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1 The Quay

(Ref. 976002)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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88 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous holiday, the cottage exceeded expectations."

    High spec, warm, comfortable and well equipped. Communication with Kate the owner was excellent both the week leading up to arrival and when we arrived. The location of the cottage is perfect amazing view, and peace and quiet yet a two minute walk to the train station which took you to Exmouth, Exeter, Topsham Paignton and more (we only used the car once!) Village has a good local shop and two good pubs. Highly recommend Anne and Andy Harrogate

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2024

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything you need in it and really comfortable bed."

    Very clean and tidy. In idyllic surroundings with something for everyone. Very friendly hosts who just want to ensure you enjoy your time there. Thank you Kate and Iain.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2024

  • "Had a great break away, fab cottage with a bottle of wine and biscuits on the table when we arrived along with treats and a towel for our dog."

    The log burner was made up ready to light along with extra logs. Fab views and short walks to the two pubs open in the village. We had a fab time thanks Kate.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely place to stay with great views of the Estuary."

    Kate was a great host

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jan 2024

  • "The cottage was cosy and bright and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay."

    The views from the cottage were beautiful and the location brilliant - there were nice walks on our doorstep (our dog especially loved that!) and we also had the option to hop on the train from the village and enjoy scenic train journeys to a number of places. We had a perfect long weekend and will definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jan 2024

  • "The property is in a lovely location on the estuary."

    The cottage is beautifully looked after and has all facilities you need for a home from home week away.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, the owner was very helpful and friendly."

    The cottage is well equipped and in a great location for days out without a car.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely house, very clean and comfortable."

    We had a very relaxing holiday

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent cottage in prime position, great location for discovering the local area from Exmouth to Exeter and beyond."

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Oct 2023

  • "Kate was very helpful and friendly."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and the views were superb. We will return

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic house and exeptional location"

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property was as we’d hoped and very pleased with the owner’s efforts to ensure our stay went well, something so often lacking these days and therefore very much appreciated."

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at 1 the Quay."

    The house was clean, had everything we could need and the flowers around the house really made it feel special. The views from the house were wonderful.

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Jul 2023

  • "We loved our stay in 1 The Quay!"

    A beautiful cottage with incredible views over the estuary. Loved the decor and attention to detail, very relaxing to spend time in and hard to leave! Sitting outside in the courtyard with a drink at the end of the day watching the sunset and ever-changing water was a real highlight. The village is very pretty with easy access to Exeter, great to visit nearby Dart Farm for breakfast too! Will definitely be returning to the peace and tranquility of this lovely location.

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely location and super little cottage."

    Would love to own it! Sidmouth and Topsham both worth a visit. Sit outside in the sunshine and try the seafood platter at the Sidmouth Riviera ….. but share it….

    Reviewed by Tim4.4Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was amazing, wonderful views of the estuary, clean comfortable and exactually as advertised."

    Communication with the owner was excellent. The parking was close by and well used by holiday makers and residents, limited spaces however we managed to find a spot and felt the car was safe. The train station was near by for day trips, the village had convenience store and coffee shops along public houses. Would not hesitate to recommend this little gem as the perfect holiday cottage, especially for those who like a quiet and relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2023

  • "“Characterful cottage in a scenic location."

    ” We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this comfortable and well equipped cottage. Lympstone is a quaint village with lots of hidden paths and lanes to explore. The station is very accessible with good links to other towns. Amazing views over the estuary with idyllic sunsets.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jun 2023

  • "Fantastic location and cottage was spotlessly clean."

    Absolutely no issues with the property although the stairs might be a little challenging for anyone with a disability and the outside space was a little restricted. Transport links from Lympstone to towns and villages around the estuary are first class. Nice touches on arrival - flowers, wine and chocolates. Thank you, Kate. Thoroughly enjoyed our week and even Storm Neo didn't stop us from getting out and about.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved our stay at No."

    1 The Quay. Decor in such good taste, nothing was shoddy or cheap, everything you went to use, whether towels, electrical or kitchen equipment you knew would work and be nice to handle. Communication with Kate both before and during our stay was easy and one felt she wanted us to be comfortable and enjoy our stay. There was no mention that there is no dishwasher - easy to see why as space is tight but perhaps should have been on listings. The view is, of course, the main star, how fab to be able to put our telescope up just in front of the front door and see such a variety of birdlife.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Mar 2023

  • "What a remarkable holiday home."

    Thank you so much to Kate for all the hard work and attention to detail which made this such a super experience. Beautifully presented through your, immaculately clean, fantastic communications and, of course, the most incredible water-side location that you could imagine- constantly changing with bird-life and boats and the most beautiful light. All 3 village pubs are worth a visit, Susannah’s tea room is lovely, and we loved cycling the estuary trail from Topsham at Dart’s Farm to/from Exmouth. Very many thanks for such a memorable February stay! X

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Feb 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a fabulous location."

    Well equipped and very comfortable. Lympstone is a quaint and picturesque village with lots of footpaths and alleyways to explore. Kate was wonderful at keeping in touch. Thank you for the tin of biscuits and delicious bottle of wine.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jan 2023

  • "Our third visit to this beautiful little cottage in a perfect location We love it there and hope to return again soon"

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Dec 2022

  • "We enjoyed our week spent in 1 Quay Lane."

    The location was excellent for watching wading birds as the tides ebbed and flowed just feet away from the front door. The cottage had everything you need including a log burning stove in the lounge, a small but perfectly functional kitchen and two bedrooms on first and second floors. There is no parking at the cottage so you have to unload when possible about 30m away and then leave your car in the village car park around 300m away - a permit was organised by the owner for this. We mainly explored on foot via the Exe Valley trail or using the excellent train connection which runs every 30 minutes. Nice pubs and tearoom.  A very relaxing bolt hole.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Nov 2022

  • "Everything was just right for our stay."

    The cottage was very comfortable and welcoming. The owner made us very welcome too and was very helpful.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Oct 2022

  • "2nd visit in 2022 so planning next one ."

    Such a pleasure to stay !

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2022

  • "Perhaps the best cottage we have stayed in over fifty years of u."

    K cottages john and june

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "No complaints ,but racking my brain I could comment that the toaster is a bit temperamental !"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2022

  • "1 The Quay is a beautiful little cottage in a great location to explore East Devon."

    It has all the facilities you require and is very welcoming. It has been very well looked after by the owners. Lympstone is a lovely village and there is a lovely walk to Exmouth along the estuary. Kate the host could not of done more to make us feel welcome and would certainly recommend cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing location - scrumpy cozy cottage!"

    Have to return when it gets cools to use that Woodburn. Wonderful - thank you!

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great location, a warm welcome and very helpful communication with the owner."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Edward4.4Apr 2022

  • "Just perfect and Kate us an amazing host x"

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Mar 2022

  • "We love this place."

    Kate is such a welcoming host and the cottage is perfectly presented.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in stunning location."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2022

  • "Our stay at No."

    1 The Quay was fabulous from start to finish. A great location! The cottage itself is beautiful and very clean. It has a comfortable bed, nice hot shower and lovely smelling towels. The extra special touches such as fresh flowers on the table, wine, biscuits and dog treats were greatly received! For any fellow dog owners, our spaniel Nelly made herself right at home! The downstairs is all hard flooring, so easy to keep clean after a walk. A hose is provided outside and easy to access. If your dog is a little fussy about toileting like ours, there’s a grassed area near the car park, a very short walk from the cottage. Thank you Kate for a wonderful stay. We will 100% be back again! Jonny, Shelby and Nelly x

    Thank you for your lovely comments Shelby, so glad Nelly enjoyed her stay. She looked very cosy by the fire! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shelby5.0Feb 2022

  • "We have been staying in cottages in the south west for over 30 years."

    This stay was possibly the best. Kate is a credit to your company the presentation of this cottage was the best ever.

    Thank you Edward & Renette for your kind words and for the message sent privately. It's so encouraging to hear such a positive response to the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Feb 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay and would love to use the cottage again."

    The only disappointment was the bed on top floor not being very comfortable, it was very hard for our liking.

    Thank you for your feedback Sue. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay but sorry to hear that the bed was not to your comfort. When selecting the beds we decided on soft and firm mattresses, giving our guests a choice. Coincidentally our guests that stayed the previous week requested the manufacturing details to buy their own! You will have to try the softer King next time, the view of the estuary from the bed makes you feel like you're floating. comfortable they requested the manufacturing details of the mattress Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Jan 2022

  • "So nice we have booked again for autumn"

    Thank you both, it was lovely to meet you. See you again in the Autumn! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jan 2022

  • "Property is amazing."

    A lovely cosy cottage with all the comforts. Makes a change to have nice fluffy quality towels and lovely bedding. A rare find and will definitely book again

    Thank you Tracey, it will be a birthday to remember! Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jan 2022

  • "I The Quay is a gem of a cottage, super clean, cosy and beautifully presented."

    It is in the lovely village of Lympstone, literally a stones throw from the sea! Walking/cycling routes and the train station on the doorstep. Would highly recommend.

    Thank you for your kind feedback Lyn, I'm pleased you finally made it to Lympstone. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lyn4.4Dec 2021

  • "Perfect location,, wonderful views and very quiet."

    Cottage well kitted out, comfy bed and very fast internet.

    Thank you Elaine, I'm so pleased you enjoyed Christmas in Lympstone. It's wonderful throughout the year but magical at Christmas! Best wishes for 2022! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous!"

    I'm reluctant to share this treasure ! Such a perfect location and super cottage - we loved it so much we have booked again for next year

    Thank you for your lovely feedback Christine! See you and the dogs in December! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2021

  • "Another lovely stay at Quay Cottage."

    Everything you could need from a holiday home. Very clean and with comfortable seats to enjoy the estuary views. Loved the whole decor especially the artwork. Thankyou again, we made use of the woodburner after some great November walks.

    A very thoughtful review thank you Tracey. Pleased you enjoyed the fireworks! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Nov 2021

  • "Ten years ago we stayed a 1 Quay."

    Enjoyed it then and ten years later enjoyed staying there again. Vey picturesque location in a charming and comfortable cottage. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Sep 2021

  • "This sweet little cottage is a bit of Devonian perfection!"

    We had an absolutely brilliant time in this charming house situated in lovely Lympstone village. The house was extremely clean and well-kitted out with everything I needed. The best part was the view - an unencumbered view of Lympstone Harbour perfectly situated for the sunset. The owner couldn't have been more helpful or kind with recommendations and help. My children and I loved it and will be back.

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Jul 2021

  • "This was a beautifully kept cottage and a comfortable place for a relaxing break."

    The position of the cottage meant there was no passing traffic and has beautiful estuary views with just a few steps down onto the pebble beach. There were pubs producing a good menu and a cafe offering delicious snacks within easy walking distance. The local shop/Post Office was well stocked and were cheerful and helpful. The lovely cottage owner was easily contactable for any queries. After exploring the picturesque lanes winding through the village there were lovely walks along the coast whilst watching the wildlife. This wasn't our first visit and certainly won't be our last.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2021

  • "Just the most idyllic cottage."

    We had a wonderful week. The dog loved being right on the beach, as did we. Waking up to the sound of water lapping on the beach was lovely. Lympstone is a really pretty Devon village, very peaceful with 3 pubs, cafe and well stocked local shop. Just what we needed after lockdown. Thank you Kate. X

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Jun 2021

  • "Loved watching the sea just a few feet from our window, the most relaxing holiday we have had !"

    Thank you especially to Kate the owner for being so helpful we have booked again !

    Reviewed by Janet5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent location and very comfortable cottage."

    Kate, our host, couldn’t have been more helpful and we would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0May 2021

  • "Very easy to book, excellent communication from the house owner, lovely house ..."

    Very easy to book, excellent communication from the house owner, lovely house which was well equiped and well looked after by the owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2021

  • "Idyllic location (waking up in the morning to an estuary view a highlight) and a cottage you could happily spend all day in (the top bedroom/sitting area is a magnificent spot to sit at any time) or explore either side of the Exe."

    Avoid Exeter like the plague! Lympstone is a gem with quirky lanes (there are cobbles!) and hidden corners, the Globe’s Sunday lunch a happy meal, the local shop well stocked if you don’t want to take the short trek to the Dart Farm Shop (a bit up itself!) and the cafe (Suzanne’s) served a wonderful bacon/sausage bap. Ten minutes and you’re in Topsham which is another place to spend a deal of time.

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Dec 2020

  • "This was a wonderful holiday."

    The accommodation was excellent – neat, elegant and cosy – and we really appreciated the owner's helpful instructions, information and welcome treats! The view across the River Exe estuary was stunning and made the whole place feel truly special. With the high tide rising right up beside the front wall, we looked out of our bedroom window every morning and it was as if we were in an ark. The village is a very pretty place, everyone very friendly and helpful. Fantastic walks on the local beaches and East Devon coastline. Highly recommend this cottage. Five stars!

    Reviewed by Smita5.0Oct 2020

  • "Third time at No1 and have enjoyed our stay as much as before."

    A significant contribution to our successful stays at No1 has been down to Kate's attention to detail and high level of customer care. Hope this helps. Best regards, Paul Boulton.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Quay must rate as one of the best places we have every stayed in over twenty years of holidaying in self catering."

    Everything was in very good order and spotlessly clean plus of course the location was amazing. The owner, Kate, provided very useful additional information for the holiday and made us feel very welcome. It is a place we are seriously considering returning to. Lympstone itself is a very nice location with shop, cafe and pubs and very easy to travel around from, either by foot, train or car. There is only one negative and that is the parking within Lympstone is somewhat limited and the public car park was full on a number of occasions overnight... in September! Big thank you to Sykes and Kate Tony, Jillian and Blue the dog

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2020

  • "This charming cottage is in set in one of the most beautiful locations, looking through the main bedroom window is like looking at a painting, but it's a different picture everyday."

    It is beautifully decorated throughout, with everything you will need to make your stay comfortable. The kind gesture of a bottle of wine and delicious biscuits were a welcoming touch. If you are wanting somewhere quiet, peaceful and relaxing this is the place for you.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Aug 2020

  • "Cottage was exactly as described,cannot fault."

    Owner was in touch during stay which is very thoughtful.Would recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was fantastic and in the most unique setting."

    Everything had been maintained and cared for to a very high standard.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Feb 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, fantastically well-appointed and in a wonderful setting!"

    Despite a week of terrible weather, we had a great holiday. Highlights included watching stormy high tides and listening to howling wind and rain... all from our cosy vantage point! The cottage has everything you might need for a relaxing holiday and Kate left us some hugely appreciated, and unexpected treats as a thoughtful welcome gift. Getting around Lympstone and the surrounding area is easy both by public transport and by car and we had a great week dodging showers (aftermath of Storm Dennis!) and visiting this beautiful part of East Devin. We would have no hesitation in staying at 1, The Quay again and can’t recommend it highly enough.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Feb 2020

  • "What a gem of a cottage, so delightfully appointed and so very welcoming."

    Our host ensured are arrival would be the perfect start to the holiday. Even on a grey November day the house was warm and comfortable, with incredible views accross the estuary. It is a unique and welcoming cottage with everything one neds for that break from the pace of modern life - yet with both Exmouth and Exeter on the doorstep. Wonderful to watch the ever-changing vista from the windows, with the ebb and flow of the tide up the estuary. To wake to the call of the Curlew, now-rare in England, to draw back the curtains and see him standing silhouetted on the shoreline, with a host of scurrying Turnstones, Sandpipers and other wading birds, feeding in the shingle and the seaweed, with Brent Geese bobbing on the water! We found a corner of Paradise here - a cottage with every comfort and an area of water, great walks plus towns with history and a cathedral. What more could you want! A holiday we will long remember

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2019

  • "1 The Quay is a gorgeous cottage in a stunning location."

    It has been very thoughtfully renovated and everything is done to a very high standard. We stayed here with four adults and it contained all of us with comfortable seating in the living room and a great dining area for all four. The two bedrooms are lovely with the one on the first floor having spectacular views over the river. The one on the top floor has a nice sitting area which also looks out towards the river. This gives you some privacy should you need some alone time :) The best thing about the cottage is the wonderful host Kate who could not have been kinder to us. We would highly recommend this place for a holiday any time of year and we will be looking to stay again ourselves.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and spotlessly clean."

    It had all the home comforts to make our holiday complete .

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Nov 2019

  • "The highlight for us was the location."

    We didn't use the car all week. Plenty of walking and the train so accessible made it all so easy. Virws from the cottage were idyllic.

    Reviewed by Marguerite5.0Oct 2019

  • "One of the most comfortable and best equipped cottages we have stayed in."

    A welcome package with a card from the owner was a lovely touch too. The village shop/post office was well stocked and eateries in the village were very welcoming. Exploring the village along the many pathways between the cottages before easy walking along the coastal walkway made for a relaxing break. There were quiet areas with seats to sit in the sun overlooking the estuary or even the coffee shop with a delicious snack. A single-track train ran along the coast from the village so there was no real need to even move the car. What else could you ask for?

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2019

  • "This a stunning cottage in a beautiful setting within a relaxing village."

    The cottage was spotless and the owner exceptionally helpful.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was spotless and very well equipped."

    The location is superb with fantastic views over the estuary and the village itself offered many places to eat and drink. Well situated on the Exe trail cycle and walking route.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jul 2019

  • "Great property on the Exe estuary."

    Well equipped and homely. Good walking to local towns & villages via the Exe trail with the train to bring you home if tired. Local pubs provide good refreshment and entertainment.

    Reviewed by Andy4.7Jul 2019

  • "This little cottage is amazing."

    Exceptionally clean and bright, the sun bursts through the windows to wake you and the lapping water sends you to sleep at night.... yes it comes right up to the wall. Sunsets are just stunning

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    It really is something special

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jun 2019

  • "1 The Quay is a real gem."

    The cottage is stylish, functional and essentials and treats are provided in a goody collection.Its location next to one of the best estuaries in England provides wonderfully changing scenery. The village has all one needs with the opportunity to walk up or down the estuary or use the local train. Plenty of places to eat nearbye including a Michelin starred restaurant. All just excellent

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jun 2019

  • "Super location and lovely property, very clean and a home from home."

    great to leave the car for the week and travel by train from the village . excellent views of the tidal river right on the doorstep, what's not to like !!

    Reviewed by Katrina5.0Jun 2019

  • "Fantastic location with no cars or traffic noise."

    Village is good - pubs, tea room, shop and most important for us a train station with regular trains to Exeter or Exmouth. The cottage is lovely and like something out of a TV ad, everything we needed was there including toys for our grandson. Chairs situated so you can see the view were appreciated.

    Reviewed by Joy5.0May 2019

  • "Loved the cottage and its position in the village of Lympstone."

    A dishwasher would make it perfect but my husband made up for the lack of one. The décor was contemporary but still charming and comfortable and the log burner was a cosy feature.

    Reviewed by Heather4.7Apr 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time in Lympstone, made particularly special by the beautiful little cottage with a gorgeous view and a lovely welcome."

    A truly warm and relaxing place with everything we needed - home away from home. Kate went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. Thank you very much!

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2019

  • "We have been back to this property 5 times now, initially as a couple and most recently as a family of 5."

    The charm of this cottage being almost surrounded by water at high tide makes it a truly magical place to recover after a busy day with the family and to grab a drink in time to watch the sun set over the estuary.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2019

  • "A delightful small cottage spotlessly clean and comfortably furnished The ..."

    A delightful small cottage spotlessly clean and comfortably furnished The position opposite the Exe was interesting with changing views throughout the day Very central for walks restaurants and exploring south devon Congratulations to Kate and Iain

    Reviewed by Stuart4.4Mar 2019

  • "A outstanding cottage in a equal stunning location Words don’t do it justice book and see for yourself"

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Mar 2019

  • "Really fantastic location - peaceful and with an ever-changing view."

    Great for walks with dog, visiting local beaches, Exeter and Dartmoor. 3 good pubs in walking distance. The cottage itself was very clean, comfortable and well-designed and organised. Everything we needed from our week away.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2019

  • "We could not fault this extremely lovely cottage."

    Views are exceptional as is every little detail owner has put into making this a very comfy cottage. Lots of super walks straight from the door and having a luxury bathroom to relax in after long walks was superb. The local pubs are dog friendly which was an added bonus for us.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2019

  • "What a fantastic position, lovely little cottage!"

    Very cosy! Bird watching on the doorstep, pubs and a shop round the corner and frequent trains stopping in the village station to take you to the bright lights of Exeter if required. Very well looked after place and helpful, friendly owner.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.1Jan 2019

  • "Communication through the booking process, the stay itself, right through till checkout and a thank you email from the owner once we returned home was top notch, absolutely fantastic customer service throughout."

    Reviewed by Nikki4.7Dec 2018

  • "Delightful cottage, immaculately clean and very comfortable."

    Just loved the position, watching the tidal changes. Appreciated the welcome goodies, nice linen and good quality towels. Faultless ...will definitely return. Great position for walking, running and cycling. Excellent village pub The Swan and village shop.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2018

  • "Cottage was beautiful - had everything you need :) Location."

    .. absolutely amazing - literally could have stayed there forever!

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Oct 2018

  • "A lovely cottage looking out on to the estuary."

    This time of year there are migrating birds to watch. There’s plenty to do and see around Lympstone and even further afield. Am certainly returning again next year.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a beautiful location and home, we loved our stay here - from friendly and helpful pre-arrival contact to the thoughtful items left for our arrival."

    The home was extremely well equipped and comfortable. We loved the little front yard where we watched sunsets and the kids were able to enjoy the shore area with their cousins. Thanks Kate for making this such a lovely week's vacation!

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Aug 2018

  • "This was our second year running at the cottage and it was just as amazing as last year!"

    If you're looking for a holiday with the 'wow' factor then this really is it, The views over the harbour, the tides, the estuary birds, the boats - all superb. Added to that is the beautifully clean cottage with it's tasteful colour themes, artworks and whitewashed wooden floors. Utterly charming. Lympstone itself is also a hidden gem with lovely pubs, a shop and cafe all in easy walking distance and train links to Exmouth, Topsham, Exeter and the other side of the river. Hoping to make it back next year and would also love to visit in the colder months to try out the woodburner!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage is in an excellent position right on the waters edge."

    It is very well equipped and was immaculately clean upon our arrival. It is decorated to a high standard. Communication with the owner was very positive in the run up to our arrival and useful information was provided with regards to parking and the local area as well as our preference for the beds being made up etc. Unfortunately we had one major issues with this cottage. Every night at about 10pm the lounge became infested with what we have been told are ‘Sand Hoppers’. 30+ would take over the lounge crawling around and jumping if you go near them. They would not only crawl over the floor but also up on to the sofa etc. This meant that the lounge could not be used in the evenings and every morning all of the now dead ‘Sand Hoppers’ (again 30+) required removing. Full photographic and video evidence is available. We have been informed by the owner via Sykes that they are well aware of this issues and it is due to the properties close proximity to the beach however I feel this should be mentioned in the advert as I would definitely not have booked this cottage. It is also completely unsuitable for someone with a dog as it states very clearly that it would have to stay downstairs in the lounge at all times meaning it would be completely overrun by the bugs. In summary a great cottage in an idiic locations however our break was completely spoilt by these ‘Sand Hoppers’. We were refunded £50 as a gesture of goodwill which I feel is pitiful against the near £1400 cost of the cottage in the height of summer. Clarity of the issue is required in the holiday property description so people can make an informed decision on if it is still suitable for their requirements. **** Owners response: I am sincerely sorry for your experience with 'Sand Hoppers' during your stay at our cottage. As a waterside property along with our neighbours we are aware of one or two 'visitors' venturing in late at night in the same way you might see occasional woodlouse or beetles at home. Sand hoppers are common in low lying mild coastal areas and unfortunately due to the phenomenal weather and low tides we have had an unprecedented amount of seaweed washed up on the beach in front of the house. This has lead to much higher numbers of sea creatures on the beach including Sand Hoppers. As a mum of three girls I can understand how this must have made you feel uneasy and I take your comments very seriously. May I assure you that this is not a regular occurrence in our cottage. We would never knowingly put our guests in an uncomfortable situation. We opened our business two years ago and have been lucky enough to have been fully booked ever since, families, couples, groups of friends and dogs, many of whom have made return visits. Prior to us 1 The Quay was open for seventeen years as a holiday cottage. This is the FIRST TIME such an occurrence has been reported to us. The comfort of our guests is paramount. We try to be as welcoming as possible to help our guests make the most of a 'home from home', enjoying the peace of being on the water. If you had brought a dog with you, you would have experienced the same welcome to our four-legged guests with extra treats, towels and rugs. The seaweed is being removed and higher tides are expected but unfortunately this does not help you or the memory of your holiday. I am sorry that you felt you were under-compensated. We have a very good relationship with our holiday company and left this element of your stay in their hands. I hope that you were able to enjoy being by the sea in such exceptional weather and are able to take away some happy memories of your holiday in Devon.

    I am sincerely sorry for your experience with 'Sand Hoppers' during your stay at our cottage. As a waterside property along with our neighbours we are aware of one or two 'visitors' venturing in late at night in the same way you might see occasional woodlouse or beetles at home. Sand hoppers are common in low lying mild coastal areas and unfortunately due to the phenomenal weather and low tides we have had an unprecedented amount of seaweed washed up on the beach in front of the house. This has lead to much higher numbers of sea creatures on the beach including Sand Hoppers. As a mum of three girls I can understand how this must have made you feel uneasy and I take your comments very seriously. May I assure you that this is not a regular occurrence in our cottage. We would never knowingly put our guests in an uncomfortable situation. We opened our business two years ago and have been lucky enough to have been fully booked ever since, families, couples, groups of friends and dogs, many of whom have made return visits. Prior to us 1 The Quay was open for seventeen years as a holiday cottage. This is the FIRST TIME such an occurrence has been reported to us. The comfort of our guests is paramount. We try to be as welcoming as possible to help our guests make the most of a 'home from home', enjoying the peace of being on the water. If you had brought a dog with you you would have experienced the same welcome to our four-legged guests with extra treats, towels and rugs. The seaweed is being removed and higher tides are expected but unfortunately this does not help you or the memory of your holiday. I am sorry that you felt you were under-compensated. We have a very good relationship with our holiday company and left this element of your stay in their hands. I hope that you were able to enjoy being by the sea in such exceptional weather and are able to take away some happy memories of your holiday in Devon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve3.4Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely, bigger than expected and very well maintained."

    The information provided in the cottage was really helpful. Kate (the owner) really provided a home away from home Looking at where to book for next year

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2018

  • "1 The Quay is just lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our third stay in this beautiful location."

    Kate and Iain have gone to great lengths to make 1 The Quay both comfortable and very attractive. A vase of flowers on the table, along with wine, biscuits and also milk in the fridge was a very nice welcoming touch. Lympstone itself is a very friendly village and it's so easy to get about on foot or by train, down to Exmouth or up to Topsham and Exeter. Only one fault - I don't think a hair dryer's provided - at least I couldn't find one!

    Reviewed by P5.0Jun 2018

  • "We were very fortunate with exceptional weather, the sunsets fantastic and great walks all around the village with our dog, very pet friendly."

    Also the villagers are very friendly. You can park up in the car park and use the train to get most places, buy a weekly ticket and it saves having to pop back daily.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • 1 x first floor king size double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • 1 x attic twin bedroom (can convert to super king double) with seating area
  • Ground floor sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Ground floor WC with basin.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge with small freezer compartment, tumble dryer, washing machine, Smart TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Parking is available in a public car park nearby
  • Enclosed courtyard garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, not permitted on beds or furniture
  • Sorry no smoking.

The property

This stylish semi-detached cottage is situated beside the water’s edge at the end of a cobbled lane in Lympstone.

Over three levels and with great views to Powderham Castle and Starcross, it is a relaxing cottage for families or anyone looking to explore the area.

On the ground floor is a comfy sitting room with wood burning stove, from which you step up into the dining room.

The smart kitchen is small but well equipped for preparing meals.

Steep stairs lead you up and under a low door lintel into a double bedroom with those water views, then up again to a big bedroom under the eaves where you can sit comfortably and watch the sun set.

Outside you can enjoy outdoor dining in your small paved and walled seating area.

The views of life on the water are fascinating, or wander round to the estuary and harbour for even more interest.

Browse the shops and pubs in the village or head to Exmouth with its sandy beaches, traditional seaside attractions and town amenities, or the cathedral city of Exeter.

Walk or cycle on the Coast Path or play golf on a choice of courses.

1 The Quay is a smashing cottage to enjoy all year round, for peace or interest.

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

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About the location


Lympstone is a picturesque fishing village situated on the shore of the Exe Estuary with stunning panoramic views from the edge of Exeter, over to Powderham Castle, Dawlish Warren and the edge of Exmouth. Situated on the SW Coastpath, the longest National Trail in the country with its superb coastline and Exe Cycle Trail, 26 miles linking Lympstone with Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish it offers an unforgettable experience for cyclists and walkers to enjoy stunning views of the estuary. You will find four thriving pubs, a café, village shop/post office and Michael Caine’s Lympstone Manor, Lympstone’s very own Michelin Star Restaurant, together with a quaint harbour. Lympstone boasts its own train station with regular trains to the historic Cathedral City of Exeter and beyond. The traditional seaside town of Exmouth is just 3 miles away with its two miles of golden sandy beach making it perfect for watersports enthusiasts to enjoy kite surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, SUP, wakeboarding and water-skiing or families to enjoy a day on the beach. Exmouth’s new multi-million pound beach front Watersport Centre is due to open for Summer 2020. Exmouth lies at the gateway of the The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site dating back over 250 million years covering 95 miles of stunning coastline, rich in geological interest with spectacular scenery.

Note: Please contact the office should you wish to book 1 The Quay for longer than one week.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter