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Hiscox Cottage

Southleigh, near Beer, Devon (Ref. 976020)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "You will notice I have not given the top mark for 'Accuarcy of the Listing' because Hiscox Cottage was so much better than the listing suggested."

    Anyone that knows me will tell you I rarely get excited about having a holiday in the UK. The drive to Devon was very sad for us. It was the first holiday we had been on in the UK without our beautiful dog who sadly passed away in March. The view from Hiscox Cottage is simply stunning. So pretty. From the Dining Room/Conservatory in the cottage the view is so perfect it looks Super Imposed. The cottage itself is so comfortable. It has everything you need and more. It just felt like home. Driving around and exploring the area was so enjoyable. Coming back to Hiscox Cottage was just as enjoyable. What more could you want? How many times do you come back to two very cute Goats, a beautiful Alpaca and a Rhea (Ostrich) who just made us laugh so much. Don't worry people. These lovely animals aren't in the cottage, They are in a very nice field attatched to the cottage. For us, they really added to the experience. Can't wait to see them again. We stay in a beautiful cottage in North Yorkshire which we call our 'Jewel in the North'. After only day 2 we nicknamed Hiscox Cottage our 'Jewel in the South'. We cannot speak too highly of the owners of Hiscox Cottage. Joanne is just such a genuine person who obviously enjoys what she does. We left her two text messages and she got back to us immediately. Hiscox Cottage is situated on a 'working farm'. Really? You could have fooled us. The place is immaculate, as are the local areas. By the end of the week we just didn't want to leave. Would we go back? In a heartbeat. Can't wait. It is such a lovely place. All credit to the owners of Hiscox Cottage. You don't get that good at what you do without a lot of hard work. Thank you so much for a great week.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Very relaxing holiday."

    Spotless cottage with everything thought of. It had the most amazing pastoral view from a large, but cosy conservatory, where we spent most of our time. It was very convenient for the attractive East Devon coastal villages, (Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth etc.) which we enjoyed visiting. Going at spring time was a bonus as not only the hedgerows were a picture, but nearby Blackbury Hill fort had carpets of stunning bluebells.

    Reviewed by BerylApr 2022

  • "Beautiful rural location, close to beaches and rolling hillside especially idyllic in Springtime."

    Great for dog owners like ourselves. Owners, left us to it but were on hand if an issue, which there wasn't. We had the most relaxing time away which was what we needed. Great Wi-Fi. Amazing views. Thank you.

    Reviewed by TracyApr 2022

  • "Great place to stay"

    Reviewed by JamieMar 2022

  • "Pictures do not do this property justice."

    Absolutely beautiful property in a breath taking location.

    Reviewed by TroyDec 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful area."

    Peace and quiet personified. A couple of very minor points: The shower is not very powerful and there is a small leak under the bath. We would have appreciated larger bath towels. We really enjoyed our stay and thoroughly recommend the experience.

    Thank you for your feedback. Your points have been addressed and pleased to hear you enjoyed the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeffNov 2021

  • "What can we say ?"

    This is an absolutely beautiful cottage on a lovey farm and we had an amazing time. The Views that can’t be caught on a camera are just amazing. Everything you need is there. And the owners and staff can’t be any more helpful. You are free to roam the farm and view the animals. If you are looking to relax you cannot find anywhere better in my opinion. We went with our little dog and he absolutely loved it, he sat in the conservatory looking out at the view as we did, and he loved going out and walking the grounds, there are fields where he could have a run around and it was just perfect for us all. We had some eggs from the chickens (thanks so much). We really do need to go again no doubt about it, it was total relaxation. We didn’t really have a need to go to talk to the owners because everything we needed was there and they were busy, but they only live next door and they made it clear if we did need anything they were there, just to knock… But they left us alone relaxing. The couple of times we did want something the farm staff were most helpful. There is a very good welcome folder in the cottage with lots of good information, and lots of phone numbers for local facilities including a phone number for a caretaker. On arrival there was welcome bottle of wine which was very nice. Thank you. So in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it all passed far too quickly. The cottage sleeps 5 on two levels and a lovely large garden and a games room. Hopefully we can return again soon. Our thanks to all for a very relaxing time.

    Reviewed by KevinNov 2021

  • "The beautiful cottage, the peace and the location"

    Reviewed by ValerieOct 2021

  • "We had a very pleasant stay, but concerned when a game shoot took place, of which we had not been made aware, which scared my dogs so we had to go out for the afternoon."

