Sidbury is a delightful unspoilt village just three miles inland from Sidmouth on the wonderful east Devon Jurassic Coast. This tranquil spot is a perfect holiday base for exploring Devon and Dorset, and St Giles Cottage is also a wonderful bolthole if you just want to switch off and relax.
This lovely period cottage is everything a traditional country cottage should be. With character, a very pretty little cottage garden and the sound of the river across the little lane, the property is tucked away on the edge of this historic village. Turning cottage stairs lead from a very spacious sitting/dining-room, with inglenook fireplace and wood-burner, to the three bedrooms – one is en suite – and family bathroom upstairs.
East Devon has so much to offer that it is often overlooked on the great trek down to south Devon and Cornwall. The coastline is home to a string of little fishing villages and towns such as Branscombe, Beer, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton; each with their own character, some very tiny with fishing boats drawn up onto the beaches and some with plenty of shops to browse in and cafes to enjoy after strolling along their promenades. You will find a mixture of pebbles and sand on the beaches here but all are lovely whatever the time of year.
There are clifftop walks too, making up this section of the South West Coast Path. The countryside is just as unspoilt and there are many interesting market towns such as Honiton (famous for its array of antiques shops), Ottery St Mary (which is renowned for the flaming tar barrels festival) and Axminster where you will find the River Cottage Canteen. Lyme Regis on the Devon/Dorset border is not far at all.
Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
Sitting/Dining-room with TV/DVD player and wood-burner
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with double bed (4'6")
Bedroom 3 with single bed (3')
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Access to Outhouse with washing machine
This is an old cottage with internal steps and some low lintels; the stairs are steep but have handrails; take care with children on the landing. St Giles Cottage only accommodates four plus a baby but guests have a choice of rooms. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Regret no pets
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 1 small car and parking on road for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 200 yds
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full gas-fired CH
St Giles Cottage is on a quiet lane, with a little river running beside.
Sidmouth is a stone's throw from Sidbury - a fabulous Regency Town with long promenade, dramatic cliffs, pebbled beaches - sand at low tide - and lovely shops to browse in.
The cottage has a pretty garden where you can sit and listen to the river just across the little lane.
There is plenty of light in this lovely room. The bay window looks out towards the little bridge over the river ( there are privacy net curtains for those who wish )
The cottage has a very spacious living/dining room with a huge fireplace and woodburning stove.
The window seat is another lovely feature in this welcoming cottage
Another view of St Giles cottage on a quiet lane set back from the village, with a little river beside.
Looking down the garden in the other direction.
This image is taken from the nature reserve across the lane. A lovely peaceful place to walk, sit, and relax. The cottage is the left hand property
The kitchen is the first room that you enter - though there is a second door -with a very useful porch - into the living room
This is the master bedroom. There is a lovely view over the river to the nature reserve on the other side, and up the hill ito the heart of the historic village
Another view of the comfortable master bedroom.
This is the en-suite shower room for the master bedroom,
This is the second double bedroom. This room has views over the fields.
The single bedroom looks out to the back of the cottage, over its garden. There are four steps up to this room.
The family bathroom has a bath and a fitted shower.
The quirky layout of this characterful cottage adds to its charm.
The car parking-area is at the end of the garden but there is roadside parking to the front of the cottage if you prefer.
This lane leads over the bridge and into the village. If you take the track to the left over the bridge it leads to a wonderful nature reserve.
There are plenty of local footpaths to explore. For the energetic, Sidmouth is only three miles away!
This is Sidbury - taken from the top of the lane that runs past the cottage.
Another view of the reserve across the road, looking back towards the row of cottages. The white cottage in view is the neighbour to St Giles (which is behind the trees).
Facing east along the stunning Jurassic Coast towards Dorset, taken from the end of the promenade at Sidmouth.
This is the western end of Sidmouth - with the famous Jacobs Ladder set of steps to the beach. There is a great cafe at the top.
This is just what a holiday here is all about.
There is a wonderful route between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton - well worth exploring for the fabulous views. This is Sidmouth.
The rolling green lanscape of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The east Devon Jurassic coastline is stunning. This is the fishing village of Beer - like stepping back in time with the fishing boats pulled up on the beach.