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.

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

Ms Riley October 2019

Liz Riley

Loved this place! So well-kept and loads of gorgeous donkeys to stroke. Good cafe too.

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!

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

September 2019

Delicious cakes and lovely staff

A perfect spot to end/begin/break a walk when staying in or around Branscombe. A good destination too if walking to Branscombe from Beer or Sidmouth. Delicious home made cakes daily (my favourite was the apple and cider cake), fresh scones daily for generous cream teas, and lovely friendly staff. I didn't try the lunches, but they looked divine too.
The goodies sold in the shop are also fab - the lemon and apple curd, made with apples from the orchard next to the bakery, was lush!
Dog friendly inside and out, which is helpful on the cooler or wetter days.

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.

The Golden Lion Sidmouth (3 miles)

In the heart of the pretty village of Tipton St John, this pub offers a warm log fire in winter and plenty of outside seating in summer in the beer garden. The menu blends classic British with rustic French, courtesy of the French owners.

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

September 2019

Philip A. Wooster and Jean Wooster

We lunched at this pub. (We have eaten there previously).
Extensive menu to choose from. Food well prepared and presented.
Outside tables, some under cover. (Dogs allowed outside)

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

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