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Pretty Country Cottage With Gardens Near Stunning Coast. Dawlish Two Miles.



Updated: 20-May-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

2 Bedroom, Semi-det, With Wonderful Country Views. Walks, Beaches, Scenery

25% off for 2 person occupancy on all dates!

15% off for 3 person occupancy on all dates!

Sparrow's Nest is less than 2 miles from the beaches at Dawlish and Dawlish Warren and the ferry to Exmouth. The views to the Haldon hills over open fields are lovely. The cottage is surrounded by farmland; your only neighbours are us.

Few areas can offer such beautiful and interesting places to visit within such a short distance.

The cottage has one double bedroom (dual aspect) and one twin (each bedroom with especially comfortable mattresses and non-allergenic bedding), a lounge (with TV and DVD player), dining room, kitchen (with cooker, washing machine, fridge with small freezer box, and microwave), bathroom (with a Mira electric over-bath shower), cloakroom and outhouse (for your buckets and spades and fishing nets!) N.B Rather steep stairs.

The pretty gardens at the side and back are enclosed and safe for children or a dog. There's a picnic table and ample off-road parking in front of the cottage.

The cottage is non-smoking and one small well-behaved dog is allowed by arrangement. We have a large field that you may use for dog-walking or just enjoying.

A travel cot can be made available.

Electricity is included.

Bedding, towels and tea-towels are provided.

Wi-fi is available.

We are 2 miles from Dawlish, 1.5 from Dawlish Warren, 1.5 from the Starcross ferry to Exmouth, and 9 miles from Exeter,

There are Railway stations at Dawlish, Dawlish Warren and Starcross and 1 minute away are bus stops for Dawlish or Exeter directions.

Within 0.5 mile there is a Sainsbury's supermarket and petrol station.

Sparrow's Nest is on a Devon County Wildlife Site. Cirl Bunting birds are special here but watch for badgers, foxes and occasional deer and other wildlife.

The south west coast path is close, as is the internationally important Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and River Exe estuary.

By early summer 2017 the new country park should be open less than 5 minutes ' walk from here. It'll allow a short route to Dawlish Warren

There are boat trips from Dawlish. and Exmouth, a ferry also from Teignmouth to Shaldon for it's quaint streets, small zoo and smugglers' tunnel to a secluded beach...

There are theatres in Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay and Exeter.

Come and stay and find your own wonderful places to visit and things to do, or just enjoy relaxing in the garden of Sparrow's Nest!

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Mrs Carol Lockton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2017

What makes this cottage unique

Wonderful location; come and find out for yourselves!

25% off for 2 person occupancy on all dates!

15% off for 3 person occupancy on all dates!

1 Small dog welcome by arrangement

13 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)


Comfortable getaway cottage

  • 4 of 5

Friendly, helpful welcome from Barry & Carol. It was so nice to have space to spare, warm rooms and comfortable chairs and bed. Everywhere was clean. The kitchen was well equipped. Having a bath, not just a shower, is a plus, though we hope that the slow water pressure is sorted out before we visit again. Lovely country views, including the pheasants and ducks in the back garden.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I'm glad you found the bed and chairs comfortable. The water pump when turned on in the airing cupbord does increase the water pressure hugely; I'm so sorry if you hadn't realised this. What a shame about the weather whilst you were staying..... Do return one day when it's sunny!
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Saprrows Nest was perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

The owners made us very welcome from the moment of arrival, and freshly baked scones, with cream and jam and milk meant we could enjoy a lovely tea. The house was ideal for our two dogs with a huge field for them to run in and an enclosed garden. The cottage warmed up very quickly with the electric heaters in each room and once we got the hang of the water pressure the shower was fine. I guess the road wold be quite noisy in the summer but it didn't bother us. Easy to get to good walks and also into Exeter. Thoroughly enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review which will be very useful to others considering booking. Do come again....
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Lovely, quiet cottage with scenic views

  • 5 of 5

We are very happy with our stay at Sparrows Nest. It is a lovely, cosy cottage with quiet surroundings and a lovely scenic view. The cottage was clean and tidy upon arrival, the owners were very welcoming and the property was spacious for a two bedroom cottage. The location was ideal, close to local shops, attractions and beaches. We enjoyed our week and would certainly consider booking Sparrows Nest in the future for a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We'll look forward to welcoming you again some time.
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Lovely, clean, very dog friendly

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage with wonderful views. Awaiting us were home made scones, cream and strawberries. The cottage was clean and tidy and had everything we wanted. The garden was completely enclosed and also an enclosed field available so our dog could have a good run. Close to good pubs and plenty of walks. Barry and Carol were delightful hosts and I would recommend a stay at Sparrows Nest

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review
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Enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely time at the Sparrow's nest - the positives far outweighed the very minor negative issues.

The property is relatively spacious and light inside. All the appliances worked and the house was in a good state of repair.

The rooms were tidy and comfortable.

The gardens were very well kept and there is the use of a very large secure field behind the house, which my children loved as they could play cricket and football.

Mr & Mrs Lockton were very welcoming, kind and helpful providing their home grown fruit and Cream teas on arrival.

The cold water pressure is a little low, but not unusable. The electric shower worked fine if you keep it in eco mode. Hot water is boosted by a pump. Wi-fi was intermittant and a little slow, possibly it may benefit from a repeater unit, the strongest signal seemed to be in the Kitchen. The 3G signal is weak, but there is a strong to medium 2G signal from 2 of the main networks.

There is a minor 40mph A road outside, which can be busy in the daytime but not too busy that you cannot pull out onto it safely.

At night, you can just about hear the occasional car, but it did not keep anyone awake at night.

However these issues are very minor and they did not bother us.

There are many attractions and beaches nearby that we were spoilt for choice. The children loved Paignton Zoo (free car park), the amusements / fun park at Dawlish Warren and Babbacombe model village. Parking charges in many of the town car parks (incl Exeter) are very reasonable. There is also a large supermarket within 5 minutes drive of the cottage. There are many Supermarkets in the Torbay area that have restaurants which are a fraction of the cost of restuarants in the main attractions and the food is just as good. There is so much to do in this area, 1 week is not enough time to see it all.

We hope to return again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very fair and comprehensive review. It would be a pleasure to have you back again.
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Holiday at Sparrows nest

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage beautiful views from the back, clean plenty of room and very well equipped, nice personal touches like small vases of fresh flowers from the garden and a cream tea on arrival. Thank you Carol and Barry for a lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. Do come again; cheaper rates at other times!
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 13 Miles Nearest Barpub : 2 Inns by Cockwood harbour at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Starcross to Exmouth for coast and River Exe trips at 1.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Dawlish Warren at 1.5 Miles Nearest Train : Starcross or Dawlish Warren at 1.8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Cockwood at 1 Miles Nearest Beach : Dawlish Warren at 1.5 Miles Car: not necessary

Beaches, cliffs, sand dunes, south-west coast-path, sea wall strolls, Exe estuary cycle trail, woodland trails, Dartmoor, pretty villages, interesting churches and buildings, Brunel's railway (Two steam train routes not too far away,) Powderham Castle, boat trips. Lots and lots of tourist attractions within easy reach. Cathedral city of Exeter not far.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early summer
29 Apr 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed
25% discount for 2 person occupancy all dates!
15% discount for 3 person occupancy all dates!
Saturday to Saturday bookings.
Short stay enquiries welcomed, but not during height of summer.
(If available 3 nights charged at 60% of weekly tariff.
4 nights charged at 70% of weekly tariff
5 nights charged at 80% of weekly tariff
6 nights charged at 90% of weekly tariff)
Small dog if agreed; £25 per week
Travel cot; £8 a week; pre-book and bring your own bedding
Deposit payable. Balance due 4 weeks before arrival

Once booking has been provisionally confirmed by phone or e-mail, you will be required to complete and return our booking form and pay a 30% deposit to confirm the booking. The balance will be payable 4 weeks before arrival. Any money paid will only be refunded if the dates are able to be rebooked.
Please pay by cheque or bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 20-May-2017


From the Owner

Wonderful location; come and find out for yourselves! 25% off for 2 person occupancy on all dates! 15% off for 3 person occupancy on all dates! 1 Small dog welcome by arrangement

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Downstairs cloakroom with toilet, washbasin and towel rail
  • Upstairs. Mira electric over- bath shower. Toilet, basin, heated towel rail, airing cupboard.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Double aspect, country views
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed


  • Garden


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...

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