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The Keel Row

(Ref. 1059191)

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • property (8)
  • views (6)
  • stay (5)
  • all (5)
  • bathroom (4)
  • estuary (4)

13 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was in a stunning location with fabulous views across the estuary."

    It was clean, comfortable, very well equipped with plenty more than the 4 of everything that we have encountered in other properties. There was plenty of seating both inside and out. We loved the charm of the slightly dated family house, with many original features. It had real character. It hasn`t had the holiday home makeover that so many places have had. We could have spent most of the week just looking at the view! There was occasionally a slight smell from the en-suite which we had read about in a previous review. As those people did, we just used the bathroom and informed the office on leaving. The occupants in the flat above need to be advised that sound carries down. Putting simple felt discs on the kitchen chairs would help a great deal to cushion the sound of them as they are moved across the floor.

    Thank you for your positive revue. We have worked hard to create a holiday home with real character, so it is rewarding for us to see this remarked on. The slight smell from the en-suite has now been rectified, so thank you for bringing this to our attention. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Aug 2023

  • "Keel Row is wonderful."

    We stayed for 5 nights and didnt want to leave. The flat is a real home from home with all you need provided. The view from the terrace and sun room is to die for. I had read a previous review regarding the shower hot water and also a sewrage smell in the bathroom but still booked to stay and i have to say that there were no issues with these at all. I understand that should any issues arise, sykes come in to deal with them straight away. Please note though that if you have mobility problems, the flat has several steep steps to it and also the walk back from the town is up a steep incline too. We will definitely be back again and highly reccommend it.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2023

  • "Boiler seemed to make a constant dripping noise and hot water not readily available."

    On the plus side fantastic views. Needs to be mentioned that its not easy to walk to the beach, as its a fair way and steep hills, especially with beach gear.

    Reviewed by Julia3.4Jun 2023

  • "Comfortable property with all amenities"

    Feb 2023

  • "The online photos flattered the property as presented to us."

    The ratings above whilst harsh, we feel are justified in this instance. The main issue we had was intermittent 'pulses' of foul smelling sewerage in the main bathroom. We reported this to Coast and Country Cottages but they were unable to trace the cause on their one daytime visit. We weren't surprised as we'd been keeping all external doors and windows open for ventilation. As mentioned, the smell was intermittent but did seem to occur mostly (but not exclusively) early evenings. We tried to isolate the possible cause by association with what we'd just done but that didn't help. The en suite macerator has warnings about placing inappropriate articles down it. Quite understood. As we don't like this type of toilet and there being only two of us, we restricted our toilet use to the conventional system in the bathroom. By mid week, we were so fed up with this sewerage problem, we minded to cut short the holiday. However, Wednesday (bizarrely) was OK smell-wise, so we didn't leave. On Thursday we had a particularly strong 'pulse' which confirmed our leaving decision. On Friday morning we popped down to Coast and Country to let the know we were leaving prematurely and why. We'd left shortly after midday. From what we could see, the property has not been let this week; this time should really be used to determine what's causing the problem. Overall, a disappointing experience which didn't reflect well on Sykes Cottages or Coast and Country Cottages in terms of monitoring the state of properties they advertise and maintain. It is the first time we have booked with these companies. Clearly, we now have reservations about using them again.To end on a positive note, the Coast and Country staff were very polite and understanding.

    Many thanks for taking the time to send through your thorough feedback, I can only apologise that the property was not satisfactorily presented on arrival. When you initially reported the smell we attended that same day and at this time we attended there was no smell present, therefore we used some drain unblocker and hoped that the problem had been rectified. Unfortunately we now know that the smell is intermittent and will be sending a plumber to do a thorough investigation. We are disappointed to read that you have reservations about using us again, we pride ourselves on Customer Service and we have clearly fallen short on this occasion. We do hope you had a lovely holiday despite the matters raised and enjoyed all that Salcombe has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve2.5Oct 2022

  • "Keel Row is a great property, with stunning views and close to the main attractions in Salcombe."

