We had such a lovely stay at Dolphin Cottage.
It's location within Shaldon is absolutely perfect, so convenient for the beach, shops and local pubs. The cottage itself is so cosy and comfortable, it has everything you could need for your stay. The kitchen, in particular, was very well equipped.
The weather was glorious so we made use of the courtyard outside, such a peaceful spot for an evening drink.
Shaldon itself is a great place, we had a fantastic lunch at The London Inn and a tasty meal from the chippie.
I would thoroughly recommend Dolphin Cottage and we'll definitely be back!
We love Shaldon and Tiegnmouth, they are picture postcard pretty with plenty to do. The food in the local pubs and restaurants is amongst the best you will get anywhere. We first came here in 2007 when my daughters were little and it was the perfect family holiday (our first). So it was the ideal choice to come to when I was celebrating a milestone Birthday.
We found Dolphin cottage by searching online and it looked a great option. We were not disappointed. It has all the space you need for a family of four, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen was like home from home, it had everything you would need (it's got a cafetiere, fresh brewed coffee, : )) and the bathroom was immaculately clean. However, do remember, this is a traditional cottage, so low ceilings and doors are throughout, be prepared to stoop. But it all adds to the charm.
The cottage is minutes away from everything that Shaldon has to offer, check out The London Inn, and also, The Ness for really great home cooked food. The Ferry Boat Inn has a terrace that is right on the beach, the kids can play in the sand and you can have a beer, what could be better.
Tiegnmouth centre is a twenty minute walk over the bridge or £5.00 in a taxi (2018), there is also a ferry that crosses the bay from Shaldon (and back again) at certain times of the year. Tiegnmouth is a bigger town than Shaldon but still has plenty charm. It has a very large JD Wetherspoons called The Jolie Brise, so if you are on a budget and still want to eat great food out in a family atmosphere you are catered for. There are also more shops, walks along the front, rides for the kids and cafes for the ones who want to take it easy.
I have to say that Helen, who own's/ looks after Dolphin cottage, was the perfect host. Communication all the way through was great, nothing was too much trouble, she even battled a snow blizzard (rare around those parts apparently) to make sure the cottage was perfect for our arrival, we were allowed to arrive early and leave late because we were the only ones there that week. It makes a lot of difference when you are dealing with someone who is as friendly and as accomodating as helen was, they are the things you remember the most, and make you want to return.
Finaly, to anyone reading this, i hope you find it helpful, book Dolphin cottage, you won't be dissapointed.
We came to Dolphin Cottage in March and woke up,the next morning to thick snow. Luckily the cottage was cosy and we were nice and warm.. On a couple of occasions the sun came out and we sat in the little conservatory in the sunshine it was lovely. The cottage is well equipped with everything we could need, and it was nice and clean when we arrived. There were lots of bits and pieces for use on the beach if children come too. The large king size bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed our time in Shaldon as it is in good proximity for places to visit.
Just spent time in cosy Dolphin cottage, in Beautiful Shaldon so peaceful and such a friendly village, cottage comfortable and well equipped even if the weather was not too good there would be plenty to keep you happy books puzzles etc, many years have passed since I visited this lovely part of England, but hopefully we will return and I look forward to it very much,.
We have frequently stayed here, in all seasons. It is warm welcoming and ideally located in the village, close to one of the best pubs ever as well. The proprietors keep in in impeccable condition and are always looing for ways to improve their guests comfort. 100 out of 10 at least