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5 Beachdown

(Ref. 976228)

Challaborough, near Bigbury-on-sea, Devon Show on map


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice location and property."

    Lounge, bedrooms very nice. Only issues which I think need sorting are : The outside table and chairs were rusty, rusk/coating was flaking off so could scratch you but the rust on some chairs if damp could mark your clothes. The fridge is on small side, which we did read about this. Rather than change the fridge, add a wine chiller - it’s a holiday so likely to have beer and wine. We don’t drink much but it did limit space for food. Maybe put the big storage box outside, and the roof cushions in roof space box. Had nice stay though , great location.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.1May 2024

  • "A great property with everything you need to enjoy your holiday by the seaside ."

    Modern contemporary living with fabulous views - the Location is simply stunning! We have stayed in this area many times & know it well - First time staying at this property & we will be back ! The owner was so helpful & accommodating- What a gem of a find !

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0May 2024

  • "Property was lovely, as described."

    We struggled to find it as we had only put the postcode into the Sat Nav not the actual address and we were led all over the place before we found it! But worth a struggle to get there - wonderful house and fantastic position. Loads of walks in the rain (we had terrible weather!) and even a swim. Our only issue was the lack of hot water for showers for 7 people! We had a really good time, despite the weather, thank you. Sadly, I lost an ear ring, shaped like wings, sparkly, so if anyone finds it I would be really grateful.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Apr 2024

  • "A fabulous property in a great location, a short walk to the beach and the surrounding area offers the south west coast path for the more experienced walkers."

    The house was fabulous, lovely rooms and the upstairs was light and airy, with a big table for family mealtimes, and comfy sofas to relax on during lazy evenings! Definitely recommend staying here. Slight confusion on recycling, as didn't realise there were recycling boxes at the bin store too, not sure if No5 has one? didn't mind walking to the glass recycling facility though! Be good to get this sorted for future guests, but only a really minor point of a fabulous stay!

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0Mar 2024

  • "Enjoyed another stay ."

    .. Problem with the water upon arrival, soon sorted by owner . Short walk to beach.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Oct 2023

  • "Great property, Excellent location."

    Very well equipped. Lovely and bright with the big windows.

    Reviewed by Branwen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Property was comfortable and spacious (there were six of us) ."

    Well situated - we did a lot of walking in the area. Equipment - good quality.

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property is fantastic, the photo's do not do it justice."

    Beds are super comfortable Kitchen is well stocked. The property it's self is one of the best we've stayed in. Cleaning needs attention to detail but was nothing to worry about. Location wise it's brilliant. 3 min walk to the beach. Definitely would stay again.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Aug 2023

  • "Lovely house and very well equipped."

    Great to be able to park off road on the drive. Easy flat walk to the beach and beautiful coastal walks from the doorstep. Would highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Aug 2023

  • "Beachdown is a lovely setting just a few yards from the beach in a lovely and popular location for good reason."

