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Character Cottage in the Heart of Topsham, Near Exeter in Devon

Overview

Property

Updated: 25-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in Topsham ( nr Exeter ), Devon, England - Quiet Courtyard 1 minute walk from The Waterfront, Quaint Cafes, Shops And Pubs

Situated in a quiet courtyard, just off the main high street in Topsham, this lovingly restored cottage has two bedrooms, a comfortable lounge with wood-burner and a modern well-equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Outside the cottage has it's own parking space and a terrace. The cottage has gas central heating.

The main bedroom benefits from a large built in wardrobe, a very comfortable bed and a view over the courtyard. The second bedroom has bunk beds and is ideal for children or one adult. The bathroom is downstairs and has a full size bath and a shower over it - towels are provided.

The lounge has seating for 4 and a fold up dinning table and chairs for family meals. You can also use the breakfast bar in the kitchen for quick meals. A porch provides storage for boots and coats.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Richard Parker
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About Richard Parker

I live in Exeter with my wife and two children. I love living in Devon and enjoying everything it has to offer from it's surf beaches, cycle lanes to Dartmoor.

Richard Parker purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Richard Parker chose Exeter

Topsham was the perfect choice for a property we could rent and my parents could use when visiting us. It is close enough to Exeter and all the facilities it offers, has excellent transport links, including public transport and has a lovely holiday atmosphere all year round. We choose Exeter Cottage because it is in a really quiet courtyard but so close to really nice cafe's, pubs and restaurants, as-well as being a stones throw from the waterfront. We also choose it because it has a parking space - a rare commodity in Topsham! Exeter Cottage has some history too. It was owned by a gentleman call Thomas Henry Coysh, who fought alongside Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar. The courtyard still has the original wash-house - restored by the Topsham Historic Society.

What makes this cottage unique

Being a second family home the cottage benefits from a well equipped kitchen - which you often don't find in holiday properties. It also has a great range of books, dvd's, games and even some children's toys which cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to bring. We like taking our bikes to the cottage, it is so easy to get to Exmouth, or into Exeter on the cycle path. We also like taking the little ferry across the river and walking down the canal to the remote Turf Locks pub (only accessible by foot, cycle or boat!). In the winter the wood burner is a real bonus and soon gets the cottage (with it's low ceilings) really toasty. The breakfast bar is really handy and the children love to sit at it. On a sunny day we like to sit out on the terrace and visit the outdoor pool, play tennis for free on the court around the corner or just walk along the estuary.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Exeter Cottage, thank you. It is lovely, quaint and very homely. It is ideally situated for everything. We hit lucky with the weather and were able to get out every day. We would definitely book again and recommend it to others.
May 2017
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Exeter Cottage, thank you. It is lovely, quaint and very homely. It is ideally situated for everything. We hit lucky with the weather and were able to get out every day. We would definitely book again and recommend it to others.
May 2017
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16 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

5

Felt like Home

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect for my stay I Topsham, a lovely little town. It was comfortable and clean, with everything needed for a short or long stay. The location was just around the corner from the main shopping street. All the people I met were friendly and helpful. I took lovely strolls along the picturesque waterfront which was only a two minute walk away. Richard was a super host, always available to answer a question through the HomeAway App or email.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Glad to be of service :) Richard.
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Clean & Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here 2nd week of June, and had fantastic weather, only used property to sleep and bathe, plenty of places around cottage to eat and drink, however if you needed to cook there appeared to be a fully fitted kitchen. As you are warned, parking is an issue but if your vehicle has reversing sensors, no problem.

My wife and I had a fabulous week in Topsham, everything within a few minutes walk.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, glad you had such a good week :)
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5

Superb location, well equipped, delightful little property with friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

Came down from Yorkshire to visit relatives for the week. The cottage was superb for the two of us, very clean, comfortable beds and well equipped with everything we needed. The cottage has a handy car parking space, central but quiet location and good public transport. We visited Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Dartmoor (although we didn't see Haytor as it was so misty!), relatives in Exeter by train and even made it up to Exmoor. Topsham itself is a great place to hang out, we had most meals out there as there was so much choice. Definitely be coming back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it.
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5

As advertised, quaint, compact, comfortable. Perfect location for a riverside holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful for river views, country walks, flowers and picturesque cottages but at the same time with many options for fine dining and niche shopping. Comfortable and quaint cottage. We parked the car and used the train, cycles and walking. Hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. Great that you made the most of the sustainable transport options too! It really is the best way to experience the local area. Do come again.
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5

Lovely cottage in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay in order to enjoy the delights of Topsham and the surrounding area. Everything you expect is available in this comfortable, clean and tidy cottage in an excellent location with plenty of amenities just a couple of minutes walk away. Ours was a family visit, 2 adults and 2 children (7 & 11).

There's loads to see and do either with or without a car, cycle to Exmouth along the lovely cycle path, enjoy the village outdoor pool, plenty of local pubs/restaurants. Or go a little further afield to one of the many excellent beaches or maybe enjoy a walk at Canonteign Falls.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Pleased you enjoyed our cottage, Topsham and made the most of local area. You will be very welcome back sometime.
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5

Cosy cottage in pretty village

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this cottage in Topsham. It was ideally situated (right next to the pretty high street, and 2 mins from the Exeter bus stop, 5 mins from the train station) and equipped with everything our family needed. Clean, cosy, welcoming - highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Morven, it was a pleasure to have you stay at the cottage. Do come again :)
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Location

From the Owner

Topsham was the perfect choice for a property we could rent and my parents could use when visiting us. It is close enough to Exeter and all the facilities it offers, has excellent transport links, including public transport and has a lovely holiday atmosphere all year round. We choose Exeter Cottage because it is in a really quiet courtyard but so close to really nice cafe's, pubs and restaurants, as-well as being a stones throw from the waterfront. We also choose it because it has a parking space - a rare commodity in Topsham! Exeter Cottage has some history too. It was owned by a gentleman call Thomas Henry Coysh, who fought alongside Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar. The courtyard still has the original wash-house - restored by the Topsham Historic Society.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 7 Miles Nearest Barpub : Lord Nelson Pub at 65 Metres Nearest Ferry : Plymouth at 45 Miles Nearest Golf : Exeter Golf and Country Club at 1.5 Miles Nearest Train : Topsham Station at 200 Metres Nearest Motorway : M5 at 3.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Lord Nelson Pub at 65 Metres Nearest Ski : Plymouth Ski Centre at 40 Miles Nearest Beach : Exmouth at 6 Miles Car: not necessary

Car Free:

Perfect for car-free holidays. Public transport by car, bus, ferry and bicycle makes the surrounding area very easy to access.

Coast/Beach:

6 miles to large beach at Exmouth, just 5-10 minutes by car or a short bus or train journey or even by ferry. Budleigh Salterton is just around the corner and offers lovely swimming in the summer and good fishing and canoeing. A little further afield there is Sidmouth, Beer, and Lyme Regis. In the other direction you have Dawlish, Teignmouth and many more. Can cycle to Exmouth on the Sustrans national cycle network, or into Exeter.

Travel:

Exeter Airport only 15 minutes by Taxi. Train station 2 minutes walk from cottage (arrive at Exeter St Davids and take Exmouth line). Bus stop 65m from property. Buses go to Exmouth, Exeter and beyond. Car is not required.

Distances:

4 miles to Cathedral City of Exeter.

15 miles to Dartmoor.

6 miles to Exmouth.

Further Details:

Topsham is a wonderful quaint little port close to Exeter, with a wealth of history and has fabulous views across the Exe Estuary. It is an historic conservation area and has a wide range of pubs, cafe's and independent shops. Topsham has a wide range of facilities including has it's own outdoor heated swimming pool (May-Sept), a Saturday market, museum and a great park with skateboard ramp. The National Cycle Path runs from Topsham to Exmouth or into Exeter and around the Exe Estuary to Dawlish. The Exe Estuary provides great bird watching (it is a site of Special Scientific Interest), sailing, kite-surfing and fishing and wildlife trips on the river are available from Exmouth.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Early Summer 2017
4 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
From
£115
Fri,Sat,Sun
£550
 
 
Summer Rates
22 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Early Autumn 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
From
£85
Fri,Sat,Sun
£450
 
 
Oct Half Term 2017
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£475
for 7 nights
From
£100
Fri,Sat,Sun
£475
 
 
Late Autumn 2017
29 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
£360
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£450
£1,500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
£100 per week deposit required. Balance is due 14 days before booking starts. If you cancel and we can re-let your slot we will refund 75%.

Changeover Day:
Flexible.

Notes on prices:
Late Booking: If you are booking within 10 days of let starting we can offer a discount - please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Being a second family home the cottage benefits from a well equipped kitchen - which you often don't find in holiday properties. It also has a great range of books, dvd's, games and even some children's toys which cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to bring. We like taking our bikes to the cottage, it is so easy to get to Exmouth, or into Exeter on the cycle path. We also like taking the little ferry across the river and walking down the canal to the remote Turf Locks pub (only accessible by foot, cycle or boat!). In the winter the wood burner is a real bonus and soon gets the cottage (with it's low ceilings) really toasty. The breakfast bar is really handy and the children love to sit at it. On a sunny day we like to sit out on the terrace and visit the outdoor pool, play tennis for free on the court around the corner or just walk along the estuary.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Free Wifi

Kitchen

  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Entertainment

  • Television

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs bathroom with toilet, bath and mains pressure shower.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, with large wardrobe Bedroom 2: Bunk beds, (2 ft 6 wide). Lounge also has a sofa bed for casual use.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Size of second bedroom and bunk beds mean this room is most suitable for children and smaller adults. Sorry no pets and no smoking. Please check our availability calendar before getting in touch. Short break prices (3-5 nights) are calculated as follows (Full Week Price/7) No of Nights + £50. We supply bed linen, towels and tea towels. Outside: Small terrace with chairs. Parking for one medium sized car (e.g. Astra, Focus etc.). Those with large MPV's/Vans can park nearby, either at the recreation ground or on Holman way, just a short walk away. Utility Room: Cupboard in bathroom has ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh bed-linen provided at start of stay. Towels provided. Interim cleans available - please ask.