Destination guide

Dawlish lodges offer a relaxing seaside family holiday

The traditional seaside town of Dawlish is the ideal destination for holiday lodges in Devon. The town has endless opportunities for fun and adventure, whether you’re travelling with friends or family. You can see the black swans at Lawn and Brooke, relax on the blue flag beach in Dawlish Warren or bird watch in Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve. In town are shops and restaurants where you can find unique gifts and try delicious local foods. No matter how you choose to spend your time, a holiday lodge in Devon puts you close to all the fascinating attractions in the area.


Experience history in person near a Dawlish holiday rental

History buffs will find plenty to enjoy in Dawlish and the surrounding areas of South Devon. Step outside your holiday rental and visit the Dawlish Museum and its eclectic display of artefacts that trace the entire history of the region. Cockwood Harbour is a nearby historic landmark that is adjacent to picturesque pubs and a quiet waterfront. Powderham Castle is just a few minutes away and stands as a fortified manor house first built in the late 14th century. The Teignmouth & Shaldon Museum is a family-friendly museum dedicated to regional history, and it has a gift shop.


Activities and attractions in Dawlish

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Dawlish a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • S W Coast Path (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Torquay Golf Club (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
  • Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens (7.7 mi / 12.4 km)
  • Northbrook Approach Golf Course (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Crealy Great Adventure Park (8.4 mi / 13.5 km)
  • Living Coasts (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Dawlish

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, August, July, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 19°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Dawlish

Travellers love Dawlish for its beautiful ocean views and pristine beaches. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Dawlish is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Dawlish Lawn (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Dawlish Beach (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Dawlish Warren Beach (2.6 mi / 4.1 km)
  • Grand Pier (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • Exmouth Beach (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Devon Cliffs Beach (4.9 mi / 7.8 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Dawlish

The nearest airport is in Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), located 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Dawlish Station or Dawlish Warren Station to see more of the city.

How to get around

Getting around the area of your Dawlish holiday homes

Dawlish is served by a railway station which will transport you to and from Devon, London and even further afield. It’s also drivable, with a motorway running through town. Car hires, taxis, personal vehicles and rideshares are all valid means of transport within the town. Bus and coach services are also available to get you around town. Pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly areas allow you to explore and find your next favourite destination either walking or cycling. Whatever your preferred means of transport, you’ll likely find it easily in Dawlish near holiday homes.

Food & drink

Local and regional food and drink near Dawlish villa rentals

The Cuisine of Devon has had a strong influence on much of British food, and while you enjoy villa rentals here, you should explore some local dishes. The pasty is very popular here, a pastry stuffed with meat and vegetables. White pudding or hog’s pudding is also popular in this area and should be enjoyed while in the region, with local variants using pork meat, suet, bread and oatmeal. The region is famed for its rich and creamy ice-cream varieties, which must be experienced. For those looking for something more basic, most pubs offer superb fish and chips offerings.

Essential info

Essential information about Dawlish holiday cottages

As a resort area, Dawlish is known for its beaches. It’s generally a safe place for families but exercise safety while on the beach, knowing that red flags are warning of dangerous conditions, while red and yellow flags mean it’s safe to swim. The full-time population of Dawlish is around 16,000 people, but these numbers swell by many thousands during high season in the summer, when warm temperatures bring beachgoers to the area. Still, it’s easy to get around and has plenty of amenities to entertain couples and families staying in holiday cottages.

Can I find a vacation rental around Dawlish?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 796 vacation rentals near Dawlish. From 304 cottages to 6 chalets, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dawlish for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dawlish?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dawlish. From Vrbo UK travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dawlish Warren Station: 1,904 vacation rentals
  • Dawlish Station: 1,839 vacation rentals
  • Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve: 1,876 vacation rentals
  • Dawlish Museum: 1,853 vacation rentals
  • Shaftesbury Theatre: 1,853 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dawlish listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Dawlish?

Yes, of course. Vrbo UK has 304 Cottages in Dawlish. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dawlish include:

  • Chalets: 6 rentals available
  • Houses: 507 rentals available
  • Flats: 230 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dawlish?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 76 vacation rentals with pool available in Dawlish. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.