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Spacious listed cottage with wood burner and large garden, ideal for families

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near beautiful East Devon beaches, golf courses and family attractions

A cosy home-from- home cottage, situated just 5 minutes drive from the Regency Town of Sidmouth, and within easy access of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. A perfect retreat from which to explore the popular coastal towns and villages of Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer, Branscombe, Budleigh Salterton and Lyme Regis.

The sleeping accommodation is spread across 4 bedrooms - a master bedroom with en-suite shower room (king size bed) , one double bedroom, a twin room and a small single room, which are served by the family bathroom.

The farmhouse kitchen seats six people comfortably and features the original 400 year old inglenook fireplace with cast iron wood burner. Guests can also spread out in the lounge, smaller TV lounge, and games room/snug.

Orchard Cottage's garden is well established and kids will never get bored exploring all quarter of an acre of it, as well as playing on the wooden playground and large trampoline. There is a patio, complete with garden furniture for the adults to relax, get a BBQ going or play any of the outdoor garden games.

For those less warmer days, there is nothing better than relaxing in front of the fire while the kids play in the games room or watch a DVD on one of the televisions.

Just 10 miles from the M5 and A38, Sidmouth is the perfect base to explore Devon and beyond. The Cathedral city of Exeter is just a 20 min drive away, with Dartmoor National Park, Torquay and Plymouth all within an hour or so by car.


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Claire Rigby
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Claire Rigby

I was born in Exeter but now live near Manchester with my husband Alex and our two girls and little boy. I used to work as a Speech & Language Therapist, but these days my three children keep me pretty busy!

Claire Rigby purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Claire Rigby chose Sidmouth

Living so far away from my family, we wanted to buy somewhere close by to visit often and at the same time, stay in touch with this beautiful part of the world.

We fell in love with the cottage instantly, for it's friendly and welcoming feel and especially the garden. Whatever the weather, our children are out there running and playing and we are always sad to leave...until the next time....!

What makes this cottage unique

It doesn't seem to matter if the weather is not the best - there is nothing like coming home from the beach to the cottage, getting the kettle on (or popping that cork!) and sitting by the fire.

Equally, on warmer days, nothing beats breakfast on the patio and evening BBQ's outside. The garden is so big, games of hide and seek last forever!

The cottage is in a fantastic location for all the best beaches along the Jurassic Coast. Firm favourites with us are Beer, Branscombe and Lyme Regis. Crealy Adventure Park and World of Country Life would win our kids' vote every time!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sidmouth in East Devon District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower over the bath
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite shower room to master bedroom. His/hers vanity sink
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Small bedside tables and lamps, limited space around bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Very small box room, ideal for a child
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Spacious listed cottage with wood burner and large garden, ideal for families
average rating of 4.793103 based on 29 reviews

Stunning home from home in great location.

  • 5 of 5

The property is absolutely stunning and sits in a fantastic location. It is ideal for families and our little ones especially enjoyed the swings, slide and trampoline in the garden. It has been said before and I can only re-iterate how fantastic the owners are. Claire was unbelievably helpful in organising our break and went so far above and beyond what she needed to do to facilitate our stay.

I cannot recommend this property highly enough; Supremely clean, well equipped with excellent fixtures and fittings.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write this fantastic review Chris. I’m touched by your lovely comments and delighted that we managed to get you to Devon in the end! Thank you for taking such good care of the cottage during your stay. Best wishes to you and your family, Claire.
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A fabulous cottage

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Orchard Cottage having visited for the first time last August and we were not disappointed. It is a super property set in a lovely garden. The accommodation is ideal for our family holidays (3 generations) and the grandchildren love the spacious garden, they even had their own “play room” where they could shut themselves away.

We would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to anyone and would certainly love to return at some time in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well situated cottage ideal location for exploring Devon

  • 4 of 5

We loved the spaciousness of the cottage and also the large garden. Supermarkets were close to hand as were the local bus routes. Parking facilities were excellent. Close to the lovely city of Exeter and also the local coastline to the east and west of Sidmouth. We were a little disappointed that some of the cooking tins were too large to fit in the oven and then couldn't find any smaller cooking pots for smaller items but this was our only misgiving. Perhaps a light over the dining room table would have been helpful as it was the main hub of the cottage. Overall we really enjoyed the cottage and had a restful and relaxing week . Many thanks John & Brenda

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cosie cottage with loads of room and perfect detailing

  • 5 of 5

From the cream tea on the table to the Egyptian cotton towels, the detailing in the cottage is perfect and made our stay absolutely wonderful. Perfect location, massive garden for the kids to play in, rooms around every corner for every family member. Cosie wood burner, satellite TV for the kids; shops, pubs, and gorgeous coastline around the corner... Beautiful place and beautiful cottage. Our family thanks you dearly.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Jamie, I cannot thank you enough for this fantastic review! I'm delighted you and your family enjoyed the cottage and surrounding area so much :) Best wishes, Claire
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Beautiful cottage Quiet location

  • 4 of 5

Orchard cottage is a home from home. Plenty of space, beds comfortable, and lovely towels supplied. Enjoyed the log fire. 10 minutes to sidmouth, and easy links to Lyme Regis, Budleigh Salterton etc.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely spacious cottage and garden so suitable for our needs, one family, 3 generations.

  • 5 of 5

We have just arrived home after a weeks holiday at this lovely cottage. We are a family of 7 (3 generations) and the layout was ideal for us. The garden was fantastic for the children (ages 6 & 9), from the play equipment to lots of games of hide and seek (which continued indoors when wet) and even croquet. They had their own playroom which they thought was fab. From the moment we stepped in there was a lovely homely feel, add to that the personal welcome message on the board and the welcoming cream tea with lovely home made scones it was a great start to our holiday.

We would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to anyone and are already talking about booking another week there next year.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a fantastic review Jenny. I'm so glad you and your family- and especially your grandchildren! - appreciated the cottage and it's garden in the same way we do. I will look forward to welcoming you all back again in the future. Best wishes Claire
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Exeter International Airport
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
The Bowd Inn
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Sidmouth Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Exeter St Davids
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
The Bowd
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Sidmouth Beach
Car: necessary

The beach at Sidmouth is sandy at low tide and our favourite spot is Jacob's Ladder, situated at the far side towards the hotels. There is a beach shop/cafe there or if you fancy a cream tea or a nice lunch, take a trip to the lovely Clock Tower Cafe at Connaught gardens.

The picture post card village of Branscombe is just a short drive away, where a pub lunch at the Mason's Arms, then a stroll along the beach to walk it off is a must!

The nearby fishing village of Beer is a great place to watch the local fishermen bring in their catch fresh from the sea.. Beer is one of the few places left, where they still winch the boats directly on to the beach. There are a number of pubs and restaurants in which to sample the fish -The Anchor Inn is one of our favourites,

Crealy Adventure Park is a must for the kids and is only a 10-15 minute drive away. Seaton Tramway, The Donkey Sanctuary, World of Country Life and Bicton Gardens are all great family fun days out.

Foodies will love The River Cottage Canteen & Deli - Hugh Fearnley Whittenstall's famous restaurant at Axminster (Don't forget to book ahead!)


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Sidmouth, Devon

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Season
2 Jun 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
27 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

50% of the rental price is to be paid at time of booking with the remaining balance 30 days before the first day of the holiday.

£150 security deposit is to be paid along with the remaining balance 4 weeks before check in. The security deposit will be refunded within 14 days of returning home after a satisfactory changeover inspection.

Late bookings (within 30 days of check in ) will require payment in full at time of booking.

Strictly no dogs

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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