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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Mermaid Cottage is a very comfortable 19th Century fisherman's cottage situated on a private terrace with fantastic uninterrupted panoramic views of Torbay and the inner and outer harbour of Brixham. Situated less than 5 minutes from the harbour side pubs , restaurants and shops of Brixham the cottage offers a perfect location for a relaxing holiday , close enough for convenience but far enough away for peace and quiet! For the more energetic visitors plentiful coastal walks are right outside your door . The small attractive coves of Fishcombe and Churston are very close and the nearby Berry Head nature reserve offers a great walk ,wonderful views and a great cafe!
Internally the comfortably furnished cottage is set over three floors with fantastic harbour views from all floors. In fact the sitting room's floor to ceiling front window doubles as a patio door to offer a wonderful airy feel on warm days whilst still providing those harbour views. The first floor front double bedroom has a double bed with a wonderful sea view , the spacious second floor offers twin beds (and a fantastic view) and the first floor back bedroom provides adult size bunk beds.
Externally Mermaid offers a front patio area complete with seating for six people allowing you to enjoy a drink or a meal 'al fresco' whilst enjoying the fabulous views. The inner and outer harbour are bustling with life and always provide something interesting to see. (You may even spot our resident seals or the rarer dolphins). In addition a small rear sun trap courtyard offers a peaceful haven after a busy day.
The sitting room provides seating for six and for those out of season days or when the weather is less kind the cottage is warm and cosy with the added benefit of a freeview TV/DVD player .
For additional convenience Mermaid Cottage provides free w-fi and plentiful parking is available nearby.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
Brixham is a pretty English harbour town whose multi-coloured coloured fishermen's cottages clinging to the hillside in crooked rows ooze character. The town's sloping cobbled streets and traditional seaside shops create a laid back atmosphere and the bustling harbour side offers all the ingredients for a classic English seaside holiday - cream teas, crab sandwiches, shellfish, and crabbing from the harbour wall to name just a few
With 19 beaches and coves and a naturally sheltered port, holidays in Brixham are bound to include the ideal beach for you. The sloping sandy beach of Broadsands is two miles outside of Brixham and is a popular choice with families. Churston and Fishcombe Coves are sand shingle and the walk from Brixham to Broadsands through the coves passes through a wonderful combination of rugged coastline and attractive woodland. Alternatively, Breakwater Beach is very family-friendly, a shingle beach with easy access ,plenty of parking and includes facilities.
Brixham's maritime past is reflected in the presence of the Golden Hind replica in the harbour and the brand new 'Smugglers Story' 3D attraction. More up to date maritime adventures can be enjoyed with the plentiful fishing trips , cruises to Dartmouth and the regular ferry crossing to and from Torquay and Paignton.
As well as the great things to do in Brixham the whole area throngs with wonderful options for super days out. These include the award winning Paignton Zoo, the Babbacombe Model Village and Kent's Cavern in Torquay and do not miss the scenic steam train from Paignton to Dartmouth or a trip to nearby mysterious Dartmoor. For the more adventurous the Crealy Adventure Park and Woodlands Family Theme park offer thrills and spills in equal measure.
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24 Apr 2013
"We all loved Brixham and Mermaid Cottage was the perfect base for our family during our stay"
We had never been to Brixham before but had heard that there was lots to do and see in the town and in particular, the surrounding area. As it turned out, we parked the car in the nearby car park on the Thursday and didn't get back in it until we left the following Friday - some feat for a family six, with three very active boys aged 6, 8 and 10 and a daughter of 13 ! Everything we wanted was on the doorstep of Mermaid Cottage; with its stunning views of Torbay, Brixham Harbour and Berry Head, the cottage provided great family accommodation (pristine, good size and all the "home from home" facilities, equipment and utensils) and an excellent location from which to enjoy the delights of this fabulous holiday resort and fishing town. The centre and Quayside is only a five minute walk away, past the Marina and fish market (fresh fish sold daily) and is well served by a local Co op and Tesco's, a well stocked Deli, Fish & Chip shops, chemist, opticians etc, etc - we didn't need to visit a supermarket. During our stay there always seemed to be something going on about the place - Pirates running around the replica Golden Hind which is moored there, stalls doing face painting or selling arts and crafts, a choir singing and always kids (and parents) casting their crab lines into the water in the hope of catching a "whopper ". The Old Market House pub/restaurant can also be found on the Quayside and does great local beers and good food with a very reasonable kids menu. The Ghost Walk starts on the Quay and the kids thoroughly enjoyed "Deadly Dave's" ghoulish tales of the murderous goings on in old Brixham Fishtown and Cowtown. However, the high point for us all was Breakwater Beach where we happily spent at least a couple of hours everyday - clean, gently shelving and life guard attended, with a kiosk serving ice creams and hot and cold drinks and the Breakwater Bistro (plus well maintained public toilets) less than a stone's throw away. We all loved it, especially the kids when the local harbour seal swam within 10 feet of them as they played in the sea !
We very much enjoyed our time at Mermaid Cottage and thought Brixham was a fantastic place for a family holiday - we'll definitely be back !!
11 Apr 2013
"Gorgeous views and all the comforts of home"
The first that grabs you about Mermaid Cottage is the view - it's really top notch, and the photos can't really do it justice. Looking across the bay, you can see right over to Torquay on the other side, as well as observe the boats coming in and out of Brixham's pretty harbour. Sitting out on the terrace with a cup of tea (or a beer!) was one of our favourite parts of our stay - even if the March weather left something to be desired.
Booking was easy - Paul and Jenny are very friendly and did their utmost to ensure everything would be right for our stay. We weren't disappointed, with a very comfortably furnished cottage that meant we had all the comforts of home. A well stocked kitchen (for those who like to cook on holiday - not us!), a large flat screen TV, a lovely dining area and three spacious bedrooms mean this is a real gem.
We have stayed in lots of cottages in the south west, but this one really nails it in terms of look and feel, location, and comfort. Brixham centre is about a 10 or 15 minute walk away, and there's plenty of pubs and restaurants to while away an evening. Torquay is also close by, with a ferry that travels directly from Brixham harbour - but unfortunately this wasn't running during our stay in March.
We loved Mermaid and will be booking again. Many thanks to Jenny and Paul!
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