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Beautiful Babbacombe Bay on the English Riviera

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cosy two bedroomed cottage with ensuite facilities in great location

This former fisherman's cottage has been extended to provide very comfortable accommodation for 4. Both bedrooms have en suite facilities and there is also a downstairs toilet. The sunny front garden is a lovely spot to enjoy a glass of wine and the car space in the front means you do not have to battle for parking. Good quality beds and bedlinens ensure a relaxing stay and the kitchen is also well equipped though it should be pointed out there is no dishwasher.

Babbacombe is a quiet sideshoot of Torquay situated with a wonderful panorama of beautiful Babbacombe Bay. From the grassy Babbacombe Downs visitors sit and enjoy the fine views over the bay towards Teignmouth and Exmouth. Oddicombe Beach is below and while the path down to the beach is steep - and a lot steeper coming back up - there is a cliff railway/funicular so it is accessible to most people. The beach has a bar, cafe shop and watersports and good seating on steps while deckchairs are available for hire and kayaks and paddleboards are also there for hire. A new beach café opened there in 2015 and is proving very popular. This is just one of the beaches.

Our visitors are spoilt for choice and a full list is provided to our guests including a list of dog- friendly beaches. Explore a little and you will find some hidden coves: Anstey's Cove is a gem, Elbury Cove one of our favourites with clear waters and a visiting seal or two. A premier gastropub is even nearer, again down a steep hill but the views are worth it. There is excellent walking from the cottage along the coast path and over the Downs towards Torquay, approximately 1 mile south, a lovely walk with breathtaking views.

Attractions within easy walking distance include: Babbacombe Model Village, a theatre, award winning fish and chip restaurants, a Byegones Museum, Kents cavern plus a range of shops in Babbacombe and St Marychurch, excellent tea shops and a patisserie, many hotels and cafes. There is a Waitrose less than a kilometre away and Tesco and a Coop even closer.

In Torquay itself there is the aquarium, Living Coasts, the harbour, a Big Wheel in the summer months, a theatre, a cinema, arcades, a tourist information centre plus a range of restaurants to suit every pocket and taste, Michelin starred restaurants as well as budget eateries.

The beach at Abbey Sands has safe bathing and is particularly suitable for families with shallow waters and sand excellent for building sandcastles! Paddle boarding in the summer months here is also fun.

Babbacombe and Torquay are part of the Torbay area and include Paignton - a visit to the zoo is a must - and the charming fishing port of Brixham with its replica Golden Hind. We suggest a stroll along the coast path , or the John Musgrave Heritage Trail to take in the views followed by a pasty or refreshment at Berry Head. Ferries are available in the summer to take visitors to Dartmouth, well worth a visit, and of course the Agatha Christie house Greenway is an easy drive, unless you want to take the vintage bus, steam train or bus.

The Bay is well known for its palms and temperate climate, though be prepared for a coastal breeze and occasional sea mists - that's when to head for one of the beach cafes for a hot chocolate or a cream tea at Widecombe in the Moor. Totnes is also a popular destination - the Friday market is particularly good. Devon is well known for its moors, picturesque villages and coastal scenery was well as for its history and geology. There are numerous beauty spots and local walking groups are always keen to welcome visitors. The cathedral city of Exeter is a pleasant 30 minute drive.

Within a short walking distance of St George cottage is a diving centre. The witches hat shaped rock at Ansteys Cove is well known to climbers. Visitors can try all manner of watersports from diving to coasteering. About 400 m from the cottage is a disability shop where mobility scooters are available for hire. Plainmoor football ground is about half a kilometre from Babbacombe. In short, there is something for everyone!

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Tessa Smith
Member since: 2016
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Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2018

About Tessa Smith

I am a retired head teacher with a passion for walking in Devon. This is a beautiful county and I am constantly amazed at its beauty: picturesque villages, stunning coastal scenery and the raw, unspoilt drama of Dartmoor and Exmoor: Heaven!

I grew up and spent my first half century in the lovely cathedral city of Lincoln, where I have another lovely cottage which I cannot bear to part with even though it is a five hour journey from Devon. Husband Bev is a retired Chartered Builder who is great at helping me maintain things in good order!

Tessa Smith purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Tessa Smith chose Torquay

It has a great feel to it. I only buy houses I could happily live in myself. This one spoke to me immediately and it has an added bonus of a stairlift which I was advised to take out but I felt it was going to be useful to someone so I kept it! The main bedroom is really a lovely room, quite romantic I feel!

I like the garden and you cannot sit there without the locals opening up a conversation. I also enjoy the family of sparrows who love it too.

What makes this cottage unique

It is a very pretty terrace of cottages. I think the location is brilliant as there is something for everyone. The Cary Arms down the hill (it's very steep!) is a gem and early morning you may find a seal looking for a handout. The walking around the coast path is fantastic but you are close to the bustling Torquay Harbour. There really is lots to do: grab a ferry to Brixham or better still, go in the evening and watch the trawlers bring in the catch before you eat the best fish and chips ever at Rockfish. Actually if you are feeling lazy just buy them round the corner at Hanburys and enjoy in front of the telly at the cottage!

By the way, my daughter tells me to add this is a great spot for Pokemon hunters! There are several Pokemon hiding on nearby Babbacombe Downs as well as at the top of the funicular. You will find several Pokestops at the end of the road near Babbacombe Theatre. Head into town for a wider range of Pokemon - the harbour along to the seafront by Torre Sands is a particularly rich spot to pick up water-dwelling Pokemon including Goldeens and Magikarp.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Torquay in South Hams District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The main bedroom has a shower ensuite. The twin bedded room has an ensuite bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , King size bed with high thread count linen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds with high thread count linen
  • Two bedrooms, one with kingsize bed and the other with twin beds. Laura Ashley bedlinen. Both bedrooms have ensuite facilities so no queueing up! Wardrobe and chest of drawers in both rooms. Towels provided. A cot can be provided if guests request in advance.
  • Books
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful Babbacombe Bay on the English Riviera
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Amazing located cosy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous time in babbacombe, trumped though by the quality of this property . It’s in an enviable location, having access to so much on the doorstep, fabulous for families , adults and dogs ! We will definitely be returning in the future .

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable and well equipped cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a near perfect location with the Downs yards away with a breathtaking view looking over to Dorset. For a dog walker it is also near perfect with the Devon Coast Path on the otherside of the road.

The cottage is well equipped with quality fittings and furnishings. You have the feel that this is someones home unlike some holiday rentals. It is also spacious with a good television and excellent Wi-fi

The railway to the beach is 100 yards away as are the local shops and bars and restaurants.

Turning away from the coast you have a local Tesco and a great fish and chip restaurant, Hansburys and walking down to the Beach you have Carey Arms, a quality restaurant which I recommend.

There is even a long established theatre which we went to. I found the area magical.

Much to recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this lovely review. You are quite right in saying we treat this cottage as a home: our family love to come and stay and it gives us enormous joy to make it a relaxing place to be!
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Ein gemutliches zu Hause, nach jeder Tages ausflug.

  • 5 of 5

Wir sind weit gefahren, von Salzburg aber es war es wert Wir waren immer unterwegs, es gab so viele schöne Ausflugs Möglichkeiten. Schöne Wanderungen in Dartmoor und Exeter ist nicht weit weg mit den Auto. Unsere Hund hat die Strande wo Hunde auch Willkommen sind, genossen! Mein Tochter liebte die Fisch und Chips von den Restaurant um die ecke! Mein Mann genoss die "south coastal path" wo Mann die Klippen neben das Meer entlang wandert.

In die große Küche ist es super zu kochen, falls Mann zu Hause essen will. Freunde von England haben uns besucht und es gab auch platz für sie zu übernachten.

Wir waren sehr glücklich in Tessa's Cottage und habe viele schöne Erinnerungen.!!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank. Es freut uns sehr, dass Sie sich so gut amusiert haben. Tessa
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St. Georges Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The accommodation was excellent and the location was perfect. A short walk to the downs with it's bars and coffee shops and the stunning views over the bay. There were plenty of shops to get all we needed and we were a short car ride into Torquay and all that offered. beyond Torquay was Paignton, Totnes and Brixham so although we had "mixed" weather we had plenty to do and see.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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83 finkle Street

Beautiful cottage in lovely location.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage in perfect location . Short but steep walk to.the beach. The funicular is brilliant!! Lots to see and do in the area. Clean and beautiful cottage. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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10 out or 10

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage, with lots of extras to make it more of a home from home holiday. In an ideal place for anyone with dogs, lovely walks on your doorstep. The owner couldn't have been more helpful and I thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Cary Arms
Hanbury's Famous Fish and Chips
Award winning fish and chips. Enjoy at the restaurant or a takeaway.
Three Degrees West
Beach cafe on Oddicombe Beach
Coombe Cellars
Great place on the Teign estuary to enjoy a drink or a meal
Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves
Exciting visit for young and old alike. A tip: by all means save this for a rainy day but yo...
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Babbacombe Bay hotel
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
St Marychuch
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Babbacombe Bay Hotel
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Damage Deposit £100

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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