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Charming & Spacious Family And Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages Near The Beach - Shippen Cottage



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
Stunning Views Across The Historic Sweetcombe Valley & Close To The Sea

Escape to the idyllic Boswell Farm Cottages, located just a stones throw from the Jurassic coastline and beaches, and in the heart of the Devon countryside where you can relax and unwind, or head off for a day full of adventures!

Mill House was originally built in the 1850's and used as a dairy for Boswell and the outlaying farms. Now converted into a charming, spacious, character holiday cottage with private garden, which can comfortably sleep up to 5 guests, or if let conjoined with Cider House to sleep up to 11 people – ideal for large groups, family celebrations, or Hen weekends.

Shippen Cottage was built in the 1850s as a purpose built shippen, or cowshed, where the cows would have all been milked by hand. Now a pretty holiday cottage that sleeps up to 4 with enclosed private garden, which adjoins pasture and beyond with stunning views, so is very peaceful.

Boswell is an excellent touring base to visit charming Devon villages, such as Branscombe and Beer. Explore the rolling countryside, majestic sweeps of moorland at Dartmoor and Exmoor, and visit the many fascinating National Trust properties including Killerton and Castle Drogo.

The Historic towns of Lyme Regis, Ottery St Mary, Honiton (the Antiques Centre of the South West) and the Cathedral City of Exeter are all within easy reach.

There are a variety of activities to suit all ages and tastes from golf, pony trekking and equestrian activities to beautiful countryside and coastal walks or simply relaxing on one of Devon's beautiful beaches.

There are clean and safe beaches at Sidmouth and diverse activities such as sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sea angling, swimming, theatre and the Sidmouth Folk Festival.

Close by are three golf courses, pony trekking, gliding and rock climbing.

A myriad of beautiful walks for all abilities start from your cottage door. Explore the fascinating Jurassic Coast - recently designated a World Heritage Site (ranking alongside the Great Barrier Reef, and the Grand Canyon!), where the earth's history is displayed in the coastline's geology and spectacular fossils.


Fresh Linen and Towels

Television and DVD Player

Electric Heating

Washing Machine/Tumble Dryer


Microwave Oven


Ample Car Parking

Children’s Play Area

Private Garden

Farm Walk



All Weather Tennis Court

45 Acre Estate

Shops within 1 Mile

Beach approx 1.5 miles


Regular Pilates classes are held from the Old Kennels Studios at Boswell Farm. As a qualified Pilates instructor, Linda Macaulay can advise you on the right class to attend if you so wish. She can also offer one to one sessions, for both beginners and more advanced students, and if required can tailor a complete and personal programme

CHILDREN WELCOME: Children of all ages can stay – a cot and highchair are available on request

PET FRIENDLY: Dog and pets welcome, beds, bowls and towels are available on request

WIFI: Fibre Optic broadband is available we cannot guarantee connectivity

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Shippen Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Shippen Cottage was built in the 1850s as a purpose built shippen, or cowshed, where the cows would have all been milked by hand.

Now a charming holiday cottage with a fully equipped kitchen with dining area, as well as additional raised dining area off a very spacious sitting room.

Patio doors take you from the sitting room into the enclosed private garden, which adjoins pasture and beyond, so is very peaceful.

Upstairs the cottage has two bedrooms - one double and one twin - and a family bathroom.


Fresh Linen and Towels

Television and DVD Player

Electric Heating

Laundry on site (coin operated)


Microwave Oven


Ample Car Parking

Children’s Play Area

Private Garden

Farm Walk


All Weather Tennis Court

45 Acre Estate

Shops within 1 Mile

Pilates Classes on site

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

Linda has lived and worked at Boswell for over 20 years, lovingly restoring the cottages and building up a successful Pilates Class and Retreat business.

On discovering Pilates, Linda studied to become a Pilates Instructor, completing an apprenticeship at Wayne Sleep's Studios in London and working with Gordon Thompson (later of Body Control Pilates fame). Linda then instructed at Wayne's studio, and at other London studios, until moving to Devon in 1994.

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From the Owner

Boswell House is grade II listed and was built in the 17th century but the site dates back to pre-Norman times - ‘Boswell' being mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In around 1860 Boswell became a working farm and has remained so until today, with many of the original buildings and features intact. Boswell Farm nestles alongside the Snod Brook in the secluded tranquil / peaceful Sweetcombe Valley, which lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In fact the word ‘snod' is a medieval word meaning pretty. There are breathtaking views across a timeless landscape, the valley with its woods and the fields that climb its slopes. Here is an abundance of wildlife - badgers, deer, buzzards and kingfishers to mention but a few.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter Airport at 16 Miles Nearest Barpub : Blue Ball Pub at 0.4 Miles Nearest Golf : Thorne Park, www.thorngolfcentre.co.uk at 1.5 Miles Nearest Train : Honiton Train Station at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : A3052 at 0.3 Miles Nearest Beach : Sidmouth at 1.5 Miles Car: recommended

There is a whole host of things to see and do in the south west, and Boswell is ideally placed within easy reach of everything that the south west has to offer.

If you are looking for historical castles and houses, shopping in fantastic county towns and outlet stores, a day at the seaside or the races, a visit to a zoo or safari park, or even adrenalin fueled paintballing, quad biking or pony trekking you can find it all within easy reach.

This is home to a multitude of quaint little villages and market towns, beautiful Devon beaches, gently rolling hills and wild moors with miles of lush landscape to explore - heaven for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors!

Exciting cities mix fascinating history with vibrant culture, and you'll find superb festivals, country shows and events all year round.

Whether elderly or young, active or sedentary, lovers of the arts or rock music enthusiasts, depending on the time of year there will always be something for everyone to enjoy, either within walking distance or a short drive.

A few suggestions to explore whilst staying at Boswell:

South West Coastal Path

Beautiful Beaches of the Jurassic Coast

County Shows

Dartmoor & Exmoor

Theme Parks & Zoos

Historical Museums

Shopping Days

Animal Sanctuarys

Steam Railway


Historic Houses & Gardens


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October Half term
21 Oct 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Jan, Feb, March
3 Jan 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter, April, May
31 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term & June
26 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early July
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
21 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas and New year
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £35

Due to the large number of requests for short breaks we have done entered pricing for these based on the minimum nights stay. The rate will vary depending on the number of nights you stay so the longer you stay the rate per night reduces. We do welcome short stays of two nights or more but please do enquire for a price. We do reserve the right to alter our pricing.

Cream Teas and Welcome Pack of local products are provided for guest staying with us for a minimum of a week.
If you cancel your booking you must immediately notify us by telephone and confirm in writing. In cases of cancellation the deposit is non refundable under any circumstances. Should your cancellation fall within 8 weeks of your arrival date the full rental will be payable. Boswell Farm strongly recommends that a cancellation insurance policy is taken out.Your cottage will be available from 4.00pm on the date of arrival. Occupation before this time will not be allowed.
The cottage and site must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure.

Booking more than eight weeks in advance of your holiday:
To secure your booking we require a deposit of one third of the holiday cost. You may pay the balance at anytime up to eight weeks before the start of the holiday. Once confirmation of booking has been issued by us, you are responsible for the full rental.

Booking within eight weeks of your holiday:
The whole cost is payable immediately

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 21-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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