    It looks pretty from the outside and inside and was presented in a very clean and tidy way first impressions were excellent. Parking was great ample room for three big cars which we had. I wont mention all of the good bits there are plenty as you might expect including the views al fresco options big social area comfy beds but poor pillows powerful showers who doesnt love a good shower etc etc but I do need to mention its shortcomings particular when considering this is supposed to be a 5 star property. Our experience was somewhere in between three and four star. Practically it is missing a lot of key things or doesnt get them right. Toilet brushes there are none anyone out there enjoy wiping toilets by hand. Wet clothes indoor hanging space for when you come back from the beach there is none there is some outdoor but it isnt well covered from the driving rain that we had during our visit most days. Clothes storage in some rooms is really lacking. If youre here for a weekend it is fine but I suspect most will be here for a week. The fridge is tiny its a small fridge not even a tall one the property desperately needs another. We liked to stay in socialize cook and save a fortune in going out every evening or eating unhealthy takeaway. We were forced to shop everyday due to the lack of fridge space. The freezer is small too and just about passable. It desperately needs another main bathroom. But we knew that when booking. Not much can be done about this but just beware when booking that there is only one main communal bathroom. There was quite a few things that need replacing. Two to three I forget broken dining chairs they were somewhere between unstable and uncomfy seat was slanted and unsafe. Hole in outdoor furniture looked horrible and rendered one of the units unusable there were others. Broken parasol we did get some sun and wanted to use it but couldnt. The chairs and parasol were broken by the previous occupants the helpful owner told us not much he can do about that I guess nonetheless we were the unfortunate next visitors. Other issues. Outdoor furniture seat pads were all soaked upon arrival it took us two days to dry them out more hassle. Again not the owners fault. We had only enough hot water for two short showers at the end of day one so the first night six guests went without a shower having been on the beach for the afternoon a really poor start. The owner sorted the problem for us the following morning so credit to him for that. Visitor book was hard to find on arrival cleaners not doing their job properly rectified once contacted owner which took a while as we had no wifi and no phone signal so had to walk down the road to get a signal in the rain. Be wary of the poor wifi if you like to stream films in tablets etc. There is virtually no phone signal not the fault of the property or owner obviously but this necessitates a string wifi signal which the property very much does NOT have. You take these things for granted nowadays frustrating when you dont have them. Sounds travels throughout the property ridiculously well so if you have some of your party who stay up late or like to unload the dishwasher really quietly an hour before others get up without waking them forget it. We had to download a white noise app to drown out the noise. Hard floors are great for hygiene but terrible for noise when accompanied by otherwise lovely open staircases with no doors to help close the noise out. The kitchen cupboards some are hot as positioned next to hot pipes which massively reduces the food storage options poor design. There is no traditional extractor fan the solution in place doesnt work that well. All towels provided were far too small perhaps they were made for seven year olds. No salt or rinse aid in the dishwasher. No surprise there as very few holiday homes maintain their goods properly. Now it sounds like we had a horrible experience we did not. BUT it was sold and priced as a 5 star and for that we expect 5 star experience which we didnt get. Partly due to lack of facilities can and should be rectified, partly due to unfortunate timing of poor previous holidaymakers our bad luck prior to our arrival and partly due to a heating system that wasnt working as we were told it normally does. The owner did his best to help at the time including time on the phone and a massive drive for him to provide on-site support on a Sunday and post our stay by agreeing to a partial refund which eased the blow. So clearly kudos where it is due there. If youre a nervous driver you may wish to reconsider picking this property as the lanes are very narrow but that is not uncommon from this part of Devon and clearly isnt a feature of the property itself. Despite all this I will reiterate again we had a great time there but as presented to us it is a 4 star property at best and given the hassle wed rate it 3.5 stars. The owner has been presented with this review so they have the opportunity to improve it for others. It needs some money to be spent before it can be classed as 5 stars. Sykes take note.

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.1Jul 2023

  • "Wow what a beautiful amazing house to enjoy a family holiday."

    Spacious spotless everything you could hope for. We had a family holiday 6 of us and a toddler and a dog so much space. Thank you would happily go back

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fabulous place for a family holiday."

    Everything we needed and more

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0May 2023

  • "The property had everything that we could possibly want including a hose that we could wash down the dogs with!"

    It was a bright spacious house. Excellent.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely modern property, a stone's throw from the coastal path."

    Everything you need for a comfortable stay is there. Our party of 6 adults, a baby and a dog had a great time. Outdoor area on the house level lovely, but we didn't use the roof terrace much as we didn't like the steep iron staircase access. Challaborough Bay beach is no dogs from May to September at all, the beach a short walk over the headland by Burgh Island has areas where dogs are allowed all year. Would return.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2023

  • "After a disappointing start where the owner had been let down by cleaners and after waiting till 4pm to get in we arrived to a non cleaned property without lean linen etc."

    We cleaned the kitchen/bathroom ourselves but he did drive 2 hours himself to sort the issue which we couldn't fault. The property itself was beautiful, the location to the beach and costal path perfect for dog walking. Only thing I would advise is that it is a little isolated and need to get in the car to go anywhere other than the beach along very narrow road which in winter isn't a problem, summer could be tricky! Would still enjoy again if the opportunity arises.

    Reviewed by Maria2.8Feb 2023

  • "The house itself was absolutely beautiful, the upside layout was great too, kids loved being able to run around the upstairs of the house, (a lot)."

    Kitchen is fully equipped, we didn’t feel like we didn’t have anything we needed. Beds were comfy. Super close to the beach, just a couple of minutes walk.

    Reviewed by Dean4.4Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Everything you needed . Owner available if needed. Amazing views and walks . Will be back !

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Oct 2022

  • "Thanks for letting us stay in your beautiful home."

    Great location for exploring local beaches.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is our 5th year."

    The house is modern and airy with all the amenities you need. It’s an upside down property which means the bedrooms are cool. The location is perfect just minutes from the Beach, a bar/ cafe and an amazing fish and chips shop. There are many reasons why we faithfully return but there is not enough space to tell you.

    Reviewed by Maiella5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Great location, we had 3 generations staying and had lots of space for everyone to enjoy a great break. The view isn't fantastic as it does overlook a static caravan park but it really wasn't an issue, there was no noise and it didn't impact us at all. A really short walk to the beach and local footpaths meant that we could enjoy amazing views, the beach and the local area. We would recommend staying. Sue Sue

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful property with good modern facilities."

    Great position for walking and the beach. Master bedroom mattress badly stained probably in need of a topper for protection. The rubbish recycling situation was not at all clear but appeared the same for all properties. The general bin area was a bit of a let down as it was chaotic and most unhealthy. The roads to the property were challenging and didn't encourage day tripping but were not an insurmountable problem. Generally we had a most enjoyable stay and enjoyed the local area and position. We would certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.1Jun 2022

  • "The view is a mobile home park."

    Sea maybe from the roof terrace. Be aware there is a 3+ mile drive down very narrow lanes to get to property. Eating out ( apart from fish + chips) is a drive through those lanes. Supermarket shopping is a long way, suggest you order online BEFORE you leave to get a slot if you want a delivery. The place was great especially if you like walking ,surfing. I think a picture from the main window would be an honest view of what would be seen, be it not the best promotional picture.

    Reviewed by Charles3.4May 2022

  • "A beautiful property, with all the facilities you need."

    It was very clean and well laid out. It’s a few minutes walk to the beach and dog friendly. Lots to do and see in this area and a trip to the Lobster pod bistro at Hope Cove a must.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely stay in this beautiful house - second time we have stayed here and it won’t be the last !"

    Reviewed by Janis5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a winter trip to this wonderful holiday home so the country lane leading to it was quiet, I imagine in the summer months it would be a challenge."

    The heating and light all on for us as it was a 5pm joining time, a lovely touch to find a welcome pack of chilled Prosecco & nibbles made it feel special .

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2022

  • "Fabulous house, everything you need."

    Home from home. Beds very comfortable and lovely to arrive to some welcome goodies. Great access to the beach. Some of the country lanes challenging but that's South Devon for you. Great time had by all the family

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely loved the house, and the location was great."

    one suggestion we have is to put a bench or something outside, near the door. We went to the beach everyday, and it would have been useful to have somewhere to sit while taking off wetsuits, wet shoes, muddy boots etc. A stiff broom, and/or an outdoor hose would have been helpful to keep that part of the drive way clean from gravel, sand, mud etc.!

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely spacious property close to beach and good views across countryside."

    Even though it was October we were able to make use of the roof top garden which was great. It can be problematic getting in and out of Challborough as roads are narrow but countryside around is gorgeous. Good communication with owner. Only issue was some of the staining of some chairs and sofa but this has to be expected at end of season. Overall we had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Oct 2021

  • "This is a wonderful holiday house to stay in provided you are happy staying local."

    It is not a destination to use as a base for touring as the narrow single track lanes to get anywhere would make it very frustrating. Beautiful local walks and the beach is just a few steps away which dogs can play on after 1st October. We ordered a supermarket delivery to bring our groceries as there is only one little shop. We loved it!

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2021

  • "Superb place to stay, spotlessly clean, very well equipped ."

    Plenty of lovely walks with outstanding views on the door step will defiantly return again in the near future.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very clean apartment, which supplied plenty of plates, glasses etc which whilst simple is always nice."

    No complaints or negative comments whatsoever. Thank you

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2021

  • "Truly a beautiful property."

    Tastefully decorated, spacious, clean and very comfortable (especially the beds - good quality mattresses). Owners are extremely helpful and answered queries quickly. I would highly recommend this property which is in a perfect location and only a few steps from the beach. 10/10 ⭐️

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2021

  • "Stunning property."

    We all really enjoyed our stay at 5 Beachdown. Just a shame the weather wasn’t warmer so we could enjoy the lovely rooftop area more. Plenty to do and see in the area. Just be aware, if you have a four-legged friend with you, a lot of beaches restrict access from 1st May, including Challaborough, or the areas you are allowed are quite small due to them mainly being coves. As others have mentioned, the lanes are very narrow in places but we didn’t have too much of a problem with sensible driving. Would not hesitate to go back.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2021

  • "This place is amazing!"

