After I was given the possibility for a self-catering break in east Devon, I jumped on the likelihood! For me, east Devon represents my childhood holidays, having spent many a sunny afternoon on the pebbly seashores of Beer and the like.
This was the possibility to indicate my daughter a few of that east Devon magic too!
The place we stayed
We selected a good looking thatched cottage owned by Sweetcombe Cottages, a specialist vacation cottage firm in east Devon. The cottage, Rosemary Cottage, was positioned within the small hamlet of Weston, a few miles from Sidmouth.
Though the climate wasn’t enjoying ball once we first arrived, the cottage nonetheless managed to ooze appeal. The gorgeous entrance backyard was adorned with forget-me-nots, tulips and blossom with birds dashing out and in of the small bushes and bushes.
What the cottage gives
Rosemary Cottage sleeps 6 folks, with two double bedrooms and a single bed room upstairs and a double bed room downstairs.
Upon getting into it you’ll be able to’t assist however fall for it! A grand eating room greets you together with its uncovered stone partitions and wealthy purple partitions.
To your left, there’s a comfortable front room with inglenook hearth and wooden burner (I knew this may tick a number of bins for my associate!).
Two cozy sofas offered ample seating for friends. This room additionally had in it a big bookcase with sufficient studying materials to maintain you going for a number of months!
Additionally on the bottom flooring was a really giant kitchen that had all of the necessities and people extras that make a self-catering break a lot simpler equivalent to a dishwasher, washer and tumble dryer.
In right here there was additionally a stunning welcome pack that includes domestically produced goodies – the West Nation tea was successful and the Moors biscuits have been oh so good that they didn’t final very lengthy!
Adjoining to the downstairs bed room, you’ll discover a big bathe room and entry to the again backyard, which is shared with the proprietor who lives subsequent door.
You actually really feel the cottage’s historical past as you ascent the steps to the primary flooring. There are thick stone partitions, beautiful picket doorways and floorboards that make you’re feeling a bit of tipsy because of the method they lay!
The 2 double rooms are spacious with double wardrobes and helpful issues equivalent to a hairdryer. Upon this flooring can be the principle toilet with bathe attachment over the bathtub.
All of us cherished the cottage’s gardens. The again backyard was very stunning presently of yr with a mass of bluebells in one of many flower beds and the dotting of cowslips on the garden.
You’d typically hear birdsong when sitting out with common visiting blackbirds and robins and it’s possible you’ll even hear the distinctive bray of a donkey or two because the cottage is only a brief stroll from the world-famous Donkey Sanctuary!
What you are able to do close to to Rosemary Cottage
I touched on this within the final paragraph, however one among Rosemary Cottage’s huge attracts is the Donkey Sanctuary being in strolling distance.
The Sidmouth website was the Donkey Sancutary’s unique location (there at the moment are a number of Donkey Sanctuaries dotted across the UK) and it’s a preferred place to go to for all generations. At any time when I’m within the east Devon space, I make it my mission to go to and this time was no exception.
You possibly can simply spend a complete day strolling the intensive farmland on the assorted trails. For youthful guests there’s a small donkey-themed play space and the onsite café gives superb views throughout the donkey paddocks, plus there’s an actual emphasis on locally-sourced produce.
And as we have been in Devon, we needed to have a Devon cream tea after all! Entry to the Donkey Sanctuary is free, nevertheless donations are inspired, understandably.
There are many walks you are able to do from the cottage together with a stroll to Weston seaside the place you’ll be able to choose up the South West Coast Path.
The stroll right down to the seaside is steep nevertheless and never one we fancied doing with a 2-year-old on this event however from studying the guests’ ebook, it appears a variety of the earlier friends had loved this, and lots of the different walks that you are able to do proper out of your doorstep. Plus, because the cottage is pet-friendly, a number of canine homeowners have been benefiting from such nice alternatives for walkies!
We selected our second day there, to drive right down to Budleigh Salterton to take a stroll alongside the River Otter to the village of Otterton. A 2 ¾ stroll every method which was comparatively flat and gives an opportunity to see a wide range of wetland hen and if you’re fortunate, it’s possible you’ll even spot a beaver or two!
Sidmouth is a really fast drive and gives all of the appeal of a Victorian seaside resort, with grand resorts, some nice unbiased outlets and cafes and its Worldwide Jazz Pageant. Plus, within the case of a 2-year-old, the compulsory seaside ice cream pit cease!
Shut by can be the seaside at Branscombe. Once more, a pebbly seaside and one that you could be bear in mind from the information. An anchor displayed beside the seaside reminds guests concerning the Napoli, a container ship which was beached at Branscombe again in 2007.
In the event you fancy travelling additional afield then you may simply do a day journey to Lyme Regis, Exeter or right down to the English Riviera. One other place that I’ve visited earlier than and have written about is Burrow Farm Gardens, which is round a 30-minute drive away.
We cherished our keep at Rosemary Cottage! It was handy for some superb days out and but was set away from issues sufficient that you may benefit from the peace and quiet. Being so near the Donkey Sanctuary needs to be a bonus too!
My dad and mom came over us on the cottage on our first night time there, as they have been staying close by for the weekend. I might sense a tad of envy in my mum’s voice and will inform that she would fortunately keep there too. To be truthful, it did appear a bit empty with simply the three of us on this cottage and it might make an awesome place for a bigger household get collectively.
If you’re on the lookout for a household getaway or a break with associates then I’d undoubtedly advocate a keep right here. And if you’re after one thing that’s smaller, or bigger in reality, get in contact with Sweetcombe Cottages. The corporate is family-owned and has over 200 properties within the east Devon space in its portfolio, so you might be certain to seek out one thing to fit your wants.