Through the Keyhole
The insider’s guide to our properties
Here at Blueriver Cottages, we're so proud of the collection of beautiful South Devon properties we have to offer. We also understand that a bit of inside knowledge can really help when making that all-important decision over where to spend your next holiday.
On this page, we've brought together a selection of properties that we feel offer something a little extra if you're looking for a certain type of break, whether that's a retreat for walkers, history buffs, or those foodies among us! All content on this page has been written by our local team members who know our portfolio inside out - and the local area like the back of their hand!
Take advantage of their inside knowledge and recommendations by reading on...
Lazy Days is in the perfect location within Paignton Town Centre. It offers a great sense of seclusion from the main strip of the town however, walk around the corner and up the road, less than 5 minutes walk, and you are on Paignton seafront. Take long walks along the beach, walk into the town and visit the many restaurants, cafes, bakeries and do a spot of souvenir shopping. If you fancy travelling slightly further afield, Paignton is along The English Riviera which is made up of three main towns; Paignton, Brixham and Torquay. Lazy Days is within a short driving distance of Brixham and Torquay or it's easy to catch public transport, in case you didn't want to drive. Visit Berry Head and walk the coastal path to Brixham town centre. Visit Torquay and enjoy Torre Abbey or Torquay Museum. There's just so much to do!Lazy Days, Paignton
This quirky, Grade II listed, 3 storey townhouse, located in the heart of the vibrant Naval Town of Dartmouth on one of the town's oldest roads is steeped in charm and history. Recently refurbished and modernised in a clean neutral palette without losing its character from the 1600’s, the original bread oven can still be found in the kitchen. Arranged over 3 floors, there are four great-sized bedrooms, a large kitchen diner, fully equipped to cook up beautiful meals, and a lounge with a wood burner, a real treat in the winter! Just metres from St. Saviours Church, featured in the Top 100 Churches in England, this property is surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bustling town and melodies of the church bells. With Dartmouth, and its interesting and varied selection of restaurants and cafes on your doorstep, the River Dart boating trips and Blackpool Sands and beyond, The Old Bakery is perfectly placed to have a Devon family holiday to remember.The Old Bakery, Dartmouth
In the heart of Dartmouth, Drum house spans over four floors with plenty of space to relax with friends and family after a day exploring what the beautiful historic town has to offer. With its large open plan kitchen diner, you can gather for a homely meal with ingredients from the local deli and butchers, whilst raising a glass or two from the local Dartmouth Wine company. A spacious living room with comfortable corner sofa awaits you to sit back and relax whilst you catch up on the programs you have missed during your day of visiting the local attractions. From Dartmouth Castle, River cruises or thrills at Woodlands family theme park, Drum house has everything you need for a full, fun holiday in Dartmouth.Drum House, Dartmouth
A charming, versatile holiday home for families of up to eight, Driftwood Cottage sits just a short distance from the characterful village centre of Shaldon, opposite Teignmouth on the river Teign. Less than five minutes’ walk to the long sandy beach, as well as a whole host of delicious local eateries with smells to tempt you inside, the cottage provides a fantastic base to explore. Inside, a spacious dining area is the hub of the home, perfect for gathering everyone together at the end of a long day. Can’t get the kids in from playing in the garden on a sunny summer’s evening? No problem – take your food outside and dine alfresco in the sunshine on the decked terrace, or why not pick up a selection of local cuisine from the independent village stores and cook up a barbecue! Of course, for those colder evenings like we have in the winter, the cosy living room with fireplace makes the perfect place to snuggle up and watch a great movie.Driftwood Cottage, Shaldon
Situated in the centre of Brixham, with fabulous views over the harbour and out to sea, Le Voir sleeps up to 7 guests and is a modern, detached, 'upside down' house tucked in the medley of houses overlooking the water. The accommodation is set over two floors, there are two bedrooms on the lower floor and on the upper floor you’ll be greeted with spectacular views overlooking the harbour and sea along with a spacious open plan lounge and dining area, a well equipped kitchen perfect for those family evening meals on the extensive balcony and an additional bedroom to the rear of the property. The perfect base for a friends get together or a family holiday!Le Voir, Brixham
This wonderful four bedroom house in the heart of Shaldon is an ideal base for family holidays on the South Devon coast, offering a balanced combination of a Georgian character and contemporary interior charm. It benefits from a fully equipped spacious kitchen diner, comfortable layout and furnishings throughout the house, as well as private parking, an enclosed courtyard garden with private hot tub, and four spacious bedrooms which make up the sleeping accommodation with additional snug room on the ground floor that can be used as a single bedroom.In years gone by, Royal Standard House operated as a local family pub in the heart of Shaldon, but more recently has been converted to a bright and spacious home from home, laid out over 3 floors whilst still enjoying its central location, in close proximity to local cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as the iconic red sands of Shaldon Beach.Royal Standard House, Shaldon
Just a stone’s throw from the stunning beaches of Hope Cove, Runic House is perfectly positioned on the hillside between Inner and Outer Hope Cove, offering mesmerising sea views and breath-taking sunsets. Runic House is nothing short of luxurious and contemporary living, a wonderful holiday home for groups of friends and families. The iconic and trendy Hope Cove House is less than a 5 minute walk, and for a more chilled ambience, The Cove is also within striking distance. The rugged, rolling countryside surrounding Hope Cove, offers idyllic walks to Salcombe and South Milton along the South West Coast Path. Runic House will make you want to return, year after year!Runic House, Hope Cove
This modern, multi-level property in Kingswear, near Brixham and Dartmouth, sits in an elevated position offering stunning glimpses of the sea and Dartmouth Castle. Only a short walk away you will find the South Devon Railway, The National Trust coastal walk and the lower ferry and foot passenger ferry which run often to Dartmouth, full of restaurants and fantastic local shops. You can make your way to Coleton fishacre, once home to the D'Oyly Carte family, which is less than a 5 minute drive away. If you are looking for a getaway where you can walk and explore, Riversea is in the perfect location.Riversea Cottage, Kingswear
Tucked away in the heart of Dartmouth, this 4 sleeper is the perfect getaway, with the whole of Dartmouth to explore right on your doorstep. Whether you are looking for fish and chips on the waterfront, walks to the castle, a trip down the river, or thrill seeking at Woodlands theme park, Dancing Beggars is ideally located with most attractions within walking distance or a short drive or bus journey. Close to all these activities: Dart River Cruise, South Devon Railway, Woodlands Theme Park, Dartmouth Castle, Dartmouth museum. Nearby towns to explore: Kingsbridge, Kingswear, Salcombe, Totnes.Dancing Beggars, Dartmouth
This well presented bungalow is located in Galmpton Holiday Park complex, this park is situated in Galmpton village near Brixham and Paignton. The bungalow is just a short drive away from Greenway House, the home of Agatha Christie, Coleton Fishacre, the country home of the D'Oyly Carte family and even closer to the popular Dart Valley Steam Train which passes by the park frequently. Breakaway is also within walking distance to the delightful Manor Inn, a free-house serving delicious home-cooked meals and real-ales. For those on a bit of a budget Breakaway is the perfect retreat! It is a really pleasantly finished holiday bungalow offering modern accommodation at a very reasonable price.Breakaway, Galmpton
The fascinating and culturally diverse village of Cockington sits just a short walk from Torquay seafront, yet is a countryside contrast from its seaside surroundings. If you’re looking for a beautiful countryside escape in a quintessential thatched Devonshire cottage, with a tasteful and thoughtfully renovated interior then look no further than beautiful Mill Cottage. Charm oozes from every angle, whether spending quality time in the open plan living area on the ground floor, enjoying a morning cup of coffee, or just sitting back by the mill pool with original mill wheel still in place. The bedrooms are equally comfortable, with a mezzanine master bedroom and a separate second room furnished with twin beds, perfectly set out for families.Following the path down into the village, a Devon cream tea is the perfect way to enjoy your visit, followed by a stroll towards the craft markets and various cultural events scattered across the calendar.Mill Cottage, Cockington
Elevated on the hills of South Sands, one of the most iconic scenes in the popular seaside town of Salcombe, Lazylands offers a spectacular blend of modern interior comfort, panoramic views of one of South Devon’s most popular beaches, and character charm so typical of the area and yet unrivalled by others. Perfectly poised between the soft sandy shores of South Sands Beach and the historic National Trust site Overbeck’s, every angle offers enchanting views over this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and out towards the Salcombe Estuary. The property is a stone’s throw away from South Sands Beach and Bo’s Beach Café. A lovely place to grab a bite to eat or pick up a coffee before heading on a walk along the coastal path.Lazylands, Salcombe