    Everyone loved it, 5 minute walk to the beach. We done so many long walks up the very steep hills and was very good for exercise. All the facilities were good. Met all out needs. Big Tesco is a 20 minute drive which isn’t too bad. Nothing but praise for this place. Price was really good! Will definitely be coming back again

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at 5 Beachdown."

    The beach is 2 minutes walk away, while Bigbury-on-Sea is a 15 stroll over the hill which then gives you an opportunity to walk over to the island at low tide a must for the spectacular views. If you like kayaking this is the perfect base we went all around the island in and out of the rocks. My son managed to bodyboard one day but other than that the sea was very calm although it is a well known surf area. As regards the property it was excellent the bedrooms are huge and the open plan living area and underfloor heating was cosy! The only minor thing we picked up on was that the filters in the vacuum cleaner could do with replacing we like to keep on top of the high standards the place has but the smell of the vacuum cleaner let it down, same with clothes dryer the filters would benefit from a clean. Overall an excellent place to have a relaxing holiday if you love just mulling around the beach and Creation nearby.

    Reviewed by Gavin4.7Oct 2020

  • "We had an amazing stay at Beachdown - definately 5 star accomodation"

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Aug 2020

  • "The key code you gave us was incorrect ."

    Fortunately the owner warned us it may have not been updated so we were okay, if he had not then it would have been very frustrating as there is no phone reception there. A star for the owner but a failure on someone’s behalf. This is the fourth time to Beach down we love it and great owners too. We will return next year as the house and location is perfect although the narrow lanes to access it are a bit scary and beware your car will have Light verge scratches but it doesn’t put us off. The house is modern and airy and the welcome gift is really appreciated. A small beach is a few minutes walk away which is ideal when you have children. My view is 5 stars.

    Reviewed by Maiella4.7Aug 2020

  • "A lovely to place to have a get together with family and the beach is so close by."

    The only thing I would say is that the fridge is far too small for 8 people. It would be useful to have an additional fridge for drinks perhaps. The Fryer Tucks fish and chip shop by the beach did an excellent take away for us all one evening - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Aug 2020

  • "The house was ideally situated for visiting the local beaches it was very clean ..."

    The house was ideally situated for visiting the local beaches it was very clean and fully equipped for a family holiday we all agreed it’s somewhere we would come back to

    Reviewed by Dilys5.0Jul 2020

  • "This accomodation is absolutely stunning."

    The location was perfect and we could not fault a thing. We really had the most amazing time.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jul 2020

  • "The house was perfect for our family requirements"

    Reviewed by Shane4.7Aug 2019

  • "Beautifully light, modern and spacious property that is configured for a relaxing family holiday."

    You can get out on the warmth of the deck most days or out of the breeze on the upper roof. The South West Coastal Path is only a few hundred yards away too as an added bonus. We had a very happy week here.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2019

  • "Amazing house, close to the beach in a lovely quite area."

    Had a very relaxing holiday with all the family.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2019

  • "A fabulous new property which is accurately represented by the photos."

    A very well stocked kitchen with all the equipment you could possibly need. We stayed in early April, so the weather wasn't warm enough to take much advantage of the outdoor dining area or roof terrace, but I'm sure both would be great in summer. A great location for walks along the coastal path and some stunning views. The settlement is quite remote and approached along some steep and winding country lanes and it's some distance to a large supermarket - although there is a NISA very nearby and at least one supermarket chain delivers. Overall can highly recommend the property

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Apr 2019

  • "Overall 5 Beachdown was an excellent holiday rental for our family."

    However the first impressions of the site was not great. Your email sent 4 / 05 / 18 indicated that there was maintenance work progressing on site, when in fact there is construction of two additional properties in progress. This did not worry us other than the entrance and road is a bit rough. On reaching the property, again the first impressions were a little disappointing in that there are a number of weeds on the drive / parking area that really should be attended too and the front entrance needs a clean up. Internally the property was excellent and very well equipped, however the stair carpet could use a good clean as it was badly marked where I guess previous renters have spilled drinks carried down to the bedrooms and also the bathroom towels are a bit on the small side for anyone who has a large area to dry, but this is being picky. The location is great, the local shop well stocked and the beach lived up to expectation.

