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Coach House Cottage

(Ref. 976169)

Strete, near Dartmouth, Devon Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is set in a pretty garden with fabulous views."

    The upstairs living room is well set out. The kitchen area has plenty of cutlery, crockery and pans. The fridge is a standard under the counter size with a small freezer box. The only thing missing appears to be a serated bread knife, the delicious local sourdough bread was a bit of a challenge to cut with the knives available. And the salt grinder was empty. The back right hand hob control is a little loose and the temperature is therefore a bit vague. There are no instructions for the oven which took a bit of trail and error before I got it working correctly. The two bedrooms are small but adequate. The bedding is of high quality, the duvets are lovely and warm. The shower is excellent and towels soft. The whole cottage has been furnished to a high standard with comfortable sofa, chairs and beds. The driveway is shared by two other properties. It is a bit awkward to drive into the parking space so may take a couple of manoeuvres. Exiting the property in either direction must be taken with care as there is a wall which restricts the road view slightly. I had looked at google maps before our visit and found excellent road views from Strete of the siting of the cottage. We took the road from Halwell direct to Dartmouth and then down the A379 to Strete, which we found to be a slightly better route for us, with a few single track squeeze points, even though it was longer than the directions given. There was only one thing we found not pleasant about the cottage. The were several reed scent diffusers in the cottage which were quite strong scented. These we had to put away in a cupboard as they made us cough. However, the smell of cold damp was obvious in the single bedroom without the diffuser. So we put one in the bedroom in the day when we were out, and removed it on our return. I appreciate that this is an old stone property and everything has been done to make the cottage as warm and comfortable as possible, but a previous reviewer had also mentioned the damp smell. This might be because in the colder months windows are not opened and the cottage is shaded by large trees.I would still recommend the cottage as it is a lovely property but maybe better in the warmer weather next time.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to give such thorough feedback on your stay at Coach House Cottage. Kitchen wise, apologies about the bread knife, there always has been one at the cottage as it is an essential item - the missing one has now been replaced. The cooker has now been fixed and oven instructions will be left in the kitchen area for visitors. Care does need to be taken when exiting the property onto the main road as it is quite a tight turn with limited vision. Thank you for your comments about the reed diffusers. We have changed these to a mildly scented aroma. We encourage visitors to open the windows in clement weather, leaving internal doors open also helps good airflow throughout the cottage, and using the central heating as appropriate. I hope that overall your stay at Coach House Cottage was enjoyable. With best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic views and great garden."

    More local info on walks etc would have been helpful & a turning mirror. The beds were too small for us.

    Hello and thank you for taking the time to feedback on your stay at The Coach House Cottage. There were a couple of books at the cottage on local walks etc so I will ask the changeover team to see if they have put put in an 'odd' place, or have 'walked' out of the cottage. We will ensue they are found or replaced. The turning is tricky, but manageable with patience and care! The size of the beds is stated on the cottage details, I hope this inconvenience did not detract from you stay at the cottage. With best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Oct 2023

  • "Overall, a lovely property in a breathtaking setting."

    Unseasonal weather was a bonus. Facilities good (except for slightly dodgy on-off on one cooker ring). Bedrooms just a little cramped - not the end of the world! Furniture comfortable, and garden extremely pleasant. Peaceful despite being on a main road, but exiting the property going northwards is mildly nerve-wracking. Good value for money.

    Hello and thank you taking the time to feedback on you stay at The Coach House Cottage. So glad you had some unseasonable good weather! Apologies about the cooker ring not working, and thank you for letting us know, this has now been repaired. The bedrooms are 'tight' due to the configuration of the cottage, but hope this did not lessen the enjoyment of your stay. So glad you were able to enjoy the garden. With best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Oct 2023

  • "What a delightful cottage, with views to die for across the bay."

    It was like our own home as soon as we walked in. So pretty, well appointed, the owners have thought of everything. The only thing missing (I forgot to buy one) was a dish cloth ! It was a brilliant find for my birthday treat. Thank you.

    Hello and thank you for your super feedback. I'm so glad that you had such a good stay for your birthday treat. Apologies about the missing dishcloth - it's a mystery as providing a clean dishcloth is certainly part of the changeover. I have let the changeover team know it was missing. With best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by V5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the coach house."