    Yes, it is up a big hill, but this means there are some great views of the whole estuary, with plenty of light coming into the house whilst still very quiet. The house itself had everything we needed for a week's stay for our family of four, with all the amenities needed. It is also very helpful to have easy access off-street parking.

    Reviewed by Henry5.0May 2022

  • "Keel Row is an exceptional property with fantastic views of the estuary and sea from the conservatory and balcony."

    It is at the top of a very steep hill so going into Salcombe is easy but walking back up is not for the faint hearted, although the bus service does stop right outside the property. It has all the equipment that you would want for your stay and we were more than happy with our two weeks holiday.

    Reviewed by June4.7Sep 2021

  • "I’ve already sent feedback, many problems with apartment, very slow in getting satisfaction"

    Reviewed by Paul3.1Sep 2021

  • "The apartment was very well kept, comfortable and had very good facilities."

    Despite some previous reviewers complaining about cleanliness we found it fine. We had an issue with the pump in the en-suite bathroom which got worse over the week. We rang on the Friday morning and a plumber arrived Friday afternoon and sorted it. We should have rung earler! Appears a previous 'tenant' had put something they shouldn't down the loo, despite the clear warnings not to do so. The reason we only gave 3 out of 4 for the Accuracy of the Listing was that, although the notes did mention the steps up to the front door, we were surprised at how steep they were. Quite scary carrying heavy suitcases back down, although there is a handrail. Also the property was up very steep hills from the town (we did not know Salcombe), so by the time we got back in to the apartment we were exhausted! We are fit and healthy early 70's used to walking, but anyone who was not would really struggle with this property I think. Certainly would not be suitable for young children or for less agile people.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Sep 2021

  • "The property is a great size for a family of four and the views from the terrace and sun room are second to none."

    There is a smell of damp in the hallway and twin room of the property and whilst I realise that the property is old and built into the hillside, I can’t help thinking that perhaps more could be done to help alleviate the problem, thus reducing the smell. Otherwise it was a lovely property and we would stay again if only they would accept pets. Because of this, we have booked a different property for our next stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2021

  • "The property can do with a deep clean, which i was suprised this was not carried out through the lockdown, we entered the property and we found that it had not been cleaned properly after the last guest, the cooker top was covered in fat, table cloth had not been wiped over ,the dining table in the garden room was covered in crumbs, floor had not been swept or moped, the list can go on."

    ....., the water pressure to the showers was awfull, and to finish it off we had to contend with the tenants upstairs walking around on hard flooring which was like a herd of elephants, and there friends had arrived for a couple of days and i felt that i was in the room with them, laughing, chatting and the dog barking,the cost of the property was not cheap and i would have expected a better standard of cleaning.

    Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay. We were so sorry to hear that the cleanliness fell short of our usual standards and please be assured all your comments have been passed to the cleaning team to address. We can confirm that following your stay, a plumber was arranged and has rectified the water pressure concern. Thank you again for your comments and we hope that we can welcome you back to the area soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah1.9Jun 2021

  • "Excellent location, fantastic views from the terrace and conservatory across the estuary."

    Will definitely come back! Only drawback was the showers often ran too hot or too cold and the neighbours in the flat above had a dog pounding around that was very intrusive, also the conservatory roof leaked like a sieve in heavy rain

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback, we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay at The Keel Row. We are very grateful for your comments and have passed them onto the owners who will look in the points you have raised. The owner has informed us that the flat upstairs has just had new flooring which we believe will eradicate any noise. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that we can welcome you back to the area again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eamonn5.0May 2021

  • "Fantastic location pictures do not do it justice."

    The apartment was equipped with everything you could need for an amazing stay. It is ideal for a chilled relaxed break. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2021

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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.


