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Orchard Cottage

Whimple, Devon (Ref. 967231)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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19 Customer Reviews

  • "We really enjoyed our stay with our 2 doggies."

    The fresh bread and lemon drizzle cake were delicious and the facilities for us and the pooches were spot on.Look forward to staying again in the future.Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by StephenMay 2022

  • "Stunning cottage, spacious, well presented, cozy and picturesque surroundings."

    We can not fault this property or the host. Ms Bloom is a lovely, helpful lady who went above and beyond to ensure our stay was perfect. When we first arrived we was greater by homemade bread and the most delicious homemade lemon drizzle cake! We was lucky enough to be here while they was lambing and The children throughly enjoyed feeding them every morning. We can not recommend enough and will be back again!

    Reviewed by KathrynMay 2022

  • "Myself, my partner and my dog stayed in Orchard Cottage for two weeks during April, overall we had a very enjoyable time and wouldn't hesitate to stay again."

    On arrival we initially struggled to find the cottage as the sign displaying 'Orchard Cottage' is very small and hard to see when you're driving so a slightly larger sign may be welcomed by future guests. We were greeted by homemade lemon drizzle cake (which was still warm), fresh bread and milk which was a very nice touch. The kitchen is very well stocked with all sorts of utensils and cooking equipment, full size fridge freezer, dishwasher (with tablets provided by Val) and washing machine. The lounge is super spacious and the ideal chill out space, two very comfortable sofas with cable tv and a log fire. The twin bedroom we didn't use so I can't comment on that, however the double bed in the main bedroom is super comfortable and has been redecorated since the photos were taken on the website (the walls are no longer pink and the furniture has changed slightly). The bathroom is functional, however the water pressure for the shower is terrible. You have to put the hot water tap on full blast which only provides a hot trickle of water, if you turn the cold water tap even the smallest amount it changes from red hot to ice cold - however you get a nice pressurised shower if you do have the cold water tap on albeit very cold (which we could only cope with for about 2 days). It resulted in us having to bath every night, which is inconvenient if you want to be in and out quickly. The garden is spacious and the resident sheep in the adjoining field fascinated my dog for the whole two week period. Val provided us freshly laundered bedding and towels after one week which was greatly appreciated. There is ample off road parking just outside the front door of the cottage. There is an abundance of leaflets in the very bottom drawer in the kitchen giving you plenty of attractions and events to visit whilst down there, even highlighting some dog friendly places. We went on a couple of Stuart Line Cruises from Exmouth which allow dogs and thoroughly enjoyed it - something I would definitely recommend. We felt very relaxed and Val is a very friendly and welcoming host.

    Reviewed by YasminApr 2022

  • "This property had everything you could possibly need to have a quiet, relaxing holiday."

    We arrived to find milk, butter, tea, coffee, sugar and even homemade bread and cake. There is plenty of space to stretch out and make the most of your holiday, and sitting in the garden watching the sun go down with sheep just the other side of the fence was really special. The owners live on site but never intrusive. If we return to this area again this would be our first choice of where to stay.

    Reviewed by AndySep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in this cottage."

    It was the most comfortable holiday cottage I’ve ever stayed in! Val the host was very welcoming and we were delighted with the welcome gifts. Can’t fault it. It had everything you could possibly need.

    Reviewed by HannahJul 2021

  • "A really nice cottage in a farm setting."

    Peaceful looking across field of lambs. Ample parking in the gated farm yard. Garden enclosed which was great for the dogs. Comfortable accommodation well supplied for self catering. Fantastic hosts with a really warm welcome.

    Reviewed by PhillipMay 2021

  • "The cottage was clean, warm and all the facilities worked (although we didn't try the shower)."

    We were just a little disappointed by the size if the garden as it seemed much bigger in the photo online, however it was nice and secure for the dogs. The lane running up to the cottage was fine, in my opinion, with plenty of passing places and no coins needed for the electricity meter at the house. The owner was very friendly and it was lovely to arrive to a homemade cake and loaf of bread.

    Reviewed by HelenOct 2020

  • "Enjoyed our stay immensely."

    Lovely cottage and hosts, a beautiful area. The only minor issue was the shower which had been noted before by another customer. There is major building work nearby but this didn't really bother us. Lots of good eating pubs in the area, we never had a disappointing meal wherever we went.

    Reviewed by RoystonSep 2020

  • "Good location for base if you need access to Exeter and beaches Quiet and comfortable"

    Reviewed by SusannahAug 2020

  • "Pluses: Generous supplies available on arrival of tea, milk, bread, butter and homemade cakes."

    Spacious, comfortable, cosy. Well equipped. Bath mat provided. Good broadband. Good parking. Attractive garden. Quiet location within easy reach of Exeter and Honiton. Plenty of good towels. Negatives: Extremely poor hot water pressure - showering is virtually impossible. Very deep and narrow bath. Double bed rather narrow and too soft for our liking. Having to feed a coin meter every day for electricity. Russian roulette of the long single-track lane to access the property!

    Reviewed by NickOct 2019

  • "On arrival lovely cake and milk butter fresh baked bread."

    Reviewed by ChristinaAug 2019

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable and had everything you could need."

    Gerry and Val are lovely and unintrusive and we were delighted with their provisions on arrival. Val's shortbread and home made loaf were really nice. We were there for two weeks and after one week we were given clean bedding and towels. Would highly recommend as the bedrooms have been decorated and modernised since the online photos were taken. Overall 10 out of 10 from us.

    Reviewed by FrancesAug 2019

  • "Friendly, very handy for wanting to visit other places for example Jurassic coast, Lyme Regis Exeter and Weymouth."

    Walking distance for places to eat. The cottage is lovely extremely clean everything you want home from home . Peaceful just the sheep and the birds to listen to it was a lovely holiday .

    Reviewed by EuniceJun 2019

  • "This is one of the best cottages we've ever had, well equipped warm comfortable, nice quiet garden, and friendly owner's."

    Reviewed by TrevorMay 2019

  • "Lovely quiet PERFECT location about 15minutes from Exeter centre."

    The owners had baked a fresh loaf of bread and buns waiting for us on arrival which was a lovely touch to start our week away. 100% recommended and will be booking to come back.

    Reviewed by GraceMar 2019

  • "Such a beautiful cosy cottage We was made very welcome by owners Jerry and Val."

    The warm homemade bread and shortbread waiting for us on our arrival was very much appreciated. A perfect location for exploring the Jurassic coast with lots of lovey beaches. If you like peace and quiet and lots of places to visit then this cottage is ideal.

    Reviewed by MFeb 2019

  • "Val and Jerry made us very welcome and everything that was needed was in the cottage."

    Superclean with nice touches such as freshly made bread and cakes on arrival. Felt like staying at a friends house. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2018

  • "A very comfortable and quiet cottage ideally placed for visiting a range of visitor attractions in the area."

    Pleasant and thoughtful owners gave us a warm welcome (and still warm loaf and fruit shortbread).

    Reviewed by MartynJun 2018

  • "We really felt at home in Orchard Cottage and were made very welcome by the Owners."

    We were able to settle in and relax the moment we walked through the door and for us that is a great plus when we go on holiday.

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2018

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  • Ground Floor: Lounge/Kitchen/Diner
  • First Floor: Bedroom 1 with double bed
  • Bedroom 2 with twin beds
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and washbasin.
  • Night storage heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Washing machine
  • TV/DVD, WiFi
  • Cot and highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Bed linen and towels included free of charge
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Lawned garden with patio area, BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome, over 12 months old and £30 charge per pet per week
  • No smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles
  • Pub 1/2 mile
  • Beach 11 miles.

The property

Wooden beams, rustic flagstone floor, traditional stove - Orchard Cottage has everything you could wish for in a country cottage.

Natural materials have been carefully used to create a warm and cosy holiday home.

On the ground floor, the light and spacious living area has a wood burning stove and glazed doors which open onto the private patio area and garden.

On the first floor, two pretty bedrooms; a double and a twin bedded room, have original beams and wonderful views over the gardens and countryside.

The owners' Shetland sheep graze in the adjacent field and the rural location makes a tranquil retreat or ideal base from which to explore the historic cathedral city of Exeter and the surrounding area.

The city is famous for its magnificent cathedral, unique network of underground passages, and historic quay.

From here you can take a boat trip along the River Exe or hire a canoe or bike and paddle/ride along the canal path to the Double Locks Inn.

For the more adventurous, Haven Banks Outdoor Activity Centre offers plenty of water sports and an indoor climbing centre.

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About the location


Shillingford Abbot 2.4 miles; Exminster 4 miles; Topsham 4.4 miles.

Exeter is a lively city in south Devon with a magnificent cathedral, historic quayside area with artisan shops and cafes, guided tours of the maze of underground passages and a wealth of bars, shops and restaurants. There is a good choice of excellent museums tracing the city’s lengthy history including an interesting medieval building The Tucker’s Hall, built for the Company of Weavers, Tuckers and Shearman which houses exceptional carved panelling, rare silver and a 4 feet long pair of fulling shears. Nearby Parliament Street claims to be the world’s narrowest street – less than 25 inches at its narrowest. The gatehouse and tower of Rougemont castle still stand in the city, surrounded by Rougemont gardens with a backdrop of Roman wall ruins - a tranquil haven. Exeter’s one time importance as a port is reflected in the Custom House, now the centrepiece of the Quayside, a fascinating complex of antique shops and cafes. Within a 15 minute drive of the city, there are some fabulous beaches at Sidmouth and Exmouth, and the start of the 95 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, all of which provide ample opportunities for relaxation, sport and exploration. Exeter is an ideal south Devon base from which to explore pretty countryside and Heritage Coast.

Region Information

Note: Reduced rent available for just 2 + cot (excluding school holidays) Note: Pets are charged at £30.00 per pet, per week (or short break)Note: For any holiday starting between 16th September and 27th May, a heating supplement of £20 will be added to the cost of your holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • 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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