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Unique apartment above beach on Dawlish sea wall

Bedrooms 2
Space 667 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 180 nights


About the property

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.

Two 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':

More about the Torbay Express here:

Details of the Coastguards location can be seen here:

More Details

David Denton + Sarah Evans
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

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 Dawlish

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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Dawlish Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 667 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Towels are provided, beach towels are available on request
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • 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 for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/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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Unique apartment above beach on Dawlish sea wall
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 49 reviews
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Superb winter break

  • 4 of 5

Came for a winter break, what a super place right on the beach and railway, super accommodation, could not have asked for better.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lee, we're glad No.2 worked its magic on you and hope to see you again in 2018!
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Wonderful mini break

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights in March as a birthday treat for my Mum. The house is cosy and warm and has all modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. The kitchen is well equipped and everything is provided for you, even down to the fresh milk on arrival. The view is absolutely stunning and even though I am a light sleeper, the train noise is not a problem. My only warning to potential travellers is that the path down to the house is very steep and is certainly not suitable for anyone with any walking issues.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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very spacious and very comfortable place to stay. Very cosy for a winter break

  • 5 of 5

Went to the Watch House recently for a 4 night break, thoroughly enjoyed it and have been here many times before. Feels very much like home from home, everything you need is provided, beautiful and clean and very comfortable, love Dawlish.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Angela and Sam for your continued support!
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Lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

Love the sea views. Very comfortable apartment. Will stay again

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive review Michael, and we look forward to seeing you again!
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The best holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is the best ever. Very well equipped, clean and very homely, warm and cosy. We absolutely loved it and the veiws were breathtaking. Location was also spot on, we couldnt of asked for more. We were both devastated to have to come home. Would definately book again without hesitation. Thank you David and Sarah

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Phew! Glad you both enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you before too long!
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We didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

No 2 Watch house is amazing! The minute we walked through the front door we were bowled over by the wonderful views of the sea. The apartment is such a gem and we were so happy we chose to stay here. Thank you David & Sarah for giving us the opportunity to do so.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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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




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

These rates apply until 30 September 2018. No bookings can be accepted after that date.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.