• The main lounge

    Newly refurbished lounge with bar, opens directly onto the garden.

  • Dining

    Meals are served in the sunny, recently refurbished 'Carriages restaurant'.

  • Bridge House

    The distinctive white house dates back to 1793.

  • Gardens

    Four acres of picturesque, carefully tended, secluded gardens.

It is with great sadness that the Railway Convalescent Homes have to announce that its last property, Bridge House, Dawlish, Devon is having to close.


Founded as a charity for beneficiaries of the Railway and Transport Industry, for over a century Bridge House, the flagship, has been primarily caring for those needing Convalescence or Recuperative breaks in their times of need.

However a steady decline in volume, over the last ten years, and the impact of the Covid-19 virus still prevalent, has been a stretch too far and it is no longer viable for the Charity to continue to operate in its traditional manner.

The Trustees, all with railway backgrounds, are now considering how to redefine the Charity to accommodate changing care needs and continue as such for our Railway and Transport beneficiaries.

To the many who have visited and experienced the exceptional high level of hospitality afforded at Bridge House and left with high accolades for its Management and staff, and made regular return visits, a big thank you from us all.

The friendships that have developed will leave many happy memories and this must include the local Dawlish Community for their support on many occasions.

RCH will make known in a later release, positive news as forward plans are defined for the future of the Charity.

Mr C C Mills
Chairman of the board of Trustees

Welcome to Bridge House

Recuperation - Rest - Relaxation

RCH Bridge House is a registered charity providing a unique and tranquil environment for those in need of recuperation, rest and relaxation. We are situated just over a mile from the sea front and train station in the pretty town of Dawlish, South Devon. The House is set within 4 acres of beautiful maintained, secluded gardens. All our Duty Managers are registered nurses and are available 24 hours a day for advice, support and reassurance. Your comfort is our number one priority and with our dedicated staff, we are sure you will have all you need to enjoy a perfect stay.

All our rooms are decorated and furnished to a very high standard, with a private bathroom, an emergency call button, tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV, internet access, hair dryer and fresh towels.

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What are people saying about us?

  • Thank you for a delightful stay, First rate!
  • Had a wonderful stay, even got a prize...last in the duck race!
  • Two weeks in paradise! perfect R and R.
  • Well done to all staff who made our stay so memorable.
  • Feel so much better for our stay, hope to come again.
  • Had an excellent break... feel totally relaxed.
  • As Arnie would say...Ill be back!
  • Bridge House is a place of serenity and security. A sociable place in stunning surroundings. Somewhere very special.
  • Familiar staff, a friendly atmosphere, tranquil surroundings plus comfort and reassurance.
  • Excellent food. Wonderful grounds. Splendid staff. So therapeutic.
  • I didn't expect to make new friends but it is a great place to meet other people if you don't want to be alone.