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Character Cottage in the Heart of Topsham, Near Exeter in Devon

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Topsham ( nr Exeter ), Devon, England - Quiet Courtyard 1 minute walk from The Waterfront, Quaint Cafes, Shops And Pubs

Situated in a quiet courtyard, just off the main high street in Topsham, this lovingly restored cottage has two bedrooms, a comfortable lounge with wood-burner and a modern well-equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Outside the cottage has it's own parking space and a terrace. The cottage has gas central heating.

The main bedroom benefits from a large built in wardrobe, a very comfortable bed and a view over the courtyard. The second bedroom has bunk beds and is ideal for children or one adult. The bathroom is downstairs and has a full size bath and a shower over it - towels are provided.

The lounge has seating for 4 and a fold up dinning table and chairs for family meals. You can also use the breakfast bar in the kitchen for quick meals. A porch provides storage for boots and coats.

More Details

Richard Parker
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Richard Parker

I live in Exeter with my wife and two children. I love living in Devon and enjoying everything it has to offer from it's surf beaches, cycle lanes to Dartmoor.

Richard Parker purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Richard Parker chose Exeter

Topsham was the perfect choice for a property we could rent and my parents could use when visiting us. It is close enough to Exeter and all the facilities it offers, has excellent transport links, including public transport and has a lovely holiday atmosphere all year round. We choose Exeter Cottage because it is in a really quiet courtyard but so close to really nice cafe's, pubs and restaurants, as-well as being a stones throw from the waterfront. We also choose it because it has a parking space - a rare commodity in Topsham! Exeter Cottage has some history too. It was owned by a gentleman call Thomas Henry Coysh, who fought alongside Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar. The courtyard still has the original wash-house - restored by the Topsham Historic Society.

What makes this cottage unique

Being a second family home the cottage benefits from a well equipped kitchen - which you often don't find in holiday properties. It also has a great range of books, dvd's, games and even some children's toys which cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to bring. We like taking our bikes to the cottage, it is so easy to get to Exmouth, or into Exeter on the cycle path. We also like taking the little ferry across the river and walking down the canal to the remote Turf Locks pub (only accessible by foot, cycle or boat!). In the winter the wood burner is a real bonus and soon gets the cottage (with it's low ceilings) really toasty. The breakfast bar is really handy and the children love to sit at it. On a sunny day we like to sit out on the terrace and visit the outdoor pool, play tennis for free on the court around the corner or just walk along the estuary.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"fabulous...we are coming again next year!"

"a real gem"

"so much to see and do"

"wonderful accommodation"

"a very homely place and in an ideal situation"
May 2012
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Topsham Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Downstairs bathroom with toilet, bath and mains pressure shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, with large wardrobe Bedroom 2: Bunk beds, (2 ft 6 wide). Lounge also has a sofa bed for casual use.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Size of second bedroom and bunk beds mean this room is most suitable for children and smaller adults. Sorry no pets and no smoking. Please check our availability calendar before getting in touch. Short break prices (3-5 nights) are calculated as follows (Full Week Price/7) No of Nights + £50. We supply bed linen, towels and tea towels. Outside: Small terrace with chairs. Parking for one medium sized car (e.g. Astra, Focus etc.). Those with large MPV's/Vans can park nearby, either at the recreation ground or on Holman way, just a short walk away. Utility Room: Cupboard in bathroom has ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh bed-linen provided at start of stay. Towels provided. Interim cleans available - please ask.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(13 traveler reviews)

Character Cottage in the Heart of Topsham, Near Exeter in Devon
average rating of 4.6923075 based on 14 reviews

Lovely cottage in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay in order to enjoy the delights of Topsham and the surrounding area. Everything you expect is available in this comfortable, clean and tidy cottage in an excellent location with plenty of amenities just a couple of minutes walk away. Ours was a family visit, 2 adults and 2 children (7 & 11).

There's loads to see and do either with or without a car, cycle to Exmouth along the lovely cycle path, enjoy the village outdoor pool, plenty of local pubs/restaurants. Or go a little further afield to one of the many excellent beaches or maybe enjoy a walk at Canonteign Falls.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Pleased you enjoyed our cottage, Topsham and made the most of local area. You will be very welcome back sometime.
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As advertised, quaint, compact, comfortable. Perfect location for a riverside holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful for river views, country walks, flowers and picturesque cottages but at the same time with many options for fine dining and niche shopping. Comfortable and quaint cottage. We parked the car and used the train, cycles and walking. Hope to be back soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. Great that you made the most of the sustainable transport options too! It really is the best way to experience the local area. Do come again.
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Cosy cottage in pretty village

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this cottage in Topsham. It was ideally situated (right next to the pretty high street, and 2 mins from the Exeter bus stop, 5 mins from the train station) and equipped with everything our family needed. Clean, cosy, welcoming - highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Morven, it was a pleasure to have you stay at the cottage. Do come again :)
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Cosy good standard cottage in excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

2 adults & 2 children (7 & 11) had a great family stay. Property is comfortable, clean and functional. There is a useful array of local information leaflets on hand, Wifi, dishwasher, cooking facilities etc, everything you'd expect. We have a Nissan Almera Tino, found it easier to reverse into the courtyard but simple enough. Great location, excellent restaurants & shops within a short walk. Outdoor heated pool 2 minute walk away, cycle hire nearby. Try the cycle route to Exmouth & then stop for ice cream in the beach, about 5 miles each way but once our 7 year old got going he really enjoyed it! Lots to see and do from this great cottage in this very nice part of the UK.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely loved the cottage. Great location in a lovely little village.

  • 4 of 5

Cozy cottage that ticked all the boxes. A washer would have been nice seeing that we stayed for a week but the positives far outweighed the negatives. Parking proved a bit challenging the first couple of days but by mid-week it was not a problem. I will definitrly be looking to stay here the next time I'm in the area!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Warm and cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay in Richards cottage. The place was very clean and well equipped, and a good central position in Topsham for shops and pubs. We were able to use the loc al train into Exeter one evening, only a few minutes walk from the cottage.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
65 Metres
Lord Nelson Pub
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Exeter Golf and Country Club
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Topsham Station
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
65 Metres
Lord Nelson Pub
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Plymouth Ski Centre
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: not necessary

Car Free:

Perfect for car-free holidays. Public transport by car, bus, ferry and bicycle makes the surrounding area very easy to access.


6 miles to large beach at Exmouth, just 5-10 minutes by car or a short bus or train journey or even by ferry. Budleigh Salterton is just around the corner and offers lovely swimming in the summer and good fishing and canoeing. A little further afield there is Sidmouth, Beer, and Lyme Regis. In the other direction you have Dawlish, Teignmouth and many more. Can cycle to Exmouth on the Sustrans national cycle network, or into Exeter.


Exeter Airport only 15 minutes by Taxi. Train station 2 minutes walk from cottage (arrive at Exeter St Davids and take Exmouth line). Bus stop 65m from property. Buses go to Exmouth, Exeter and beyond. Car is not required.


4 miles to Cathedral City of Exeter.

15 miles to Dartmoor.

6 miles to Exmouth.

Further Details:

Topsham is a wonderful quaint little port close to Exeter, with a wealth of history and has fabulous views across the Exe Estuary. It is an historic conservation area and has a wide range of pubs, cafe's and independent shops. Topsham has a wide range of facilities including has it's own outdoor heated swimming pool (May-Sept), a Saturday market, museum and a great park with skateboard ramp. The National Cycle Path runs from Topsham to Exmouth or into Exeter and around the Exe Estuary to Dawlish. The Exe Estuary provides great bird watching (it is a site of Special Scientific Interest), sailing, kite-surfing and fishing and wildlife trips on the river are available from Exmouth.


Rates & Availability

Topsham Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring 2017
Apr 16 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
May Half Term 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Jul 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Rates
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2017
Sep 4 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct Half Term 2017
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Autumn 2017
Oct 29 2017 - Dec 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
£100 per week deposit required. Balance is due 14 days before booking starts. If you cancel and we can re-let your slot we will refund 75%.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Late Booking: If you are booking within 10 days of let starting we can offer a discount - please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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