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16 Bolt Head

(Ref. 994819)

Salcombe, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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  • property (10)
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  • location (8)
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  • lovely (5)

25 Customer Reviews

  • "There were no trash bags, The single beds were too soft causing back pain."

    The heater in the living room was not working. The shower head tubes in both showers leaked. The first two days there was not twenty four hour hot water as promised by Sykes. Black mould growing in the en suite shower. The location was amazing with lovely views and access to South Sands.

    Reviewed by Timothy3.1Oct 2023

  • "16 Bolt Head (Winkle Cottage) is in an excellent location, only 100 yards or so from the beach at South Sands, a slightly longer walk uphill to Overbeck Gardens (beautiful) and on the doorstep of the westward coastal path."

    The roads accessing this property are very narrow, steep and winding. This entails much jousting with oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Needless to say once the car was parked, that’s where it stayed. If you don’t wish to cook then South Sands beach has the South Sands Hotel, Harbour Beach Club Hotel (both pricey) and Bo’s Beach café (better value). A further pleasant walk to North Sands beach will get you to The Winking Prawn which is well worth visiting for food or coffee. We preferred this. Salcombe itself is a brisk 35 minute walk away. Within the complex there is a lovely viewing point with a seat only 30 yards from the house. The property is good holiday accommodation and I would certainly use it again simply for the location. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils, the lounge/dining area was comfortable as were the bedrooms. The en-suite is large and very convenient, while the bathroom felt a little cramped, but adequate. The outdoor area is located in a courtyard (with some greenery), but is not secluded. There is a footpath at the end of the patio area which other residents use to access the rear car park. Storage space in the main bedroom is good, though a few more hangers would not go amiss. In the second bedroom it is inadequate for two adults but is probably enough for two children. In the third bedroom – what storage? The worst part of the experience was the “allocated” parking space. The description warns that it is sloping back to front but what it doesn’t say is that it also slopes down very much at one front corner i.e. tilted (which makes parking trickier) and the bay is very narrow with a low wall on one side. Had there been a vehicle in bay 17 then I would not have been able to exit the car once parked. Also my wing mirrors would have fouled the wall had I not spotted this and closed them before entering the bay. The only solution is to find a parking slot for an empty property and hope no-one else turns up. I have few other adverse comments, none of which spoiled our stay. I imagine that the owners are aware that there are problems with the extractor fans, because these were turned off at the isolating switches. The ensuite fan doesn’t function when the isolator is turned on, while turning on the bathroom fan results in a terrible smell akin to that of a refuse vehicle – only ten times worse. The owners need to sort out who is responsible for emptying the vacuum cleaner. Like good clients we cleaned the property at the end of our stay, as requested. The vacuum cleaner (a good one) was very ineffective and smelled. On opening it I discovered that the bag hadn’t been emptied for months, possibly years. It was so full it looked pregnant. There were no replacements bags so I proceeded to empty it through the tiny hole. This took a good 30 minutes because in addition to much dust, the contents were mainly hair and fibres, all of which had to be pulled out. The cleaner worked well after this attention. Owners please note – reduced rental for me next time!! Finally, the instructions, while comprehensive and clear are somewhat out of date. For example, clients are asked to strip beds and to place bedding and towels in the red bag provided and also (elsewhere in the instructions) in the black bags provided. There were no bags provided. We just bunged them in the bath! I had better re-emphasize “It is a good place to stay”.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.1Sep 2023

  • "Just finished our 2nd visit in 2 years and another great holiday."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2023

  • "This is a comfortable property and we have enjoyed staying here over the years."

    We liked the new TV and watched lots of Wimbledon! Thanks for replacing the kettle and tea strainer so quickly. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2023

  • "Nice location - shame we couldn’t see the sea!"

    Facilities and furnishings pretty basic Very rainy when we stayed - not much to do in the house eg only one tv which was very old and limited channels (none in bedroom) no media entertainment for kids, a simple board game. Heating and hot water didn’t work - no information folder about how to get it to work - so we went without for 2 days! Coast and country acted pretty quickly when we did contact them- so better after that. Shame there was only one double bed. Parking space on a hill not accessible for a big car so luckily we used next doors:) All in all it was ok and in the summer a great location near to the beach.

    Reviewed by Jenny2.8Oct 2022

  • "We have stayed in the house several times as it is pleasant and in a good spot (nostalgic for us) but the same problems persist."

    There is a problem with hot water, not hot in the morning and having to rely on the booster. Certainly insufficient hot water when 5 people stay. The bedding is tired and thread bare and needs replacing. Oven utensils need replacing. This time all the upstairs lights fused and the fuse box was not apparent. The parking space is unusable due to the severe slope. We will not stay in the property again until the issues have been corrected. On the plus side, the property was cleaner than in the past and C&C staff were courteous and helpful.

    Reviewed by Michael3.1Sep 2022

  • "The holiday property was outstanding but the parking slot for no16 let the property down as I couldn’t get my car on the space."

    Reviewed by Lewis4.4Jun 2022

  • "It would help if it was made clear how difficult a road it is to Bolthead."

    Also the parking space is appalling the camber on the space is so severe that it is very difficult to park . We were very fortunate that the neighbouring property had two spaces and let us use one of theirs. When someone has a large car trying to get in the space the camber causes your car to go on three wheels., which was dangerous and worrying.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.4Sep 2021

  • "Much better to be able to speak to the Salcombe team instead of a call centre somewhere else."

    Appreciated quick response of a plumber to sort out the dishwasher and shower. Generally clean but the carpet was full of sand.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Jul 2021

  • "The house is large, bright and well appointed, bathrooms are a very good standard."

    A downside was the night storage heaters which aren’t easy to understand so the house was cold on occasions. There didn’t appear to be any instructions. The allocated parking space for 16 was impossible to use for our car which is low to the ground. It is constructed on such an angle and a dip that we scraped the front of the car. Luckily the apartment complex wasn’t busy so we used someone else’s space and left a note. The house is a brisk 45 minutes walk from Salcombe up and down some very steep hills which was fine for us but not suitable if you’re unable to do this. It’s very well positioned for the lovely coastal path walks, again very hilly. Ps, although mentioned in previous reviews, there is still no bottle opener/corkscrew

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We were really pleased to read that the property was comfortable for your stay. We were sorry you had some difficulty with the parking arrangements but were pleased you were able to resolve this during your stay. We do look forward to welcoming you back soon. Coast and Country Cottages on behalf of, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7May 2021

  • "The cottage was very comfortable, well furnished and attractive paintings and ornaments ."

    It was in a good location with parking.The only thing missing was a corkscrew and instructions on the night storage heaters.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2020

  • "Overall standard of accommodation and excellent location."

    Very quiet and peaceful with easy access to coastal path and beaches

    Reviewed by Francis4.7Sep 2020

  • "A very comfortable house with excellent facilities."

    Reviewed by Henry Colin5.0Sep 2019

  • "As in previous years, a very enjoyable stay."

    We were concerned to find the property had been booked for our usual dates (which are earlier than the ones we booked this year) before we even arrived for our holiday this year.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Jul 2019

  • "Lovely very well appointed"

    Mrs Louise HarrisJun 2018

  • "A lovely property!"

    We loved our stay.

    Nov 2017

  • "Nice spacious and clean property."

    The parking lot allocated is on a steep slope and adjacent to a wall. It is physically impossible for a SUV to fit in the space. I just used another space without any problems. Building work is ongoing on a property nearby whilst there is planning application pending for an adjacent propert. With this in mind and the renovation of a hotel at South Sands in 2016 I expect a lot of construction traffic on the narrow roads next year.

    Mr DAVID FliggSep 2015

  • "Excellent location, comfortable and well-equipped property overlooking South Sands and situated on the South-West Coast Path."

    Just a minor niggle - information on the water hearing and other facilities could have been presented more accessibly to avoid a trawl through files and manuals.

    Jul 2015

  • "We will certainly be staying here again,it was just perfect ,everything we needed to make it a perfect holiday."

    Sep 2014

  • "Ideal location, spacious apartment - no complaints at all."

    Would have been Excellent with a slight Tech upgrade (eg Broadband, an HDMI/USB input on the TV, remote for the DVD player)!

    Sep 2014

  • "Accommodation exceeded expectations"

    Aug 2014

  • "Very disappointed with the parking very steep and limited area to open doors."

    Aug 2014

  • "What a fabulous apartment and location location location Wow !"

    Aug 2014

  • "We have not visited yet so cannot comment."

    May 2014

  • "Oh this property was a real find and it feels like a second home - only wish it was!"

    It is just below our friends family home and we have the perfect family holidays there.

    Apr 2014

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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.


  • Two-storey town house
  • Three bedrooms: 1x King-size with en suite shower room, 1x twin and 1 x single
  • Family bathroom
  • Cloakroom with w.c
  • Open plan sitting/dining room
  • Kitchen.
  • Electric storage heaters and hot water supplied via an immersion tank. Neff appliances including 5-ring halogen hob, electric oven, microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. Smart TV with Freeview
  • Wifi provided
  • Allocated parking for one car
  • Please note that the main allocated car park has a 1.9m height restriction
  • Limited visitors parking available
  • All duvets, pillows, linen and towels (except those for the beach) are provided
  • Good-sized private paved terrace with patio table and chairs
  • Strictly No Smoking

The property

Situated above the golden sandy beach of South Sands with spectacular views over the Salcombe estuary, this two-storey town house is tastefully furnished and equipped throughout.

The private front entrance leads into a hallway of which there is a cloakroom with w.c and wash-hand basin.

There is also a useful cupboard for coats and shoes.

The hallway leads into the large, attractive lounge with double French doors that lead out on to the terrace, complete with patio furniture.

The open plan sitting/dining area has two sofas, occasional furniture and a dining table and chairs for six guests.

At the front of the house and adjacent to the dining area is the fully fitted kitchen with oak units and a full range of Neff appliance.

Stairs from the hallway lead to the first floor.

Three bedrooms in total.

The master bedroom has a King-size bed, fitted wardrobes and a fully tiled en suite shower room with large shower cubicle, wash-hand basin and w.c.

The second bedroom offers two single beds with bedside units and views out across South Sands from the window.

The third comprises of a good-sized single bed.

In addition to the en suite is an elegant, fully tiled family bathroom with bath, shower (over) vanity unit with basin and w.c.

Outside is a fenced terrace to the rear of the house with table and chairs, ideal for al fresco dining, and allocated parking for one.

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

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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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Please note that the main allocated car park has a 1.9m height restriction. the parking space is sloping please contact the office for more information.

Please be aware, due to the nature of the town, several of our properties are situated up hills. Please contact our reservations team if you would like more information about the location of this property.

For guests wishing to use EV charging please contact the office to confirm how to register for this, the EV charging ports are shared with other apartments at Bolt Head.

Strictly No Smoking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas