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House Overlooking The Regency Sea-front

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

House in Sidmouth, South Devon, Devon, England - Beach Just Over The Wall From The Forecourt

House on the cusp of Regency/Victorian furnished in traditional style, with period furniture and fittings.

Since the 1990s, there has been only one way to present old buildings: to strip everything out and put in an entirely new interior. When I saw that this was the way things are going, and bearing in mind that my father removed few of the fittings he found when he bought the house in 1960, I took a conscious decision *not* to follow fashion, but to restore everything which remained, and to ensure that anything new should be in period. You will find brown furniture, freestanding Persian carpets, period electrical fittings, and so forth.

Peter Wilton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2017

About Peter Wilton

I'm a professional classical singer. I administer a charitable company attached to a musicological journal which makes awards to help those wishing to organise or attend conferences on music, or to publish research on music. I have edited books of church music, and proofread books for publishers.

Peter Wilton purchased this house in 1960

Why Peter Wilton chose Sidmouth

My father bought this house in 1960, having been frequently brought as a child to Sidmouth for holidays because of his mother's ancestry in Sidmouth. Her father had been born in Sidmouth and moved to London to join the police. I have thus known this house since I was six years old, and some of its contents come from my grandparents' house.

I spent childhood holidays here with the family, and many relatives and friends. Every year I attend, and contribute to, Sidmouth Folk Week. I know many walks on the cliffs and inland intimately, having been undertaking them since my teens.

There's scarcely an ugly building in sight. I particularly enjoy the fact that I can do all my food shopping at some of the same traditional shops that my ancestors did!

What makes this house unique

The house is so close to the sea that the ramp on to the beach is only over the low retaining wall of the forecourt. You can get several cars into the forecourt, but getting in and out requires a degree of care! Cars have become progressively larger - so it's not perhaps as ease as it used to be.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We absolutely fell in love with it...felt we had stumbled upon a real gem of a place." Julie Protheroe.

"My wife and I have no hesitation in recommending your cottage." Andy Ross.

"Exactly as described - unpretentious no-nonsense 1950's decor sweet little cottage 20ft from the beach on the promonade. Ideal for small child beach holiday, teenagers sailing holiday or oldies Sidmouth peace!" Wolstan Dixie
Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Sidmouth in East Devon District

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom (with bath, shower unit and toilet). Additional Shower Room. Both on first floor. Downstairs toilet on ground floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom with double and single bed on first floor. Twin bedroom on first floor. Twin bedroom on second floor. Single bedroom on second floor.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Heating is by night storage heaters. Some additional convector and fan heaters are also available. Outside: The forecourt is suitable for parking cars, or for sitting to enjoy the views of the sea-front and the cliffs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Please bring your own towels and bedlinen. The property is cleaned by a caretaker between lettings. Her contact details appear by the telephone in case of problems.


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Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Mutters Moor Gold Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Sidmouth Town Beach


The town beach is a few paces from the front forecourt wall. It has sand a low tide and shingle at high tide. Ten minutes' walk west of the town is Jacob's Ladder Beach, which also has sand at low tide.


The nearest airport is at Exeter. Exeter is 15 miles away, the airport somewhat closer. More relevant, perhaps, are the railway stations: two in Exeter (but the bus station (Paris Street) is at some distance from the main station (St David's). Though the journey time from London is slower, Honiton is often more convenient, because 'buses bound for Sidmouth call at the station forecourt.


Exeter is 15 miles away. South of Exeter is the nearest National Trust property, "A la Ronde". About five miles in the same direction is Bicton Botanical Gardens. To the east is picturesque Branscombe, with beach cafe and two atmospheric pubs (famous for the grounding of Napoli in recent times!) Sidmouth, however, is itself probably the main attraction of the area.

Further Details:

If you want to shop in a traditional manner, try Hayman's Butcher, Vinnicombe's Bakery, Winchester's Greengrocer. Until recently, there was a 200-year-old grocer, which may or may not re-open. Field's is a traditional department store.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Sidmouth, Devon

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7 night minimum stay
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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is always Saturday.

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