  • Elevated ground-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric fire and sofa bed
  • Two designated off-road parking spaces
  • Charcoal BBQ available (fuel not provided). Conservatory with spectacular views
  • Gas central heating and electric fire
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Sofabed linen on request
  • Terrace with furniture and barbecue, glorious views of the estuary, creek, and out to sea
  • Conservatory with stunning views
  • Small rear courtyard
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Strictly No Smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Children to be supervised on the terrace at all times
  • Note: There is a flight of steps to access to this property, which may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • The use of candles is strictly prohibited
  • Strictly no stag/hen or same sex bookings.

The property

Resting in an elevated position above the spectacular Salcombe Estuary, with views towards Small’s Cove, Mill Bay and to the open sea, is this lovely apartment, The Keel Row, part of Propeller House.

Just a short stroll away from the action of Salcombe's centre, this delightful abode offers a group of up to six a superb holiday home in Salcombe, Devon.

Park up in the two allocated parking spaces before venturing up the steps to your home-from-home, stopping to admire your idyllic surroundings and unrivalled views before discovering the beauty from within the property.

Find the twin bedroom to your left while the master king-size bedroom sits on the right, hosting its own en-suite shower room, and each room boasting comfortable furnishings and linens for the perfect self-catering stay.

The master bedroom offers beautiful views from its access onto the terrace, where you can sit out and enjoy your morning coffee in serenity.

The property also has a family bathroom where you can take a warm, relaxing soak after a day in the salty sea, before unwinding amidst the warmth of the electric fire in the more traditionally-styled sitting room, also boasting a double sofa bed to allow for two more small guests to join you on your travels.

Leading on from the sitting room is the sunny conservatory where you can sit back and enjoy a good book and the stunning views, before venturing into the kitchen/diner to prepare a hearty meal for your loved ones, a good range of appliances to assist you, with plenty of room for little helpers to get involved at the dining table too.

When you can tear yourself away from this beautiful base, gather your wetsuits from the rear courtyard and head out for a day of adventure; follow the road into Salcombe's centre to be met by a host of enticing attractions and amenities, with plenty of pubs, cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy a celebratory dinner and even sample some fresh seafood, as well as a scatter of stores to pick up some snacks for a picnic on the beach.

Discover the rich history of the area and the Salcombe Maritime Museum, before visiting the two beautiful beaches in the area, North Sands and South Sands, with plenty of opportunities for paddling and sandcastle building, as well as a range of watersports available for those feeling more adventurous including paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, surfing and much more, while a more relaxed voyage can be encountered on a ferry ride from Whitestrand to South Sands.

Explore the National Trust wonder of Overbeck's, the 1913 Edwardian-style home of inventor Otto Overbeck, here you can find stunning subtropical gardens to explore, and quirky art and history collections to discover; it's well-worth the visit.

The National Trust owned South Milton Sands is also just a scenic drive away; home to the iconic Thurlestone Rock archway, golden sands, rockpools and plenty more, it's a true marvel awaiting to be discovered.

In reach of Bantham, Dartmouth and even Plymouth too, there's no better choice than The Keel Row for your coastal escape to Devon.

The bed settee can accommodate 2 extra guests, please advise when booking if bedlinen for the bed settee is required.

The terrace is not suitable for unsupervised young children.

The use of candles is strictly prohibited

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Kingsbridge 7 miles; Dartmouth 21 miles; Plymouth 24 miles; Paignton 26 miles.

Salcombe is a popular destination for walkers and families looking for a holiday by the sea and was once a major port. There are two pretty beaches within a short distance, North Sands and South Sands and further on is the National Trust property Overbeck’s where you can wander through the subtropical gardens. Why not have a more adventurous day and try out the watersports available on the estuary including surfing, kayaking or a more leisurely boat trip? Whilst staying in Salcombe you must take advantage of the locally sourced seafood which is served in many of the restaurants, pubs, cafés and delicatessens. The southern tip of Devon provides some spectacular scenery and picturesque vistas with a number of sandy beaches, lovely villages with thatched cottages and some fantastic opportunities for walking, including the South West Coast path.

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The terrace is not suitable for unsupervised young children.

Strictly No Smoking

Strictly no Hen/Stag or single sex bookings.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas