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Bigbury on Sea near Modbury, Devon (Ref. 930778)

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “Heaven”
    • tripadvisor rating
    • “Stayed at Highdown for a week. The place. Is absolutely perfect with glorious views. Very clean and welll presented. Would definitely recommend”

    Traceynew2n2, Plymouth, United Kingdom, June 2018

    • “Everything was perfect, Highdown might be dated as one reviewer hinted at but it had a lovely warm atmosphere that soon as you walked through the door it said “Welcome”. We were able to relax and feel at home straight away. It has all mod cons, but no phone or mobile signal. I would advise any one with anything a bit bigger than a people carrier to give this one a miss as the entrance is narrow so is the lane outside. Other than that I would give it 5 stars.”

    Mrs Bence, Burford, September 2018

    • “Had a lovely holiday. Everything was as stated would only suggest extra refuge bags & possibly an extra black bin. Otherwise excellent value for money & good views of the sea!”

    Mr Steels, Lichfield, July 2018

    • “The bungalow is very dated and smells terrible. The only pluses were the fantastic scenery and weather. Failing those we would have come home. We only had one small, thin bath towel each and there were no deck chairs to sit on in the garden. We were very disappointed but I will check the reviews in future!”

    Mr Carter, Chester, June 2018

    • “No frills cottage in a great location. We were concerned about previous reviews and as is clear in the photos, Highdown is an older cottage which still feels more like a residential than a rental property. The owner had worked hard to make the place clean and fresh for our arrival, even down to a new coat of paint in the utility room. Good points - the house was generally comfortable (although the mattress in the master bedroom should be replaced), the kitchen was well equipped (though no pantry provisions except salt and pepper) - it was not at all spacious, as stated in the description but certainly adequate, there is a large fridge freezer in the utility which is useful, the wifi and TV were excellent, the conservatory when sunny was delightful, the fire was cozy and the garden a nice size (although not completely dog-proof - a tenacious terrier would squeeze through the front gate in a second). The driveway was tight, but we managed to get our Landrover 4x4 in with a bit of skilful manoeuvring (on my part). Less positively, we arrived in a wet and windy Easter week and storage heaters hadn't been turned up so the house was very chilly. On colder days I think the heaters struggled to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the day and into the evening. The bathroom needs some storage (shelves, a bathroom cabinet?) as there was nothing to accommodate the smellies of 6 people and the provision of towels were a disappointment. Not sure why they state they are provided when all you get is one thin medium sized towel to last a week and no hand towels. I suggest you take your own. The owner however was responsive and did provide an extra electric radiator and a couple of hand towels on request. All in all we had a nice stay as Bigbury on Sea is a heavenly location for kids of all ages and dogs - The Journeys End pub has superb food. I wouldn't rent this cottage again as I think its rather basic and overpriced, but if you have realistic expectations it is a nice base from which to explore the area.”

    Mrs Dimbylow, Godalming, March 2018

    • “We have been fortunate to have stayed in a few Sykes holiday lets, and have never been disappointed. However, we would not have booked Highdown last year if we had read the recent reviews written. But here is an update - Highdown is old and tired looking, but we felt the owner had read the same reviews and had made an effort to make changes. The property was clean, thick soft white medium size fluffy towels (no hand towels), tea towels, hand soap, and washing up liquid was provided, and the kitchen was well equipt. We found the master bedroom's mattress to be comfortable, and also there were two radiators to use if you found the property not warm enough. The only complaints we would make are, the little utility room with the large fridge freezer has a funny smell and this problem needs investigating, and there was no shower curtain / screen. Meaning that every time we used the shower, we had to mop the bathroom floor. (We must admit that we did not contact the owner regarding these problems, because we could not get a signal on our mobile). The welcome tea / coffee / sugar / milk and biscuits after along journey was very much appreciated. Thankyou. Bigbury on Sea is a beautiful location.”

    Mrs Tomkins, ADDLESTONE, April 2018

    • “The cottage is tired, dated and smells musty. The heating is inadequate, especially in cold weather and there were no logs left for us as listed in the handbook. The towels were old, thin and stained and with one small towel each, we had to buy our own. The mattresses are old, lumpy, saggy and neither of us slept well all week due to back pain. Although we were left milk and biscuits, there was no washing up liquid or cloth, soap, hand towel which would have been helpful and what we usually get in a cottage. We also noted that none of the electrical items had been PAT tested. The top window in the small twin bedroom didn't open and there is a cracked window in the lounge/conservatory. We did however love the area and would go back there but just not in your property.”

    Mrs Newbury, Witney, March 2018

    • “Cottage was dated and in real need of upgrading, there was a 'fusty' smell on entering, and we were greeted by a swarm of flies! The first two/three hours were spent 'swatting' them, and the final count was in excess of thirty flies killed, eight in one bedroom alone! We were informed by, presumably, the house keeper, that March and October there is a real fly problem! There was no coal, kindling, or firelighters left, so had we wanted a fire, would not have been able to have one. The mattress on the double bed needs replacing, it has certainly seen better days. The kitchen was not very well equipped, it would be difficult to cook a 'Sunday roast' for six persons. The tin opener did not work at all, and requires replacing. Visitors should be made aware that the entrance to the cottage is very tight, and large vehicles such as S.U.V's would have difficulty in entering the driveway. The location was the 'saving grace' however, non of our party would return to Highdown, or recommend it. I should make it clear that we spend a lot of time in holiday cottages throughout the year, and are not normally given to making complaints or poor reviews. We did contact Sykes whilst at the cottage, however the response left a lot to be desired!”

    Mr Stanyer, Tamworth, March 2018

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The Property

This traditional seaside, detached, single-storey, dog friendly cottage is situated on a slope above Bigbury-on-Sea, on the south west coast of Devon. Just a short stroll from this lovely cottage, is the South West Coast Path and Bigbury Beach, one of the best beaches in the South Hams, making it ideal for families. The cosy interior of this much-loved holiday home has a south-facing conservatory with sea views, ideal for summer breakfasts, plus an open fire in the sitting room for cosy winter afternoons after a walk on the beach with the dog. The spacious kitchen also has a dining area and plenty of space for six people to eat comfortably. There are three bedrooms, two with sea views across the bay, and all sharing a bathroom. Outside this delightful cottage is a private, enclosed, wrap-around garden with plenty of lawn area for ball games and a lovely place to relax with a refreshing drink or dine alfresco. Bigbury is a popular all-year-round holiday spot, with its own golf course just a mile and a half from the cottage and a fabulous beach with a causeway across to Burgh Island. The island is celebrated for its Art Deco design and for the inspiration it gave to its regular visitor, Agatha Christie, to write one of her best known murder mysteries, 'And Then There Were None'. Perfect for classic bucket-and-spade holidays, Bigbury-on-Sea is also ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. Equipment hire and lessons can be booked for all of these activities at the Discovery Surf School. Also located by the beach is the Venus Cafe, which serves delicious, organic and free-range food throughout the year. Keen walkers will be spoilt for choice here with some of the most spectacular stretches on the South West Coast Path being right on the doorstep. For anyone who can tear themselves away from this idyllic location, the charming towns of Modbury, Salcombe and Kingsbridge are all close by, whilst Plymouth, Dartmouth and the wild open spaces of Dartmoor are also all within easy reach. This delightful cottage offers a perfect seaside getaway for an energetic family.


All ground floor. Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 2 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with open fire. Conservatory with dining area.


  • Electric storage heaters with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, Bluetooth speakers, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Enclosed lawned gardens with furniture
  • Two small to medium well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Mobile phone coverage intermittent

Regional Information

BIGBURY-ON-SEA Modbury 6 miles; Plymouth 12 miles. Bigbury-on-Sea is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is ideal for family holidays. Dusted with sand and lapped by shallow waters, the beach offers safe fun for groups particularly if you’ve got children in tow. In addition, Bigbury-on-Sea beach is dotted with rock pools, so there’s plenty of entertainment for budding marine biologists. There’s also a wide and varied selection of watersports available to visitors who prefer their holidays to feature a little adrenaline rush. Windsurfing and kite-surfing are popular here, with hire facilities located right on the beach. To give you some peace of mind, there are lifeguards present at Bigbury-on-Sea beach during May to September and the beach also has a first-aid room. You can even take the dog onto the beach, although they are restricted to certain areas during the summer. Bigbury’s most famous landmark is Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach. However, when the tide is in you can still reach the island by hitching a ride on the popular and unique ‘sea tractor’. Burgh Island boasts an award-winning hotel, elegant and rather genteel, it’s an ideal romantic retreat for couples. Explore the South Devon coast with its fabulous sandy beaches and its breathtakingly beautiful coastal path or simply take time to visit some of the charming estuary towns and villages dotted throughout the area, such as Salcombe, Kingsbridge and Dartmouth. The city of Plymouth and the wild open spaces of Dartmoor are also both close at hand.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas