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Sea Sentry | Unique Coastal Self-Catering Home | Shaldon, Devon

Sea Sentry

Shaldon, Devon, UK

Immerse yourself in the romance and history of the Second World War at this one-of-a-kind waterside home in Shaldon, featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. Ingeniously re-designed by a local family, Sea Sentry nestles on the South Devon coast and has been brought bang into the 21st century with an armoury of mod cons, making it one of the most unique luxury self-catering homestays in Devon.


Built during World War II, to house soldiers guarding the Shaldon coastal defences, Sea Sentry laid untouched for decades with only the company of nesting seabirds and oscillating tides. Enjoying a stint as an artists’ studio before being transformed into the unique house it is today, it now offers an unparalleled self-catering hideaway for romantic sojourns and solo breaks. Bask in the glorious coastal views year-round and enjoy easy access to the heart of the village; a craft bakery, local butchers and ice cream parlour are all just a short distance away, making it an all the more inviting self-catering escape in Devon.


With an outward appearance not far off a sugar cube, this two-storey home exemplifies “tiny house design” at its best. But don’t be fooled; inside the bijou bolthole has everything you could need and more for a luxury holiday, complete with open-plan living area and huge sliding windows. For a refresh after a morning run along the coastpath, the über-modern shower room with its sensory mirror, underfloor heating and rainfall shower is a welcome haven. Come nightfall, orientate tired bodies towards the bedroom and let the sumptuous depths of the king-size bed lull you to sleep.


The South Devon village of Shaldon is a prime period destination; a pic’n’mix of meandering streets, thatched cottages and botanical gardens. There is a little zoo, bowling green and two unspoilt beaches; Shaldon (50 metres away) and the Ness, accessed via an old smuggler's tunnel. Watch village life go by from the vantage point of your private terrace with a spread of Devon splits, finger sandwiches and fizz. In August, see residents gather on the pocket-sized beach for the annual water carnival. A 200-year-old tradition, it is (according to local word) the oldest running regatta in the world!

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 2 guests
    From £995 per week, £850 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOne ground floor double bedroom with king-size bed, one en suite shower room with WC and luxury rainfall shower with handheld attachment.
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilySorry, no children or babies.
  • PracticalitiesFrom October to May guests can park on the road just before the property, otherwise the owners provide a permit for The Ness Shaldon car park, which is a five-minute return walk away. The tiny kitchen has a Neff combi fan oven-microwave, hob, fridge, dishwasher and Neff coffee machine.
  • Homestay includesBottle of bubbly, Sonos speaker, board games, ´Control4 home´ automation system, mood lighting, iPad, WiFi internet, Lotus Grill barbecue, luxury linen and towels.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
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Set right on the water in Shaldon on the south Devon coast
Enjoy coastal views from the open plan living area

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On the south bank of the River Teign sits an authentic seaside town, with houses stacked above the water and a wealth of maritime activities to enjoy. Take yourself off for fun on the beach, or sit and watch the boats bob behind the palms with an ice-cold tipple.

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Getting there

  • On the Map This unique WW2 guard house sits on the edge of the water in Shaldon on the south Devon coast.
  • By Air Exeter airport is 30 minutes drive away from Sea Sentry.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and follow the directions provided to the property.
  • By Train Teignmouth train station is just two miles, or ten minutes drive away.

From the owner

It’s tiny, so is it too small? was the foremost question when we found Sea Sentry. Absolutely not. There were plenty of doubters, but with the imagination, skill and dedication of our son Pete (who undertook all the work), we´re so pleased with our unique Shaldon bolthole.”

From the owner

Sea Sentry was built during the war to house two soldiers who guarded the road to the cliffs and coastal defences. It was solidly constructed to resist bomb blasts - the wall cavity was filled with sand (which we painstakingly had to remove by drilling 4" holes in the inner wall) – and to take the weight of a search light on its roof.

We originally acquired the property in 2014, but work didn’t actually start until 2015. It then took us over a year to complete the total redesign, restoration and renovation both inside and out. During the restoration, we tried to stay true to the utility feel of the building but at the same time fully equip it.

We incorporated lots of luxuries and home comforts. There is a “home automation” system which controls the lighting, underfloor heating and the TV (which is hidden away so as not to interfere with the views), a built-in Neff coffee machine and even a mini dishwasher!

Shaldon is a lovely coastal village in south Devon with everything on hand (butcher, bakery, pharmacy, newsagent, even a fish & chip shop) and eateries (pubs and restaurants). If you can’t find what you need there, then a short ferry trip across the water takes you to Teignmouth where there are other shops.

Andy & Barbara

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Shaldon with an insider’s perspective.

Start Point Lighthouse Walk

To See

Start Point Lighthouse Walk

Begin at the coastal car park, then walk along the path to see the Grade-II listed Star Point Lighthouse. Affording walkers with superb views, this working lighthouse has guided ships along the English Channel for over 150 years.

Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh

To Eat

Riverford Field Kitchen, Buckfastleigh

Try out lunch or dinner in this lovely converted barn on a farm. Guests dine at long banquet tables with the chance to mingle with other diners, and the food is served fresh, wholesome and delicious straight from field to fork.

On Foot Adventures 

To Do

On Foot Adventures 

Lace up your boots and head out for breathtaking rambles across the beautifully rugged Dartmoor. This National Park offers a dramatic wilderness in which to mountain bike, kayak, rock climb and hike - a playground for adventure.

Shaldon Cliffs Pitch and Putt

To Do

Shaldon Cliffs Pitch and Putt

There is fun to be had by all at the Shaldon Cliffs Pitch and Putt, whether you want to make full use of the course´s 18 holes or play a half-round. Enjoy brilliant views over the English Channel as you go and a novel way to stretch your legs.

Guest Testimonials

What a delightful holiday home. We felt so lucky to have been able to book Sea Sentry at short notice. High spec ingenious design. Thank you for the recommendations on food, places and things to do. Such a lovely couple of days. Coffee in the sun watching the tides - unforgettable.

"All the finest things come in small packages" The windows and outside area give the Sea Sentry a wonderful feeling of space. In a lovely spot to enjoy watching maritime exploits. Eat in or eat out, and the BBQ, watching the skiff racing works a treat!

Second stay - can life be any more perfect! Thank you for allowing us to share a slice of Shaldon tranquility. No doubts there will be a third time!

The amazing design and attention to detail and immaculate presentation make Sea Sentry a wonderful property in which to stay and enjoy the wonders of Shaldon, Teignmouth and Devon. Thank you, and the view is a joy.

Our third visit and a wonderful Easter weekend spent admiring the view! We were lucky with the weather and Shaldon was nicely busy with the beginnings of the holiday season. We look forward to staying here again soon.

Our second stay at Sea Sentry and I´m sure we´ll be coming back again. You just can´t put a price on that view! The weather over the weekend was changeable but watching it roll in over the sea was fabulous. We also became a little bit obsessed with looking at the big ships coming into Teignmouth Harbour! It was a bit wet and cold during our stay but the mod cons worked very well to keep us warm and dry. The owner is always very helpful and we didn´t want to go home! Thank you.

We have wanted to stay at Sea Sentry for ages and we weren´t disappointed! It´s the perfect little bolthole to just sit and unwind, watching the ever-changing view of the water. Thank you for sharing your home.

We had a wonderful weekend break at Sea Sentry. There has been so much thought and attention to detail poured into this house, it certainly has everything you need! It´s the perfect place to wind down and chill out. We will be most definitely be back. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

What can one say? WOW! An amazing property, amazing location, amazing views, amazing village! Lovely local butchers, bakery and convenience store. Thank you, we will be back!

We hadn´t been to this part of Devon before and we have fallen in love with it. What an amazing location and such friendly locals. We have felt truly at home here and the views from the fabulous Sea Sentry are so beautiful. We did some incredible coastal walks (with views to die for!) and enjoyed pit stops in the local pubs. An incredible short break, thank you!

We have loved every second of our stay here. Celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and making phenomenal memories has been extraordinary. The space, the location, the many miles on the South West coastal path: just beautiful. Thank you, a piece of our hearts is forever in Shaldon, Sea Sentry.

We´ve had a wonderful long weekend at the amazing Sea Sentry. Such clever use of space, wonderful views and every comfort you could wish for. We will be back when the weather is less wintry! Thank you!

What a wonderful way to see in the New Year! We love everything about this delightful little house. The best things really do come in small packages! We could have spent many more hours taking in the view and watching passers-by react to the place! I am sure that we will be back. Thank you.

When we arrived we didn´t know where to look first! Your eye is immediately caught by the view but the clever and beautiful design of the interior is almost as arresting! So much has been so thoughtfully packed into the space that we were left feeling that we were living in total luxury. Storm watching at night was spectacular, the best vantage point to watch the lightning across the sea. It has been the most relaxing holiday, listening to the sounds of the sea and watching the comings and goings of life passing the windows. Thank you for sharing your wonderful and perfect property, we will return.

We came here to celebrate our 35th anniversary and Sea Sentry is perfect in every way. It´s so easy to watch sea life without moving out of the house, and Shaldon is a picture-perfect seaside holiday. A quiet place to reflect on life and reaffirm one´s true love. Thank you for everything.

A beautiful property containing everything that we could have asked for. The location is stunning and had lots of things to see and do along with places to eat without having to drive anywhere at all. A truly stress free, luxury short break which completely recharged our batteries. Thank you Unique Homestays!

We have stayed in many Unique Homestays homes and this is our favourite! Such a lovely place to run away to for the weekend. We had a stormy Saturday and a sunny Sunday so saw all the weather changes from the window. A perfect romantic break for us. Thank you!

There are no words to describe how amazing this place is! So much so, we want one of our own! Shaldon is a lovely place with many friendly people and lots of yummy places to eat. We braved a coasteering experience which we truly recommend anyone to do! The firework display was epic (especially with the best seat in town)! We´ve had a divine mini-moon and we will be back again!

Waking up to that view each morning, as the sun catches the waves and kayakers take to the sea has been an utter joy. Having just got married, we were looking forward to some much needed r´n´r and we found Sea Sentry perfect. It is a wonderful place, great location and with everything that you could possibly need. We wish we could live here!

This has been the perfect place to spend our mini moon. Such calm and relaxation following the stress of the big day! We love the view and the sounds of the ocean, plus the daily joy of topless rowers! There are plenty of places to eat out and a lovely modern kitchen for a night in with fizz and baked camembert. This place is so special, we hope to return!

We have enjoyed an absolutely fabulous four nights holidaying at Sea Sentry. We have thoroughly loved the eclectic nature of the unique interiors, and quite frankly there are not enough superlatives in the English language to put the view into works. From watching the oyster catchers at dawn, to admiring the bobbing heads of seals, we have watched the view for hours. It is positively hypnotic. We will be recommending Sea Sentry for many years to come. Many thanks for such a memorable stay.

Wow this place is incredible! We booked ´Sea Sentry´ for our mini-moon looking for somewhere to hide away and relax, and this place has been just perfect. The house itself has been done beautifully, everything you need and more has been fitted yet it doesn´t feel at all crowded. Then of course there is the view; a constantly changing picture we never tired of. Just watching the world go by really has been magical, made perfect by Sea Sentry.

We were looking for a last minute holiday and went onto the Unique Homestays site. By chance Sea Sentry was available and we didn´t look any further as we were so taken with the pictures of the house and the views. We shall so miss the activity on the water, whenever you look out of the window there is something happening. Even with unseasonable weather the holiday has been wonderful. Thank you so much.

We spent an incredible four days here, it is an amazing base to explore Devon from. You never tire of the view and there is everything you need right here. It is immaculate and beautifully executed, thanks for a fantastic stay.

What an amazing place to stay, the view has been incredible. Listening to the waves and watching the world go by has been very relaxing! The house has been perfect for our ´minimoon´ and we would absolutely recommend to others, what a fantastic place.

Unique extras

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