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Unique apartment above beach on Dawlish sea wall

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Dawlish - No. 2 The Watch House

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4, stunning sea views, close to beach and railway station

Directly above Dawlish Town Beach and on the coast path. Getaway and listen to the waves all day, or explore Devon - Dartmoor, Exeter and Totnes all nearby. Close to town centre.

Recently converted 2 bedroom apartment, attached to Victorian Watch House, with sunny, open plan living area with fabulous outlook onto beach and sea. Patio views to Exmouth and Portland Bill and to the famous “Parson and Clerk” red cliffs and Brixham. Beautiful morning sunrise views. 'Delightful and magical'. 'Great retreat'.

Well equipped with ensuite bathroom and ensuite shower room, WiFi and FreeSat, washer-drier, bedding included, pets welcome (additional fee applies). Not suitable for those with limited mobility (steep access with steps ). Quiet bedrooms.

No vehicle access, so short walk from on-road car parking. Directly above end of Dawlish station platform

There are regular buses to Exeter, for city centre sight-seeing and shopping, with its lovely traditional Cathedral, a newly developed Quayside and many shops and restaurants, theatre, arts cinema, etc.

As well as the ferry from Starcross to Exmouth, there is a round-the-bay boat trip from the pier at Dawlish which runs throughout the day during the summer.

Access: Access from the Exeter Road is a steep public path with one section of steps, around 30 metres.

The path is for public access to the beach as well as for the Watch House & Coastguard Cottages. You may have a short walk to find the car parking space, and a 5-10 minute walk to the High Street shops.

Arriving by car on a summer Saturdays - approach Dawlish from Teignmouth, rather than Exeter, as the road through Starcross is very narrow and there may be delays.

Shopping and Eating: Dawlish is a thriving town with plenty of cafes, bars and wine bars, and good shops for daily shopping, snacks and baked goods. Try Gays Creamery on the Lawns (with the famous black swans), and Deli Delicious, where fish fresh from Brixham can be ordered. All are within 5-10 minutes walk.

There are family-style pubs on Marine Parade and a short walk away, Smugglers Inn at Holcombe along the coast path to the West (~30 minute walk) and at Dawlish Warren to the East (15-20 minutes walk).

Walkers can try Cockwood, just beyond Dawlish Warren, where there are two fine pubs for dining.

For a recent holiday experience of Dawlish please see this item in 'This is Bristol': http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/Regency-charm-coast/story-14994272-detail/story.html

More about the Torbay Express here:


Details of the Coastguards location can be seen here:


More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

David Denton + Sarah Evans
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About David Denton + Sarah Evans

This is our home by the seaside, which we rent out while we're not living there ourselves.

David Denton + Sarah Evans purchased this apartment in 2009

Why David Denton + Sarah Evans chose Teignbridge

Its right by the beach, with the added pleasure of passing trains (sometimes steam-hauled) and easy access to the South Devon countryside.

What makes this apartment unique

* the constant sound of the sea

* a private hide-away

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a few days at your apartment. Wow ... it was brilliant and that view. I'm quite depressed already having just got back ! We have stayed in lots of places over the years and we would rate yours as outstanding - as a train fan sitting on that decking as people on the footbridge enviously tried to work out how on earth you got there was first class. We also enjoyed watching the engineers "at work!" Bless them, talk about how many men does it take to dig a hole etc but I'm sure they've worked hard. And I think it's the first time I've watched a security guard fishing ! Brilliant.

The comments in the visitors book speak for themselves. It was interesting to see in one of the books that it was previously a cafe. I commend you for your vision in transforming it. We do hope to return.

With best wishes
May 2014
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Unique apartment above beach on Dawlish sea wall
average rating of 4.851852 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The pictures on this site really don't do the place justice, it is even better than it looks! I've been twice now and am already looking forward to going again.

Would, and do, recommmend to friends!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning position, clean, modern, all you need!

