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Strete, near Dartmouth, Devon Show on map


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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Great property."

    Ideal place to celebrate Christmas with a family Only issue was the heating - we couldn't get it right. It was either too hot or freezing cold. Not sure what we were doing wrong. Well equipped - except for the lack of sharp knives for cutting vegetables and meat. Host was superb, easy to contact, prompt in his responses. We left an item behind and the host was very helpful in returning it to us.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Dec 2023

  • "Thanks for a lovely holiday, Skerries is a wonderful property & the perfect size for the 8 people in our part the views are brilliant, ( weather permitting)."

    A few points to bring up regarding maintenance, the first being the tap in the kitchen is loose & makes it difficult to use & putting strain on the fittings that could fail. There were a few other points but mainly general wear and tear. Other than that we would highly recommend Skerries for a holiday.

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Sep 2023

  • "Very disappointed as there wasn’t any hot water for several days (4) until maintenance fixed it!"

    This was not satisfactory with 3 grandchildren! We also had to buy new frying pans as the ones supplied were discussing and the oven needed a good clean too!

    Reviewed by Robert3.1Jul 2023

  • "We were very fortunate to be able to stay at Skerries commencing 21."

    4.23. It is clear that the owners respect the guests by providing such a fabulous place to stay. The property, appliances and furniture are all very good quality. It’s very spacious and such a very well equipped kitchen. It was cleaned to a high standard too. The views out to sea are spectacular. It is situated in easy reach to many beautiful beaches. The village pub provided a lovely anniversary/ 60th birthday lunch. I cannot recommend this property enough. We truly hope to return next year. Thank you.

    So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Skerries so much. We would look forward to welcoming you back any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "10 of us have just had a wonderful 5 day Christmas break at the Skerries."

    The house was clean and very comfortable and extremely well equipped . A large decorated Christmas tree was provided and other decorations distributed around the house. The views from the large windows are spectacular over farmland to the sea. A few minutes walk brings you to the local post office/general store and the very friendly and welcoming pub serving good food. I have no hesitation in recommending the Skerries and would love to return.

    Delighted to hear you had a wonderful Christmas break at Skerries. We would be more than happy to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2022

  • "A beautiful property in a stunning location."

    Amazing views and a perfect place for watching the sunrise. A very well kept and maintained property, with everything you could possibly need. Will definitely be returning. Thank you

    Thank you for your comments Delighted to hear you enjoyed Skerries We very much look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nina5.0Nov 2022

  • "Lovely area, very good local pub (great Sunday roast) and shop."

    Property is very beautiful, however for our stay at least, it was a case of style over substance as we found the house very uncomfortable. A formal complaint to Helpful Holidays is being prepared which will cover the points in detail, but a summary of dissatisfaction is as follows: House full of dead flies on arrival (at least 8 in kitchen area alone), vacuum cleaner on site left more fluff and debris than it picked up so not at all helpful in the clean up process (housekeeping needed to be called out upon arrival as not all the beds were made up as requested, so they helped vacuum up remainder of flies) House uncomfortably hot (despite turning all radiators off) No hot water in all of house except one bathroom for 5 nights out of our 7 night stay (it must be said facilities maintenance team communication very good). Attempts to rectify (putting on immersion heater) left our party temporarily without electricity. Our family have used Helpful Holidays for many years but sadly have seen quality and service decline year on year since becoming part of the Sykes Group.

    Reviewed by Julie2.5Sep 2022

  • "Stunning house with everything my family needed."

    We felt very comfortable and had a great stay. Your management company responded quickly and efficiently to an issue with the master bedroom shower. We were confused with the bin situation as 1 of the bins was completely full of rubbish and the bottle also full . Perhaps you would clarify bin colours and collection dates as 1 is only collected fortnightly etc. Otherwise thanks for letting us use the house, amazing views, great facilities.

    Delighted to hear you had a great time at Skerries. The whole bin collection service is complicated. We will relook at the instructions and try to make them clearer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glenn4.7Jul 2022

  • "Accurately described so suited our requirements perfectly."

    Very well located and walking distance of the local shop and pub which are well worth supporting. The view is lovely and access to the coastal path excellent which is something we were looking for. Plenty of space for parking our 3 cars. Looking forward to booking again.

    Thank you for your excellent feedback. Great to hear of your support for the local pub and shop. Look forward to welcoming you back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jun 2022

  • "We loved "Skerries" which was spacious, comfortable and clean."

    It was perfect for all ages from 2 years and over! The house had breathtaking views from nearly all the rooms and a great patio for eating outdoors. It was perfectly situated for daily trips to the fabulous beach at Blackpool Sands as well as trips further afield to Salcombe and Hope Cove which has a superb restaurant on the beach. Strete is only a short walk away from the house and we found the local people extremely friendly.

    Many thanks for your fantastic feedback. Delighted to hear you had such a great time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Celia5.0May 2022

  • "Skerries is a stunning property with amazing views."

    It is furnished to a very high standard and extremely well equipped for self catering. Another bonus is that it is only a five minute walk to the village pub and the post office that sells almost everything. Although the property details advise that there is space for 3 cars on the drive we were able to park all five of our cars.

    Delighted to hear you had a great time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Mar 2022

  • "Had a lovely time at Skerries- a house with the best views ever, especially from the master bedroom, but also most of the other rooms."

    Once you get past the wow factor of the views - the house has everything you need, including 5 good-sized bathrooms and a very well- equipped modern kitchgen, with top-of-the range appliances, Dekton work surfaces and a steam oven alongside the conventional oven. Lovely clean and modern decor, comfortable sofas and lots of space for 7 people. The only negatives I can think of are -1.Lack of clear directions about the intricacies of recycling and refuse collection- the directions provided were very confusing- we put out the green bin on Tuesday only to find that nobody else in Strete had... 2. It is a bit difficult to turn into and out of the property, and park, due to it being directly off a busy road.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will relook at the instructions but believe they are as clear as they can be. We find there to be enough room to park 3 cars off the road and enough room to turn the cars round so you can drive forwards onto the road. We have not had other guests raise these kinds of issues before. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aditi4.7Feb 2022

  • "Excellent property & location though a few things would make it better : *Better quality and larger bath towels * Larger TV in kitchen / family room * Speaker or better music system * Working towel rail & underfloor heating working in main bedroom * We we’re very disappointed that the house was not decorated for Christmas on arrival as we had asked this when booking ."

    Don’t expect to then have to decorate yourself with very dated decorations that were found for us. A hot tub would be an added bonus !!

    Thank you for your comments. As regards the decorations we were unfortunately let down by our maintenance person. I understand she did find the decorations for you and helped you put them up. Apologies this wasn't done for your arrival. As regards the TV in the kitchen area we do intend to replace this with a larger model during 2022. The underfloor heating and towel rails do work they were just turned off on the control panel. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Dec 2021

  • "Skerries is a lovely property which is fitted out to a high standard ."

    It has everything you could want for catering for yourselves with a large, modern kitchen /dining area. The location is stunning and just a short walk to the village pub! We stayed as a three generational family and the different living spaces meant there was room for everyone to have their own space. The only thing that would have improved the stay was air conditioning, but we were there over the hottest week of the year. I would not hesitate to recommend this property and hope to visit again .

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "An amazing house with stunning 180 degree views."

    Able to travel to Dartmouth and Salcombe and the coast between, it makes an ideal base for touring and visiting many attractions.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2021

  • "Skerries is an amazing house with stunning views."

    It had everything we needed and more. The surrounding area was beautiful and a short drive to Blackpool Sands beach. The house was very clean and comfortable and decorated to a high standard throughout. if I had any queries they were dealt with quickly by the team at Sykes Cottages. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2020

  • "Feedback about Skyes Cottages the organisation is good - everything went smoothly."

    Feedback about the house Skerries in Strete near Dartmouth is excellent. A lovely place to stay. Great views, plenty of space, clean house. Good kitchen, comfortable beds.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2019

  • "This house has the most amazing views and the majority of it was refurbished to a very high standard with unexpected additions such as a Quooker tap!"

    The two bathrooms downstairs do not live up to the high standard of the rest of the house, the lower ground shower would not stay up to get underneath, and the adults staying in these rooms opted to use the upstairs showers when available. In the lower room the bed had not been made up otherwise it would have been noted that the mattress was covered in biscuit crumbs. The small bath towels would not dry as the radiators were not on and labelled not to be switched on, these we draped in the bedrooms where the sun is. When we tried to hoover areas that were missed unfortunately the hoover was ineffective. The saucepans had the teflon scratched in all cases, which is unhygienic so were not used and the oven pan had not been cleaned, there were no other baking trays. There were no clear waste bags and we did feel that perhaps the house had not had the same clean and attention usually given by the Sykes cleaners. The house has many positives, the scones milk etc on arrival were very much appreciated and was a lovely touch. The house itself is in a fabulous position as we discovered staying at Landscombe last year, the views are amazing. We would very much like to consider returning to Skerries and feel the above areas could be very easily addressed and would very much like your comments. You may publish our comments if you wish but have not agreed in the box due to some negatives.

    Reviewed by Janet3.1May 2019

  • "The house was just what we needed for a party of 10."

    The views and location was stunning and it catered for our every need. My only comment is, I wish you could bring a dog as the walks around the house were made for dog walking!

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Aug 2018

  • "Super property!"

    There were 8 of us and although there were plenty of dining chairs, we felt that there could be a few more chairs with the patio set. Also, the page about the bin collections was missing - we did make enquiries locally and got some of the rubbish removed on the correct day. These are just a couple of observations and did not detract from the holiday. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and we found everything else we wanted. Have booked with Helpful Holidays and would certainly do so again. Great time, many thanks, Meriel Ovens

    Reviewed by M4.7Jun 2018

  • "The house is set on the top of a hill with wonderful panoramic views of the countryside and sea."

    It is an ideal location to relax and enjoy what Dartmouth and the surrounding area has to offer. The house easily catered for the 7 of us and had all the requirements you could think of - we were welcomed with scones, Cornish cream and jam which was very nice after along journey.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Apr 2018

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  • Three levels
  • Five bedrooms
  • Three first floor bedrooms: 1 x king size double with dressing room and bathroom with bath, two basins, separate shower WC), 1 x king size double with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin, 1 x room with three singles with en suite shower room with shower, WC and basin
  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x king size double, 1 x double with balcony
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin
  • Kitchenette
  • Kitchen with dining area and doors to terrace
  • Sitting room with open fire and doors to terrace
  • Lower ground floor sitting room with doors to lower terrace
  • Lower ground floor shower room with shower, WC, basin.
  • Central heating, open fire with underfloor heating
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart 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
  • Enclosed garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

The property

Skerries is a stunning detached house close to the heart of Strete.

Carefully refurbished, it is stylish accommodation with great views to the sea from big windows.

At the heart of the house you will find the big sociable country style kitchen with its dining table, leather sofa, TV and doors which slide open on a fine day to the terrace.

In the evenings snuggle up beside the glowing open fire in the comfy sitting room, also with glass terrace doors.

The bonus here is the additional spacious sitting room when you head down the flight of stairs from the kitchen, giving plenty of space for the family to spread out and relax.

The bedrooms ramble comfortably and generously over the ground and first floors.

The garden around the house is safely enclosed, with a sunny terrace for enjoying the coastal views over evening drinks, and private Mediterranean-style space to explore.

If you don't feel like cooking, wander out to the village restaurant or head to the historic old town of Dartmouth with a choice of excellent eateries.

Here you can also catch a movie at the cinema or take a trip on the steam railway or a river boat.

The shingle beach in Strete is charming, or you can walk along the Coast Path to a secluded cove or the big popular beaches at Blackpool Sands or Slapton.

Skerries is a lovely family base in a beautiful area.

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

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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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas