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St Margaret's Steps

Topsham, Devon (Ref. 1011358)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Rating Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes Icon/Rating/Sykes

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map

Features

  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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7 Customer Review(s)

  • “Beautiful apartment which felt very much home from home and suited our needs perfectly.”

    We weren’t sure what to expect with the strict COVID-19 policies in place as we’d been made aware some high touch items at properties might have been removed. We were pleasantly surprised to find cushions and ornaments still in place. The apartment is very well equipped and very light with the double aspect windows. There were only 2 of us so plenty of room. Steep slight spiral stairs to the upper bedrooms need care and the property has steep stairs up to the apartment so not suitable ...

    We weren’t sure what to expect with the strict COVID-19 policies in place as we’d been made aware some high touch items at properties might have been removed. We were pleasantly surprised to find cushions and ornaments still in place. The apartment is very well equipped and very light with the double aspect windows. There were only 2 of us so plenty of room. Steep slight spiral stairs to the upper bedrooms need care and the property has steep stairs up to the apartment so not suitable for the less mobile. The apartment had mainly been cleaned to a good standard although cooker hood was dusty and a tennis ball/fluff was hiding under the sofa in the kitchen when we moved it to make space to do our online yoga class. This is an old property with lots of nooks and crannies and I suspect pulling everything out to dust/hoover is a challenge. All the work surfaces, sinks, showers, toilets were spotless. The Smart tv in the lounge didn’t have an aerial cable so you can only watch the iPlayer not terrestrial. To get any other channels you needed to sign into your own account ie ITV hub, all 4 etc. Not a problem for us but could be for older people without email accounts. You need to remember to sign yourself out again before leaving particularly if you have Netflix or other pay accounts. We did find the tv buffered quite a bit so watching programmes became annoying. A couple of maintenance things we thought could do with checking are slow draining sinks in the upstairs bathroom, grouting missing along tiled shower seat which could lead to water seepage into the ceiling below and one of the inner shower door handles comes off. We found the bins full on arrival but reported this to the cleaning company and they arranged an immediate collection the following day. It’s good to have outdoor space and although we didn’t use it, there is a small garden patio area with table and chairs. We’d definitely stay at St Margaret’s Steps again, location is very good and at the time we arrived and departed, parking to load and download wasn’t a problem. We had thought we were making our booking with HomeAway as we found it on their site having stayed in a few of their properties before. It was therefore confusing to then receive a confirmation from HomeAway and then payment details from Sykes Cottages.

    - Mrs Francks, September 2020

The property

Close to the shops, pubs and restaurants of Topsham, rests a superbly renovated, duplex apartment (which sits on top of a residential flat and a divine natural foods shop), set just a stone's throw from the river and the 10th century church.

St Margaret's Steps is a wonderful base for exploring this picturesque part of Devon.

Welcoming, comfortable and thoroughly stylish the apartment houses everything you and your loved ones could possibly need during your stay.

Unlike the other properties here which are accessed via Fore Street, this apartment is approached via the churchyard, which adds to the secluded feel.

Accessed via external stairs, St Margaret's Step offers lovely views over the churchyard to the estuary and countryside beyond.

To front of the property, you will find a neat, enclosed patio garden with furniture.

You enter into the hallway, off which a stylish living room rests, complete with a Smart TV and river views.

Beyond here, is the spacious and elegant kitchen/diner, where you will find a dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, gas range, washing machine, tumble dryer, with adjoining seating area with a gas stove.

As the evening draws to a close, retire to one of the well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a super king-size with en-suite Jack-and-Jill bathroom, a twin bedroom also sharing the Jack and Jill bathroom, a large landing/study area with twin futon style beds and a ground-floor twin bedroom, designed to ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement.

Convenient for Topsham's shops and restaurants and good cycle paths St Margaret's Steps is ideal for those seeking a little luxury at the end of a busy day exploring this beautiful part of Devon.

Topsham is an old, interesting and attractive small town beside the River Exe estuary, once Exeter's Roman/medieval port.

Whilst here, you will find superb riverside walks, cycling, boat trips, good birdwatching (RSPB reserve), outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), ensuring that a group of all ages and tastes are catered to.

From here, you will find Exmouth within 7 miles, as well as the magnificent city of Exeter within 4 miles.

St Margaret's Steps is a refreshing retreat for a family holiday to this part of Devon.

Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size with en-suite Jack-and-Jill bathroom, 1 x twin,1 x ground-floor twin (zip/link, can be king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area
  • Sitting room
  • Large landing/study with two futon style beds
  • No Pets Upstairs please.
  • Gas central heating with gas stove
  • Gas range and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking in public car park 300 yards
  • Patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome, £35 per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 minute walk
  • Note: This property is not suitable for anyone less mobile, has 16 steps
  • Note: This property has a good housekeeping bond of £150

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

About the location

TOPSHAM

Exeter 4.5 miles; Exmouth 6.5 miles; Newton Abbot 17.2 miles.

The charming town of Topsham is set on the River Exe estuary and has been declared a conservation area due to the wealth of 17th and 18th century merchants' houses, many built in the Dutch style with carved gable ends. Within the town you will be delighted to find a selection of historic pubs and award-winning restaurants including The Galley Fish and Seafood Restaurant, which boasts panoramic views of the Exe Estuary. Foodie lovers will also enjoy the town’s food festival which happens every summer. The town also plays host to a magnitude of independent shops, galleries and the Topsham Museum is an interesting visit. From here, you can catch a train into the city of Exeter where you can explore the city walls which surround the centre and the Gothic Cathedral, or head in the opposite direction and soak up the sun at the seaside resort of Exmouth. Topsham promises a wonderful escape to Devon, where you can have the best of both worlds within a short drive.

Note: This property is not suitable for anyone less mobile.
Note: There are 16 steps from the garden up to the property
Note: This property has a good housekeeping bond of £150

Note: NO PETS ARE TO BE ALLOWED UPSTAIRS, PLEASE KEEP THEM DOWNSTAIRS.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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