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1 The Quay

Lympstone, Devon (Ref. 976002)

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    • “We could not fault this extremely lovely cottage. Views are exceptional as is every little detail owner has put into making this a very comfy cottage. Lots of super walks straight from the door and having a luxury bathroom to relax in after long walks was superb. The local pubs are dog friendly which was an added bonus for us.”

    Mr Fleming, Chippenham, February 2019

    • “What a fantastic position, lovely little cottage! Very cosy! Bird watching on the doorstep, pubs and a shop round the corner and frequent trains stopping in the village station to take you to the bright lights of Exeter if required. Very well looked after place and helpful, friendly owner.”

    Mrs Strange, Chichester, January 2019

    • “Communication through the booking process, the stay itself, right through till checkout and a thank you email from the owner once we returned home was top notch, absolutely fantastic customer service throughout.”

    Miss Lilley, Crowthorne, December 2018

    • “Delightful cottage, immaculately clean and very comfortable. Just loved the position, watching the tidal changes. Appreciated the welcome goodies, nice linen and good quality towels. Faultless ...will definitely return. Great position for walking, running and cycling. Excellent village pub The Swan and village shop.”

    Mrs Dymond, Wimborne, November 2018

    • “Cottage was beautiful - had everything you need :) Location... absolutely amazing - literally could have stayed there forever!”

    Mrs Booth, ATHERSTONE, October 2018

    • “A lovely cottage looking out on to the estuary. This time of year there are migrating birds to watch. There’s plenty to do and see around Lympstone and even further afield. Am certainly returning again next year.”

    Mr Ashley, ULVERSTON, September 2018

    • “This is a beautiful location and home, we loved our stay here - from friendly and helpful pre-arrival contact to the thoughtful items left for our arrival. The home was extremely well equipped and comfortable. We loved the little front yard where we watched sunsets and the kids were able to enjoy the shore area with their cousins. Thanks Kate for making this such a lovely week's vacation!”

    Mrs Andrews, Basking Ridge, August 2018

    • “This was our second year running at the cottage and it was just as amazing as last year! If you're looking for a holiday with the 'wow' factor then this really is it, The views over the harbour, the tides, the estuary birds, the boats - all superb. Added to that is the beautifully clean cottage with it's tasteful colour themes, artworks and whitewashed wooden floors. Utterly charming. Lympstone itself is also a hidden gem with lovely pubs, a shop and cafe all in easy walking distance and train links to Exmouth, Topsham, Exeter and the other side of the river. Hoping to make it back next year and would also love to visit in the colder months to try out the woodburner!”

    Mrs Jones-Blackett, LEEDS, August 2018

    • “The cottage is in an excellent position right on the waters edge. It is very well equipped and was immaculately clean upon our arrival. It is decorated to a high standard. Communication with the owner was very positive in the run up to our arrival and useful information was provided with regards to parking and the local area as well as our preference for the beds being made up etc. Unfortunately we had one major issues with this cottage. Every night at about 10pm the lounge became infested with what we have been told are ‘Sand Hoppers’. 30+ would take over the lounge crawling around and jumping if you go near them. They would not only crawl over the floor but also up on to the sofa etc. This meant that the lounge could not be used in the evenings and every morning all of the now dead ‘Sand Hoppers’ (again 30+) required removing. Full photographic and video evidence is available. We have been informed by the owner via Sykes that they are well aware of this issues and it is due to the properties close proximity to the beach however I feel this should be mentioned in the advert as I would definitely not have booked this cottage. It is also completely unsuitable for someone with a dog as it states very clearly that it would have to stay downstairs in the lounge at all times meaning it would be completely overrun by the bugs. In summary a great cottage in an idiic locations however our break was completely spoilt by these ‘Sand Hoppers’. We were refunded £50 as a gesture of goodwill which I feel is pitiful against the near £1400 cost of the cottage in the height of summer. Clarity of the issue is required in the holiday property description so people can make an informed decision on if it is still suitable for their requirements. **** Owners response: I am sincerely sorry for your experience with 'Sand Hoppers' during your stay at our cottage. As a waterside property along with our neighbours we are aware of one or two 'visitors' venturing in late at night in the same way you might see occasional woodlouse or beetles at home. Sand hoppers are common in low lying mild coastal areas and unfortunately due to the phenomenal weather and low tides we have had an unprecedented amount of seaweed washed up on the beach in front of the house. This has lead to much higher numbers of sea creatures on the beach including Sand Hoppers. As a mum of three girls I can understand how this must have made you feel uneasy and I take your comments very seriously. May I assure you that this is not a regular occurrence in our cottage. We would never knowingly put our guests in an uncomfortable situation. We opened our business two years ago and have been lucky enough to have been fully booked ever since, families, couples, groups of friends and dogs, many of whom have made return visits. Prior to us 1 The Quay was open for seventeen years as a holiday cottage. This is the FIRST TIME such an occurrence has been reported to us. The comfort of our guests is paramount. We try to be as welcoming as possible to help our guests make the most of a 'home from home', enjoying the peace of being on the water. If you had brought a dog with you, you would have experienced the same welcome to our four-legged guests with extra treats, towels and rugs. The seaweed is being removed and higher tides are expected but unfortunately this does not help you or the memory of your holiday. I am sorry that you felt you were under-compensated. We have a very good relationship with our holiday company and left this element of your stay in their hands. I hope that you were able to enjoy being by the sea in such exceptional weather and are able to take away some happy memories of your holiday in Devon.”

