With a rich literary history, Dawlish is a picturesque town known for being the birthplace of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby. Previously a small fishing port, Dawlish has been transformed into a well favoured seaside destination for holidaymakers across the world. With stretches of golden sandy beaches, a wealth of amusements and streets packed full of traditional gift and souvenir shops you will be kept busy with the activities that Dawlish has to offer.

Perfect for families wanting to spend some quality time together, because of its award-winning beaches and backed by pretty red sandstone cliffs; or for couples wanting a romantic seaside break, with the South Devon Railway running along the coastline you can be anywhere in South Devon in a matter of minutes. Dawlish really can be your perfect holiday break.

With Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve on the doorstep, wildlife fans will love what taking a Dawlish holiday can offer.

Search for cottages in Dawlish or view our guide to Dawlish holiday cottages below.

Did you know

Dawlish is well known for its black swans which were introduced to Dawlish from Western Australia and are now the town’s emblem. There is a small sanctuary on the Dawlish Water River were the colony of the iconic black swans can be seen as well as other exotic breeds of water birds.

Cottages in Dawlish (16)

Must see

Coryton Cove This shingle beach is a little more secluded than other local beaches and is perfect for paddling.

Ugbrooke House and Park Stroll around this historic house and the beautiful grounds and gardens for a peaceful day out.

Dawlish Warren Golf Course This 1.5 mile stretch of soft sandy beach is the perfect place for some seaside fun and frolics!

Featured cottages in Dawlish

Warren Roost
Warren Roost
Dawlish Warren (1ml N), South Devon
Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1
Cridford Lodge
Cridford Lodge
Teignmouth (8mls NW), South Devon
Sleeps: 4 | Bedrooms: 2
Magnolia Camelias
Magnolia Camelias
Dawlish (3mls NW), South Devon
Sleeps: 3 | Bedrooms: 2
Aller Stables
Aller Stables
Dawlish, South Devon
Sleeps: 6 | Bedrooms: 3
Teignmouth, South Devon
Sleeps: 3 | Bedrooms: 2
The Warren
The Warren
Exeter (4mls S), South Devon
Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1
Buckleigh Lodge
Buckleigh Lodge
Teignmouth (3mls E), South Devon
Sleeps: 3 | Bedrooms: 1
Dawlish Summer Cottage
Dawlish Summer Cottage
Dawlish (2mls N), South Devon
Sleeps: 2 | Bedrooms: 1
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Places near Dawlish

  • Teignmouth

    Teignmouth is a charming town with two lovely beaches in South Devon.

  • Exmouth

    A lovely stretch of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

  • Budleigh Salterton

    An unspoilt coastal town on the western edge of the Jurassic coast

  • Newton Abbot

    Newton Abbot is a waterside market town in South Devon.

  • Torquay

    Part of the English Riviera and packed with vintage seaside fun.

  • Bovey Tracey

    An entry point to Dartmoor, full of beautiful rugged moorland scenery.

  • Exeter

    Great shopping and history where the ancient meets the modern. 

  • Paignton

    A seaside town with a wonderful zoo nestled in the English Riviera.

  • Sidmouth

    A coastal town sheltered under amazing cliffs on the Jurassic Coast.

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