    Dogs in kennels on farm barked continually ruining the tranquillity of the place. Although details said there was access to 180 acres, it was very difficult to know where you could go, with so many fields occupied by livestock. Details also don't say that this property is on a hill and everywhere has very steep inclines. Not good for unfit people! Access Road from A3052 is tricky. Better access from road to Farway/Honiton.

    Reviewed by DebbieOct 2021

  • "We left after the weekend, the access road should have been in the details, 2 ..."

    We left after the weekend, the access road should have been in the details, 2 miles single track, locals drive very fast , hardly any passing places , we live rural but that wasn’t good should be in the details, plus owners dog can get in the garden with no recall , very very very disappointed ,

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "We had brilliant time."

    Soo peaceful. Thanks xx

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2021

  • "Fantastic views, lovely cottage."

    Bed mattress's could be firmer.

    Reviewed by BarryAug 2021

  • "Beautiful views and great garden to kick a ball about in."

    Washing and drying facilities allowed laundry to be done on holiday instead of saving it all up for the end. Good hot water and shower pressure (such a relief as not always the case on holidays!). Shame sofa cushions were removed due to COVID as i think these are needed due to sofa comfort.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "We loved this dog-friendly cottage."

    Everything you could ever wish for in a self catering let. Fantastic views over surrounding area and not far from the lovely village of Beer

    Reviewed by JoanneJul 2021

  • "The holiday home is perfect it’s spotlessly clean ,well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay ."

    The owner is lovely, friendly and very helpful but not intrusive at all .There is lots of space surrounding the cottage,Its a beautiful relaxing place .

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2021

  • "Dining room chairs need replacing."

    No seat springs and very uncomfortable. Bath upstairs not practical for showers. Needed a stair gate as not safe for children. Not very clean, lots of cobwebs, Hoover was rubbish, dead flies, spiders and dust in the bed frame could be seen. Table tennis was fab though. Kitchen equipment very good. Excellent to find washing up liquid, and cleaning products.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. A stairgate is not included on the listing for Hiscox Cottage, however there are two portable stair gates in the cupboard in the upstairs bathroom along with the travel cot and high chair. The bath upstairs is described (and pictured) with a hand-held shower attachment. Our customer team are always pleased to query such details, as required, prior to your holiday. Guests at Hiscox Cottage are provided with the Owner's contact details and they would have been pleased to assist had you contacted them to raise your concerns during your stay. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay otherwise. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "Hiscox cottage has the most amazing views from the conservatory where we spent a lot of time just relaxing."

    The cottage is most thoughtfully and generously equipped and the hosts were helpful and friendly. Would recommend the cottage for a peaceful break especially for a couple.

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2021

  • "The owners Joanne and mark were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble."

    It was a beautiful cottage with all amenities that you would need. The view was beautiful and the animals were interesting. Our dog loved the walks as there was lots of open space. The weather was the only trouble but it did not spoil the holiday. We all loved it.

    Reviewed by LorettaMay 2021

  • "Understandably the pandemic affected comfort by not having cushions, throws etc but the cottage is in a fantastic setting, views are beautiful, the alpaca, ostrich and goats at the front are amazing and great entertainment !"

    the facilities are all we needed, more than in fact. The choice of a bath or shower was appreciated. We had some horrendous weather which failed to spoil our time here and may well return.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2021

  • "Hiscox cottage is an excellent property with outstanding views, lovely enclosed garden for the dog and all the facilities you could want."

    Reviewed by GrahamApr 2021

  • "Lovely clean cottage, very spacious and beautiful surroundings."

    Our 3 dogs loved it in the big enclosed garden. Everything we needed for a weeks stay. The owners were lovely and very accommodating. The guys loved fishing in the nearby lakes while us girls loved to shop in nearby towns! Beautiful weather, great company. Would definately recommend to friends and family. Thank you :)

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2020

  • "Perfect hosts ,very warm and friendly but not intrusive."

    Lovely spacious holiday home with everything you need for an enjoyable stay . We felt very Covid safe would definitely recommend the property

    Reviewed by MichaelAug 2020

  • "The property was lovely - as expected."

    Devon roads are about as wide as my driveway and as I had to use them daily they were very nerve racking to drive down. Only 2 downsides to the property - one was the upstairs bedroom with ceiling so sloped I kept bumping my head on them so used the downstairs bedroom instead. The downstairs bedroom was fine except for the bed which was uncomfortable and very noisy. The views were spectacular and the animals were amusing, especially the ostrich as 'he' seemed to dislike everyone.

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2020

  • "Love this place what a view and very peaceful the cottage was very clean and had ..."

    Love this place what a view and very peaceful the cottage was very clean and had everything we needed the garden was perfect for our 2 well behaved dogs they loved it we really didn’t want to leave the fresh eggs were lovely for breakfast and what a lovely greeting we had from the animals right outside our door this place is well recommended thanks to the owners Mark and Joanne

    Reviewed by SimonJul 2020

  • "The property and location were excellent and the owners were lovely people - nothing too much trouble; would not hesitate to return at some future date."

    Reviewed by DerekNov 2019

  • "Whoever designed Hiscox cottage left nothing that could be improved."

    The East Devon rolling hills view is of course fabulous but the cottage itself had been carefully designed to make anyone's comfort paramount. I tried to find fault but honestly found nothing - with one tiny exception: the water pressure for the upstairs bath could do with improving, though provided one planned ahead ie one turned on the tap 20 minutes before bath required, gives no problem. The neighbours (presumably owners) were charming. The Llama, Peacock and unnamed Goats were also charming! A perfect place for a break. My wife and I plus Labrador and Lurcher could not have wished for a better place to relax and would definitely recommend Hiscox Cottage to anyone who needs a peaceful and comfortable place to unwind. I'm only sorry at 83 I have given up shooting, otherwise I would definitely like to put my name down for a gun in the shoot. Andrew and Sheelin Cuthbert..

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2019

  • "Lovely people at the farm that made us feel welcome from the outset of our short break."

    Reviewed by TrevorSep 2019

  • "Another lovely holiday at Hiscox Cottage."

    This is our fourth visit and wherever else we may go we are always drawn back to the cottage. Could not wish for a better location. Warm hospitality from Joanne as always.

    Reviewed by JuneSep 2019

  • "The view from the cottage is stunning."

    Didn't get to meet the owners which was a shame. The twin beds were so uncomfortable my children slept on the sofa and the fridge made so much noise we couldn't hear the TV.

    The Owners are delighted you so enjoyed this stunning location. They were on holiday for the majority of your stay so regret that they didn't have the opportunity to meet you on this occasion. Mattress comfort is subjective but the owner has added mattress toppers to increase comfort. On changeover the fridge feet were adjusted which reduced the vibration noise caused by them not being level. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TinaAug 2019

  • "The location of this cottage is superb."

    The views are amazing. It is off the beaten track and you have to negotiate the typical Devonshire narrow roads. Facilities in the cottage were as you would expect. The host was a vey nice lady and was approachable, close by but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by IsabelJul 2019

  • "Joanne and Mark the owners are lovely and welcoming people who’s attention to detail is outstanding."

    Hiscox Cottage has amazing views and is finished to the highest standard. It felt like a home from home and we will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by ScottJun 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Hiscox cottage."

    It was lovely to see all the animals whilst enjoying the views from the conservatory. There was also plenty of walks directly from the cottage in the beautiful countryside. The cottage was very clean and tidy and would definitely visit again

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2019

  • "Everything about our stay at Hiscox Cottage was perfect."

    Joanne & Mark were perfect hosts and Jamie was incredible in organising our activities! The cottage was clean and well equipped. The views were incredible and we had a different walk with our dogs every day in the beautiful 180 acres of Higher Wadden Farm. Surrounded by beautiful creatures and scenery made every day perfect! Lovely and central for visiting the lots of beautiful places Devon has to offer! We intend to return and highly recommend this amazing place! Thanks to Joanne, Mark and Jamie for making it perfect!

    Reviewed by SharonMay 2019

  • "Hiscox Cottage has fantastic views from the conservatory and a lot is made of that."

    Unfortunately there were a few issues; there was a tear in the sheet under one of the pillows, the downstairs bathroom was very musty and smelt damp and the shower didn’t appear clean. I wouldn’t recommend Hiscox and wouldn’t return even though the view was fantastic.

    Reviewed by EstherMay 2019

  • "Hiscox was everything we hoped it would be and more."

    This was our first time renting a cottage so we were unsure what to expect. If Hiscox is the standard that cottages look to give then the bar has been set very high, very very high. Without doubt we will return and would be very slow in looking anywhere else than here. It is also fair to say that Sykes themselves provide exceptional customer service and we we’re very impressed from the very beginning of our search. Nothing was to much trouble and they even rang the owner while we waited to check things for us. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. We did have fantastic weather as well so everything worked in our favour!!!!!!

    Reviewed by PaulApr 2019

  • "A very well equipped and comfortable cottage"

    Reviewed by DeborahMar 2019

  • "A very nice cottage situated in a really nice position on a working farm."

    Owners very helpful & the level of local & property information was excellent. Apart from the fact that the Weather was not good we had a relaxing & enjoyable week and would stay here again.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "The accommodation was brilliant and there were lots to do regardless of the weather; books, games and lots of local walks."

    Only a short drive from the coast and supermarkets including, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury locally. The best of both styles of holiday, activities or stepping back into total relaxation.Lots of good food inns to choose from and the local village has all the basic facilities including a dog friendly pub serving good basic food at reasonable cost.

    Reviewed by LinMar 2019

  • "We found this property as described."

    The views were great. Very comfortable, clean and warm .

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2018

  • "We were greeted with a bottle of wine which was very welcoming."

    A really beautiful cottage with wonderful views the presence of various animals roaming just feet from us was a plus! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by GeraldSep 2018

  • "Lovely, well equipped cottage with stunning views across beautiful countryside."

    Welcoming and helpful owner Joanne. Animals provide an added interest, particularly Percy the peacock who visited every day for his chocolate biscuit.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2018

  • "Very well equipped accommodation."

    Fantastic views of the countryside from the conservatory. Jo, the owner, was so lovely, friendly and helpful. Our ages ranged from 10 to 77 and we all had a wonderful time there.

    Reviewed by MaureenAug 2018

  • "Very relaxing in idyllic setting - just what we wanted thank you"

    Reviewed by KarenJun 2018

  • "We have stayed at Hiscox cottage many times and hope to stay again in the future."

    It is like home from home, the views are stunning and the cottage is beautiful. The kids love the animals and the dogs love the walks! The location is perfect for visiting coastal towns like Lyme Regis and Sidmouth with their many dog friendly shops and eateries. Thank you for another great holiday :-)

    Reviewed by NatalieApr 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x downstairs king size double (can convert to 2?6? twin) with en suite shower room with shower, shower chair, WC, basin
  • 1 x upstairs family bedroom with king size double and single, balcony and en suite bathroom with roll top bath, hand shower, WC, basin
  • Ground floor sitting room with kitchen area
  • Dining room/conservatory
  • Central heating
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, 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
  • Barbecue
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, first dog included, extra dogs at £75 pet dog, per week
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Check - in time 5pm and departure time 12pm
  • Note: Additional activities such as clay shooting, archery, and coarse fishing available by arrangement at extra cost, Monday - Thursday only.

The property

Hiscox Cottage is a detached cottage on the farmstead, smartly furnished with beams and oak floors.

Steps lead up to the entrance door, or you can arrange level access.

The open plan living space has a well equipped kitchen area, a seating area and doors to a terrace.

The dining room doubles up as a conservatory, also with terrace doors.

One of the bedrooms is situated on the ground floor with an en suite, and the other bedroom is found up open tread stairs with an en suite and balcony with seats.

To the side of the cottage is an enclosed garden with lawn, summer house/games room and a sun terrace with picnic bench, barbecue and good views.

With stunning surroundings, this is a lovely cottage for a relaxing break.

Note: This property is on the same farmstead as Lower Wadden Farmhouse and Annexe and The Barn.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Living Area Bathroom Conservatory Twin Bedroom

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

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About the location


Beer is a small picturesque fishing village on the south Devon coast between Seaton and Branscombe. The shingle beach is very sheltered, backed by limestone cliffs and was once fertile smuggling territory, plus contraband was hidden in nearby caves, which are now a popular tourist attraction. Beer is situated on the stretch of Devon coastline, known as the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site, and the village offers sloping streets lined with picturesque stone houses and cottages built on many different levels of the steep valley sides. There are a good range of shops, friendly cafes, restaurants and pubs in Beer, plus just outside the village is the popular Pecorama Gardens, which are perched on the hill overlooking Lyme Bay. Pecorama boasts the Beer Heights Light Railway and indoor model railway exhibition, along with a children's' play area. Beer is a unique Devon fishing village and a great place to stay.

Region Information

Note: No stag/hen parties accepted

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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