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Very Good 4/5 3 reviews

The Watch House, view from the water

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 0.5km

A unique character property (Grade II listed former coastguard's house) occupying one of the finest positions on the Salcombe waterfront with magnificent views of the harbour, estuary, the surrounding countryside and out to sea. Ideal for families and couples alike, and for anyone who enjoys messing about on the water, lounging on the beach, sea views and long walks.

The Watch House has been a family property for nearly 30 years and offers spacious accommodation for up to 9 people (7 + 2) arranged over 4 floors. It is located right in the heart of town, the main street with shops,cafes and restaurants is within a five minute walk, and the ferries giving access to the sandy beaches on East Portlemouth side of the estuary are less than two minutes walk away.

Salcombe enjoys a mild climate and is renowned as a base for sailing, water sports and fishing - ferries to sandy beaches are two minutes walk away. Within walking distance is the exotic coastal garden and museum at Overbecks (NT) and extensive National Trust land, ideal for walks and bird watching.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach East Portlemouth via ferry 500 m
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 80 km, Nearest railway: Totnes 32 km
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, Video player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 7
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

The West Country region

The mild climate, award winning beaches, picturesques towns and villages, and a magnificent coastline have made South Devon a popular holiday destination for generations. Designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty it is home to a number of nature reserves, land and properties owned by the National Trust. The seaside towns host regattas and festivals throughout the year.


Salcombe is renowned as a base for sailing, water sports (wind surfing, scuba diving, water skiing etc) and fishing. Ferries from Salcombe go to sheltered sandy beaches on the East Portlemouth side of the estuary and to South Sands at the mouth of the estuary. Boat and fishing trips around the estuary, out to sea and up to Kingsbridge are also available.

The exotic coastal garden and museum at Overbecks (National Trust) is accessible on foot from Salcombe or the South Sands ferry. There is also extensive National Trust land on both sides of the estuary, making Salcombe an ideal centre for for walks and bird watching. For bird lovers the area around Snapes point and Prawle Point, both accessible on foot from Salcombe via Batson creek/East Portlemouth ferry, is home to the rare cirl bunting. The estuary itself is has been designated a site of special scientific interest with seals, dolphins and basking sharks occasionally to be seen in the harbour.

Salcombe boasts of a wide range of cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops catering to all ages, tastes and pockets!

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Review 1-3 of 3

5 Jun 2014


"I felt like turning around and going back home when we entered the property"

The property had excellent views and location and that is the only positive thing I can say. Walls were crumbling, decor was poor, no wifi not even a BT hotspot. It was dirty,and considering the pric… More

Thank you for your comments. We're sorry that your stay in August 2013 did not meet your expectations. We took up the issue of cleaning with the company responsible for this as soon as we were aware that there had been issues. We do point out that the house is a Grade II listed character property right on the water front with the living room (the lowest part of the house) just above the high tide mark. We do not have wifi and make no claims to have it; however if asked we do point out the availability of an internet cafe in the town and that a dongle will work in the top room of the house. We were unaware that there was an issue with the lights in the dining room at the time of your stay in August 2013; apologies for this - this has since been fixed. A significant amount of re-decoration has also been done over the winter since your stay and some furniture replaced. We do find that the vast majority of our guests, several of whom come year after year, are positive about their stay in the house and appreciate that they could be paying significantly more for a holiday rental in a location such as this on the Salcombe water front.

29 Sep 2013


"Great location, great views, lots of space"

We've just returned to Glasgow from a fantastic family holiday at the Watch House. The property is located right on the sea wall offering a breathtaking view of the Salcombe ria. You can literall… More

Thank you for your wonderful comments about the Watch House. We like to think that we have arguably the finest views of any property in Salcombe! We look forward to seeing you back again in the future.

6 Aug 2013


"Fantastic views, great location, unique character"

I stayed at Watch House in Salcombe with family members, covering 3 generations. We absolutely loved the house, the views were fantastic and stretched all the way from the mouth of the estuary round t… More

Thank you for your lovely comments. I am delighted that you and all your family appreciated the unique character of the Watch House and look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future.

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