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Holiday-Perfect Cottages, Peaceful Location near Donkey Sanctuary and Sidmouth - Swallow & Dove Cottages Sleep 4/5 (2 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Swallow & Dove Cottages Sleep 4/5 (2 Bedrooms)

Swallow and Dove Cottages were built in 2006 as holiday cottages. They are large, comfortable semi-detached bungalows with 2 bedrooms, one with a King size bed and one with twin beds. The open-plan living area with 2 and 3-seater leather settees, wooden dining table with 4 chairs, 32" flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, DVD player, and radio/CD player. The kitchen area has a cooker/ceramic hob, extractor hood, microwave oven, toaster, fridge, dishwasher, iron/ironing board and hairdryer. The bathrooms are fully-tiled with bath, WC, washbasin, separate corner shower (Swallow only; Dove has a shower over the bath), heated towel rail and wall heater. The cottages are double glazed, carpeted, with electric thermostatically controlled panel heaters in all rooms. The cottages have patio doors onto their own private patio, with table and 4 chairs, and are well-screened with shrubs and fencing. Dogs are accepted in Swallow and Dove Cottages.

About the property

E15096 Leigh Cottages


To view some of our Guests comments, scroll down to "Property Manager" and click on the "Read more about David Hedges" link.


We have two family-size 2-bedroom cottages (Swallow and Dove) and three smaller cottages (Seagull, Puffin, and Avocet), ideal for couples. No stairs. Parking is close to cottage. Free Wi-Fi. Children and dogs very welcome. Safe and secure quiet site located in a small rural hamlet close to the famous Donkey Sanctuary. It is a 10 minute drive to the Regency town of Sidmouth. Great spot for walking the South West coast path and walking in general and cycling or exploring the unspoilt Jurassic coastline. Weston is close to Branscombe and Beer, and within easy reach of safe sandy beaches at Lyme Regis and Exmouth.

Property Manager
David Hedges
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
November 27, 2017

About David Hedges

My name is David Hedges and my yellow Labrador is called Mollie. I have been resident on site for the last 20 years. Initially as Warden and then 3 years ago also as Manager for the then owners of the site. In January 2017 I purchased my property and land on site and also the Leigh Cottages name and Website. This business provides the bookings and servicing for the now new five individual owners of the cottages who have purchased their cottages in 2017. I have lived in the Sidmouth area for the last 30 years. I found this fantastic area whilst spending four days travelling the West Country with an old school friend who wanted to buy a business and move his family to Devon. We approached the Sid valley from Honiton. As we suddenly had a view down the valley – stunned! There was a shaft of light on Sidbury church, the sea was a mirror and the green trees lined the valley – Shangri – La! - The hidden valley! Within 12 months I was here! Say no more!

David Hedges purchased this cottage in 2017

Why David Hedges chose Sidmouth

This part of East Devon is truly special - it's on the Jurassic coastline and surrounded by National Trust land. Leigh Cottages are in a quiet little backwater, always peaceful even in mid- summer. You can hear the donkeys sometimes as the site is very close to the Donkey Sanctuary, and often you will see and hear the buzzards circling high above. We feed the birds too, so you can see many songbirds, woodpeckers and squirrels. We have wild rabbits living on site. At night the skies are really dark allowing great views of the stars. The cottages are really well located for touring the area, you won't run out of places to go in a week. Most places can be reached within half an hour's drive. It's also a very safe area, and great for children and dogs! There are lots of places to go out and eat and most pubs are dog friendly.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottages are located on a single level site, surrounded by well-kept gardens with tidy lawns and mature trees and shrubs. Leigh Cottages is a safe and secure site, very private, with only one entrance/exit so it's great for small children, dogs or guests who just want to relax. We often have extended family get-together's here as we can sleep up to 25. Over 60% of our guests return year after year. We take great care to ensure all our guests, families, friends and dogs, have a very warm welcome (including a courtesy tray with fresh milk) whatever time of year they come to stay!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Could not wait to return to Leigh Cottages. We weren't disappointed, another great Easter break. David cant be more helpful, thanks. We will be back again next year.
Apr 2017
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Booking Notes:
Check availability from website, or phone us directly on 01395 516065; short breaks 2 to 5 nights available from £245 - £380 out of main season. Bookings made at short notice must be paid in full at time of confirmation of reservation according to our payment terms.

Changeover Day:
Weekly bookings Saturday to Saturday May to end of September;arrive after 3.30pm, depart by 10am. Short breaks 2-5 nights out of main season -arrival/departure times flexible. Will always try to accommodate other times when possible.

Notes on prices:
Returning Guests 5% discount on any 7-night stay or 25% last minute (two weeks of arrival).

The following (subject to availability) must be reserved at time of booking:
Extra beds are charged at £30 per stay,
Cot (own linen) £10
Highchair £5

Dogs (maximum 2 per cottage) are £25 per week each and £20 each per short break.


Sidmouth Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Our holiday cottages are all 4* graded and we take great care in providing a friendly and welcoming stay for all our guests. We have many couples and families (and pets) who return year after year so we like to pride ourselves that we are giving our guests the standard of accommodation and facilities they expect. There is a separate information and laundry room. We have a well-stocked information area with lots of local brochures and maps. Also books and magazines, puzzles and soft ball games for outdoor activities. The laundry area has 2 washing machines and a tumble dryer, tablets and softener and operated on an 'honesty box' basis. There is also a chest freezer for guests' use. Outside: All cottages have individual private patios with table and chairs, trellis screens and mature shrubs, overlooking large shared lawn areas. Sun parasols and a gas BBQ are available for guests' use. Our 3 smaller bungalows share a separate enclosed garden. There is also a fenced grass paddock for recreation/outdoor games (dogs not allowed). Large level donkey paddocks are adjacent to our site belonging to the Donkey Sanctuary. The Walkways are ideal for dog walking, or for children to just letting off steam.


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Swallow & Dove Cottages Sleep 4/5 (2 Bedrooms)
average rating of 4.5 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The two of us stayed in Sandpiper which is a delightful one bed cottage. It is bright and clean and on a quiet well kept site not far from beautiful coastal areas. It is a perfect cottage for a romantic or escape weekend and we thoroughly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful setting

  • 4 of 5

This was a lovely bungalow in a peaceful and beautiful setting great for visiting the surrounding areas, some lovely pubs nearby in the nearby village of Branscombe and nearby Sidford The site manager Dave made you very welcome and was very helpful on local knowledge. would definitely return to this property.( Lovely to see all the wild bunnies around).Lovely walk down to the beach about 20 mins but is steep so you need to be fit,but you can do a bit of fishing down there.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: necessary


20 mins walk to Weston Beach - down steep combe to pebble beach; worth the walk if you're fit! Accessed from the Donkey Sanctuary or Weston Combe.

Alternatively you can do a circular walk via the cliff top South West Coast path without too much climb. The distance is 2.25 miles.

5 mins drive to Sidmouth beaches (sand/pebbles).

10 mins drive to Branscombe or Beer beaches (pebbles)

25 mins drive to Lyme Regis (sand and fossils on beach) or Exmouth (huge sandy beach)


Airport at Exeter (12 miles)

Use of car essential for our cottages.

Train stations at Honiton and Exeter/Exmouth


10 mins' walk to Donkey Sanctuary - admission/parking free. Excellent cafe; open every day.

Free 'Hopper' Bus, June to September, will take you down to Sidmouth and up to Peak Hill (5 mins' walk to Bus Stop)

899 bus service about a 5 minute walk away. Not frequent but allows one way walking alone the coast, especially to the east.

Norman Lockyer Observatory at Salcombe Hill (5 mins' drive)

Branscombe Beach - parking/cafe (4 miles)

Beer -traditional fishing village, beach (5 miles)

Exmouth -long sandy beach, marina,seaside town (10 miles)

Lyme Regis - Regency town, beach, fossils, traditional pubs (10 miles)

Further Details:

5 mins' drive to Sidford - Blue Ball Inn, well-stocked Spar supermarket/post office, excellent Fish/Chip takeaway (Bloaters), Waitrose, Garden Centre.

7 min's drive into Sidmouth - excellent range of independent shops, cafes, banks, pubs and seafront promenade. The nearest petrol/garage is at Woolbrook, next to Lidls.

10 min's drive to Branscombe - traditional pubs at the Fountain Head and Masons Arms, both serve excellent food and are dog/child friendly.

Honiton - old coaching town, lots of antique shops, weekly market, large Tesco, Lidls (15 mins' drive)

Generally the area is very dog friendly.