  • 5 of 5

The position of this property is what makes it 5 star. The showers could be improved but were acceptable once we got the knack! Our 3 year old absolutely adored watching the trains go past from the balcony and the back drop was gorgeous. A few steps to beach, a short path into town, no issues parking a stones throw away. Perfect. The service/help from David was second to none. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Deb for that nice review, and glad that No.2 worked its magic! The showers are a foible of the water supply to this 1840s building, but as you say work well when you understand the water pressure.
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Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

It was the first time staying here and it is an amazing apartment.

Nothing can beat waking up to the view of Dawlish beach.

Cannot recommend this place enough.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michaela - glad you had a great time!
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Fabulous! !!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We just wanted a quiet week away with our dog and what a wonderful time we had! After the trial of unloading the car down the hill , everything just got better and better. The apartment is totally equipped for every eventuality. ....no need to have brought half of our stuff! The terrace was wonderful to be out on day or night....luckily we had fab weather....better than getting sandy on the beach. Washing up was a joy with the view. Easy walk into Dawlish and a good stroll to Dawlish Warren, but a good Base to travel around the coast. Absolutely loved this place and would love to come back summer or winter.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you Jill for your enthusiastic review and we're glad you had a great time at our apartment and in Dawlish!
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just like the photos. . amazing.

  • 4 of 5

Good clear information prior to arrival. View was fantasy. Property clean and well equipped. Only negative was showers very erratic.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bev for your review and we're glad you liked our apartment and sorry for the low water pressure during your stay!
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Al,f lynda Boulton

  • 5 of 5

excellent apartment ,spacious and clean with best outlook on sea front ,ideal for coastal walks and seaside towns with one of the best cycle routes in the country near by. JUST ONE BIG PROBLEM ! its fully booked all future days I wanted this summer ... will get in earlier from now on

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you Lynda - we're very pleased you liked it!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
in Dawlish
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
at Starcross
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Metres
Dawlish beach, within metres
Car: not necessary

Short walk along sea wall to further stunning beaches and amenities (including go-karts) at Dawlish Warren.

Blue flag beach at Dawlish Warren, local dog friendly beach and numerous sandy beaches and coves to explore nearby.

Fantastic base for seeing Devon. Regular buses to Teignmouth, Torquay and Exeter with university city amenities; cathedral, high street shops, art cinema and quayside.

Dartmoor is close by, a beautiful 20-30 minute drive, for rural walks and climbing, and is readily accessible via ferry from Totnes or steam train from Paignton.

Golf: There is a golf course at Dawlish Warren. A second public golf course is available at Starcross.

Ski: Artificial slope in Plymouth


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Dawlish, Teignbridge

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 25 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
17 Dec 2016 - 27 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
New Year 2016
28 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
19 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
25 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas - New Year 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Cleaning & preparation £30

These rates apply until 31 December 2017. No bookings can be accepted for 2018.

For bank transfers, our details are as follows:
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Account holders: David Denton & Sarah Evans
Sort code 16 60 51
Account number 12571069

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Dawlish in South Devon

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 62 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Towels are provided, beach towels are available on request
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedrooms are quiet and at the back of the property, so the trains do not disturb you here. (Trains finish running between 10 and 11pm and there is an early train Mon-Fri at around 5.30am). The master bedroom has access to the 'Jack and Jill' bathroom, which has access from the hall also. The second bedroom has its own ensuite shower room. The single beds in the second bedroom are 30' wide and 72' long, and at 2ft 6ins (slightly narrower than usual).
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 4 deck chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The south-facing patio is stunning, with room for all to sit and watch the beach & sea and enjoy the sun. On the patio, and in the sitting room and kitchen with the patio doors open, you can see and hear the soothing sound of the waves, nothing beats it!! At high tide during Spring tides, the sea comes right up to the sea wall, so the beach then is available an hour or two before or after high tide. The beach below the apartment is generally sandy, but at times a top layer of stones is brought over by the waves. Dogs are allowed on the beach here even in summer. There is sea fishing from a nearby stone quay. Car parking is on the nearby roads. It is possible to stop for a short while only at the top of the path on the Exeter Road, where the pavement widens, for unloading. On-street parking is available up the side roads, uphill but a short distance!

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