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Cliff House, Torcross.


Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

View from upstairs balcony at Cliff House over Cove Beach

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Welcome to luxury holidays in Devon - and a hugely more enjoyable, and modern way to enjoy self catering whilst on holiday in the West Country. Cliff House has been designed and equipped to provide you with the “feel” and modernity of a boutique hotel whilst at the same time allowing you the comforts of being totally independent.

Cliff House is one of the oldest houses in the village, brimming with extensive period features and character, including stone walls, flagstone floors, original timber beams, doors and fireplaces. Recently redecorated, doors from virtually all the rooms lead out to the secluded terraces or balconies that make the most of the wonderful seaviews and track the sun all day long. Several reception rooms means that everyone has room to relax and four large bedrooms sleep 8 in comfort. Spacious, light-filled and very welcoming, this house really is a must for those looking for something special.

Located on the top of the cliff, the stunning views across the sea are un-interrupted ; from the Mew Stone and the mouth of the Dart Estuary, sweeping around Start Bay and including Slapton Sands and Ley to Start Point Lighthouse and over the beautiful South Hams countryside. From local croissants and coffee at breakfast to the very last glass of Sharpham's wine before bed you will find it hard to tear yourself away from an ever-changing vista of boats, sunrises, sunsets, seagulls and stars – all accompanied by the soporific breaking of the waves directly below.

Cliff house is the ideal location for an extended family or two families holidaying together who are looking for relaxation right by the sea, but close enough to Dartmouth, Kingsbridge and Salcombe , if you are feeling more energetic.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Torcross/Slapton Sands/Cove Beach
Will consider House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter or Newquay, Nearest railway: Totnes
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The accommodation at Cliff House comprises of plenty of space for everyone to be able to relax and enjoy themselves with a family room, drawing room, sitting room and dining room. A large, modern kitchen adjoins a morning sun room/wet room and lobby alongside a downstairs WC/shower room. Upstairs, there are four large bedrooms [one kingsize, one double and two twins] , two of which have balconies and stunning seaviews.There are two en-suite bathrooms [ one with a further balcony] as well as a separate WC. There is also a lovely upstairs sitting area with French windows.

Further details about the house includes;

Ground Floor: Entrance door into a decked walk-through sunroom with plenty of storage for all your wet suits/bodyboards/beach stuff. Delightful L-shaped family room with inset woodburner and sofas, and includes our art gallery [see more details on this later]. The dining room with a large table has patio doors to the terrace and spectacular views. A central hallway opens out to the seaward side of the house, off which are two further comfortable sitting /drawing rooms both amply furnished with sofas; one for children and provided with games, TV / DVD and featuring an ornamental fireplace; the other, a more formal room for 'grown-ups' and featuring an open fireplace, music system and ipod speakers. Both rooms have feature window seats and sea views. The new fully fitted, well equipped kitchen overlooks Slapton Sands/Ley and Torcross and has a range cooker with double oven and grill, integrated dishwasher, microwave, American fridge/freezer and radio. A utility cupboard houses a washing machine and tumble dryer. Downstairs Cloakroom with shower, basin and WC.

Upstairs: Master bedroom, with kingsize bed, french doors to balcony and glorious en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, heated towel rail, WC and basin with a further door to another balcony. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with shower, basin and WC. Spacious twin bedroom with wash basin and stunning views over the sea, Slapton Ley and Torcross. Further twin bedroom with handwash basin and french doors to balcony and sea views. Landing with quiet seating area with views through french doors to balcony. Separate Cloakroom with basin and WC.

We have begun an art gallery within the family room and you will find that there are empty frames already hung on the wall and water colours/paper and a table top easel available. Please paint or draw us a picture, sign and date it and put it in one of the, don't be shy - unleash the inner artist in yourselves.....

Throughout the house there are plenty of local books, O.S maps, board games, cushions, candles and throws. Please make plenty of use of everything – we really want you to feel at home and relax. After all, it's your holiday, and you deserve it!

Included: Duvets, pillows, bed linen, towels (not beach towels) night storage heating , electricity. The telephone is free to use for local calls, but calls to national, international, premium rate or mobiles will be charged and deducted from the security deposit. Wireless broadband is also free to use but you must bring a wireless-enabled laptop to use it. Please note that mobile reception is patchy. We do have one travel cot [with a basic travel mattress] but no linen for it and 2 travel high chairs that attach to the dining room chairs. They are suitable for babies that can sit up un-aided and up to 15kgs.

No smoking

Dogs – we accept two, well behaved dogs at £25 per dog per booking. Please note – the dogs are not allowed upstairs or on the furniture, and we expect the garden to be free of any unwelcome “presents” on departure! Dogs are allowed on Slapton sands all year round.

Further details outdoors

Outside, there is a secluded Mediterranean-style garden with terraces and balconies providing different vantage points for the panoramic sea and beach views. The kitchen, sun room and Ley Terrace capture the morning sun, the first floor balconies, Garden Terrace and Lookout enjoy sun throughout the day, while the Lighthouse and Western terraces are ideal for the setting sun. There is a BBQ provided but you will need to bring your own charcoal. Please note that the Lookout patio is perched on the edge of the cliff, and whilst all of the garden is railed, supervision of all young children whilst in the garden is required. There is plenty of outdoor seating and a mature tree and other shrubs offer shade as required. Finally, from the garden you can descend the 69 steps onto the beach/promenade and into the village or, go the other way , and go down onto Cove beach.

Approached by its own lane there is parking for 2 cars.

Further details

Whilst all of the garden is railed, supervision of all young children /dogs whilst in the garden is required.

The West Country region

As holiday accommodation in Devon, Cliff House is ideally situated for exploring all of the best local attractions including the historic port of Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Dartmoor, the coastal path and many local beaches and coves. Have a look at our “Out & About” section on our website for extensive details on where to go, what to eat, what to do etc over a wide area of Devon. From walking to kayaking, from pubs to fine dining, from farmers markets to pick-your-own, from beaches to spas, from gardens to golf, from sailing to ferries, we hope to give you so much to do that one week won’t be enough!


Holidays in Devon have always had a nostalgic rosy glow about them, and Torcross is no exception. It is an unspoilt coastal village located in a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and enjoys glorious views of Start Bay which extends from the Mew Stone and encompasses the famous Blackpool Sands beach, the glorious 3 mile sweep of Slapton Sands and culminates in the craggy cliffs that curve round to Start Point Lighthouse. The village nestles between the beach on one side and the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley on the other and is a great location for bird watchers, walkers, sailors and beach lovers alike. Small as it is, Torcross offers all the facilities you need for a successful and enjoyable self-catering holiday with a celebrated inn and restaurant, cafes, post office/village store, family butchers, pottery and nearby farmshop. Cliff House is a mere 5 minutes walk away from the centre of the village [this is downhill– its more like 10 minutes going back!] and as we offer 2 dedicated car parking spaces you won’t want to take the car.

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Review 1-6 of 6

1 Oct 2014



We just returned from a fantastic week in this beautiful house. We chose this property for the stunning location, and it did not disappoint. In addition to the spectacular views, the house is situat… More

28 Apr 2014



We came here as a surprise for my husband's 40th birthday and were blown away! The house was stunning- amazing views, balconies, decoration and facilities. The children were always occupied, even… More

1 Jun 2013



As a 3 generation party of 7, this was our second stay at Cliff House and we probably enjoyed it even more than our first visit last summer. The house has two main advantages: 360 degree panoramic vie… More

18 Feb 2012


"Luxurious property with outstanding views!"

Cliff House is in a beautiful position with outstanding views from every angle. Very handy for Dartmouth, Slapton and surrounding areas. The house has everything you could need, luxurious, very clean … More

7 Jan 2012


"Unique character and luxurious touches in a magical coastal location"

Since we know Tracy and David and have stayed many times in a number of their previous houses we arrived at Cliff House with high expectations - which were immediately exceeded!Cliff House benefits hu… More

2 Jan 2012


"A fabulous way to ring in the new year!"

We joined a party of 9 teenagers and adults to celebrate New Year, 2012. The new owners, Tracy and David, invited us to share their new year celebrations and experience the fabulous facilities of Cliff House and the surrounding area.

My wife and I took the train from Paddington to Totnes. It was then only a 25 minute drive to Cliff House, via Majestic Wine Warehouse (a stones throw from the station) to pick up the obligatory NY Eve champagne. Tracy and David have transformed Cliff House, giving it a bright and modern feel, whilst maintaining the character of a classic seaside residence. Cliff House, has all the facilities that a group of friends needs to have a great holiday. Cooking for the group was easy and there were plenty of games and DVD's to keep us all engaged when the inevitable rain came. The house has WiFi and a great large screen TV... so there is something for everyone on the entertainment front.

The house purchases on the cliffs above Torcross with sweeping 180 degree views across the surrounding bays. A flight of steps leads directly down to Torcross which has a small selection of shops, including and excellent butcher. We ate at the local pub which serves a great pint of Tribute and has some of the best seafood in the area. Tracy has compiled a list of all the local restaurants and places of interest.... and the house has an excellent collection of history books, including ones dedicated to the important role that Torcross played in WWII and the infamous Operation Tiger.

We will certainly be returning to Cliff House and next time we hope to take advantage of the coastal path and some of the extensive walks that the area boasts.

Yes, I personally know Tracy and David, but I can say in all honesty say that Cliff House offers an excellent standard of accommodation, providing a luxurious base camp to explore this stunning part of the country.

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