    There were a few possibilities for improvement (see below) but none of these detracted significantly enough from the stay for us to rate any less than 5 star! Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend Positive - lovely little property with a calming interior and beautiful views and very close to Strete Gate Beach (2 min drive) - 15 min drive from Dartmouth town - mostly clean - well stocked kitchen - matches, salt, pepper, coffee, tea, sugar and milk provided - plenty of dishwasher tabs provided. One washing machine tab provided. Also handy that there is a clothes dryer that we could use! - kitchen roll provided - tea towels provided (ignore Sykes cottages on this one!) - great garden space! Well kempt and beautiful - our daughter loved running around the space! - clever use of some space down stairs e.g coat rack and washing machine in toilet room! So whilst it is small, they have made good use of the space (just low on storage - see below( - random, but I love the seashell handle on the upstairs cupboard! Sweet little touch /. - Patrick responded helpfully and when a couple of items broke (not our fault) he kindly said he would fix Negative: - small fridge - but we made it work so it's not awful. Small freezer compartment was handy also - cobwebs on bed. And quite a few spiders/daddy long legs around! - lack of adequate storage space in bedrooms - not a lot can be done about this but helpful to make people aware - it would be helpful to have a safety mirror across road as it can be quite tricky coming out of the driveway, particularly when turning right Personal choices that would have made it a bit better - but I totally understand these are not everyone's requirements (I'm also writing this here so others know what they might need to pack!): - provide oil & butter - extra towels. I need one for body and one for hair - the hand towel just doesn't cut it for my hair - not enough toilet roll for 2 days - not sure if they are meant to provide but obviously this would be helpful - smal bowls (for snacks) and a bottle stopper (for fizz). Realise most people will not care about this, just would have been helpful for us and possibly some others? - Ice cube tray would have been nice Be aware, smoke alarm goes off if you have shower & door is open! Overall, this was a fantastic, truly memorable stay and we would encourage you to book if you are considering it!!

    Hello and thank you for taking the time to give some feedback after your stay at Coach House Cottage. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay ! Regarding your comments, the starter pack provided in the cottage is just that - so that people can make a cup of tea or coffee with milk and sugar when they arrive. Good to know that there were plentiful dishwashing tablets, we will ensure there are a couple of washing machine tablets as well. One new toilet roll will be provided. There are now 2 ice cube trays in the freezer compartment. With reference to towels, we find that one large bath sheet and a good sized hand towel is generally sufficient, it's hard to keep more towels dry for continued use. Regarding the cobwebs on beds, this is extraordinary to hear as we have excellent cleaners who go in on the day of arrival to clean and ensure everything is in order. Overall, we are you had a truly memorable stay and thank you for recommending a stay at Coach House Cottage. Best wishes - Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful location with the beach and many tourist spots on the doorstep."

    Hello and thank you for your wonderful positive feedback. I am delighted that you had a great stay at the Coach House Cottage and enjoyed all the lovely things to do in the area . With best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Estelle5.0Aug 2023

  • "I had this accommodation for my daughter and husband for their honeymoon Iv recently found out it was damp apparently the bed felt damp and their clothing like camping they said!"

    There was no information book also to seek advice therefore I cannot recommend this accommodation

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your daughter and son in law's stay at Coach House Cottage, and for the feedback that the bed and their clothing felt damp. This is not something that we have had any comments on in the past, and can only apologise that your daughter had this experience. I do hope your daughter put the heating on during their stay as the weather has been unreliable to say the least. There is an information sheet for guests about Coach House Cottage which is left out on the table in the sitting room . This information includes my mobile number in case of any queries or problems. Apologies if this information had been put in the drawer under the television with local information leaflets. We will ensure this information is left in a visible place. My mobile number is on the arrival information sent to guests by Helpful Holidays . I can only apologise that your daughter and son in law felt let down by their stay. Best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Jul 2023

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage Quality fixtures, fittings and interior design Lovely extra thoughtful touches such as washing machine tablets, dish washing tablets, tea/coffee & sugar provided."

    The upstairs living area is fantastic, gorgeous kitchen, good dining area & very comfy lounge area making good use of the stunning views, even though the property stands on the costal “A road” at night there is so little noise and you can hear the sea. Everything you possibly need & plenty of kitchen storage cupboards if you like cooking/eating in. (Which we do) the fridge is just an under counter one with only a small ice box so if you have done a full weeks/big shop (which we had) & want to have drinks in the fridge it’s quite a squash but we kept a cool box on the go by rotating freezer blocks & kept drinks in there so easily managed. The Garden is very private & beautifully maintained & a lovely place to sit in the late afternoon sun (slightly dabbled due to trees) The only reason given 4 stars & not 5 for comfort is the size of the goths floor, specifically the double bedroom. It does explain in the description that the bed is a recess but hadn’t appreciated quite how small it was with no room for bedside table/draws ……there is a very small thin table at one side & a very small corner shelf on the wall and then only a tiny closet for hanging a few clothes, there are no drawers at all. It is however decorated beautifully & has a wonderful/pretty full length window so very pretty. We didn’t have a 3rd person so we were able to use the chest & closet in the single bedroom, which was also very pretty. The bathroom is stunning & has a really good sized separate shower and a small stand alone bath. There is a good sized separate WC and wash basin, with a washing machine under the stair recess. Getting in & out of the property with the car (despite it being straight onto the A379) is easy due to the way the drive (that also serves the main house) has been configured if you manoeuvre it correctly, you can see on coming traffic whichever way you are going. Great central location for visiting/exploring the Start Bay Area, Kingsbridge & Dartmouth areas. We also thought we’d feel frustrated not being able to just walk down to Strete Gate beach across the field & below the property (no public path & you would not want to walk/cross the A379) however soon realised that we weren’t missing out (it would have been a hard steel climb back up) it’s a 2 minute drive down & no hassle at all, plenty of parking spaces & the parking is only £1 per hour. Overall this property is stunning & the only compromise is the bedroom space. We had a fabulous week despite mixed weather.

    Thank you for your positive feedback on Coach House Cottage. I am delighted that you had such a great stay and enjoyed all that the cottage and the local area has to offer. Regarding the bedrooms, they are small! We hoped the photos show a fair representation of both bedrooms, including the absence of 'proper' bedside tables in the double bedroom. I hope this didn't detract from your stay at all. Regarding the storage of clothes that would be put in a chest of drawers, thank you for flagging this. We will have a think about the option of some shelving in the wardrobe in this bedroom which would help guests. With best wishes, Patrick Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely property cleaned to a high standard."

    Comfy mattress and furnishings. Everything we needed in the kitchen was provided. Excellent bathrooms. Superb enclosed sun trap garden and even though it was a windy there was always a sheltered spot to relax. Even though the house is next to a road we were surprised how little we could actually hear the traffic. The sea was the background sound and was lovely to hear. We enjoyed our week and wouldn’t hesitate to return.

    Thank you for your positive review of Coach house Cottage, we will pass on your comments regarding the cleanliness to the cleaners. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and may return for another visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "The accommodation was immaculate with quality furnishings and housewares, and top notch bathroom fittings and underfloor heating."

    Good job we brought our own garden chairs as the ones provided had never seen wood preserver since their construction so didn’t want to risk any accidental damage. The garden itself was well-appointed if a little breezy which was ideal being way up on a hill overlooking the shingle beach. The road was much busier during our stay due to the fact that we did not receive updated information about main road closures from Totnes which made our journey two hours longer having to go via Plymouth then back up towards Kingsbridge. The closures were permanent for three weeks and our week was in the middle week. So we went as far as Salcombe and Kingsbridge going west and Dartmouth going east. Was hoping to meet relatives in Paignton but because of the key road closures it would have cost far too much to get the park and ride in Dartmouth then take the ferry and steam train to Paignton with the last train coming back around 4 o’clock, than going the long way round by car. The closure of an important main road was unfortunate and unavoidable but it would have been really helpful to have had some guidance instead of the usual road directions supplied in the email. We asked for help as we approached the surprise road closure sign but the exceedingly unpleasant garage assistant was quite rude and surly, making no eye contact and snarled at us, even though I bought petrol from her. The break itself was well enjoyed and the highlights included sitting on the very quiet beach at Strete, under perfect skies with the gentle sound of the waves lapping against the shingles. The pace was relaxed as an antidote to stress at work and we were also welcomed by a pint of milk thoughtfully left in the fridge. The log stove must be a source of comfort during the cold weather but we didn’t use it, although logs and kindling were provided. The log stove is located at the opposite end of the room to the comfy seats and tv but would appeal to those wanting a fire in winter. The central heating system was excellent and we used it chiefly for an hour or so in the evening The bedrooms are a bit confined for space but this didn’t impede any enjoyment and comfort. Slept very well on a comfortable bed with quality bed linen as well as the provision of thick fluffy towels. All in all I would recommend staying here if you want peace and quiet and are willing to travel to Kingsbridge or Dartmouth for quality restaurants. There are a few recommendations from other people who have stayed in the Coach House but alas the roads were closed to them. Be prepared to pay £28 for a basic fish and veg dish, £11 - £16 for luscious fish and chips (Codfather in Kingsbridge and the Wheel House in Dartmouth) and £18 for a burger, £3.80 for a single cone ice cream (recommend Salcombe dairy ice cream especially the chocolate honeycomb). Suitable for a couple or a couple and one other person.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2023

  • "Nice cottage, we enjoyed our stay very much."

    Some more items would be helpful and (additional) comfortable, for example seat cushions for the seats outside, a CD-Player or DVD-Player for entertainment, logs provided for the woodburner would be more comfortable, even against separate payment. All the rest was very nice! Especially views, facilities, really good wifi!

    Thank you very much for your review, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Coach House Cottage. It is always helpful to have comments about possible additional items for the property: there are now cushions for the outdoor furniture! We have considered a CD player and DVD player but feedback was that most folk use online streaming services . A starter basket of logs is provided and additional bags of logs can be purchased at the local shop in Strete, which is a little bit of hassle for guests but a good opportunity to visit the local shop! Delighted to hear that the wifi was up to scratch! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dirk4.1May 2023

  • "FANTASTIC! What a wonderful wonderful holiday we enjoyed in the coach house Strete , the idyllic Seaview location with miles of fabulous coastline in both directions meant it was perfectly placed for fabulous days out all week."

    The cottage was perfect , beautiful sea views and warm cosy accommodation with every detail thought of. We all enjoyed every comfort from the lovely bedrooms and extremely comfy beds , beautiful linen and towels to the lovely crockery and table ware. We are all keen and cooks in the kitchen meets all your needs. We enjoyed every evening in front of the roaring fire. The garden is gorgeous and despite being March we sat in it watching the sea. Our host texted with some fabulous tips on the local area and we enjoyed a brilliant meal at Beesands Sands and a morning at the what was the Dartmouth castle. The coach house really surpassed our expectation and met our every need. We all look forward to going back ❤️

    Thank you for your glowing review of Coach House Cottage. Your comments will be passed on to the team who ensure the high standards and attention to detail are maintained. We look forward to welcoming you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dagmar5.0Mar 2023

  • "It’s always sad to give negative feedback but we felt it is needed due to the high price of the accommodation, in comparison to other properties in the area for this time of year- new years period."

    The Coach House is lovely but very tired and in need of some love and care and attention. It was advertised: “Exceptionally well refurbished, it is romantic and elegant. Very special place to stay” In reality this was not the case. Please find constructive feedback below: - Arrived in darkness as the outside lights were not on / operable. Not a good welcome. - Key safe not secured and opened without the use of the code. - Mystery PJs left on back of bathroom door which at first look unnerved us thinking the place had not been made ready to occupy. - kettle did not work effectively due to element is on its way out. - on first view at night, every room looked nice and as presented in the pictures of the property. In daylight however, it became apparent that there was a lack attention to detail in regards to cleaning. I.e layer of dust behind beds, behind and under the bath, lamp shades had cobwebs. -Evidence of damp and mould was present by smell and visual in bathroom and main bedroom. -Towels and bed linen were not of a high quality, especially the bedding as it did not fit the mattress and had to be refitted every day.Towels were worn and harsh on use and all was very disappointing considering the expense related to the booking. Location is amazing, sea views and local amenities was fabulous. Overall, a very disappointing stay as we feel it was not value for money. We would have expected for a romantic break, a welcome pack / hamper of local produce as opposed to a Sainsbury’s Christmas pudding and mince pies and a net of cheap chocolate Brussels sprouts. Photographs can be sent to support.

    Thank you for your feedback which we always welcome and for bringing the linen and towels to our attention. We have booked the next few weeks out to review and improve the presentation of the cottage and have since purchased a new kettle as well as sorting out the outside lights. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the amazing sea views and location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lyndon3.1Dec 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our time at the cottage."

    It was very warm and cozy in an idyllic setting! Log burner was fantastic and easy to adjust for the perfect flame ! It does need a blind at the front door though , as the bathroom door is right near the front door. Kindest regards Jason and Jane x

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Dec 2022

  • "The Coach House Cottage is a very beautiful home made with great attention to detail."

    Well equipped and in a great location for exploring the coast and Devon. Many thanks to the hosts, as arrived late on the day of arrival but the lights were on, it was comfortably warm, it felt like coming home. We will be happy to recommend the house to others and will also be happy to come back!

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a stunning location."

    The cottage is very comfortable and well maintained. The views are stunning. The only downside is you can’t walk down to the beach as the road is too narrow and winding to be safe. It is only a short drive and there is plenty of parking. Well worth a visit to the lime cafe after a walk along the beach.

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Nov 2022

  • "Overall good but, Single bed very uncomfortable."

    Television and Radio reception absolutely hopeless could only access BBC 1. Needs to be upgraded to an Internet TV which would cover both. Fridge needs replacing door not closing as it should. Departure time completely unreasonable given that we were asked to take off bed sheets etc.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have been in contact with the property manager who will check the mattress on the single bed and the fridge door. Regarding the tv and radio, unfortunately the area does not have the best reception but the property manager is looking into having a more powerful broad band to then add a Smart TV which will have more channels. The check out time has now been amended to 10 am. We hope you will visit Coach House Cottage again for more lovely holidays. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.1Jul 2022

  • "Coach House Cottage was simply gorgeous."

    The design, layout and great use of space was second to none. Comfortable and immaculately clean. We enjoyed the outstanding views and sitting in the beautiful garden. Just perfect the weather was kind too. We would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage perfectly clean and well equipped with everything we needed."

    The chairs perfectly arranged to take in that breathtaking view out of each window. The bedrooms very comfortable. Beautiful little enclosed garden to enjoy we could not have enjoyed our stay anymore. The only constructive advice (not criticism the property is far too nice for criticism!)is that the pull out from the driveway onto the road is blind so could do with a traffic mirror on the opposite side so that you can see what is coming from the right. It is quite dangerous at times edging out with no vision of oncoming traffic.

    Reviewed by Hollie5.0May 2022

  • "We have been visiting South Devon for many years and this was the best cottage we have stayed at, and definitely the best location - even the weather was kind to us."

    Spotlessly clean, tastefully decorated, the cottage had everything we needed for a great holiday walking the coast path. Can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful warm cozy cottage with stunning views out to sea."

    Very clean with a modern cottage vibe. We found the bed small but we are used to a super king size - we had a lovely relaxing week and would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Apr 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the cottage is really comfortable, it is nicely furnished with quality fittings and unlike some places we have stayed in we didn't have to clean it first, it was lovely and clean."

    We enjoyed making it our home for a week. Thank you for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2022

  • "My wife and I chose this cottage for firstly the view and location."

    it is a special year for us and we’re looking for special. Special we found and a memory was made. The cottage was superbly appointed with all we needed in regards to equipment clean and tidy with a box of goodies from Jan who was very attentive. There was a small freezer in the top of the fridge which was perfect for our needs. This is a ‘Little Gem’ and we will be back. John and Sue

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2022

  • "A very nice cottage."

    Facilities were very good. Amazing views. Walking from the cottage is a little tricky as the road is very winding. But when you get to the coast road the walks are amazing.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jan 2022

  • "Double bed small and uncomfortable, duvet to small for bed."

    Rubbish and recycling arrangements unclear. Checkout time of 9am too early. No information on operation of appliances. Living accommodation excellent, also the bathroom. Freezer too small. Excellent location.

    Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that you found the freezer to be too small. We don't actually advertise the property as having a freezer, but the larder fridge does have an icebox. The bed is a standard double, and there is a local authority sheet detailing the bin collection information. We are pleased to announce that with the easing of restrictions, we have revised the check-out time to 9:30 and the check-in time to 3. We hope you choose to stay with us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.8Jan 2022

  • "We enjoyed our late Autumn break at Coach House Cottage."

    The sea views from the property are wonderful. The photographs of the kitchen do not do it justice - it is superb and very well equipped. The coastal themed decor is excellent and a lot of clever design touches have gone into the conversion. The only downsides for us were that space on the ground floor is tight, as is the car parking area outside. Unfortunately, taking a stroll from the property is hazardous because of the nature of the road, but this is balanced by the two minute car journey from the property to the beach below. Richard and Deborah, Truro, Cornwall

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Nov 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay here."

    It was very comfortable, very clean and beautifully furnished. It's well-equipped and all the kitchen appliances were easy to use (for once we didn't need an instruction manual to use the oven/hob!) It's close to some lovely beaches but on lazy days we enjoyed sitting in the well-kept garden and the sea views from the lounge. A really special place.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2021

  • "Not clean enough for me, considering how you are pushing the fact due to covid your cleaning is spot on, sorry not this time."

    I have never in all the years given you such a bad report.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this feedback, we take it very seriously and are sorry to hear this. Had you contacted us during your stay we would have happily arranged for the housekeeper to re-visit. We have brought this to the owner's attention and confirmed that there will be more attention to detail in the future. You will see from all previous feedback that this is a one-off comment and generally cleanliness is of an excellent standard. Aside from this we hope that you enjoyed your stay at Coach House Cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan2.8Jun 2021

  • "Comfortable, stylish home from home."

    Great spot for exploring the surrounding area. Wonderful ocean views. Hope to revisit!

    Reviewed by Christina5.0May 2021

  • "Excellent holiday; beautiful beautiful location with lovely views."

    The cottage was beautiful and decorated to a very high standard with beautiful fixtures and fittings. The bathroom was lovely and the quality of towels superb. We were able to sit outside in the garden which was lovely, very private. Just a little criticism- the food cupboards could have been cleaned a bit more thoroughly- and there were a few cobwebs around all the windows - some we couldn’t open. Having said that I’m probably being a bit picky. We would definitely go there again it was lovely, and so many lovely places to visit. Dartmouth and the river was stunning, a lovely town. Loved it.

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Sep 2020

  • "This cottage is lovely and nice small garden which doesn’t get much sun because of the trees."

    The only thing I found a little difficult was getting on and off the drive as it is rather tight As the drive goes to other property and you need to pull right round the wall the road outside is quite busy and not very wide so if you want to come off your drive and turn right it can be difficult I have no idea but apart from that it was beautiful I can highly recommend a stay at thisBeautiful cottage I can highly recommend a trip to Kingsbridge it is a beautiful place at the end of an estuary and also SalcombeBut my advice is to do the park-and-ride bus parking there is quite difficult also if you going to Dartmouth use the park-and-ride for there as well

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7Aug 2020

  • "All very good except we had many problems with the wi fi and spent some considerable time with Patrick and Open Reach trying to resolve but was service very poor throughout our stay."

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Feb 2020

  • "Fabulous cottage that benefits from being in an idyllic location, with lots to see, explore and experience in the beautiful Devon countryside."

    The only slight downside to our stay in order offer an opportunity for improvement to the cottage owners would be to equal the classy fixtures and fittings, a more modern entertainment system that would benefit the requirements of clientele that now desire/need in this internet age i.e. large screen SMART TV with iplayer / Netflix / NOW TV / Amazon Prime connectivity, rather than a small screen TV with just freeview that was provided. Thankfully, the adequate internet connection provided enabled our laptop to be connected to the TV to act as the medium to watch our favourite programmes and box sets.

    Reviewed by Gregory5.0Dec 2019

  • "Perfect for a couple."

    Will come again. Fire place made the Cottage cozy despite horrible weather.

    Reviewed by Sabine5.0Jun 2019

  • "The perfect getaway to regroup the mind."

    A very well presented property with excellent decor that is close to the beach and SW Coast Path. Strete is a mile or so walk to spend that lazy, Sunday Roast afternoon in the local pub. A local artist, (K. Lightfoot), exhibits her brilliant works there. Failing that, Slapton is equal in distance in the opposite direction. Dartmouth is a bus ride away to explore further, or Kingsbridge might take your fancy. With peace and tranquillity in abundance, you had best be quick to book as we intend to repeat our booking! M & K Killner, Southampton.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was hidden by a stone wall with no gates but a difficult parking area, having to be clear of the main drive but not block the entry into cottage."

    The garden was untidy and in need of attention. The cottage was not clean, soap scum on both wash basins from previous tablet soap. Dust everywhere, so deep on the rim of the bath you could write in it. My husband dropped a pill and when we saw the dust under all the furniture finding it we were disgusted. I self cater because I have a compromised immune system due to medication, so we thoroughly cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms before we could use them. This wasn’t the holiday I hoped for. Sorry I know it’s actually with another cottage company but for your reputation I feel you should check things more. They even state that if you are not out of the cottage by 10:00 there is a charge as the time is needed to clean for the next tenant, I ask clean! One other point no recycling tou have to find a local recycling centre, need I say more, Sykes you let me down. ***Owner Response*** We were upset to read your feedback as we usually receive such positive reviews. We had noticed the grass in the garden was looking over grown, the gardener will now trim it shorter so it lasts longer between visits. Thank you for taking the time to leave us this feedback, we will take all of your comments on board.

    Reviewed by Molly2.2May 2019

  • "The cottage feels more like a home than a holiday let."

    Top quality fixtures and fittings and decorated to a high quality. Stunning location.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2019

  • "Outstanding property, furnished to a high standard."

    House is located in a lovely area. Great local pubs, restaurants and beaches. Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmouth within a 30 minute drive. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Apr 2019

  • "Firstly the lovely surprise of flowers , milk , and biscuits , tea as well now what more could you ask for after a four hour journey!"

    It was warm, comfy and had exceptional facilities .The cottage was spick and span in fact the cleanest we have been to, and wonderful views from the lounge. it was so peaceful yet not isolated.The kitchen was very well equipped as well , in fact we wanted for nothing .The coach house cottage is exceptional and I must also thank Jan for the way she looks after it. Many thanks for a lovely lovely holiday which was much needed , thank you again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2019

  • "I have just returned back from an amazing week at the Coach House at Strete."

    The accommodation was beautifully appointed, the decor stunning and all mod cons you need. I definitely recommend staying in this property. To wake up to the views of the ocean was amazing.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Mar 2019

  • "Very clean and well appointed."

    Heating was good and you needed it in January Double bedroom small but manageable. You would not be disappointed with this property.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jan 2019

  • "Although the weather was bad and we didn’t go out much the views out of the windows were fantastic."

    A great place to relax and chill out

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2018

  • "A comfortable cottage in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Nov 2018

  • "The cottage was perfect with everything one needs and more."

    The kitchen had really everything one could think of.

    Reviewed by Martina4.7Sep 2018

  • "We had a relaxed week with a lot of sunshine."

    Nice costal views and beach nearby. Good pubs in Dartmouth and Stoke Fleming.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Sep 2018

  • "We arrived late at night and the views in the moonlight were stunning and after many years you actually see the Stars just spectacular just like were in a planetarium , and in the Morning after a good night sleep were taken back and overwhelmed by the spectacular views which we just could not comprehend and could not take our eyes away from ."

    The Coach house , was so comfortable and all the furnishings were to a very high standard we would highly recommend to stay not just for the views but the lovely little villages and shops lined up upon the way so friendly and helpful , we loved Dartmouth and the boat trip to Greenway the home to Agatha Christie , just stunning we loved Devon and I could write all day long of our time and places we visited in our Stay at the Coach House and Beautiful Devon

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Aug 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday in Coach House Cottage."

    The garden was enchanting. We had our breakfast there everyday. The house was clean but there were quite a lot spiders but they were harmless. Everything was nicely decorated. Over the bridleway we reached the beach in 20 Minuten where the Lime Coffee is. Great coffee and cake.

    Reviewed by Kathrin5.0Jul 2018

  • "It's a lovely cottage in a beautiful location and we enjoyed our stay there - though it isn't really convenient for shopping for groceries as the nearest supermarket is some miles away in Totnes or Kingsbridge; nor is it particularly suited as a centre for touring the area generally due to the distance to major roads."

    The facilities were good, though one practical suggestion would be to provide a better fridge (one with a freezing compartment and more shelves would have been helpful given the journey required to a supermarket for groceries).

    Reviewed by Somerled4.1Jun 2018

  • "The property was excellent quality, well equipped and furnished and in a very good location."

    Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Trudy5.0Apr 2018

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing week in Coach House Cottage."

    The property is beautifully furnished and equipped and very comfortable and cosy. So much attention to detail and the provision of flowers, biscuits and milk was a welcome surprise. We arrived on a lovelyl sunny afternoon but by Sunday evening the snow and gales cut off access for a few of days. However the cottage is so cosy it was not a problem, we loved sitting and looking out over the sea and listening to the waves. Enjoyed walks along the beaches at Strete Gate and Blackpool Sands, and also walks across to Slapton and Torcross. Everyone is so friendly. The local shop was useful for emergency supplies and,we really enjoyed the food and the friendliness of the staff at Venus Cafe at Blackpool Sands, and at The Laughing Monk. A beautiful property in a stunning part of the country and we will definitely consider returning. Many thanks to everyone at Helpful Holidays.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2018

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin
  • Ground floor cloak room with WC and basin; utility area with washing machine
  • First floor open plan living space with seating area with wood burning stove, dining area and kitchen.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, washer-dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi, Phone incoming calls only, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Enclosed garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: in the double bedroom, the room narrows into the recess where the bed is located as shown in photo 12
  • Note: This property does not accept Children under the age of eight years old

The property

This beautiful Grade II listed cottage converted from a 19th century coach house, half a mile from the centre of Strete, set above the A379 between Slapton and Dartmouth.

Exceptionally well refurbished by an experienced designer, it is romantic and elegant accommodation on a stunning coastline.

From the front door, head upstairs to the open plan living space, all light and calm with natural fabrics and views to Start Point and the River Dart estuary.

Due to the age and character of the property please note that the staircase is quite narrow with a curve at the top leading into the sitting room.

The seating area is cosy with a wood burning stove, a lovely place to sit and chat to the cook in the gently curving kitchen area.

The two comfortable bedrooms are downstairs, each individually designed.

You can enjoy the same fabulous views from the garden, which is good sized and enclosed and has a lawn for sunbathing and a patio where you can eat outdoor meals.

Stroll down into Strete to eat out at the restaurant or head into Dartmouth for a choice of seafood eateries and a cinema and trips on boats and the steam railway.

Whether you are a serious hiker or a stroller, the coastal vistas along the South West Coast Path are not to be missed, with blue and golden Blackpool Sands, a secret cove and the crescent of beach and nature reserve at Slapton Sands.

Coach House Cottage is a very special place to stay.

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

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About the location


Dartmouth 4.8 miles

Strete is a village looking over Start Bay just south of Dartmouth. The hills and countryside that encircle the village to the west converge on the memorable coastline forming one of the most visually striking images in the South Hams. There is a post office and general store in the village along with a lovely church plus the well renowned Laughing Monk restaurant. There is a small community area where you can picnic and walk your dog with its wildlife section and notable views of Start Bay. A few short miles in either direction brings you to the magical crescent shaped family beach at Blackpool Sands and the three mile stretch of Slapton Sands. Dartmouth lies on the banks of the beautiful River Dart estuary in the popular and picturesque South Hams area of South Devon. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to the coast, Dartmouth is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Devon.

Note: Sorry, no short breaks
Note: Parking for one car at the property
Note: This property does not accept short breaks
Note: This property does not accept Children under the age of eight years old