    Reviewed by M3.8Aug 2018

  • "Perfect holiday destination."

    Beautiful place to stay. Our welcome to the House was superb with flowers cake and locally sourced prosecco! The helpful holidays team had made everything easy and the instructions were easy to follow. Everyone has made our holiday really special. Thank you to Nick and Sarah who own the house Elaine who looks after the house and the Helpful Holidays team who facilitated our wonderful break. The whole experience has been brilliant making for a very relaxing happy holiday.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Jul 2018

  • "Fantastic house."

    Great features decking roof terrace electric blinds fab tv. Bags of room nice showers comfy beds and everything you need in a kitchen

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2018

  • "Spacious clean and everything you could need for a perfect stay right by beach."

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a great holiday at Beachdown and really enjoyed the surrounding area."

    I've only ticked Met Expectations because the description of the property by you was spot on and it did meet our expectations. thankyou.

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2018

  • "Lovely touches of fresh milk, a beautiful cake and prosecco greeted us on arrival!"

    Great house. We'll be back!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0May 2018

  • "Great location with lots of walks & areas to explore if weather good."

    Make sure you have a cream tea!

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Mar 2018

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  • Four ground floor bedrooms: 2 x king size double (one with en suite shower room with shower, WC, basin), 2 x twin (one with additional bed for alternative sleeping, the other can convert to super king double)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • First floor open plan living space with seating area, dining area and kitchen with bi-fold doors to deck.
  • Underfloor heating
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Blu-ray, DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • Note: Care should be taken with young children on the roof garden.

The property

Just 150 yards from the lovely sandy beach in Challaborough is this contemporary detached house in a little gated collection of 12.

Designed 'upside down' to create a light and spacious living area with a nautical theme, this is high quality and beautiful seaside accommodation with eco-friendly credentials.

From the hall, stairs sweep up directly into the stunning open plan living space where you can chill out in the comfy seating area, cook in the well equipped and fresh kitchen area and gather together around the central table for fun family meals.

You will find the four bedrooms on the ground floor, all peaceful and comfortable with stylish fabrics and clever bespoke blinds, together with the smart family bathroom tiled in cool limestone.

From the dining area you can fold back big doors on a sunny day to reveal the private terrace for enjoying alfresco meals and head up steps to an enclosed roof garden where you can stretch out on loungers and listen to the sea.

To enjoy the beach, you only need to wander out in wetsuits and flip-flops and you will find yourself on the big sandy Blue Flag beach where you can paddle, build sandcastles and surf or bodyboard.

For surfing tuition or hire, the popular surf school at Bigbury-on-Sea is just over the little headland.

If you don't feel like cooking, you can buy fish and chips in the summer from the café or a trip to nearby Ringmore is worthwhile for an excellent meal or a pint of real ale in its friendly, characterful pub.

Walkers will be in seventh heaven on the South West Coast Path or strolling across the sand to Burgh Island with its views from the ruined huers hut on the peak.

5 Beachdown is an excellent house in prime position for a fun family holiday by the sea.

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

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About the location


Bigbury-on-Sea 2.3 miles; Salcombe 11.9 miles; Plymouth 20.6 miles; Paignton 24.5 miles

Challaborough is a small village within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just one mile from the secluded beach and stunning cliffs of Bigbury Bay. Home to a well-stocked convenience store and a friendly local pub/restaurant, this village has all the essentials for a scenic escape to the South Devon Coast. The neighbouring towns and villages of Hope Cove and Salcombe are filled with soft sandy beaches, breath-taking vistas and enchanting local landmarks that tell of the rich local history. Be sure to explore attractions such as Warren Point, Wembury, the Woodlands Family Theme Park and Dartmoor Zoo, or visit the South Huish Wetlands Reserve and Western Beacon, before taking a tour of the landscapes with a relaxing journey on the 19th century steam train of the South Devon Railway. No trip to Devon is complete without an awe-inspiring hike along the imposing clifftops that line the South West Coast Path, home to a number of idyllic coves and beautiful backdrops, making this a picture-perfect backdrop for any type of self-catering stay. It's little wonder this peaceful village has become a firm favourite amongst many holidaymakers.

Note: Arrival strictly after 4pm.

Note: Electric usage is monitored. The charging of electric cars in ONLY permitted with prior arrangement with the owner regarding payment.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas