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Torquay on 'the English Riviera' is one of Devon's most popular coastal resorts due to its warm climate, buzzing atmosphere and excellent facilities.

Torquay was first 'discovered' by well-to-do Victorians who loved the agreeable climate and long sandy beaches. Today it retains its unique charm with a bustling harbour and sophisticated marina, a lovely pier and promenade where you can stroll and relax with a backdrop of palm trees that make you think you're in the Mediterranean.

Choose from a wide selection of waterfront restaurants and bars where you can chill-out and watch the world go by. From the elevated position of the Royal Terrace Gardens you can enjoy a great view of the town and bay below.

Because of its excellent facilities, plenty of things to do, great night life, visitor attractions and local activities Torquay attracts all ages of visitors, from families to couples and groups.

See the beautiful Pavilion, which is one of many testimonies to the Victorian era; also worth a visit is the spectacular Torre Abbey with its art gallery and beautiful gardens. Step back even further in time with a visit to Kent's Cavern, said to be the most important Stone Age site in Britain, brought to life in a way that's fascinating and fun.

The popular Living Coasts Zoo with an exciting range of animals from land, sea and the air, including a spacious free-flying bird enclosure, or on a smaller scale, get down to the Model Village at nearby Babbacombe.

Search for Torquay holiday cottages today to enjoy a break in the English Riviera.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

A short walk from the beach

Situated a short distance (800 yards) to Torquay’s sandy beach this holiday apartment is one of a collection of high-specification apartments, ideally positioned for enjoying all that Torquay has to offer. The property is furnished to a good standard throughout and benefits from French doors leading to the garden. It makes the most of its elevated position with far reaching sea views, perfect for relaxing and al fresco dining, and is in an excellent location for a family holiday, or for friends to get together. Torquay is home to an array of popular attractions, many of which are within short walking distance, including the marine themed Living Coasts. Other attractions in the town include the prehistoric caves at Kent’s Cavern, Babbacombe Model Village and a step back in time at Bygones. The nearest beach to The Bay is Torre Abbey Sands, a large expanse of golden sand that is family friendly. There is a theatre, waterfront bars and cafes and a whole lot more to do and discover. Take a trip across the bay to Brixham, or visit Agatha Christie’s summer house Greenway. Paignton Zoo is close by. There is so much to see and do here you will have to revisit. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with two sets of French doors. Kitchen. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, both with French doors. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£314-£1006
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Cliff Lodge Ref: HEEJ

With so much to offer, this stunning property makes a superb holiday base for a large family - not just for the summer holidays, but for celebrating special occasions throughout the year. Set in a striking location off a quiet country lane with uninterrupted sea views, spacious Cliff Lodge boasts extensive accommodation and superb leisure facilities. Most of the bedrooms are en-suite and have panoramic sea views stretching far across the water - and on a fine day, Lyme Bay and Portland can be clearly seen. Boasting an indoor heated swimming pool, together with a pine sauna and shower room, there is also an outdoor 8-seater hot tub set on the decked area to the side of the swimming pool for guests to enjoy. Other features of the property include a purpose-built detached games room which contains a full-size snooker table, sofas, 50in plasma screen TV, jukebox and bar facilities. This is a great area where teenagers can amuse themselves, or where the whole family can spend time and have fun together - with the bar stocked up, and the jukebox turned on, whole evenings can be whiled away happily. A good-sized, well-stocked garden and an additional one acre of fields provide excellent outside areas for children to play in.
For a day by the sea, Maidencombe Beach is ½ mile away - a delightful little cove surrounded by red sandstone cliffs, with a sand and shingle beach. Set in an unspoilt coastal hamlet, this location offers magnificent coastal walks and panoramic views. Torquay town centre is only 4 miles away, offering plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. The South West Coast 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 and 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. Cliff Lodge lies just 22 miles from Exeter city centre. Shops 1 miles, local pub 1 mile. Michelin star restaurant just 5 minutes’ walk away.

Living room with 42in plasma TV, gas fire and sliding patio doors to balcony with sea views. Sitting room with gas fire, 38in plasma TV and patio doors to balcony with sea views. Dining room with seating for 12. Large well-equipped kitchen with ceramic floor, leading to breakfast room and conservatory with cane sofas and sea views. Twin bedroom with patio doors to balcony with sea views and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet and heated towel rail. Open tread staircase to lower ground floor: Two double bedrooms; one with 5ft bed, each with ceramic floor and French doors to patio. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 6ft bed, 42in plasma TV, dressing area, fitted wardrobes, French doors to balcony with sea views, and spacious en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, rain shower, twin wash basins and toilet. Double bedroom with French doors to balcony with sea views and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet with Velux windows.

  • Gas fires included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Four large plasma TVs (satellite)
  • Two DVDs
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • Garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Indoor heated swimming pool with shower/changing facilities (max depth 5ft)
  • Sauna in pool room
  • 8-seater hot tub on decking
  • Purpose-built heated games room in garden, with full-size snooker table, bar, cloakroom, jukebox, table football, sofas and large 50in plasma satellite TV
  • Table tennis in garden
  • Garage (for 6 cars) and further parking (for 4 cars)
  • Two Z-beds available (for +2)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Unfenced pond in garden

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£2421-£4846
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, these six very comfortably furnished holiday properties (refs 28862, 28863, 28864, 28865, 28866 and 28867) all have separate entrances and enjoy the use of an acre of attractively landscaped gardens with extensive sea views. They are ideally situated for the coastal path, yet still enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting for abundant local wildlife. Primrose (a ground floor apartment), Bluebell (set on the first floor) and Foxglove (on the second floor with a roof terrace giving spectacular sea views) are situated in a purpose-built extension to the owner’s Victorian residence, whilst Poppy (a first floor apartment) is part of the original house. The ‘English Riviera’ is famous for its mild climate and is ideal for year-round breaks. Torquay, with its many amenities is only 4 miles away. These are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends’ reunions and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing and angling. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place in which to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Torquay town centre and Living Coasts are about 5 minutes away. Oddicombe Beach is also close by, and discover the shopping area of St Marychurch, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area. Oddicombe Beach can be reached by foot down a very steep, wooded lane, or choose a more gentle ascent on the historic Babbacombe Cliff Railway. One of only a few original working funicular railways, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been transporting visitors up and down the 240 foot cliff-face since 1926. A short stroll from Oddicombe Beach leads to Babbacombe Beach and a pub. Nearby, visit the Babbacombe Model Village. Exeter and Plymouth are within an easy drive. There are many NT properties, including Agatha Christie’s summer house in Galmpton. Golf and walking locally. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

External steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating included. Two digital TVs.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared 1-acre garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 10 steps and sloping banks in shared garden.

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£288-£537
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Carlingford Ref: HOOP

Situated just 750m from the South West Coastal Path, this property offers lovely views of the sea and moor. The property is a spacious detached house which has been completely renovated to a very high standard, offering spacious accommodation. There is a lovely garden, ideal for al-fresco dining. It has its own orchard and a small woodland area. The well appointed living room commands views across the bay. Beautiful French wood-burning stoves are provided for those colder evenings, making this a very warm and cosy property. The house is situated in a wonderful location for a beach holiday, walking holiday or friends to get together. There is a ‘locals’ beach just 1 mile from the property, ideal for all ages. There are good pubs and highly recommended restaurants not too far from the property. There is an RSPB nature reserve at nearby Labrador Bay (½ mile). Shaldon, with its own zoo and sandy beach, is 2 miles from the property. Torquay has much to offer, including Kent’s Cavern and the Model Village. The Living Coasts have penguins wandering freely, or take a boat trip across to Brixham for a lovely day out. Further along the coast is Paignton with its world famous zoo, sandy beaches, water park and steam train to the historic naval town of Dartmouth. There are many NT properties to visit in the area, such as Agatha Christie’s Greenway home. Exeter with its cathedral is magnificent and well worth a visit, take in the shops or wander down to the canal and take a boat up to the pubs that cannot be reached by car, or for the more energetic, hire a bike and cycle the route instead. For children there is Crealy Adventure Park which is a great day out. For walkers who want to walk the Jurassic Coast, this is a great base as Sidmouth is just 28 miles away. Take in Seaton, Beer, Lyme Regis and Branscombe. Shops 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Large dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Modern kitchen with tiled floor. Three bedrooms, each with sea/moorland views; one double, two twin, one with French doors to garden. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet; one with TV and countryside views.

  • Wood-burning stoves - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two satellite TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD/iPod dock
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Terrace
  • Wooded area
  • Barbecue
  • Fire pit
  • Cycle store
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • No smoking
  • NB: 6 steps and sloping banks in garden

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£964-£2978
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Steeped in history, Ben Venue is an imposing listed Victorian house built in 1890, once owned by the brother of A.R Johnson wax polish empire of America. Ben Venue (HKKB) is attached to Lemon Tree Cottage (HMMS) and the owner’s apartment. In Ben Venue (HKKB), many original features are still evident, with a very grand staircase, and large chandeliers throughout as well as high ceilings which add to the charm and character of this most beautiful property. It is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, from the piano in the entrance to the four-poster beds, the large bathroom and en-suite shower rooms. There have been many famous celebrities who have visited the property over the years and enjoyed many a game of snooker on the full size snooker table - see all the photos adorning the walls including Ray Reardon, Max Bygraves and Bobby Davro to name but a few. All of the rooms have elegance about them; there are huge picture windows, and sea views from the ground and first floors. Lemon Tree Cottage has its own entrance and is also decorated to a high standard from Italian marble floors to beautiful furnishings. Torquay has so much to offer and these are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends reunited and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks, with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing, angling and to study the natural wildlife at leisure. Stunning views are to be seen just about everywhere across the bay, out over the English Channel, along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill or inland towards the tors of Dartmoor. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Torquay town centre and Living Coasts are about 5 minutes away. Shops and pub ¼ mile.

Living room with electric fire. Kitchen/dining room with Italian marble floor. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electric fire included
  • Electricity and full gas central heating included
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Double oven
  • No garden
  • Easy walking
    access

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£346-£1037
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
3


Moorings and Moorings Apartment are both tastefully decorated apartments situated peacefully in one of the most enviable locations in Torquay. Tucked away in an acre of gardens with open views across the valley to the sea, it’s easy to let yourself unwind. Offering a cosy, warm winter let, many customers return for an off season to enjoy an ‘English Riviera’ winter break. These holiday properties (refs: 29650 & 30587) are attached to the owner’s home but offer privacy and great views. A large decking area overlooks Ilsham Valley and is ideal for outdoor dining. Along with a private, covered patio area close to a koi pond, there are plenty of outside areas in which to relax. A large area of gardens is secure and allows pets to roam freely. Located on the boundary of Lincombe Woods, you’re also within walking distance to many wooded walks, meadows, village shops and beaches, including arguably Torbay’s finest beach - Meadfoot. With its southerly outlook, clear waters and views, it deserves its reputation as one of the region’s best. Moorings Apartments are a 3-minute drive to the marina, harbour and main shopping areas. Wellswood village itself is 5-minute woodland stroll away, and is one of the most charming areas of Torquay. Everything you need for day to day living is here, with restaurants, a wine shop, post office and village pantry. The local pub is known for its excellent food, sunny beer garden and friendly atmosphere. The village is also the birthplace of crime writer Agatha Christie and home of the Gleneagles Hotel, which was inspiration for John Cleese’s ’Fawlty Towers’. Finally, Kent’s Cavern Caves is one of Europe’s top prehistoric Stone Age caves. With an extensive labyrinth of spectacular and easily accessible caverns open daily and all year round, it’s an absolute must. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

12 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Travel cot and high chair on request. 47" Smart TV (Netflix). Microwave. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared decked area. Shared 1 acre of landscaped grounds. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. NB: 12 steps to decked area. Unfenced pond in grounds 10 yards.

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£281-£711
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above the sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, Crossways (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. Take a trip to Dartmoor to climb one of the tors which isn’t to be missed, 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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in). Shower room with toilet.

Electricity wood-effect fire in living room and electricity by £1 meter. Enclosed patio with furniture. Pet free of charge - to be kept on a lead at all times.

All properties: Bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared 1-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed children’s play area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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£244-£672
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, these five very comfortably furnished holiday properties all have separate entrances and enjoy the use of an acre of attractively landscaped gardens with extensive sea views. They are ideally situated for the coastal path, yet still enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting for abundant local wildlife. Primrose (a ground floor apartment), Bluebell (set on the first floor) and Foxglove (on the second floor with a roof terrace giving spectacular sea views) are situated in a purpose-built extension to the owner’s Victorian residence, whilst Poppy (a first floor apartment) is part of the original house. Lavender (set on the first floor above the owner’s accommodation) is accessed through the main reception. The ‘English Riviera’ is famous for its mild climate and is ideal for year-round breaks. Torquay, with its many amenities is only 4 miles away. These are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends’ reunions and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing and angling. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place in which to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Torquay town centre and Living Coasts are about 5 minutes away. Oddicombe Beach is also close by, and discover the shopping area of St Marychurch, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area. Oddicombe Beach can be reached by foot down a very steep, wooded lane, or choose a more gentle ascent on the historic Babbacombe Cliff Railway. One of only a few original working funicular railways, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been transporting visitors up and down the 240 foot cliff-face since 1926. A short stroll from Oddicombe Beach leads to Babbacombe Beach and a pub. Nearby, visit the Babbacombe Model Village. Exeter and Plymouth are within an easy drive. There are many NT properties, including Agatha Christie’s summer house in Galmpton. Golf and walking locally. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, these six very comfortably furnished holiday properties (refs 28862, 28863, 28864, 28865, 28866 and 28867) all have separate entrances and enjoy the use of an acre of attractively landscaped gardens with extensive sea views. They are ideally situated for the coastal path, yet still enjoy a peaceful and tranquil setting for abundant local wildlife. Primrose (a ground floor apartment), Bluebell (set on the first floor) and Foxglove (on the second floor with a roof terrace giving spectacular sea views) are situated in a purpose-built extension to the owner’s Victorian residence, whilst Poppy (a first floor apartment) is part of the original house. The ‘English Riviera’ is famous for its mild climate and is ideal for year-round breaks. Torquay, with its many amenities is only 4 miles away. These are the perfect properties for family get-togethers, friends’ reunions and celebrations. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks with opportunities for surfing, swimming, diving, sailing and angling. Torquay is an ideal base from which to visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. It is a place in which to relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a holiday in a classic English seaside resort. Torquay town centre and Living Coasts are about 5 minutes away. Oddicombe Beach is also close by, and discover the shopping area of St Marychurch, a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the harbour area. Oddicombe Beach can be reached by foot down a very steep, wooded lane, or choose a more gentle ascent on the historic Babbacombe Cliff Railway. One of only a few original working funicular railways, the Babbacombe Cliff Railway has been transporting visitors up and down the 240 foot cliff-face since 1926. A short stroll from Oddicombe Beach leads to Babbacombe Beach and a pub. Nearby, visit the Babbacombe Model Village. Exeter and Plymouth are within an easy drive. There are many NT properties, including Agatha Christie’s summer house in Galmpton. Golf and walking locally. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating included. Three digital TVs. Dishwasher. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Parking (2 cars).

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Shared 1-acre garden with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking. NB: 10 steps and sloping banks in shared garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Hesketh Mews Ref: 28088

Perfectly located within just a few minutes’ walking distance of Meadfoot Beach, this elegant, end-of-terrace mews house is the perfect family holiday getaway for friends to get together. Hesketh Mews is a town house situated in leafy Meadfoot, just one minute’s walk from the Blue Flag Meadfoot Beach with scenic walks along the south west paths giving far reaching views of Torbay, Thatcher Rock and leading to Ilsham Valley green and Wellswood village. The property is furnished to a very good standard and features spacious living areas as well as a furnished rear patio area. There is an allocated parking space within the garage, while on-street parking is also available just across the road. There are 22 miles of coastline, cliffs, coves, beaches and walks, with surfing, swimming, diving, sailing and angling and to study the natural wildlife at leisure. Stunning views are to be seen across the bay, out over the English Channel, along the 40 miles of Lyme Bay to Portland Bill or inland towards the tors of Dartmoor. Visit Dartmouth, Totnes, Exeter and Plymouth. Enjoy one of the tea rooms and eateries dotted along the cliff top overlooking the Babbacombe Downs, just a short drive away. 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, or take a ferry across to Brixham. Paignton offers the zoo and Agatha Christie’s home Greenway. Blue Flag beaches and a warm year-round climate have enticed visitors for decades. Nicknamed the ‘English Riviera’ by the Victorians, Torquay continues to charm guests of all ages year after year. Shop 3/4 mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, both with access to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Garage (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Ilsham Cottage Ref: HEEN

Set on the English Riviera, this quintessential English cottage nestles in Torquay’s exclusive Wellswood village. Situated in an AONB and a SSSI, it lies a virtual stone’s throw from the renowned Kent’s Caverns, one of the most important prehistoric sites in Europe and Ice Age home of Britain’s earliest humans. Follow in the footsteps of England’s finest men and women - Agatha Christie, I.K. Brunel and Charles Darwin to name but a few - who took inspiration from the area, which is now a gateway site to the world’s first urban global geopark and just a few minutes’ walk to the Marine Conservation Recommended and Blue Flag beaches at Anstey’s Cove and Meadfoot, with stunning woodland and magnificent coastal paths along South Devon’s beautiful bay. Built using the local limestone, this 150-year-old cottage was once part of Lord Haldon’s estate and still retains much of its Victorian charm and character after being lovingly restored. Arranged over three levels, it has Victorian maple and pine floors, and cast-iron radiators throughout, complemented by an eclectic mix of quality furniture, soft furnishings and antiques, and has a 42in plasma TV in the living room. It is set in a very pretty, magical garden with abundant plant and bird life. A summer/play house and barbecue areas are provided. The village itself has a cosmopolitan feel, with a range of eateries to tempt every palate, a patisserie, a delicatessen, a convenience store plus an excellent choice of small shops. There are also beauty salons, a traditional English pub, a children’s play area on the green and, of course, the hotel featured in Fawlty Towers. The English Riviera has many attractions and several NT/English Heritage properties are easily accessible. Dartmouth, Totnes, Dartmoor National Park and Exeter are within easy reach. Beach/sea fishing, 600 yards, Torquay harbour/town and Babbacombe/Downs, 1 mile. Shops and pub 100 yards.

Living room with Minster stone fireplace. Dining room with enamel wood-burning stove and French doors to garden. Compact, well-equipped kitchen with granite and marble worktops, and exposed stone wall. Original conservatory with sitting area. First floor: Double bedroom with built-in wardrobes and wash basin. Double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail. Second floor: Two bedrooms, each with low sloping ceilings, exposed beams and Velux windows; one double with en-suite shower room and toilet and one twin with TV and views to village.

  • Wood-burning stove
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone
  • Enclosed garden with patios and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Children’s summer/play house
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond

WAS
NOW
£811-£1786
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Set on the coastal road, just 600 yards above the sheltered Maidencombe Beach and the village’s pretty thatched inn, Crossways (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. Take a trip to Dartmoor to climb one of the tors which isn’t to be missed, 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.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, one with additional single (2ft 6in), 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Electricity wood-effect fire in living room, NSH and electricity included (by meter reading September-April). DVD. Fridge/freezer. Patio with furniture.

All properties: Bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Shared 1-acre grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed children’s play area. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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Braddon Villa Ref: 28739

With fantastic views from the garden across Torquay and the nearest beach within 800 yards, this one bedroom ground floor holiday apartment is set in a Georgian villa dating back to 1821. The villa has been converted into apartments, with a magnificent shared hallway, high ceilings and original feature fireplaces. Torquay has a wide variety of attractions on offer such as day cruises around the bay, fishing trips and of course plenty of shops. One of the nearest beaches is Torre Abbey Sands, a large expanse of golden sand that is family friendly. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Six steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 6 steps to garden.

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£211-£657
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