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Whimple Cottage

Whimple near Ottery St Mary, Devon (Ref. 1038288)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • 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/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “What a Perfect Holiday !”

    From looking and booking, to arrival and departure all instructions were easy to follow and communications were excellent. Even a local road closure and re-route for easy travel were sent to us prior to arrival. ...

    From looking and booking, to arrival and departure all instructions were easy to follow and communications were excellent. Even a local road closure and re-route for easy travel were sent to us prior to arrival. There are covid - care measures in place currently and the cottage and grounds are immaculately kept. There was a lovely afternoon tea welcome pack with homemade Devon scones and clotted cream and milk in the fridge. Angela and Stuart are wonderful hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them and they have thought of everything and more to ensure a relaxing and stress-less stay. The cottage is really well equipped with high quality furnishings & home wares - basically everything you'll need. Even surprised and relieved to find some scales as being diabetic, I have to weigh out my food and I'd forgotten to take some. Eco-friendly cleaning materials are provided as are Fairy liquid and Fairy non-bio washing pods to use as the properties utilise non mains water and waste treatment. There is also recycling facilities and waste bags supplied. There's a smart TV which you can use Netflix etc from your own account and good wifi signals. Also have laundry / ironing facilities etc. Honestly they've thought of everything. Everywhere is scrupulously clean, the beds are really comfortable and everything looks new. The cottage is in really pretty grounds, beautiful hanging baskets and flowers and own private patio and small garden, but you are welcome to use the field at the rear for sport (we played petanque & badminton - but it was too hot to do much more during our wonderful heat-wave week!) The electrically heated pool is well maintained, cleaned and serviced daily and is a great size for families. There is a covid- care rota system in place currently for the cottages to ensure safe and equally use of the pool. If you are going out for the day - ask the neighbouring cottage to swap or change times with you. We did and lazed around for a few days, so basically had the pool area to ourselves - heaven ! The cottages are also dog friendly and there's a big dog walking field just to the rear of the cottages as well as good walks nearby and although dog friendly, there's not one hair or doggy smell to be found anywhere. It's really, really clean. Its in a beautiful spot within easy access of Ottery-St-Mary, Exeter and beautiful beaches of Sidmouth, Exmouth, Sandy Bay and a little further the gorgeous Jurassic Coast. We're already planning to return...... if you're in any doubt about booking here - don't be - its gorgeous and you wont be disappointed. We'd recommend it to anyone. Thank you Angela and Stuart - can't wait to visit again !

    - Scenic03103271501, July 2021
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Lower Southbrook Farm Cottages

Offering quality holiday accommodation in the beautiful East Devon countryside there are two semi-detached comfortable single storey cottages each named after the local villages of Whimple and Broadclyst. Each of the cottages sleep up to four guests and are next to the friendly owners farmhouse. The properties also benefit from shared use of the outdoor heated swimming pool which is open every day from May to September (weather permitting). Also onsite is an outside area for children to play, making these ideal destinations for small families or couples alike. The rural location makes a tranquil retreat or ideal base from which to explore the fascinating area. The nearby village of Whimple offers a choice of pubs, a village shop and a post office. There is even a railway station on the Waterloo line making exploring the historic city of Exeter without a car very simple. The city is famous for its magnificent cathedral, unique network of underground passages, and historic quay. Ottery St Mary is just 7 miles to the East of the cottages and is one of the oldest towns in Devon and offers a variety of shops and cafes. Nestled in the valley of the river Otter the rolling hills of Devon unfold in every direction. Just a few miles to the south are the beautiful beaches of the Jurassic coast with Regency seaside towns such as Exmouth and Sidmouth to explore. The pebble beach of Budleigh Salterton or along to to the Dorset border and Lyme Regis where fossils are often found.

The property

A mile from Rockbeare, 3 miles from Whimple and 7 miles from Ottery St Mary, hidden in lanes, two semi-detached single-storey cottages converted from barns across the yard from the owners’ farmhouse. The cottages share a splendid outdoor heated swimming available mid-May to mid-September, with a sunbathing terrace (loungers), and an outside area with mown grass for children to play..

The cottages are simple and welcoming.

Behind each has a level lawned patio and garden (picnic table). Whimple Cottage has neat fitted kitchen (microwave, fridge/freezer, electric cooker) and light open-plan living/dining room with leather sofas, TV/DVD and French windows to patio (table/chairs). Two bedrooms, a double with vanity unit and a bunk bedroom plus a shower room suite.

A homely base in a lovely and varied part of Devon to explore Nearest pub, Jack in the Green at Rockbeare less than a mile away.

Shops, post office and two pubs at Whimple three miles. Ottery St Mary - historic town, supermarket 7 miles and nearest coast, Sidmouth 11 miles, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton 13 miles.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x bunk room
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Electric heating
  • Electric cooker and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV/DVD and WiFi
  • Selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Private patio/garden area
  • Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool (May - September) and children's play area
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 0.6 miles

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

About the location


Alfington 2 miles; Honiton 5.5 miles; Sidmouth 6.5 miles; Exeter 14 miles.

Ottery St Mary sits beside the River Otter and is well known for its literary connections to the poet Coleridge and for its beautiful church often referred to as a Exeter cathedral lookalike. Ottery St Mary is also famous for its traditional 'Tar Barrels' which attracts more than 3000 visitors on 5th November each year. Ottery has welcoming traditional Devon pubs and plenty of individual shops, offering quality local produce and a warm welcome to visitors. The area is a walkers’ paradise, with strolls along the banks of the River Otter or hill climbs offering magnificent views as far as Dartmoor. Nearby Escot Country Park is a fabulous wildlife visitor attraction for the whole family and the dramatic 20 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site is a short drive from Ottery where resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth are found along this stretch of coastline. An easy drive from Ottery is the cathedral city of Exeter with plenty of large shops, a wealth of museums, a theatre and many fabulous restaurants.

Note: Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool (May to September only).

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas