Visit Dawlish and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Dawlish, Devon. An unstrident seaside town of similar kind to Lyme Regis (Jane Austen loved both), but of humbler history, less splendid situation and greater architectural honesty. Its outstanding feature is its Lawn: a sort of magnified toy garden in its centre laid out in 1803 round the stream which flows through the town, with tiny waterfalls and black swans from Australia which were given in 1937.
Until the late 18th century Dawlish was just a small fishing village lying back from the sea, but then, as to so many places, the Napoleonic Wars, which restricted travel to the Continent, brought resorthood; it grew modestly with much neat, rather than grandiose, Regency housing, curious in that most of it turns its back on the sea, which is faced by deep-red cliffs and good safe beaches. Dickens made it Nicholas Nickleby's birthplace. Between town and beach runs Brunel's railway, originally atmospheric, with an “Egyptian-style” viaduct spanning the pedestrian way to the sea, and the little station is also by Brunel. The journey by it from Exeter to Newton Abbot (it remains part of the main London—Penzance line) is among the most scenic in Britain. Further inland the stream is again lawn-banked and, this time, shaded by Lebanese cedars in the grounds (open) of the Manor House (1800), which is now the offices of the Urban District Council off Old Town Street. And still further along this road, Stonelands, built in 1817 by John Nash for the distinguished engineer Sir John Rennie, with gardens by Capability Brown, is fairly frequently open. Lea Mount, overlooking the sea just South, is nice for views; and below it Coryton Cove is grand for children, with trains popping in and out of cliff tunnels behind. In the combes of the surrounding hills is a considerable flower-growing industry.
About l½ miles North East, Dawlish Warren is a sand-dune peninsula with golf course, and is noted for its birds and wild plants.
Nearby cities: Exeter
Nearby towns: Exmouth, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Topsham
Nearby villages: Abbotskerswell, Bishopsteignton, Budleigh Salterton, Chudleigh, Chudleigh Knighton, Coffinswell, Colaton Raleigh, Doddiscombsleigh, East Budleigh, Exminster, Exmouth, Highweek, Humber, Ideford, Ipplepen, Kenton, Kingskerswell, Kingsteignton, Lympstone, Newton Abbot, Otterton, Powderham, Shaldon, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, Teigngrace, Teignmouth, Topsham, Trusham
Have you decided to visit Dawlish or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Dawlish bed and breakfast (a Dawlish B&B or Dawlish b and b)
- a Dawlish guesthouse
- a Dawlish hotel (or motel)
- a Dawlish self-catering establishment, or
- other Dawlish accommodation