Welcome to Dawlish. Devons Holiday Heaven

“Reaching down where the fresh and salt water meet,
The Roofs may be seen of an old-fashioned street,
Half village, half town, it is pleasant and smallish,
And known, where it happens to be known, as Dawlish.”

R.H.D. Barham  (1880).

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Welcome to Dawlish!
Dawlish is set on the edge of beautiful rolling countryside as it meets the impressive cliffs of the South Devon coastline. There are three beaches all within walking distance: Boat Cove, Coryton Cove and the main beach, which stretches all the way to
Dawlish Warren.  The town is beloved by visitors, many of whom return year after year and dream of own a home here.  This attractive town is for the most part, unspoilt by mass tourism and retains a hospitable air of elegance.

Dawlish is a small seaside town on the beautiful coast of South Devon set between dramatic rust brown cliffs.  Its popularity in the 18th Century as a gentle holiday destination is evidenced by the graceful Georgian and Victorian architecture which you see today.

The Brook

View of The Brook, Dawlish

Dawlish has a unique feature which adds to its charm: Dawlish Water, known locally as The Brook.  This is a small river which runs alongside the park and through the town centre, tumbling down a series of weirs and under pretty bridges.  It provides a delightful home to many different varieties of waterfowl including the famous black swans, which were introduced from Taronga Zoo, Sydney and have been the town’s emblem for over forty years.

The Lawn
The park, which is known as The Lawn, divides two shopping streets, offering an oasis of calm and shade on hot summer days.  It has a bowling green, a bandstand, deckchairs, beautiful mature trees and a charming hatchery where you can see the latest additions to the local duck population.

The Old Mill Tea Room

The Old Mill Tea Room is a family run business located at 23 Brunswick Place, Dawlish, EX7 9PD.  A wide variety of teas, freshly ground coffees are served, together with light lunches, home made cakes and scones. The tea room is within the  unique setting of an old mill building dating back to 1717, which used to be a flour mill but where the huge waterwheel outside, still turns daily.

The Old Mill is of much historical interest. Nearly all of the internal machinery and mill stones are still in place and are viewable from the Tea Room itself. Many people come to enjoy a cream tea or light lunch and soak up the unique atmosphere either sitting outside by the wheel or inside, where you can view the internal mill workings.

The Railway

Another unique feature is Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous strip of railway line which runs along the coast between Dawlish and the sea. There are regular services to Newton Abbot and Plymouth or to Exeter (less than half an hour), all connecting to Intercity trains. Many steam and diesel hauled chartered trains run through Dawlish, particularly at weekends and therefore, a stay at Great Cliff could be well worthwhile for any person, with even just a mild interest in railways!

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Local Facilities
There is a good selection of shops in the town centre, approximately 600 yards from Great Cliff, these include a Post Office/Newsagents, Off-licence, Boots and a Co-op, together with many of the smaller, independent retailers. The town also has a leisure centre with a swimming pool, lawn tennis and badminton clubs, a museum and a cottage hospital.

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