St Giles Cottage is on a quiet lane, with a little river running beside.
There is a spacious sitting/dining-room with a useful porch for wellies and walking boots.
The cottage has a pretty sheltered garden where you can sit and listen to the river just across the little lane.
The bay window and window seat look out towards the village and allow light to flood into the cottage.
This delightful cottage is surprisingly spacious.
For out-of-season breaks or cooler evenings you can light the wood-burner in the fabulous inglenook fireplace.
There is a modern kitchen with separate access to the outside.
This cottage is a lovely home-from-home where you will feel comfortable and welcome.
The master bedroom looks out towards the village and the little nature reserve across the river where all are welcome.
The master bedroom has a really good sized en suite shower.
This bedroom has a double bed and looks out over the fields.
The original wall recesses have been used as a clever storage solution - though there is hanging space for clothes on the landing too.
This is the single bedroom overlooking the garden. The cottage only accommodates four guests but gives you the flexibility of three bedrooms.
The family bathroom has a shower or bath option.
The quirky layout of this characterful cottage adds to its charm.
The car parking area is at the end of the garden.
Another view of St Giles cottage on a quiet lane set back from the village, with a little river beside.
The gate from the lane leads to the back door and garden.
There are plenty of local footpaths to explore. For the energetic, Sidmouth is only three miles away!
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 toenjoy.
This is Sidbury - taken from the top of the lane that runs past the cottage.
This image is taken from the nature reserve across the lane. A lovely peaceful place to walk, sit, and relax
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.
There is a wonderful route between Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton - well worth exploring it for the fabulous views. This is Sidmouth.
The rolling green lanscape of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

St Giles Cottage


2.7 miles N of Sidmouth / Sleeps 4 + cot*

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Red Lion Inn (150 yards)

Situated in the heart of the village, this traditional pub offers home cooked food on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There's a courtyard beer garden for warmer months and a warming log fire in the main bar.

Nearest beach

Sidmouth Town Beach (2 ¾ miles)

This is a wide sandy and shingle beach with good access and parking nearby. Jacobs Ladder leads down to the beach from Connaught Gardens, a lovely place to take in the view. A great family beach, you'll find lots of facilities and cafes nearby. Dogs are allowed year round at the easterly end of the beach.

Nearest walk

Newton Poppleford (3 ½ miles)

Start at Newton Poppleford Church, between Exeter and Sidmouth, for quiet countryside and good views across the Otter Valley. A circular route of 6.25 miles starts towards the west of the village before linking with the East Devon Way and crossing the River Otter.

Nearest town

Sidmouth (2 ¾ miles)

Sidmouth has all the classic appeal of a traditional English seaside resort, with wonderful Regency architecture and a genteel atmosphere. Tourism has been kind to the town, leaving its character intact. At the beginning of August the town rocks to the rhythm of the Sidmouth Folk Festival, a week of music, singing, dancing and storytelling.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2009

Sidmouth Folk Festival

For most of the year Sidmouth is a sleepy little seaside town, with a pebbly beach, great coast walks and really good ice-cream. But for the first week of August it turns into a fantastic festival with traditional folk sounds from all over the world, dancers, singers, musicians, ceilidhs til the early hours. It's really family friendly, with lots of craft activities for kids.

-D Brazendale

Also nearby

The Donkey Sanctuary (2 miles)

The focus here is on the animals, so there are no rides or play parks, just rescued donkeys to see and stroke. The Donkey Sanctuary is dog-friendly and admission is free.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Wise July 2016

Dinky Donks

Lovely to visit, and as it's free you can spend as little or as long as you like. Not just donkeys, there are some walks / trails to follow and a good cafe.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Mills April 2012

A great family day out, free entry, free parking, all facilities on site are good - from eating to toilets, beautiful grounds. Only downside is reliant on reasonable weather as mostly outdoors.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

June 2009

A wonderful day out for all the family - go on a fine day as you can walk a long way. A great bonus is that it is FREE to visit and there is no pressure on visitors to pay anything - but you will want to help this super charity.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

The donkey sanctuary is a brilliant day out for families. We have been here on numerous occasions and it is a joy to see the smiles on the childrens faces as they interact with the donkeys. We are always made to feel very welcome and the staff are very well informed.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

One of the largest in the world. Great for children and adults will enjoy it too.
- J M Wynne

The Masons Arms (4 ¼ miles)

Excellent food and great pub atmosphere with plenty of outside seating for balmy summer evenings and a roaring open fire for cooler weather. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Nichols October 2016

You have to visit here !

The Masons Arms, from the outside it looks stunning, charming thatch, honey stone, you expect so much from this first impression, well we were not disappointed, inside the atmosphere is spot on, and the food, local beers and especially the service from the ever attentive staff was brilliant. Welcomes dogs too, a truly British pub experience.
Glad we are not locals, we'd be in here every day !

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Great crab ploughman's!

Get there early at lunch time for a table outside in the summer. The famous crab ploughman's makes a wonderful lunch - washed down with the local Branscombe Bitter. For me the beer of the week!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Chocclate box pub in a chocolate box village

The Mason Arms is a very popular pub in the heart of Branscombe village. It has lots of nooks and crannies and plenty of eating space, although it can get extremely busy in the summer months and at bank holidays - make sure you book ahead for a table. The food is fresh, great quality and very well cooked - a surefire winner!

Connaught Gardens (3 miles)

In a lovely setting overlooking Sidmouth and the bay, these gardens offer a fine range of plants which thrive in the temperate climate. A leafet with a guided walk is available from the attached Web site. The Clock Tower Cafe serves light refreshments throughout the day.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd September 2016

Simply delightful throughout the year these gardens are divided into 'rooms' each planted to perfection. The vista could not be bettered with the sea appearing far below and between the creative planting out to the horizon providing the perfect backdrop. A superb little cafe sells everything delicious to encourage you to sit down and savour the delightful planting around you. Jacob's ladder tempts you down to the waters edge with it's pebbled and sandy beach but for those of us less agile the gardens can be accessed almost on the level from Manor car park. Most weekends throughout the summer a band will be playing and occasionally outdoor theatre performed. These lovely gardens are really worth a visit

Flaming Tar Barrels (3 ½ miles)

17 wooden barrels are coated in tar, set alight and carted shoulder-high through the streets of the town. Yes, on fire. It’s been a tradition since 1605-ish and probably started to brace the town for the imminent invasion of the Spanish Armada.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2011


This really is a spectacular event. The atmosphere is electric as locals hurtle through the streets with the flaming barrels hoisted onto their backs. Thousands of people come to witness the tradition each year - if you don't like crowds, then this is probably not the event for you, but you can take refuge by the huge bonfire, which has to be one of the largest and most impressive in the South West, if not the country.

Branscombe Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge (4 miles)

This cluster of pretty, thatched buildings date back over 200 years. See the blacksmith at work in the forge, stroll along the mill stream at the restored water mill and round off the day with a cream tea at the Old Bakery.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

The National Trust looks after this collection of thatched buildings in one of the most beautiful coastal villages in Devon. Most of the surrounding countryside is also owned by the Trust. Visit the working mill and forge and enjoy a traditional cream tea in the Old Bakery. There is also a lovely walk to the beach.

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