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Peaceful Period Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Riverside 2 bedroom period cottage 20 mins walk to seafront and beach

The cottage is believed to be about 150 yrs old and retains many charming original features. It is fully double glazed & has gas central heating. The front door is reached by a flight of 5 steps so we don't recommend the cottage if there are mobility issues. Inside, the ceilings and doors are low in places, and there are some changes in level which need care. All part of the charm!

It adjoins National Trust land known as the Byes Riverside Park through which the river Sid passes close by on its way down to the sea about 1km distant. The accommodation is on 3 floors. 7 windows in the end elevation give fine rural views over the river valley. On the ground floor there is a well equipped kitchen, a small dining room, a comfortable sitting room with woodburning stove leading to a conservatory with with a round table and Lloyd Loom chairs - very suitable for meals or just relaxing. Outside there is a south facing sheltered patio and lawned garden with views to the river and across the valley. On the first floor is a charming bedroom with windows east & south, a bathroom with electric shower, bath, basin & toilet. Adjacent is another toilet with wash basin in which a washing machine is located. A flight of stairs leads to the second bedroom which also has 2 windows with lovely views.

At night it is often possible to hear the river if the windows are open.

More Details

Peter Jackson
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, dutch
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Peter Jackson

Olga & I are a retired professional couple who have lived & worked mostly in the Midlands. We have also spent time working overseas so we have seen a good bit of the world. But we always say that there is nowhere more beautiful than the English countryside, and Sidmouth in particular. The cottage is in a unique peaceful position and yet the shops and beaches are easily accessible on foot.

We have seven grandchildren and they all love the place to bits.

We go there regularly both winter & summer. As a result the cottage feels warm and lived in. We have always had dogs and the cottage is ideally placed for them.

It will appeal to people who want to explore the area, have a seaside holiday, or just enjoy a restful break.

Peter Jackson purchased this cottage in 1980

Why Peter Jackson chose Sidmouth

Olga's family used to take many holidays at the nearby Salcombe Regis campsite and Sidmouth was the place that we got to know well So when the chance arose we bought the cottage in 1986. It's prime position overlooking the Byes Riverside Park is the special feature. Our guests repeatedly praise it's homely character and level of equipment and comfort which is due to the fact that we come here often ourselves.

Sidmouth is on the Jurassic Coast which offers outstanding UK coastal scenery. It is a completely unspoiled and unashamedly traditional stylish Regency seaside town. But there is a lot going on around the town including the well known folk festival every August. The Manor Pavilion Theatre presents frequent plays, musicals and recitals all to a very high standard.

There is an old fashioned cinema, the Norman Lockyear astronomical observatory open to visitors, and lots of eating establishments to suit all pockets! There are no amusement arcades or funfairs.

What makes this cottage unique

The best feature of the property is that you can, if you wish, park your car and find everything within easy walking distance.

However it is also an excellent base for touring the surrounding area. Our high proportion of repeat bookings speaks for itself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Some comments from our guestbook

AA writes 'We've had a fab holiday, what a lovely place Sidmouth is and what a lovely homely cottage you have!'

MB writes 'We have had a lovely week here - great location next to the park. Weather superb so made good use of the conservatory and garden.'

Margaret & Roy (Nottingham) write:We loved your cottage and it's super location. Sidmouth as lovely as we remembered.

JG and GG write: 3rd visit - Another enjoyable stay - Thankyou

Brian & Gina write: Thankyou very much for a wonderful rest in your lovely cottage. This is our first stay but will be coming again.

JS writes " Once again a very enjoyable stay - cottage very warm. Would recommend it to anyone. This was our second Xmas here and we will be back again! Thankyou."

Roger & Louise write: The cottage is charming as is Sidmouth & the surrounding countryside. We hope to come back - thankyou.
Oct 2009
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Sidmouth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Dogs not allowed upstairs (stairgate available). If left alone in the cottage they must be in a cage to prevent scratching the inside of front door.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • River
  • Town
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom with full size bath/shower over, washbasin & wc. Further separate wc adjacent with washbasin, washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Each bedroom has 2 single full size divan beds with interior sprung mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Well behaved dogs allowed. £15 per dog per week. Please indicate when booking. A stairgate is available. Outside: The south facing fully enclosed rear garden is bounded by an old cobblestone wall covered with roses. It overlooks attractive riverside parkland (The Byes). Garden furniture is available in the shed. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Guests are invited to bring their own sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and towels. (All beds are full size singles.) On request we can provide the above at an additional cost of £12.50 per person per week. Property is cleaned between lettings. Other: One bedroom is retained by owners for storage on first floor. No access for guests.


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Peaceful Period Cottage
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Well equipped home

  • 4 of 5

This is an ideally placed property with access straight on to The Byes a lovely park which leads to the town and sea. The property is fully equipped with added extras like spare dog bowls, umbrellas, books and CD's. Parking can be a problem at busy times but the property makes up for that little hassle.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Super, homely and clean cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very well positioned cottage for the Byes and walking into Sidmouth. Great for dogs, with enclosed garden. I have a large car so manoeuvring in and out of the road was tight with the parked cars. Cottage was very comfy with everything working well to make it a very enjoyable stay

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Home from home by the sea

  • 5 of 5

We love this cottage, it has everything - handy for town, but in a quiet backwater, every comfort and convenience, and charming style

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Water Lane Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage, perfectly located, with all required facilities. We have stayed with you previously and will wish to do so again. Many thanks

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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cottage by the byres

  • 4 of 5

had a great holiday with son and my 2 dogs.loved the cottage ,love the walks along the byres and loved the cleanleness and back in time feel of the back in time Sidmouth..visiited beer which we all enjoyed, budleigh salterton and seaton.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very well equipt, Conservatory great for dining. Garden a lovely suntrap.Comfy beds,

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is ideal if you want peace and quiet,The walks along the river are super. The short walk into Sidmouth is easy even for AOPs like us.Thanks for a great holiday we were very lucky with the weather,We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Lyme Regis
Budleigh Salterton
Otterton Mill Restaurant
Exmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park
A la Ronde
Blue Ball Inn
Bowd Inn
Anchor Inn Beer
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sidmouth Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Downtown Sidmouth
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended


The seafront & beach are a 15 minutes pleasant walk along the river. There are two beaches - both offer sand and rockpools at low tide. Swimming is generally safe. There is an active sailing club.


Nearest airports, Exeter & Bristol. Journey time by car from Birmingham and London is approx 2.5 hrs.

The property can be reached by train to Exeter and bus to Sidmouth.


Nearby places of interest include Exeter 12 miles, Lyme Regis 13 miles, Honiton 6 miles, and many picturesque villages within a few miles eg Branscombe, Beer, Seaton, Budleigh Salterton, Otterton.

The S Devon coast path runs through Sidmouth.

Further Details:

A Spar mini supermarket is within 2 mins walk. Waitrose 1 mile.

Local places of interest - Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Jurassic Coastal scenery, Otterton Mill and Sidmouth Museum.

There are walking tours of the town in summer.

The thriving amateur dramatic society offers regular productions in the Manor Pavilion. There is a charming art deco cinema. A prize winning Brass Band gives regular concerts in Connaught Gardens.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $139.98
Pet Fee $21

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owner by email or telephone if bedding/towels required.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is Saturday. The rental period is normally 7 days minimum, but shorter breaks may be accepted in low season. Arrival is any time after 1400 and departure time not later than 10 am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for 1 week, normally Saturday to Saturday. Other periods negotiable during low season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.