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The Old Stable

Sidbury, near Sidmouth, Devon (Ref. 976044)

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


    • “The surrounding area where the cottage were situated was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful and relaxing but inside the cottage let it down so much so I would not return or recommend to anyone unless the standard of cleaning were improved. Inside the cottage was full of dust and cobwebs which had been there for quite some time , the facilities were very poor e.g. the microwave were rusty inside and around the door, the washing machine had thick black sludge liķe substance around the rubber seal of the door, the oven needed a good clean, the utensils were dirty with dried on food, the tea,coffee and sugar canisters were covered in dust, inside the fridge had not been cleaned and we basically had to wash and clean things before we could use them. In the bedrooms again covered in dust and behind the bed and the side cabinets it was thick with dead spiders in cobwebs (being asthmatic this was not good) however the bed were very comfortable. The toilet area in both bedrooms were dirty especially the floor around the toilet. I was also a little disgruntled after 4 days into our holiday we arrived back to find the owner had been in and left a message saying she did not realise we were there for 2 weeks and did we want the beds changing and clean towels , we paid over £1000 for a 2 week holiday which included bed linen and towels so I don't understand why she had to go into the property to leave that message I expected them to be changed after 1 week and she could have texted me instead of going into what was our accommodation for 2 weeks in which we had paid a substantial amount as it was self catering, she also had arranged for an electrician to go in on the first Saturday to PAT test the appliances because she herself were going on holiday the Thursday after, never have I stayed anywhere with people coming in and out of what we were calling our home for 2 weeks. I got the feel that they do as little as they can get away with and this property needs a good clean up and all the decor needs a refresh. I have photos to support my comments.”

    Ms Heritage, Sheffield, June 2018

    • “Cottage was very comfortable and in a lovely position and we very much enjoyed our stay. Access drive was a cart track best suited to large, robust vehicles but not so good for a Smart car! Bathrooms were extremely compact with probably the smallest wash basins known to man and a glass shelf above making wet shaving a challenge!!!!”

    Mr Tennant, FELIXSTOWE, June 2018

    • “Need for clearer instructions about recycling of packaging, paper, cardboard, etc. Suggest new pans for cooking. The non-stick surfaces were well worn, which means the aluminium exposed surfaces can be a potential problem.”

    Mr Isaac, Leicester, June 2018

    • “The location of the cottage was peaceful and private. Great walks for the dog. The owner was very friendly helpful but unobtrusive. We were given a great welcome . Flowers left with cookies and tea , coffee, sugar and milk left for use on arrival. The cottage was very clean, well equipt and nice furnishings. Good quality and taste. Well placed for visiting local beaches , towns etc. Info left in cottage for the cottage and tourist leaflets.we found it hard to leave and will definitely be staying there again.”

    Mr Norman, Bristol, April 2018

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The Property

1½ miles from Sidbury, in beautiful rolling farmland and 170 yards of tarmac farm track from the road, an ‘upside down’ cottage neatly converted from a dairy. Help on the neighbouring farm (by arrangement). To the sides, an enclosed terrace and rough lawned garden (table/chairs). Glazed door to small hall. Upstairs, open-plan living/dining/kitchen (slimline dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, freezer, fridge, electric cooker) with woodburner, TV/DVD, iPod dock and French windows to balustrade and lovely rural views. Downstairs, two bedrooms - a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) and a double, each with trim en suite shower-room (suite). Spring water. An easy, practical, rural base close to the east Devon coast.

Sidbury: little village (Norman church, shop, pub) in glorious country of lush farming valleys below tree-crowned hill-tops, 3 miles up the River Sid from the seafront at Sidmouth (big low-tide sand/pebble beach between red cliffs, handsome esplanade, golf course, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool). Sidford (award-winning fish and chips), 1 mile. Exeter, 15.


1st FloorGround Floor

Double Bedroom Shower Room Shower Room Twin Bedroom


Over two floors. Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en suite shower room, 1 x twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) with en suite shower room. First floor open-plan living area with sitting area with wood burning stove, kitchen and dining area with balustrade.


  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100

Regional Information

Sidbury Orchard Cottage is a smart contemporary cottage converted from a barn on a smallholding near the Devon town of Honiton. The cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, two double, one with en suite shower room, and a twin, plus a bathroom. On the ground floor is a sitting room with wood burning stove and a kitchen with dining area. Outside is a neat lawn garden at the front and, at the back, a shared courtyard with outdoor furniture, barbecue and a games barn. Orchard Cottage is a friendly base for exploring this peaceful part of Devon.

  • Note: Spring water.
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.