan - bright, airy and a perfect mix of contemporary style and tradition. The bedrooms are all spacious and comfortable - the view from the king-size bed in the main bedroom out the window to the sea is particularly memorable. The patio is private and enclosed, with sunshine all day, plenty of seating (table & chairs - no recliners) and a gas BBQ. The location of the house is perfect - it is on the edge of the village in Inner Hope, so very quiet while still only a couple of minutes walk to the centre of the village. We could walk 30m down the road to walk on the beach (when the tide is out) or sit on the sea wall with a glass of wine and watch the amazing sunsets. The house is also only 30m from steps up to the coastal path, and within 5 minutes you are on the cliffs overlooking the cove with miles of footpaths over the cliffs to explore at your leisure. All in all, it is a fantastic house and location - we all loved it, and were very reluctant to leave it and return to the real world.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2019

  • "May Cottage is a stunning house , light and airy,lovely private garden at the back and it's position is perfect for a quick dip in the sea or a wander around the rockpools at low tide."

    Hope Cove was as friendly as ever and very welcoming to us and our dog ,both the Hope and Anchor and The Cove were dog friendly which made eating out a pleasure.We had the perfect holiday and even the weather was warm and sunny ,we have come home relaxed ..a bit fitter after walking the coastal path and even a touch of a tan !

    Reviewed by Sally5.0May 2019

  • "The house was presented very clean, very well appointed and equipped."

    The furnishings were very comfortable and well chosen. Bedrooms very spacious and beds comfortable. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0May 2019

  • "Great venue with kids - step out of the house and your on the beach - the house offers spacious accommodation we were five adults and two kids and had plenty of room."

    Hope Cove and the surrounding area of South Hams offers lots to do and places to visit - we all loved our time there - just a shame it was only 5 days!

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2019

  • "May cottage was the perfect place to celebrate my 50th birthday."

    We had the best time. The cottage couldn’t be in a better position, the cottage itself is comfortable, clean and beautifully decorated, the beds are so comfy. We visit hope cove a few times a year, it is our happy place and we would definitely love to return to may cottage in the future. It would be ideal for large family as so close to the beautiful beaches. Thank you

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great house, will rebook in the future"

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely property."

    Only one thing, it could do with a tumble dryer at the property, with 10 people and the weather not too good, the back room looked more like a laundry room for most of the week, as we could not use the outside drying line (too wet) House in perfect position, virtually on the beach. Grandchildren loved it. Very safe beach for chidren.

    LANAAug 2016

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This property is part of the Coast & Country Cottages collection.
Choose from over 400 properties in Salcombe, Dartmouth and the surrounding South Devon coast and countryside - the perfect destination for a holiday all year round.


  • Four bedrooms (all at first floor level): 1 x Master bedroom with King-size bed and newly installed en suite shower room, 1 x Super king-size bed, 1 x Twin (beds can be linked together to create Super-King size bed - this must be requested at time of booking) Fourth bedroom has two full size single beds
  • Family bathroom on 1st floor level, with shower over bath, w.c and basin
  • Shower room on ground floor with electric shower, w.c and basin
  • Kitchen with separate dining room
  • Lounge with log-burner.
  • Oil central heating
  • Ceramic topped cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and Nespresso Dixie Coffee machine. Small breakfast table with 3 chairs. TV, DVD, Music
  • Wifi available
  • Telephone available
  • Off road parking for up to 2 small/medium cars. Paved terrace with garden table and chairs
  • Bed linen and towels supplied
  • Strictly No Smoking

The property

A beautifully furnished, family holiday home enjoying stunning sea views, just 50 metres from the sandy beaches of Hope Cove.

The South West Coast Path can be accessed quickly from the house, enjoying stunning walks to South Milton Sands, Thurlestone, Soar Mill Cove and beyond.

The village shop, local pub, and bar/restaurant are also within walking distance, making it the perfect location for a coastal break year round.

From a small terrace, the front entrance offers access into a lobby, which opens to the adjacent dining room and large sitting room.

On the ground floor, is a well equipped, fully fitted kitchen (including ceramic topped cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine) with a small breakfast table, and doors leading out to the rear terrace.

The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen with a large table, and bay window.

Also on the ground floor is a light, dual aspect sitting room boasting sea views.

The comfortable living space also has a wood burning stove, perfect for cosy evenings by the fireside.

There are four bedrooms in total.

The master bedroom has a King-size bed with ensuite shower room, and the second double has a super King-size bed with sea views.

The third bedroom is a twin room with full-size single beds (which can be zipped together to make a super-King if requested), whilst the fourth bedroom has twin beds.

Additionally, there is a first floor bathroom with bath, and shower room on the ground floor.

Outside, there is a good sized area of paved terrace to the rear of the house with table/chairs, and barbeque.

The property has a private drive with off-road parking for two cars, with additional road parking in the nearby village.

Free Wireless broadband internet is available.

Up to two dogs are permitted.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Salcombe 4.6 miles; Kingsbridge 5.1 miles

The picturesque and unspoiled village of Hope Cove lies in the sheltered curve of Bigbury Bay on Devon’s south coast. A choice destination for families, the two beaches offering soft sand and rock pools for sandcastle building and fishing for small crabs. The town remains a fishing village where crabs and lobsters are still landed, however it was once used by smugglers. Many ships have perished around the coast and the wrecks that lie beneath the waves make it a popular spot for divers. Above the beach there are a number of pubs and restaurants. The coastal footpath can be joined from here and leads towards Bigbury-on-sea in one direction and the coastal resort of Salcombe in the other.

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Provisions for wood burning stove not supplied, only dried Kiln can be used

The third bedroom is a twin room with two full-size single beds (which can be zipped together to make a super-King if requested at the time of booking).

Up to two well behaved dogs permitted.

Limited mobile reception.

Strictly No Smoking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas