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Mackerel Cottage

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Budleigh Salterton, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful cottage and ideal location, only a short walk to beach/town."

    Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Nov 2023

  • "Very lovely cottage comfortable everythingsupplied quiet lovely garden had a ..."

    Very lovely cottage comfortable everythingsupplied quiet lovely garden had a great stay Easy walk to beach and shops Easy travel by bus if do not want to drive Lovely walk along coast path all in all Budleigh salterton lovely place

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is the best holiday cottage we have stayed in to date."

    It’s well within walking distance to the beach, marsh and village high street. The gardens are beautiful and provide a wonderful place to relax whilst providing complete privacy from surrounding properties, the garden is also well enclosed so we could relax about the dog trying to escape. The cottage itself is comfortable and exquisitely furnished with quirky features such as a real porthole for the bathroom window. We loved it and would recommend it to all. It’s also easy to find, just read and follow the instructions upon booking.

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Aug 2023

  • "Location of the cottage is good."

    Garden is enclosed and very pleasant. Kitchen and bathroom supplies provided and appreciated - this could be made clearer on the website. Upstairs was charming and clean though single beds were very uncomfortable - could feel misshapen springs. Sheets were clean but almost threadbare adding to the discomfort. Duvet and covers were good. Downstairs was only clean on the surface. The whole place needs a deep clean. For example, the inside of the cupboards were filthy and this transferred to the bottom of pots and pans. There was a rusty colander which flaked off when we tried to use it! The door handle of the microwave was sticky and there was a foul smell coming from the draws and cupboards. Downstairs bedroom has an overpowering air freshener. When switched off there is a pungent smell of damp. Seating area fine for four people but no more. The cottage could be really lovely if thoroughly cleaned.

    Thank you for your feedback. We do aim to keep Mackerel Cottage to a high standard and are in the process of giving it a freshen up. We value your feedback and as such new mattress for the upstairs will be in place next week. The cottage is old (1830) and as such it has recently come to our attention a slight damp issue which we are working to resolve. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey2.5Aug 2023

  • "We have stayed with your cottages for 9 years unfortunately this cottage was below standard, the first issue being the step down from the pavement was not one step but two very close together and very difficult for my elderly parents."

    the cottage was then not described it said for 6 people but this would of been very tight if all adults, as it was certainly not spacious as described. The cottage then was filthy, very dirty under the sofas, the floor was dirty. The cupboards also smelt and I had to wash all crockery prior to use, i know there is no dishwasher but i think by putting one where the kitchen cupboard is would be beneficial, again it said out the patio doors to the garden but no mention of the step. I am afraid I would like to be contacted with a view to have some money back for this holiday as it did really limit us in what we could do. we appreciate older cottage but it was definitely not as described and very dirty. we usually look forward to our holiday cottages but when you have dog hair coming out from under all units, and we found a dummy under the sofa together with food waste, the lighting was also very poor.

    I am so sorry you feel your stay was not what you had hoped for. We do try to maintain the property at a high level, which we strive to meet for every stay which guests have recognised. As for the accessibility, whilst there is information regarding this, we take your comments on board and as such have updated the site with information regarding this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William1.9Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage and garden, really lovely."

    Difficult to find in the winter and directions don’t clearly explain it’s an alley behind houses and there are no lights so it would have been good to bring a torch! There are 2 steps down into the alley, and a step down from kitchen to living room, so accessibility is compromised (mum isn’t steady on her feet). I would suggest that plug in scent diffusers aren’t used- they trigger my migraines and having 4 going as we arrived was overpowering. Overall a lovely place in a lovely little town, easy to find (apart from the alleyway at the end) and well equipped.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in an excellent location."

    It was very comfortable with everything we needed. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Oct 2022

  • "The short is quite small and should be identified as so to alert disabled persons of possible difficulties when using."

    One of the shower doors is damaged as is the adjuster on the shower. On the plus side the cottage was very comfortable in particular the beds were superb.

    Reviewed by Michael2.8Sep 2022

  • "Kitchen a little tired but overall excellent."

    Reviewed by Antony4.7Sep 2022

  • "Beautifully quaint cottage in secluded surroundings."

    We loved the wrap-around garden meaning we could catch the sun any time of the day. The property was clean and comfortable with everything you could need (and more!). The beach and town are only a short walk away, maybe 10 minutes down the hill. The kids were happy playing in the garden and of course loved the smart TV and decent wifi. Oh, and the coffee machine is awesome! Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay in the cottage and Budleigh Salterton.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Aug 2022

  • "Garden furniture not very good, table not very safe, no guide for tv , quite complicated to work out."

    We think it would be better having double bed in one of the twin rooms. Apart from these it was a nice cottage and enjoyed ourselves. Thanks. Tim

    Thank you for your feedback, my apologies if you found the garden furniture not to a high standard. We do try to keep all furniture tested and updated and as such the garden furniture has now been replaced. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric3.4Jul 2022

  • "A lovely cottage - perfect for hot weather as it is always cool and the garden shady either front or back at different times of day."

    It is very well equipped. Not much space for washing up - a dishwasher would be good except there isn’t room. Directions for finding the cottage could be more explicit - road directions fine, but it took a while to locate the alleyway where the house is. The mattresses on the single beds upstairs were a little lumpy. The bench in the back garden would be better with some cushions. But these are minor things and overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Jul 2022

  • "A truly delightful cottage with a secluded garden."

    The standard of the facilities and the decor are very high. It's the second year running that we've booked it and we would come again. It's an easy walk to the beach and the shops and the town itself is very pleasant. All round great experience.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "When we think of Budleigh Salterton now, its not just the jurassic sandstone rising from the sea, the pebbled beaches-we think of 'Mackerel Cottage' they belong together like the best secret."

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage which I walked into and instantly relaxed as it was clean, homely and with the secure garden so the dog could wander around without me worrying."

    The location is ideal and the bird song a delight whilst reading book in one of the suntraps on a comfy chair outside. A great break .

    Reviewed by Brigitte5.0Apr 2022

  • "A hidden gem."

    We love Mackerel Cottage. Its quirkiness is of great appeal to us. A slightly rickety ginnel/snicket sort of pathway leads you along to the cottage so that initially we wondered what we were going to find!...However, once through the door at the end of the path, we were into the complete charm of Mackerel with its wrap around garden and bijou quaint kitchen. We love the patio doors from the sittingroom onto the garden which will come into its own in the summertime for al fresco dining. It's lovely too at cooler times curling up inside by the fire. Location! Location! We love how easy it is to stroll to everything from the cottage. Thankyou to the owner for providing holiday makers such a place to stay and thank you to the housekeeper who gives us such a fragrantly clean welcome.

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Feb 2022

  • "Location! Location!"

    So we returned for another stay to Mackerel Cottage. We pushed open the gate and stepped into its tropical tranquility. We pushed open the stable door and magic! stepped into its homely kitchen. Spotlessly clean and light. What a fragrant welcome! We love the sittingroom with french windows onto the garden. A hidden gem , it has all the advantages of being quietly tucked away yet is close enough for exploring the coastline and for every day needs. A quirky cottage? Yes, definitely. We love its magic. It's one for the two of us to return to again and again.

    Reviewed by Maggie4.7Feb 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x ground-floor twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available on request
  • Roadside parking right by property
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, furniture and barbecue
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.6 miles
  • Please note: there is a step between the kitchen and lounge and a small step out from the French doors in to the garden
  • There is also a step down to the start of the alley way

The property

Perched in the picturesque town of Budliegh Salterton is the 200-year-old dwelling, Mackerel Cottage.

The traditional abode sleeps up to six guests and is an enchanting escape for families looking to explore the East Coast of Devon.

Roadside parking greets you on arrival, then follow the pedestrian path to the gated entrance and admire the pretty property before heading inside.

Upon entering the home, you will discover the charming kitchen where you can rustle up an evening meal for your loved ones with all the equipment you need to produce a tasty spread.

Locate the ground-floor bathroom where you can choose between a long soak in the bath or a refreshing shower of a morning, all within easy access to the downstairs rooms.

Moving through the property, you will find the living/dining room, where the open-plan space makes this room the social hub of the home, as you can snuggle up on the sofa after dining at the table together.

The ground-floor is complete with a lovely twin bedroom, ideal for those with limited mobility, as they have the kitchen and the bathroom within easy reach.

Travel up to the first floor to find another twin bedroom, with its relaxing ambiance to guarantee a peaceful space to rest your head; adjoining this room is a larger room with a double bed, also with a bright airy atmosphere.

Enjoy dining alfresco at the table in the enclosed rear garden, perfect for warm summer weather, while your canine companion stretches their legs.

If you fancy treating your family to an evening out, take a short stroll to The Salterton Arms, a stylish pub offering home-cooked meals.

Better acquaint yourself with your surroundings and venture into the nearby shop to find all your essentials for your self-catering experience, perhaps pick up some popcorn too for a film night in with your family.

Budleigh Salterton is renowned for its natural beauty so why not take advantage of the pebbled beach and soak in the stunning scenery of the cliffs in the distance, ranging from red sandstone to white chalk.

For a diverting day out with your loved ones, take an adventure to Exmouth to experience a day of watersports at Exmouth Beach, which includes surfing on warmer days.

The seaside resort also offers the World of Country Life where you can experience feeding goats and taking a look at vintage vehicle, there is also a café for a spot of lunch.

Travel further afield to the vibrant city of Exeter to explore stunning botanical gardens and Fore Street for unusual shops, cafes, arcades and impressive architecture.

Exeter boasts the Royal Albert Memorial Museum for those who wish to uncover the cities history as well as the fortified manor house, Powderham Castle.

For an enchanting trip to Devon, stay at Mackerel Cottage for a home-from-home experience.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Exmouth 5.2 miles, Sidmouth 7.1 miles; Exeter 14.5 miles

The picturesque town of Budleigh Salterton is nestled in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the East Devon
Jurassic Coast at the mouth of the River Otter. From here you can enjoy a leisurely walk along the coast or stop off in one of the local cafes or pubs. The River Otter forms an area of grazing marsh and reed bed, which is of great significance for migratory birds and is therefore an excellent place for birdwatching. The coastal town is renowned for its preserved natural beauty, including a two-mile pebble beach for those wishing to take a dip in the crystal-clear water. The high street boasts an array of charming cafes, independent shops, pubs and a museum, or sit on a bench on the promenade to soak in the scenery. Cyclists will be delighted with the country lanes and National Cycle Routes, offering tranquility away from the busier roads in the town. There is also easy access into both Paddington and Waterloo from the nearby Exmouth railway station, making Budleigh Salterton an ideal base for everyone.

Please note: there is a step between the kitchen and lounge and a small step out from the French doors in to the garden. There is also a step down to the start of the alley way.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter