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Holiday-Perfect Cottages, Peaceful Location near Donkey Sanctuary and Sidmouth - Wren Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms)



Updated: 08-Nov-2016
Pretty, Family and Dog-friendly Holiday Cottages near Sidmouth.

We have four family-size 2-bedroom cottages (Wren, Swallow, Dove and Blackbird) and four smaller cottages (Seagull, Puffin, Sandpiper and Avocet), ideal for couples. No stairs. Park close to cottage. Free WiFi. Children and dogs very welcome. Safe and secure site quietly located in small rural hamlet close to famous Donkey Sanctuary, and 10 minutes' drive to Regency town of Sidmouth. Great spot for walking SW coast path, cycling or exploring unspoilt Jurassic coastline; close to Branscombe and Beer, and within easy reach of safe sandy beaches at Lyme Regis and Exmouth. On-site warden 24/7. Family-owned and managed.

Details for holiday cottage Wren Cottage Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

Wren Cottage was built in 2006 as a holiday cottage, along with 3 other identical properties; it is a large, comfortable semi-detached bungalow with 2 bedrooms (one with King size bed, one with twin beds)and an open-plan living area - 2 and 3-str leather settees, wooden dining table with 4 chairs, 32" flatscreen TV, free WiFi. DVD player, radio/CD player, cooker/ceramic hob, microwave oven, fridge, dishwasher, iron/ironing board, hairdryer. Fully-tiled bathroom with bath, WC, washbasin, separate corner shower, heated towel rail, wall heater; double glazed and carpeted throughout with electric panel heaters in all rooms. The cottage has large sliding glass doors onto its own private patio, with table and 4 chairs, and is well-screened with shrubs and fencing. Lawned area to front and back. Wall-mounted dryer behind cottage. Laundry facilities include 2 washing machines, a tumble dryer and a freezer. No dogs allowed in Wren Cottage. Dogs accepted in other Cottages

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We moved to Devon from the Midlands 25 years ago, with 2 children, 6 and 8, 2 dogs and a cat, and settled into a new life very easily. Now we're grandparents too, we still have 2 dogs (not the same ones!) and still love this area very much. So much so that in 2007 we purchased a holiday cottage business, Leigh Cottages, close to Sidmouth where we live, and in 2010, a Lodge near Salcombe in south Devon. We manage all the admin and bookings ourselves, and enjoy speaking personally to our guests, and having their feedback to continually improve the service we give. My other half, Terry, isn't seen that often as he runs another business, but he's always there behind the scenes to give support and advice. We strive to always provide a high standard of holiday accommodation and have always had many repeat bookings.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

This is our favourite place to come! Have been coming for a few years now! Lovely spot and surroundings! Nice to see David and Mollie as usual.
Jun 2016
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This was a lovely bungalow in a peaceful and beautiful setting great for visiting the surrounding areas, some lovely pubs nearby in the nearby village of Branscombe and nearby Sidford The site manager Dave made you very welcome and was very helpful on local knowledge. would definitely return to this property.( Lovely to see all the wild bunnies around).Lovely walk down to the beach about 20 mins but is steep so you need to be fit,but you can do a bit of fishing down there.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

This part of east Devon is truly special - it's on the Jurassic coastline and surrounded by National Trust land. Leigh Cottages are in a quiet little backwater, always peaceful even in mid summer. You can hear the donkeys sometimes as the site is very close to the Donkey Sanctuary, and often you will see and hear the buzzards circling high above. We feed the birds too, so you can see many songbirds, and the woodpeckers and squirrels. The cottages are really well located for touring the area, you won't run out of places to go in a week, most places can be reached within half an hour's drive. It's also a very safe area, and great for children and dogs!.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sidford at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Oakdown at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Honiton at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sidford at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Sidmouth at 2 Miles Car: necessary


20 mins walk to Weston Beach - down steep combe to pebble beach; worth the walk if you're fit! Accessed from the Donkey Sanctuary or Weston Combe.

5 mins drive to Sidmouth beaches (sand/pebbles).

10 mins drive to Branscombe or Beer beaches (pebbles)

20 mins drive to Ladram Bay (small sandy beach); 25 mins drive to Lyme Regis (sand and fossils on beach) or Exmouth (huge sandy beach)


Airport at Exeter (12 miles)

Use of car essential for our cottages.

Train stations at Honiton and Exeter/Exmouth


10 mins' walk to Donkey Sanctuary - admission/parking free. Excellent cafe; open every day.

Free 'Hopper' Bus, June to September, will take you down to Sidmouth and up to Peak Hill (5 mins' walk to Bus Stop)

Norman Lockyer Observatory at Salcombe Hill (5 mins' drive)

Branscombe Beach - parking/cafe (4 miles)

Beer -traditional fishing village, beach (5 miles)

Exmouth -long sandy beach, marina,seaside town (10 miles)

Lyme Regis - Regency town, beach, fossils, traditional pubs (10 miles)

Further Details:

5 mins' drive to Sidford - Blue Ball Inn, well-stocked Spar supermarket, post office, excellent Fish/Chip takeaway (Bloaters), Waitrose, Garden Centre.

7 min's drive into Sidmouth - excellent range of independent shops, cafes, banks, pubs,seafront promenade; nearest petrol/garage at Woolbrook, next to Lidls.

10 min's drive to Branscombe - traditional pubs at the Fountain Head and Masons Arms, both serve excellent food and are dog/child friendly.

Honiton - old coaching town, lots of antique shops, weekly market, large Tesco, Lidls (15 mins' drive)

Generally very dog friendly area.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Spring
18 Feb 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
School Holidays
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Check availability from website, or phone us directly on 01395 516065; short breaks 2 to 5 nights available from £195 - £320 out of main season. Bookings made at short notice must be paid in full at time of confirmation of reservation according to our payment terms.

Changeover Day:
Weekly bookings Saturday to Saturday May to end of September;arrive after 3.30pm, depart by 10am. Short breaks 2-5 nights out of main season -arrival/departure times flexible. Will always try to accommodate other times when possible.

Notes on prices:
Returning guests 5% discount on any 7-night stay; discounted rates on late availability bookings. Always worth trying an offer to get a reduction in price! Extra beds are charged at £25 per stay; use of cot and/or highchair is free but must be reserved at time of booking.
Dogs (max 2) are £25 pw each,or £15 each per short break.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The cottages are quietly located on a single level site, surrounded by well-kept gardens with tidy lawns and mature trees and shrubs. Our resident Warden and Manager, David, has lived here for over 12 years and knows pretty much everything about the local area; both David and myself, Alison, are always available to chat to guests or sort out any problems. The Leighs is a safe and secure site, very private, with only one entrance/exit so it's great for small children, dogs or guests who just want to relax. We often have extended family get-togethers here as we can sleep up to 25, and lots of our guests return year on year to the same cottage. We take great care to ensure all our visitors, families, friends and dogs,have a very warm welcome whatever time of year they arrive!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Our holiday cottages are all 4* graded and we take great care in providing a friendly and welcoming stay for all our guests. Our resident site warden,David, has lived here for over 12 years and knows nearly everything about the local area - he is always very highly commended in our Guest Book! We have many couples and families (and pets) who return year on year so we like to think that between us, we are giving our guests the standard of accommodation and facilities they expect. There is a well-stocked information area with lots of local brochures and maps, plus a games box for indoor/outdoor activities; also a laundry area with 2 washing machines and a tumble dryer, operated on an 'honesty box' basis, and a chest freezer for guests' use. Outside: All cottages have individual private patios with table and chairs, trellis screens and mature shrubs, overlooking large shared lawned areas. Sun parasols and a gas BBQ are available for our guests' use. Our 4 smaller bungalows share a separate enclosed garden. There is also a fenced grass paddock for recreation/outdoor games. Large level fields adjacent to our site belong to the Donkey Sanctuary and are ideal for dog walking, or for children just letting off steam - the donkeys are often found grazing here.

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