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5 Star Spacious Detached House with Stunning Panoramic Sea Views and Sunsets

Bedrooms 4
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Holiday Home in Heybrook Bay, Wembury, South Devon, England - Superb Hill Top Position With Private Garden and Ample Parking

Merrivale is situated in the south west corner of the South Hams on the Devon/Cornwall border and enjoys uninterrupted panoramic sea views from its superb hill top position in the coastal village of Heybrook Bay within the parish of Wembury, an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The location is perfect for couples or family holidays, walking the coastal paths, exploring the nearby beaches or simply relaxing in the garden or on the terraces soaking up the sun and watching the many boats and species of birds.

Merrivale is spacious and modern with most rooms having sea views. Three good sized bedrooms on the ground floor with three bathrooms and master bedroom and bathroom upstairs with balcony and stunning sea views. Each of the bedrooms has a bath/shower room either en-suite or adjacent. There is a large living room with log burner and Sky TV, a spacious well equipped kitchen, which opens into a large dining room with spiral stairs down to the games room. There is a balcony at the front of the dining room and large terrace in front of the lounge overlooking the sea, so that you can relax inside and outside.

Merrivale has gas fired central heating throughout with triple glazing to most of the windows and doors to provide a cosy feel when the south westerlies are blowing.

A lower terrace allows guests to sunbath in peace sheltered from the house.

The games room has a comfy sitting area with pool table, table football and air hockey, as well as a range of board games and jigsaws for all ages. There is another patio in front of the games room with bistro table.

To the east side there is another terrace, which is ideal for enjoying the morning sun with coffee and croissants whilst gazing over to the Mewstone.

There is a washing line, as well as an airer (clothes horse) indoors along with washing machine and tumble drier for guests use.

The internal hall acts as a study area and with WiFi for guests use.

There is ample parking for multiple cars and there is just one step up into the entrance porch from the gravel drive.

More Details

Richard Lait
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Richard Lait

I live in Birmingham with my wife Sarah and daughter Hannah, whilst our son Josh is having fun and working hard as a student in London. Our hearts are by the sea, which is why we love Merrivale and the peace of Heybrook Bay.

We get a lot of pleasure knowing that others can enjoy the peace and tranquility that Merrivale offers. The sea air is very therapeutic and blows away the pressures of busy lives.

Richard Lait purchased this bungalow in 2006

Why Richard Lait chose South Devon

We fell in love with the fabulous uninterrupted sea view and peaceful location.

Merrivale is a beautifully spacious home and its location is convenient to explore both Devon and Cornwall with close proximity to the historic Barbican and Plymouth Hoe, as well as Dartmoor National Park.

This is the undiscovered part of the south coast between Salcombe and Looe, so why not come and discover it?

When we are ready for a slower pace of life, this is where we intend to retreat to live.

What makes this bungalow unique

We enjoy the sea, peace and quiet, whilst being close to fabulous beaches, the rugged wilderness of Dartmoor national park and the city life of Plymouth, with its maritime history.

In the summer months we enjoy walking the coastal path to Wembury and on to Newton Ferrers or Noss Mayo to enjoy a pub lunch overlooking the River Yealm. Just don't miss the last ferry as it is a long walk back!

Sitting on one of the many terraces or balconies watching the boats on a shimmering sea with a cup of tea and a home made scone loaded with jam and clotted cream is a perfect holiday treat.

Of course a glass of chilled wine watching the sunset over Cornwall is another holiday treat to be enjoyed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a fantastic house and setting- we have had a great break from London and enjoyed the house and views so much. July 2010

A lovely week! What a fantastic setting and house- all the comforts of home and very well decked out. August 2010

Superb location, lovely house, sunshine, fresh air & clotted cream. Sept 2010

What a fabulous house! Such amazing views. A week is not long enough.... Certainly the most well equipped house we've ever stayed in. February 2011

We are so impressed with your house and the attention to detail you have give it. The view, especially on a sunny day, is fantastic. May 2011

The best place we have stayed in. Wish we lived here! May 2011

Your house is so lovely, the mod cons are excellent, all rooms are beatiful & the views are just breath taking!!! June 2011

We had lots of things planned to do before we came, however just ended up spending most of our time on the deckl! A lovely holiday very relaxing & really enjoyable. July 2011
Sep 2009
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Plymouth Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Upstairs
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , En-suite to Bedroom 3
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , En-suite to Bedroom 2
  • Bathroom 1 upstairs with bath, WC, basin. Bathroom 2 en-suite bedroom 2, corner bath, walk in shower, WC, bidet, basin, shaver point. Bathroom 3 shower, WC, basin, bidet, airing cupboard, shaver point Bathroom 4 en-suite bedroom 3, shower, WC, basin
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: upstairs double with 6' bed (queen size), balcony with sea view. Bedroom 2: double with 5' bed (king size). Bedroom 3: twin 3' beds or can be joined to make 6' double bed. Bedroom 4: twin 3' beds or can be joined to make 6' double bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: There is gas central heating throughout and a log burner in the lounge. Suitable for children (cot and high chair available by request), the elderly and the disabled with assistance. For the comfort of all guests we have a non smoking policy in the house. Sorry no pets. An Ofsted registered child minder available for babysitting by prior arrangement and payable locally. There is a garage at the property but this is not available for use. Basic cleaning materials such as washing up liquid and some dish washer/washing machine tablets. Welcome pack includes Devon cream tea, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk and sugar/sweeteners, as well as a bottle of wine in the drinks cooler. There is a games room with comfy chairs, selection of board games, 6' pool table, mini table football and mini air hockey, as well as a bistro table and chairs. All bedrooms have a TV and DVD player with Sky TV in the lounge, kitchen and upstairs master bedroom. Outside: A great feature of Merrivale is the attractive garden laid mainly to lawn with various seating areas, which provide a super opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic sea views spanning the Mewstone to the south east, the Eddystone Lighthouse straight ahead and across Plymouth Sound to Rame Head, Cornwall to the south west. The garden encompasses many different seating areas and is secure for young children to explore. The decking area outside the conservatory has a large table, parasol and chairs for dining. There is ample car parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Duvets, pillows, bedlinen, towels (not beach towels), tea towels included for each week of your stay. Laundry of bedlinen, bath and tea towels, as well as changeover clean included. Other: Dining room: dining table seats 8-10, dresser, sliding doors leading to front balcony and terrace with bistro table and chairs. Chairs for inside/outside use to sit and enjoy the sea view. Stairs to games room Wifi, games, jigsaws and DVD's for guests


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

5 Star Spacious Detached House with Stunning Panoramic Sea Views and Sunsets
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Fantastic weeks break in Merrivale, could not wish for more.

Excellent location - house clean & extremely comfortable.

We will be back one day.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I have been renting holiday properties twice a year for almost 20 years. This property is fantastic. It is so well equipped and very tastefully decorated. Everything has been thought of and every need catered for. Games room, spacious rooms, four bathrooms, what more could you want. We will definitely be returning next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased that Merrivale exceeded your expectations and as you were perfect guests we look forward to welcoming you back again for another holiday. Thank you for choosing Merrivale and taking the time to tell others about your holiday experience. Sarah and Richard
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  • 5 of 5

Magnificent views, immaculate, well equipped house. Would definitely want to return soon.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased that you enjoyed Merrivale and it will be a pleasure to welcome you back again Thank you Sarah and Richard
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Stunning location, perfectly equipped house

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic break over new year. The views really are amazing, with stunning sunrises and sunsets. Perfect location for a stroll to the local pubs or a more adventurous trek (the coastal path is at the end of the driveway). A drive away, but the Oyster Shack in Bigbury is a fantastic seafood restaurant. The house is spacious and equipped to the highest standard and the games room is a great way to occupy the children (and parents!) on rainy days.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're pleased that you enjoyed Merrivale and had a great New Year break. It sounds like you were able to explore the local area, as well as make use of the games room.
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Spectacular views - even better than shown in the photos.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house. Very helpful owner.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jane and we're pleased that Merrivale exceeded your expectations. We hope to welcome you back for a future holiday. Sarah and Richard
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Why go abroad when you have these views !

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home , beautiful location - 4th time here and never disappointed ! Every thought has gone into this property from the home made scones on arrival to the fresh flowers and the excellent customer service from the owners. Thank you very much Merrivale for leaving us with lovely holiday memories !

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Welcome to sunny Devon as Richard's father would say! We are very pleased that Merrivale has left you with more fond memories and given you special time together as a family. We look forward to welcoming you back next summer for a fifth time. Margaret's home made scones are delicious and a Devon cream tea wouldn't be right without them, although at 81 we're not sure how many more years we can count on her bakery skills. Thank you from Sarah, Richard and Sue who looks after Merrivale admirably for us
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Mussel Inn
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Plymouth (Brittany Ferries)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Staddon Heights
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Mussel Inn
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Car: necessary


Merrivale is only 5/10 minutes walk from the coast via a footpath at the end of the drive and within a mile along the coastal path to the east is the National Trust beach at Wembury and to the west the beach at Bovisand, both with toilets and cafe/shop. Within easy reach by car you are many of the Devon and Cornish beaches such as Whitsands, Bigbury, Thurlestone and Bantham, as well as the north coast beaches such as Bude, Polzeath and Newquay.


Exeter Airport - 47 miles.

Plymouth Railway Station - 6.5 miles.

Plymouth Cross Channel Ferry Port - 7 miles.

Plymouth Coach Station - 6 miles.

Use of car recommended.

Limited daily bus service to Plymouth.


Plymouth City Centre - 6 miles.

Plymouth Hoe/ Barbican - 6 miles.

Eden Project - 44 miles (1 hour 15 mins).

Salcombe - 24 miles (45 mins).

Looe - 29 miles (55 mins).

Padstow - 54 miles (1 hour 30 mins).

Dartmouth - 29 miles (55 mins).

Exeter - 45 miles (1 hour).

Further Details:

A mile away in the village of Down Thomas is The Mussel Inn, parts of which may date back to the 14th Century, post office, and convenience store/ bicycle shop. For a main supermarket Morrisons in Plymstock is 4 miles away on the A379 towards Plymouth or Sainsburys at Marsh Mills, which is 7 miles away. The nearest banks are in Plymstock or Plymouth city centre. Riverford is a fantastic organic farm shop with everything from fruit, veg, meats, cheeses, wine and other groceries located in Yealmpton on the A379 heading east from Elburton. Somewhere to head for a little treat! Merrivale is only six miles from Plymouth where you can explore the historic Barbican area renowned for its heritage including the Mayflower Steps, cobbled streets, quaint shops, fine restaurants and bars many specialising in locally sourced produce and seafood. Plymouth is rapidly becoming a good food destination, so well worth the trip. Around the city there is a wide selection of tourist attractions including the National Marine Aquarium with its sharks, Plymouth Pavilions with its leisure pool and ice rink, the dry ski slope or toboggan run, the Theatre Royal which hosts many touring London West End Shows or the Drake Circus shopping mall which offers a wide selection of top retail outlets. Other local activities include coastal walks, hiking in Dartmoor National Park, boat-hire, surfing, mountain biking, horse-riding, fishing, cinema, not forgetting Adrenaline Quarry near Liskeard, a must for thrill seekers, with the longest zip line in Britain with a special Hovercraft Flying School! As Merrivale is on the border of Devon and Cornwall you can easily explore the two counties and find within an hour or so by car as there many fine Stately Homes and gardens open to the public such as Buckland Abbey, home of Sir Francis Drake, and castles such as Tintagel with legend of King Arthur. The many other gardens in Devon and Cornwall are a special delight in the spring when they provide a blaze of dramatic colours.


Rates & Availability

Plymouth Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Whitsun Half Term
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 9
Jun 3 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 10
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 11
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 13
Oct 31 2017 - Dec 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/ New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Rate 14
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
Rate 15
Feb 10 2018 - Feb 23 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Feb 24 2018 - Mar 23 2018
4 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 20 2018
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2018
Apr 21 2018 - May 25 2018
7 night minimum stay
May 26 2018 - Jun 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
Jun 2 2018 - Jul 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jul 14 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 20 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $258.72

Booking Notes:
A 25% deposit is taken on booking. The rental balance, heating supplement (if applicable) and security deposit are payable 6 weeks before your holiday start date. The cautionary security/breakages deposit is £200 and will be refunded once the house has been checked over and usually within a week after leaving. For short breaks please enquire. Low season heating supplement of £40 per week.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover day with 10.00 departure and arrival from 16.00. Changeover day can be flexible for short breaks and Christmas/ New Year weeks.

Notes on prices:
Prices for the property per week in UK Pounds. Short breaks are available out of high season at 80% of weekly tariff for 4 nights or less. Please contact for availability. A heating supplement of £40pw is charged from 1st October until 31st March.

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