Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above the sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, Devon Palms (refs 30273, 30274, 30275 and 30276) are ideal for family holidays, walkers or for just a relaxing break. Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, this complex of semi-detached cottages is an ideal holiday base. The properties are decorated and furnished to a good standard. Across the road and down the hill, is the lovely sheltered beach, which is complete with a café, and if you fancy climbing the rocks, you will see some fantastic views across the ocean. Take in some of the stunning Torbay coastline, walk from beach to beach past beautiful cliffs and rolling hills, and enjoy some of the best coastal walks in Devon. Torquay is a very popular and historic town with a huge variety of things to do – a perfect place to entertain the whole family. The town centre is only 4 miles away, offering plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. Like most of the towns in the area, Torquay is situated right on the coast, and the main town is just a few minutes away from the nearest beach - Torre Abbey Sands. There are eight other beaches around Torquay, all with unique views across the bay. The town itself is bursting with history, being the birthplace of the famous murder mystery writer Agatha Christie. It also has beautiful ancient caves containing a variety of interesting fossils, World War II slipways in the harbour and Torre Abbey, which was built in 1166 and is the largest surviving medieval monastery in Devon and Cornwall. And of course, who can forget the role Torquay played in the famous comedy Fawlty Towers. The South West Coastal Path from Watcombe in Torquay to Maidencombe is a favourite spot for local walkers. This walk has a little bit of everything - from woods and open fields, to beaches, coastal scenery and rare wildlife. Two of the English Riviera’s top attractions can be found in nearby Babbacombe; Bygones Victorian Street and Babbacombe Model Village. The property is just 22 miles from Exeter city centre. Paignton Zoo is a great day out for everyone, and is home to thousands of amazing animals and plants. Situated on the mouth of the River Teign, Shaldon is an unspoilt village, with a thriving livelihood based on the estuary. No visit to the area would be complete without indulging in traditional cream teas. Torquay has a lot to offer, there is the Living Coasts where penguins wander freely, the theatre which has shows all year round, or take a ferry across to Brixham, to sample the fresh fish and seafood. Don’t miss a trip to Dartmoor to climb one of the tors, or just take in the beauty and travel across the moor to Tavistock, where there is some dramatic scenery. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.
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- Min Stay0 - 7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
- Calendar last updated:
- Jul 21, 2018
Copper Tree Cottage Experience
This was a last minute booking (two days prior to arrival) for a family of 6 (2 adults, 4 kids). When checking out what the cottage had in the way of amenities, it never occurred to me to check whether it had a shower or washing machine - lesson learned. I wouldn't have booked had I realised that it didn't have either, but that was my fault. The lack of a shower and washing machine seemed a bit odd, and a shower block and communal washing area for these apartments would be a huge improvement.
I also think the cottage is small for 6 people. There is one public room, with a small three seater and smaller two seater sofa. The TV was fine, with standard freeview channels. The dining area doesn't really work as the table is stored in the area under the stairs - fine for two people, but you need to re-arrange the furniture if you want to extend the table.
The bedroom configuration isn't ideal for a family - two double bedrooms and a twin, but I knew that when I booked it. The kitchen is very small, but it was clean and adequately stocked with crockery, cutlery and pots 7 pans. The last criticism I'd make concerns is the reliability of the wifi - it really struggled to cope at times, and there was one evening when it just wasn't available.
The positives were that the cottage was clean and was pretty much as advertised. Great garden and nice view, but the beach down the hill was a real bonus. Quiet and secluded, and within walking distance. The cottage is also really close to Torquay, and Torquay is superb. People are friendly, the scenery in the surrounding area is stunning and there's a huge amount to see and do.
I'd feel I was going out my way to be unkind if I said this was less than a 3 star cottage, but equally, the rating would dramatically improve with access to proper washing facilities - a bath and immersion heater just isn't enough for 6 people.
We had a great holiday, the cottage had a nice feel to it, despite the size, and I think we pretty much got what we paid for - just about VFM, but I wouldn't go back simply because of the lack of amenities. This is a strange anomaly in a competitive market. If those were improved, this would be a brilliant holiday property.