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Harbour Lights

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Torquay, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 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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14 Customer Reviews

  • "The host provided a very thoughtful welcome surprise of wine, flowers, chocolate and nibbles."

    The house was great and with a large family friendly layout and separate self contained annexe, our party had space to relax and enjoy a happy Easter in 2024. Notwithstanding previous comments on the driveway being steep, we found it incredibly challenging to navigate in and out even for small and medium sized cars , but, overall we had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Russell3.8Mar 2024

  • "We have had a fantastic Christmas stay."

    The house is very comfortable and of a high standard. We cooked in the very well equipped kitchen over the Christmas period and had everything we needed. When we arrived the house was decorated with two lovely Christmas trees and decorations giving it a wow factor. It is a fantastic house, ideally situated for walking into Torquay and Paignton. Thankyou also for the very welcoming hamper of goodies. We are a family of 8 and we have had a superb time at your property.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Harbour Lights."

    The house was spacious, allowing six adults to enjoy time together and peaceful moments apart. The house is very well equipped and comfortable. Although the information said the drive was steep, we hadn't anticipated quite how steep it was! The only drawback for us was the lack of anywhere to dry washing outside and nothing to sit on outside other than the picnic table. A few simple deckchairs would have been great given we were fortunate enough to have a heatwave. Other than that it was great. Thank you

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property, loads of space so a multi generational family were not under each others feet."

    The views are spectacular.

    Reviewed by Anita4.7May 2023

  • "A lovely property, generally well-equipped and with plenty of space."

    Harbour Lights is certainly one of the most impressive properties we’ve hired via Sykes. We were very comfortable there. We hardly used the car as there are some lovely walks nearby, and it’s handy for the station too. We were a bit disappointed to be told on the confirmation that check in was from 15:00pm on the day of arrival, only to find when we arrived the cleaners were still there who told us there had been a mistake and it should have said from 16:00. Also a washing line or some airers would be useful if you don’t want to use the tumble dryer. But all in all, we had a great holiday there and we’d definitely consider coming again.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.4Sep 2022

  • "Nothing detrimental to a short stay but would redesign the kitchen layout if we lived there!"

    ! We were two families with small children, one from the USA, and everyone was extremely impressed by the location and the property. It contributed to a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was a really nice large family home which is kept to a very high standard."

    We really enjoyed our holiday there and would go back again.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0May 2022

  • "An amazing property."

    The only thing I would suggest ( and I am being picky) is that stairs to lower bedroom should have handrail on the left. Matt was fantastic. He delivered logs within an hour!

    Reviewed by Merle5.0Oct 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    The house was clean and spacious. Decorated in a good taste. Good view from the windows as the house is high up on the hill. you can see the sea, which is about 5 minutes walk away. we could not see the owner due to the Covid situation, but he was helpful on the phone. Luckily the weather was good all week and we could see most of the places nearby. The welcome pack information provided by the owner was very informative. Wifi was good. The house was in the middle of the residential area, and very quiet. This location was a good thing for us, but some people might think it is inconvenient because the restaurants and shops are not quite very near.

    Reviewed by Yukiko4.7Sep 2021

  • "We booked this last minute and what a great decision it was."

    The house is stunning and in a great location. All the rooms are furnished to a high standard and look great. We especially loved the conservatory! There was 6 adults and 2 children staying at the house and we never felt like we were under each others feet. Matt had emailed us a information pack before our arrival and it was really helpful. We would stop here again without a doubt.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Sep 2021

  • "An excellent property with very helpful owner."

    highly recommended

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Jul 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay here."

    Great location for the town but nice and quiet with great views from the bedrooms due to its elevated position. The house is as good as it looks in the pictures, furnished to a high standard and very comfortable. There is a separate flat on the lower ground floor with a double bedroom, kitchen / diner and shower room, ideal for our grown up kids to chill at night. We particularly liked the two sitting rooms and conservatory giving options for relaxing and quiet if you wanted. The drive is quite steep in places but flattens off to enter the house. This did not cause us any problems and is a fair exchange for the great views. The host Matt was very friendly and responsive to messages. We had a great stay and would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Jun 2021

  • "The accommodation was stunning and the location superb"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2021

  • "Although this property was above our projected budget we booked as there was very little else available."

    What a great decision it was!! From the moment you walk in the door you are met with pure luxury. Decoration is beautiful throughout. A very thoughtful welcome package of cream tea and prosecco was awaiting us! Every room was spotlessly clean and there was so much space, my family could have spent the week there without actually seeing each other!! (HaHa) Both kitchens were very well equipped, as were all the WC's. We didn't expect towels and sheets in this current climate but they were provided and like brand new! Beds were so comfy, as were the sofas in all living rooms. No expense has been spared here; outside seating at every level so always something in the sun if you didn't fancy the 10 minute walk to the beach. We really appreciated the children's toys and equipment; there was a great selection of board games and cook books, we were almost wishing for a rainy day to stay in and make use of them!! Amazing. 100% recommended. One point to be aware of is that - like any coastal area - it is quite hilly. This was not our first time using Sykes Cottage and again we have been able to rely on their quality of holiday accommodation.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0May 2021

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with TV and balcony, 1 x king-size double with TV, 1 ground-floor king-size double, 1 x twin with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with TV
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Playstation 3 Console and selection of games available
  • A variety of family board games to use
  • Sitting room
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and seating area
  • Conservatory
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with electric double oven, 6-ring gas hob and grill, microwave,American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 6 x TVs, Smart TV, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Side patio
  • Enclosed rear lawn and patio garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.8 miles, beach 0.4 miles
  • Note: Property is accessed via a steep driveway

The property

Resting in an elevated position, at the entrance of Cockington Valley, only a mile from the centre of Torquay and just over half a mile from the Centre of Cockington Village, Harbour Lights is a wonderful 1930s detached property, lovingly cared for and styled to provide accommodation for a large family or group wanting to escape to the picturesque south Devon coast.

Ample off-road parking can be found at the top of the steep driveway, the property features views of Cockington Valley, Torbay and the Sea.

Entering the property you are greeted by an impressive, arched hallway, boasting beautiful damask wallpaper, and a choice of two sitting rooms to relax in during the evenings.

Both reception rooms offer a welcoming place to unwind into your evening, with a choice of large sofa and two armchairs to cosy up on while enjoying your favourite shows on the smart TVs, while the first sitting room benefits from a large bay window and games console and the second houses a woodburning stove within a stunning decorative fireplace and large panoramic windows with views across Torbay and the Sea.

The impressive kitchen provides all the appliances you could wish for to create delicious home-cooked meals for the group, with the focal point being the large Rangemaster cooker, complete with double oven and 6-ring hob, while the American-style fridge/freezer offers ample space for storing treats.

Enjoy meals together in the dining room, with the large dining table comfortably seating the whole group, while the desk in the corner is perfect for anyone needing to catch up on a bit of work or quickly scan through emails.

Enjoy an early morning coffee from the comfort of the large conservatory, or head out onto the enclosed patio and lawn garden to soak up your tranquil setting.

On the first floor there are three bedrooms, all of which are spacious, offer ample storage and their own TV, with a king-size double boasting a balcony and impressive sea views, a second king-size double with a bay window that overlooks the sea, and a twin room with an en-suite shower room.

The family bathroom completes the layout, providing a choice between freestanding bath and walk-in shower to begin each day with.

Making your way back to the ground floor, a connecting staircase leads from the main house to a self-contained apartment, which is ideal for a couple or perhaps grandparents wanting to enjoy some quiet time away from the larger group.

This space offers an open-plan living room with an inviting corner sofa and wall-mounted Samsung Smart TV, as well as a dining table and well-equipped kitchen, king-size double bedroom with ample storage and a shower room with walk-in shower.

Patio doors lead to an enclosed south facing patio, which is ideal for relaxing and taking a break from the rest of the group.

Harbour Lights is well placed for discovering a host of amenities within walking distance, including a handful of shops for grabbing any essential items and pubs serving food, should you wish to take an evening off from cooking duties.

Situated in the centre of the 'English Riviera', a stretch of spectacular coastline running through Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, also known as Torbay, one of the most popular destinations for UK holidaymakers, it's unsurprising that a host of glorious sandy beaches rest well within a mile of the property.

Livermead Sands is closest, as is Torre Abbey Sands, Torquay's most popular beach, while Preston Beach and its green are slightly further afield.

Explore Torquay's many attractions: Cockington is a beautiful thatched village and country park, featuring the historic Cockington Court, a working forge and stables, the Rose garden, tea rooms, the Drum Inn, and a craft centre which includes glassblowing.

The English Riviera is designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark, one of only seven in the UK and 140 in the World, and is recognised for its outstanding beauty, unique geology and coastlines.

Geoparks share the story of Earth’s history, why not explore the Geopark’s spectacular coastline with Reach Outdoors, an Award winning outdoor activity company, or paddleboard along the Jurassic cliffs and explore caves and hidden beaches.

Visit Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boats, take a steam train from Paignton and cruise up the River Dart, on your journey why not stop over in Dartmouth and view the Dartmouth Naval College or enjoy one of the many Seafood Restaurants.

With shopping, eating and dining and visitor attractions, the English Riviera is certain to keep you entertained, and other great things to see and do include; Paignton Pier, the English Riviera Wheel, SplashDown Quaywest Waterpark, Kents Caverns and Paignton Zoo.

Alternatively,r enjoy a Cream Tea in Babbacombe, after taking a trip to the beach via the Cliff railway.

If you fancy travelling further afield South Devon is full of exciting places to visit including Medieval Totnes, Dartmoor National Park and Dartmouth, Slapton & Blackpool Sands, Exeter, Plymouth and much more.

Harbour Lights is the perfect base for an unforgettable escape to the South Devon coast.

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About the location


Paignton 3.6 miles; Brixham 8.5 miles; Dartmoor 17 miles.

Famous for its sandy beaches, piers, palm trees and plentiful attractions, the popular seaside town of Torquay in South Devon has been attracting visitors for the best part of 200 years. Torquay holds many delights for both families and couples, from an abundance of children’s activities whatever the weather, to coastal walks, restaurants and nightlife. Local attractions await at Cockington with its historic Cockington Court and a craft centre with glassblowing, and boat trips over to Brixham or Paignton for a wealth of sea life, whilst more nature can be found at Paignton Zoo. Located nearby is the English Riviera, designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boats, and the River Dart. A stay in Torquay can be as relaxed or as active as you choose and is certain to inspire you to visit again.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas