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The Watch House | Sleeps 6, On Hope Cove Beach with Slipway, Pets Welcome

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Updated: 23-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

This fabulous cottage will sleep 6 and is right on the beach at Hope Cove

**We offer Short Break stays in off-peak periods throughout the year, so please feel free to enquire for information about our 'Less than 7 night' tariffs.**

What can we say, the photographs speak for themselves!

This family home has the prime position overlooking Hope Cove beach.

Hope Cove is in the South Hams District of South Huish and in one of Devon's loveliest places. The name 'Hope' probably comes from the Norse word 'Hop' meaning bay or inlet. Close to many well know beaches it is about 5 miles west of Salcombe and south-west of Kingsbridge. The two beaches, are split by a small headland and the whole is sheltered by the large westerly headland of Bolt Tail.

It has a rich history and dates back to the mid-18th Century, used a fisherman's retreat and private home for many years. Despite its age however, the rooms are considerably more spacious than your average cottage and 'The Watch House' has been updated to make this the ideal family getaway.

Sit on the lounge window seat and watch the ever changing sea and local beach life. The home and location has everything and is understandably a very popular artists scene.

The boats in the foreground, the white sand, the green cliffs falling to the sea combined with a very short walk to the shops, post office, pub, large public car park, and restaurant, making this the envy of all holiday homes!

Spend time just staring at the distant calm or in the winter months; the storms! Go rock pooling, swimming, beach-combing, walking the South West Coastal Path over the hills and cliffs with all its abundant wildlife.

From this unique holiday home, the delights of the historical crabbing and fishing village of Hope Cove reach out literally in front of the door!

From its charming thatched cottage lined square with the charming Hope & Anchor pub, to the breath-taking ‘bucket and spade’ appeal of Hope Cove beach which is a soft, sandy, sheltered bay popular for swimming and diving.

Local restaurants cater for all taste buds from Mediterranean Tapas in Kingsbridge to romantic Oyster evenings out in Bigbury.

Braising coastal walks leading both eastwards and westwards can also be enjoyed from Hope Cove and each year the annual Hope Cove festival at the end of August, attracts flocks of visitors to the seaside village for the old fashioned BBQ feasts, musical concerts & raft races amongst an away of other activities.

Hope Cove:

Hope Cove is a small village which lies nestled in the shelter of Bolt Tail and the curve of Bigbury Bay. Offering a lot of outdoor excitement, a great small beach, it is both suitable for families and couples. Like nearly all the beaches of the South Hams is recognized for its clean beaches, pubs and restaurants. It is no wonder so many people return year after year to holiday there.

Hope Cove is on the National coastal walk trail from which the small coves can be reached and the local flora and fauna & wildlife can be enjoyed.

With so many well known and not so well known towns are close by; Salcombe which is only a few minutes away and larger towns such as Plymouth, Totnes, Torbay and Exeter are all within reach and make great days out. Many of these have attractions, such as Plymouth's National Marine aquarium, Dartmoor''s national park, Torbay's Kent''s Cavern, Paignton Zoo and much more.

There are many golf courses, the closest being Thurlestone, Bigbury and Dartmouth Golf Courses. Or perhaps launch your dingy or speedboat from the slip way at Inner Hope or go fishing from the beach or rocks.

Review by Ian from Frome: "Fantastic, unfussy, proper sea side home. Cannot fault the location or the house. Accomadated six of us easily. Great pub along the road. Stunning views fro m most of the windows. There is a little damp in property but hey its virtually on the beach and 150+ years old. The house has character and has clearly been loved by its owners. My wife, daughters and partners all loved it. What more can i say."

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Sue Vaughton or Will Keen
Speaks English, German
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

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4/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Fantastic spot to stay in.

  • 4 of 5

The property is lovely and clean, and the lounge is amazing to sit in and enjoy the sea. We took two dogs, and there was a slight drawback in that we werent told no dogs upstairs, and the living room is upstairs, so had to go out and buy some cheap bedding for them as one is 14 years old and cant do solid floors these days. There is a great pub, cafe and general shop ding good icecream a short walk away - even in the sweltering heat you can easily get home before it starts to drip! All in all highly recommended, but wont be going back with the digs as ours are too pampered and need sofas to sleep on!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback; we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Hope Cove! The area is very popular and the recent weather has made stays there even better! We're sorry to hear that you didn't manage to catch the note about the dog policy, which we display on this advert and on our own website, describing the dog policy. We will certainly try to make sure that we mention this to any guests we speak to. I do hope that this didn't influence your stay too much. If you or any of your friends or family would like to return to the property in the future, please let us know and we will be happy to welcome you back. With very best wishes, The Discovery Holiday Homes Team
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter International at 50 Miles Nearest Barpub : Hope & Anchor pub at 0.2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth Ferry Terminal at 28 Miles Nearest Golf : Thurlestone Golf Club at 5.7 Miles Nearest Train : Plymouth at 23 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 Motorway 41miles and A38 Trunk Road at 16 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Hope & Anchor pub Nearest Beach : Hope Cove Car: necessary

Additional activities & attractions include:

Conservation area, Exceptional sunrises & sunsets, Exceptional views, Gallery, National Trust properties, Nature reserve, On beach, Restaurants & bars, Surfing/body boarding, Walkway to water and Wildlife viewing.

The area is also popular for mountain biking, bird watching, fishing, golf, horse riding, sailing, wind surfing and snorkelling. The village of Hope Cove is also of historical interest having witnessed over 30 ship wrecks in its time including that of the ‘San Pedro’ in 1588, a foreign galleon ship wrecked during the botched Spanish Armada’s attempt to invade.

Historically, the village falls into two parts ~ Outer Hope & Inner Hope. Both parts of the village originally developed as centres for the local fishing industry.

Hope Cove has a long and fascinating history ~ once a favourite haunt for smugglers and for plundering wrecked ships, it is now a charming holiday destination.

Hope Cove was the only place in England where Spaniards came ashore during the reign of Queen Elisabeth I. St. Peter the Great, one of the ships of the Spanish Armada was wrecked on the Shippen Rock in 1588. A number of buildings in the South Devon area incorporate old beams salvaged from the wreckage of the Armada.


Bigbury Golf Club, Bigbury-on-Sea, South Devon TQ7 4BB (Approx. 10miles from Hope Cove)

Welcome to Bigbury Golf Club, Bigbury On Sea​ -

People who visit this famously friendly, cliff-top golf course near Kingsbridge in Devon will never forget the experience. What's more, it is an ideal location for golfing holidays with self-catering golf accommodation in our on-course holiday bungalow. There's a smile in the welcome for new members and guests alike.

Our challenging yet forgiving coastal golf course offers 18-holes, 6000-yards and is a very fair par-70.

There are stunning views in all directions: Dartmoor to the north, Burgh Island to the west, and on the eastern flank, Bantham Beach and the winding River Avon. Sea breezes can make it interesting and different every time. We’re easy to find, via the B3392 to Bigbury-on-Sea.

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club, Blackawton, Nr Totnes, Devon TQ9 7DE (Approx. 15 miles from Hope Cove)

Golf just doesn’t come any better! -

Designed by Jeremy Pern, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club offers 2 exceptional golf courses, both created with sweeping fairways, ample all year round tees, and of course superb greens created from the dramatic surrounding landscape, all built to USGA Championship specification.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
17 Feb 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Break
26 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 6 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jul 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 24 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Regatta Week
25 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Festive Season
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Booking Fee £15
Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Please Note ~ that paying via credit card or PayPal will incur a 2% surcharge. We offer 3 nights minimum all year round with the exception of July & August where 7 nights is the minimum. Short breaks are calculated at:

3 nights is 60% of the weekly tariff
4 nights is 70% of the weekly tariff
5 nights is 80% of the weekly tariff.
6 nights is 90% of the weekly tariff.

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Updated: 23-Feb-2017
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Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Walk-in shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Sea view master bedroom on 1st floor, overlooking Hope Cove
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Twin bedroom on the 1st floor
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 3rd bedroom with Bunk Beds on the 1st floor


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Additional features & facilities at the property include: Car essential, Electric kettle, Full kitchen, Pet friendly, Sea view, Suitable for elderly and Towels not included. Sit on the lounge window seat and watch the ever changing sea and local beach life. The home and location has everything and is understandably a very popular artists scene. The boats in the foreground, the white sand, the green cliffs falling to the sea combined with a very short walk to the shops, post office, pub, large public car park, and restaurant, making this the envy of all holiday homes!

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