Rates frozen until end of September 2022

Despite rising costs we are freezing our B&B rates during the summer period, so you don’t need to worry about any sudden surcharges or hidden extras. Our summer period lasts until 30th September.

Hope you will manage to take a break and enjoy a bit of time in lovely Devon.

A long time since Christmas and still ages to Easter?!

It is indeed a long time since Christmas and still far too long to wait for Easter. Time for a break now? Seems to be the way everyone feels because we are full this weekend for the first time since re-opening after our winter break and next couple of weekends too, barring covid mishaps. We do still have a double room available for the weekend 1st/2nd/3rd April.

More immediately there is some mid-week availability from next Monday (14th March) over the next couple of weeks if you feel like a quick get-away!

Lots of spring flowers around, weather quite mild, sea has been quite rough with spray in the air and a multitude of interesting objects strewn over the beach. Some of our winter birds are leaving and summer migrants are arriving. The Warren has survived another winter and the railway is still functioning! 

Hurry back, we would love to see you.


Museum of the Moon in Exeter Cathedral

A giant sculpture of the moon has gone on display at Exeter Cathedral. The Museum of the Moon has a 23ft (7m) diameter and uses detailed NASA imagery to replicate the lunar surface.  At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the artwork represents three miles (5km) of the actual moon’s surface.

Artist Luke Jerram’s touring artwork, ‘Museum of the Moon‘  landed on 3 February and is staying until 27 February. A £5 ticket bought on the door gives you entrance to the whole cathedral, or of course you could go to one of the daily services. 

Definitely worth a visit, there is an aura about this huge installation which is very impressive in what is already an awe inspiring place. The lighting, music and slight movement of the moon add to the surreal feel of this and the flower decorations on the pillars add to a lunar feel. 

Re-Opening in February

We will be re-opening in February after our winter break. We have already been in touch with everyone who made enquiries for 2022 during last season and look forward to meeting lots of new guests again this year.

Despite the more relaxed covid rules around hospitality at the moment, we are not relaxing at all! Most of the extra precautions we put in place for the last couple of years will still be here in 2022 and we ask all our guests to remain cautious both on the premises and out in the wider area. We are confident that you can have a great break away and enjoy this lovely area without taking extra baggage home with you!

Closed for our winter break.

Sandays is now closed for Christmas and our winter break, re-opening date hopefully February but to be advised depending on covid etc. You can still contact us by email and we will get in touch with all of you that have made enquiries for 2022 before we re-open.

Many thanks to all our wonderful guests for supporting us in 2021, we have enjoyed your company!

A last minute break? Going, going …….. last availability of 2021

Last opportunity of 2021 to stay with us at Sandays is upon us. We have availability from Thursday 16th December through to Tuesday 21st December: that is a maximum of 5 nights, or you could book any 2 + nights within that period. All 3 rooms are available (max 6 people).

The ideal opportunity to find those special Xmas gifts at the same time as treating yourself to a bit of relaxation and sea air before the main event. We would love to hear from you.

Sandays will close for Christmas and our winter break on Tuesday 21st December, re-opening date to be advised depending on covid etc.

Many thanks to all our wonderful guests for supporting us in 2021, we have enjoyed your company!

Christmas trees everywhere!

There are Christmas trees everywhere now, in windows, churches and town centres. Exeter is looking lovely again this year with the Christmas market spread out around the centre and the wonderful charity trees on Roman Way always a highlight.

St. Gregory’s church in Dawlish has a Christmas tree festival ending tomorrow (Saturday 11th Dec) and the town always looks pretty with the lights over the brook as well as the additional Xmas lights. Of course we have a tree at Sandays too and enjoy the scent of pine as we come through the door.

Thank you for your cards and hope your Christmas preparations are going well!

Train of Lights

There are lots of lovely Christmassy things happening around the area at the moment, but the most dramatic must be the Train of Lights. 

The steam train, decked out with lights inside & out, runs from Paignton to Kingswear and back. Today we were at  Goodrington Sands where we could hear the shriek of the whistle as the steam train left Paignton station, and could see the plume of steam before the train itself came into view. Watching a steam train close up is always amazing; the sounds and smell as the train powers by is breath-taking. Add to that thousands of lights approaching through a dark evening and it is almost other-worldly!

Check the dartmouthrailriver website for details and try to fit this into your Christmas schedule. Whether you have a ticket to ride or are just spectating, it really is worth taking a look.

Swans & salt water

I often see white (mute) swans on the Exe, sometimes vast numbers around Exeter or much closer to the mouth of the estuary around Powderham. Today I saw flock at the mouth of the Teign, close to the shore at Shaldon. Lovely sight, unfazed by people and dogs on the beach and obviously busily feeding. 

Dawlish Remembers

Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday are both marked in our region with services and parades. There are also displays of poppies in a number of places including this lovely “Poppy Wall” in Dawlish. Along with the Autumnal colours along the brook this makes for a lovely and poignant sight.

Halloween and Bonfire Events

Shaldon & Teignmouth held their bonfire night celebrations last night (Sat 30th Oct) and what a wonderful event it was. Their luck was certainly in with a mild, clear and fairly still evening, absolutely perfect conditions. We like to be on the beach in Shaldon, close to the bonfire and part of the general hubbub, all very enjoyable! Hats off to the team who created the amazing viking inspired bonfire and organised the whole thing. A great firework display topped it all off, and the many Halloween displays around the village were fun to see too, not to mention some of the little witches & wizards already out & about.

Of course Bonfire Night is still to come and there are many more planned in our area so plenty to choose from. We certainly hope to do it all again on Nov 5th.