    Mr Wood, Edwinstowe, August 2018

    • “The cottage was lovely, bigger than expected and very well maintained. The information provided in the cottage was really helpful. Kate (the owner) really provided a home away from home Looking at where to book for next year”

    Mrs Lashbrooke, Leicester, July 2018

    • “1 The Quay is just lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our third stay in this beautiful location. Kate and Iain have gone to great lengths to make 1 The Quay both comfortable and very attractive. A vase of flowers on the table, along with wine, biscuits and also milk in the fridge was a very nice welcoming touch. Lympstone itself is a very friendly village and it's so easy to get about on foot or by train, down to Exmouth or up to Topsham and Exeter. Only one fault - I don't think a hair dryer's provided - at least I couldn't find one!”

    Mrs Plas, BRISTOL, June 2018

    • “We were very fortunate with exceptional weather, the sunsets fantastic and great walks all around the village with our dog, very pet friendly. Also the villagers are very friendly. You can park up in the car park and use the train to get most places, buy a weekly ticket and it saves having to pop back daily.”

    Mr Urry, ROMSEY, May 2018

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The Property

On the waterfront in Lympstone, at the end of a cobbled lane, a completely refurbished semi-detached cottage in a ‘toes in the water’ position just a few yards from the water’s edge. Fabulous water views across the bay to the harbour and over the estuary to Powderham Castle and Starcross. Outside, a small, paved and walled area (table/chairs, bench) for alfresco dining. Entrance from porch into living room with woodburner, smart TV/DVD, MP3 dock and small step up to dining room. Small, smart kitchen (washer-drier, microwave, fridge, electric oven/induction hob). Downstairs loo. From the dining room, steep stairs up to 6' lintel into a double bedroom (5' bed) with brilliant views; smart bathroom (suite, shower over bath). More steep stairs up to a big attic bedroom with twin beds (zip-linkable to 6' double) and seating area (sloping ceiling) with comfy chairs for watching the sun sink over the distant hills. Public car park, 400 yards. A really well thought out, relaxing cottage, a brilliant bolt-hole whatever the time of year.

Lympstone: pretty and remarkably unspoilt village between low red-stone cliffs beside the Exe estuary (sailing boats, windsurfers). Harbour, estuary shingle beach, church, several pubs and shops, railway; stunning views. Exmouth (sandy beaches), 3 miles; Exeter, 8; two good golf courses within 4 miles. South West Coast Path from Lympstone to Exmouth (walk/cycle).


Over three floors. 1 x first floor king size double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower over, WC, basin. 1 x attic twin bedroom (can convert to super king double) with seating area. Ground floor sitting room with wood burning stove. Dining room. Kitchen. Ground floor WC with basin.


  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, tumble dryer, washing machine, Smart TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Parking is available in a public car park nearby
  • Enclosed courtyard garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property, Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100

Regional Information

Lympstone The pretty village of Lympstone is on the eastern bank of the estuary of the River Exe, equidistant between the regency town of Topsham and the family friendly, seaside resort of Exmouth where you'll find everything required by the visitor for a relaxing break

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.