Watch Hill is an Edwardian manor house dating back to 1922. Situated in pretty Budleigh Salterton and commissioned by the American millionaire Blake Thompson, the house is one of no less than fifty private residences designed by architect William Hatchard-Smith. Between 1939 and the early 1970s Watch Hill was home to more than 1500 overseas servicemen with no other home to go to. This wonderful house was once used as the setting for the Agatha Christie novel Sleeping Murder! Feel part of something exciting, this house is like no other.
With nine bedrooms Watch Hill can accommodate a total of 16 guests in self-catering splendour! In addition, the house boasts impressive period reception rooms, a state of the art kitchen, a fully equipped playroom for younger guests and a games room complete with snooker table, television and playstation. Set in perfect landscaped gardens, we’re sure that Watch Hill will appeal to young and old guests alike. After all, what is more perfect than a sea view.
Large, luxurious and sumptuous are the words to describe the living space at Watch Hill. Spacious leather sofas provide loads of space to stretch out on and absorb the grandeur of this house. Everything is simple yet sophisticated offering you more of a homely feel rather than a rental.
Watch Hill has nine bedrooms, three en suite bedrooms with super king beds, five further spacious king bedrooms and a huge childrens bedroom complete with bunk beds designed like a London double decker and crammed with toys. All of the bedrooms have gorgeous bespoke furniture and super soft furnishings boasting John Lewis and Cox and Cox.
You’ll find a super-equipped kitchen within gorgeous bespoke and handmade units, they come with fabulous cabinets, smooth worktops, electric oven, gas hob, American fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Italian coffee machine. In essence you won’t struggle to whip up something scrummy! You’ll also find a separate kitchen/dining area on the top floor. If you want to eat together, there’s a spacious room available, ideal for gatherings within the dining room. If you don’t feel like cooking just let us know and we can organise all your catering needs.
At Watch Hill there’s a lovely private patio and massive lawn giving views out onto the sea – perfect for children to play on. A treehouse at the bottom of the garden will provide hours of endless fun. With an enclosed patio to the back you can rest assured that everyone including pets are safe and secure. With barbecue and plenty of furniture for dining al fresco this is the ideal way to enjoy British summer evenings.
Definitely worth a stay! Was a joy to spend the weekend at the gorgeous Watch Hill. Stunning setting and incredible well maintained home with the ivy on the outside and amenities inside. Everything one needs to come and get away from the stresses of home life. We used the grounds for games and even had some fun on the zip line. A beautiful maze inside! Emilie made everything clear and understandable and with so many rooms it can get confusing where is where.
Parking is available.
The Jurassic Coast is famous for its geology, fossils and spectacular scenery. The variety of rocks that make up it’s stunning cliffs contains remains of sea creatures, plants and animals from up to 180 million years ago.
It was on a beach in Lyme Regis where Mary Anning found the first complete Ichthyosaur in England. Other incredible sea creatures are still being found till this day, could you be one of the lucky ones?
Interested in fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast? Lyme Regis Museum offer fossil walks. The expert and entertaining guides will tell you more about the fossils discovered in Lyme Regis and the fascinating geology of the Jurassic Coast. Go to the Lyme Regis Museum website to book your walk today.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast path is the longest National trail in the whole country, starting at Minehead in Somerset and finally ending in Poole Harbour on the Dorset coastline.
95 miles of the path is made up of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered to be the only place in the world displaying unbroken evidence of 185 million years of evolution.
Supported by the local bus routes, the coast path can be broken into leisurely sections. To plan a walk be sure to look at the South West Coast Path website.
"We stayed three nights and I cannot recommend the place highly enough. It had everything we needed for a short stay, the car park was very close and the views were of the rolling Devonish countryside. We were literally less than 5 minutes drive from 2 Supermarkets and the Park & Ride for Dartmouth. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to cook as well as a small selection of helpful key essentials (tea, coffee, cooking oil, salt/ pepper, washing liquid, etc. As a family we like to explore and stay somewhere different. In this case we'd make an exception."
"Brilliant location, lovely out door space for kids to play, spotless chalet would definitely go again!"
"Thank you Gemma for hosting us in your lovely chalet - a short drive into Dartmouth and a fantastic view of the River Dart estuary. Beds all very comfy and a pleasant surprise that it can sleep 6! Great value! Many thanks!"
"Very clean, neat and tidy! Great location and value for money."
"What a wonderful cottage. Tastefully decorated and everything you need"