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7 The Retreat

(Ref. 986151)

Paignton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Superb property."

    Everything needed for a great holiday was in this beautiful, clean, well situated property. One of the best holiday homes we have had the pleasure to stay in. Even had a large shed ,in the back, containing so much beach equipment for the whole family to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2023

  • "Not tip top clean - bits of dust in a few areas and dead flies plus there was left over food in the freezer (we ate the garlic bread and left the other things in case the next people wanted them!"

    ) There was no welcome pack and we are used to that in our holiday cottages. Also no toast rack (I know that's maybe a bit picky - we use them every day at home though). We did appreciate the coffee machine and cafetiere though plus 4 slice toaster. Washer/dryer also good. Great parking too and location as we knew it would be after looking at the location before we booked. Would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Aug 2023

  • "A lovely house to stay in, in a great location over the road to the beach and play area."

    A short walk to Paignton for shopping. Have recommended it to a friend already.

    Reviewed by Kris4.7Jun 2023

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay at The Retreat and hope to visit again."

    Nicely presented with comfortable beds and house was within easy access to neighbouring attractions and walks. Lovely welcoming place to come home to after a long day. I would personally like to thank the owners for allowing my mum’s little dog to come along at short notice. We look forward to a revisit. Many Thanks Kind regards Maria Stephens

    Reviewed by Maria4.7May 2023

  • "We loved our stay at the retreat, the beds were really comfortable, it was lovely to have so many toilets/washrooms available."

    Tvs in each bedroom also was great especially with the children. We had a really lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very comfortable stay, everything we needed was provided for."

    The king-size bed in the main bedroom was the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in. The showers were a dream and so powerful. The level of cleanliness was exceptional. The bedroom with a rail for clothes I would have liked a small wardrobe but I realised that space would have been a problem. All in all the house was a perfect stay and would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "We all loved our holiday at the Retreat and will definitely be returning in the future."

    The house was clean and comfortable and Everything we wanted to do was in walking distance of the property.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0May 2022

  • "We couldn’t fault the property."

    It was very clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Beds were very comfy, powerful showers. The location is spot on and minutes away from the beach. It was our first time away with a dog so can’t comment on that but our dog enjoyed himself.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2021

  • "This was our second visit here and this time it really wasn’t as good."

    Cutlery wasn’t clean, some worn. Kitchen facilities were limited. The towels were marked and far too big to get dried after washing them. The holiday home lacked a tumble dryer particularly when you have children. We had issues with the key safe and although two spaces to park it was really awkward to park. Given covid we expected the accommodation to be cleaner than it was. Also no welcome hamper like last time. These little touches make the difference and it just felt like things had slipped within two years. Also it’s a holiday home for 6 yet the dining facilities are only for 4! On looking at prices for next year just to compare - for the same week the owners are asking an extra £1000 for same week!!

    Thank you for your feedback which we always take seriously. Unfortunately there is insufficient room for a separate tumble dryer at the property which is why we offer a combined washer/dryer as listed. There are 6 chairs available to use but 2 are kept folded under the stairs. We always encourage all guests to contact us as soon as possible so we can address any issues during your stay. We would have been more than happy to help had we heard from you. We hope you enjoyed your stay otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah3.1Jul 2021

  • "The house was very clean."

    Everything was available that you'd expect from a holiday home. Each bedroom was comfortable and well set out, having a bathroom or shower room in each bedroom was a big plus. Sitting out on the balcony was very pleasant and you could see the sea from it. The location is great, just minutes walk from the front of paignton, the area around the house is quiet and safe. Will recommend this to people looking for a home from home when holidaying.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed you stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2021

  • "A great home in a fabulous position I would recommend this property to anyone wanting a laid back time away."

    Spotlessly clean and a real home from home feeling.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0May 2021

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed at."

    Great location for the beach just down the drive across a road and your there. Toys and beach equipment in the sun house. All round a great cottage.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic place to stay, great location and couldn’t have picked a better house for a holiday with my family."

    We also met Pete and what a lovely guy,

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location - well presented, well maintained."

    Lovely neighbours and everything we could possibly ask for. The best way to do a staycation, I'd say...

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jul 2020

  • "We picked the house as it was said to be dog friendly, however it would’ve been helpful to know the dog restrictions before hand."

    It said that dogs had to be left down stairs to sleep and that meant we had to take in turns to sleep on sofa as neither dog was used to being shut in the kitchen alone.

    Reviewed by Maria3.8Feb 2020

  • "Great facilities."

    Very spacious. Located very close to the beach. Lots of parking. Nice secure garden for the dog. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jan 2020

  • "We arrived late on a cold wet, December evening."

    The property was heated and well presented for us to settle into straight away. It was generally spacious,very clean each and each bedroom had it's own en suite. Ideally situated close to all the facilities that Paignton town has to offer. Supermarkets, shops, pubs, restaurants and take aways. The beach is just across the road and it is very easy to get to Torquay, Brixham and Dartmouth by road, bus, boat and at certain times of the year by steam train.. Cockington is well worth a visit. Thoroughly enjoyed the break and the property played a big part in that

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Dec 2019

  • "This was a great placed to stay and a great location."

    The only issue we had was that the Sat Nav took us off in the wrong direction and the written directions were not particularly helpful and the black sign we were told to look for is no longer there so it took several attempts to find the property. In the end we used Google Maps which got us there. Think possibly the directions could do with being updated.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Nov 2019

  • "The comfortable house and location made the holiday for us ,and been right on the beach front was great for the dogs."

    Reviewed by Antonio4.7Oct 2019

  • "What a fabulous holiday home!"

    It had everything you could want & more We had a great & very relaxing time So handy for the shops & beaches( my dogs mr Darcy & miss Lizzie loved it) I want to book for next year

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Sep 2019

  • "Second visit to The Retreat."

    It is lovely great base. Perfect for all activities.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2019

  • "The accommodation was in a brilliant location, just over the road from the sea and also very close to local shops and bus routes which ran every 10mins to Torquay and Brixham."

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Aug 2019

  • "A lovely place to stay."

    Extremely spacious and within walking distance of all shops,places to eat and the beach is across the road.Really appreciated the welcome pack aswell.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Aug 2019

  • "The location was excellent."

    . To be able to walk across the road to the beach with 2 young children and be able to pop back for extra snacks or toys was brilliant. Easy walk into the centre. The Boatman and Shoreline were great for family dinners and we enjoyed the circus on the front. Easy drives to Paignton Zoo, Model Village in Babbacombe and Kents Caverns made days out easy. I would recommend the Reteat for families. My only criticism was the washer/dryer. It was very difficult to dry clothes on damp days as the drying programme was so slow. Would be better if possible to have a separate dryer when you have lots of kids clothes and beach wear to launder.

    Reviewed by Val4.4Aug 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time at 7 The Retreat, the accommodation was by far the best we have stayed in very clean and the finishing touches made it the perfect holiday home."

    The accommodation had everything we could need and more including extras that make your holiday that bit more special such as windbreaker for the beach crabbing lines all wonderfully thought out by the owner. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you need to cook a nice meal - including oven gloves and tea towels to save you taking these. The nice welcome gifts were also a nice touch. The beds were comfy and and the place was spacious. 7 The Retreat couldn’t be positioned better - it’s straight across the road to the beach about a 1 minute walk so perfect and then 5 minutes into town. We enjoyed lots of beach days, a visit to the zoo, visit to the Torquay and did lots of other fun activities. The grass area by the beach made a perfect location to play cricket and bowls with the children. We had a really fantastic time, the children didn’t want to come home nor us adults and we have already booked a return holiday there next July. The only thing we could think of that would maybe improve the accommodation more for the future would maybe to install an air conditioning unit in the attic room as we had exceptionally hot weather and as heat rises this room became particularly hot and stuffy. Please pass on our thanks to the owners of 7 The Retreat for a wonderful holiday home. X

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2019

  • "Wonderful very clean- home from home."

    Great location..Owner has put lovely finishing touches to create a fab coastal retreat ! Would definately recommend to family and friends. 5 stars **

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jul 2019

  • "Great holiday."

    Lovely accommodation. Only issue was the central heating. We had a cold week. Could not get it too work. Hope it's ok when we return in September

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Jun 2019

  • "I believe that I have already submitted this review."

    Reviewed by Raymond2.5May 2019

  • "Going into a holiday let where everything was catered to, our comfort and Jack's "The dog"was really wonderful."

    We will definately be booking with you again

    Reviewed by Pearl5.0May 2019

  • "Clean, comfortable and in a great location."

    Highly reccomended

    Reviewed by Sean5.0May 2019

  • "We have been staying in Torbay for the last 44 years."

    This house is the best we have ever stayed in, for location, facilities, cleanliness and comfort. the boys loved going up stairs and up stairs again to bed and to chill out and watch the Dvd's provided! 10 out of 10 from the adults and 100 out of 10 from the boys!!

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is a six person holiday home, yet the dining table only had four seats which made meal times interesting."

    They really need to provide six seats. Likewise the living room needed a couple more chairs. The downstairs toilet didn't have a hand towel. They left a guest book but no pen! We didn't have one with us so we couldn't leave a review. By doing all the above this property would have been absolutely perfect. The welcome touches for our pet dog were really appreciated. The property was probably one of the best for cleanliness I've ever stayed in. The location was fabulous. We would like to return, we even looked at returning this summer but no availability ☹️

    We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and considered returning. Thank you for providing feedback, we will act upon the points you have raised. In regards to the dining chairs, we do have two extra folding dining chairs available in the hall cupboard so six people can be seated at the table. If you do have any questions while on holiday please don't hesitate to contact us as we want to ensure our guests have the best stay possible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Niki4.1Apr 2019

  • "Fantastic location and superb facilities"

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Mar 2019

  • "Staying a 7 The Retreat was like being at home nice clean warm house."

    Way ahead of some of the property we have stayed in simply outstanding.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "Having stayed in many establishments in this area we found this to be one of the best especially if you have a dog."

    The decor is highly satisfactory and it was very clean. We appreciated the welcome gifts as it was a nice gesture. We would definitely stay at this property again.

    Reviewed by Ian3.8Feb 2019

  • "A bit disappointed that on arrival there was a sticker on a stair gate informing us that dogs were not allowed upstairs and then found in the folder a letter saying we had to lock our dog in the kitchen overnight."

    This was not mentioned in the booking process , as we would not have booked if we knew we had to lock our dog up over night. Our dog is part of the family so when we saw the property was dog friendly we didn’t think we’d have to lock him up. It should be advertised as dog tolerant instead of dog friendly. We totally understood that dogs were not allowed on the furniture or beds but our dog is used to sleeping in our room in his dog bed, and allowed to be with us or our daughters.

    Reviewed by Natasha3.4Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation."

    Brilliant beds. Great location. Netflix and Amazon Prime-what more can a man want??? So good we have rebooked for next year. Enough said!!!!!! Probably the best Sykes cottage we have booked so far.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jan 2019

  • "What an amazing holiday home!"

    Everything you could need and more! Decor immaculate and beds to die for! Would highly recommend. The position of the house is so central we didn’t use our car at all. Thank you for a wonderful restful break . 5***** plus more .

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Oct 2018

  • "The time we had was supper excellent, Close to the sea close to the town neighbours very friendly."

    we will be booking again. Could not fault a thing. very thoughtful touches and dog friendly superb Thank you

    Reviewed by Pete5.0Oct 2018

  • "We made a late decision to book a week in Devon to explore the steam trains and initially looked at hotel accommodation."

    We are so pleased we chose self catering as The Retreat was superb! From the moment we opened the door we felt at home and relaxed. The cleanliness and decor is probably the best we have experienced in self catering and we debated whether it surpassed our favourite villa in Menorca (which we return to often). Well done to whoever prepares the house for guests and Sykes cottages for providing a little gem of a place.

    Reviewed by Glenys5.0Aug 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king size with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x twin (zip/link can be double on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • 1 x second floor twins with en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with BT Vision Box, 3 x TV, sound bar which includes bluetooth, WiFi, selection of books, games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate, highchair and travel cot available
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed rear courtyard with furniture, small summerhouse and charcoal barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 mins walk.

The property

Just a one minute walk to the beach and beautifully finished interior is 7 The Retreat, situated in the wonderful coastal town of Paignton in South Devon.

This three-storey semi-detached cottage has been lovingly appointed to meet your needs throughout your stay.

The ground floor occupies a cloakroom as you step in, before you arrive at the bright and spacious lounge showcasing a plush sofa and two armchairs along with a Smart TV with a BT Vision Box.

This is a delightful space to chill out with friends or family, enjoying the nautical theme carried through the rooms, the coastal blues and creams uplift a neutral base.

Step through the double doors to the kitchen/diner, benefitting sleek base and wall units and all the mod cons to make you feel at home.

Just off from the sitting room you can access the rear terrace, complete with patio furniture and a lovely little summerhouse, so you can still enjoy sitting outdoors, even on windy autumn days.

The side gate is a handy addition to the property for access with beach gear and bicycles.

Inside the bedrooms are spread over the first and second floors, with plush carpet sweeping up the staircases.

Each one boasts an en-suite and fabulous soft furnishings with a luxurious, modern finish; the loft room has two single beds with the bathroom showcasing complimenting colour schemes, adding style and charm to the cottage.

The light Velux windows draw in a plethora of natural light, brightening up the room further.

Step out from the front-facing bedroom on the first floor and enjoy the enchanting balcony.

Close by is Preston Sands, a delightful sandy beach with seafront cafés and colourful beach huts.

Stroll along on a balmy afternoon and soak up the breezy seaside atmosphere, the coastal path leads the way to Preston Green and the delights of the Victorian esplanade.

With the picturesque harbour and a bustling assortment of shops, pubs and restaurants nearby; you simply won't want to leave this fantastic retreat in Devon.

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About the location


Torquay 3 miles; Brixham 5.5 miles; Totnes 6 miles; Dartmouth 8 miles.

Situated in the centre of Torbay between Brixham and Torquay, Paignton is one of South Devon's premier seaside resorts. Boasting long sandy beaches and a picturesque harbour, this bustling town also plays host to a wonderful selection of shops, pubs, clubs and restaurants. The town makes a fantastic base from which to explore the English Riviera and its surrounding attractions, also featuring a renowned zoo and sea life centre. Nearby, Torquay is equally as vibrant with an array of excellent shopping opportunities, fascinating museums, and numerous parks and gardens. The nearby stunning coastline offers great walking and cycling opportunities along beautiful stretches of beach and rugged cliff tops, while the rolling meadows of South Devon provide an idyllic setting for afternoon strolls and an abundance of picturesque picnic spots. Paignton is a fabulous holiday location for all the family, all year round.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas