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Meadow View Cottage

(Ref. 1002967)

Lympstone, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • parking (19)
  • lovely (18)
  • village (17)
  • well (12)
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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice cottage, only downsides were garden didn’t state that it was tiered ..."

    Very nice cottage, only downsides were garden didn’t state that it was tiered with steep steps The parking was very tight I could just get my estate car on the front I would definitely return

    Reviewed by Nick4.1Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely week, the cottage was very well equipped and clean."

    It was easy to walk to both Exeter Quay and also Exmouth along the Exe Trail. The only downside was the smell of dog, which was a same as it is a super cottage.

    Thank you for your feedback. It is great to hear you enjoyed your stay at Meadow View Cottage. Had you made us aware of any concerns during your stay, we would have done our upmost to help. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this delightful cottage, that has been completed to a high standard."

    We really appreciated all of the added extras left for us to use - a bottle of wine, washing up liquid, dog shampoo, cling film to name just a few. We found a National trust field in Lympstone village which was perfect for walking our dog. We also enjoyed walks along Exmouth beach which was only an 8 minute drive away. There was lots of parking at the seafront. We also had a lovely meal at the Swan inn which is a dog friendly pub in Lympstone. We had a relaxing stay and would love to visit again.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback for Meadow View Cottage. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back again in the future! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2023

  • "All ok and as expected."

    Great walks from the cottage and a good pub in the village , whats not to like, but surprised there is no wifi.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We'd just like to clarify that Meadow View Cottage does have reliable Wi-Fi and we have had no reports of any outages. We think you may be referring to the Wi-Fi in the pub, as the Wi-Fi signal in there can vary in strength/reliability. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, well furnished and equipped."

    Great position with off street parking, definitely would recommend.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and we would love to welcome you back for a future stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jul 2023

  • "Where do I start?"

    I will start with the positive - this is a nicely appointed cottage on a busy thoroughfare. It has bright breezy rooms and good facilities. The gas fireplace warms the downstairs well in the evening and the garden and outside conservatory is delightful. However, our particular week was marred from Day One by an ant infestation that was apparent as soon as we arrived. Previous occupants had left food in the cupboards which had not been removed by the cleaners, and the entire Kitchen/Living room was literally crawling with ants. We did out best to stamp-out what we could but the invasion was persistent. In the evening, we could feel them crawling on us as we sat on the couches, and it was impossible to leave any food out at all. Virtually all of our provision that we had brought with us to stock the cottage for the week had to thrown out on Day 2 of our visit (approx 35 GBP's worth), and from then-on we had to keep all food (even the Tea) in the fridge. The ants continued to re-appear each day for our entire stay. After complaining to Sykes through the Help Centre on Day 3, someone did visit the property while we were out - ant traps were left and (strangely, 'Spider Spray ??). This did nothing. Despite our regular re-location of the traps, the ants continued. Each day I updated Sykes, but to no effect. Neither Sykes, not the owners, were attentive to our complaints - nor the infestation itself. As a consequence, we left the property despondent one-day early - we were simply tired of trying to manage this problem on our own...and furious that no attempt was made to even acknowledge our situation. We spent far more money than we had budgeted having to eat-out each day, and felt compelled to return to the property early each afternoon to stamp-out the bugs. Subsequently, both the owner and Sykes have rejected our request for a 'goodwill gesture' of (at the very least) a refund for having to leave a day-early. We are long-time customers of Sykes and have never had such a disappointment - we come from Canada and have enjoyed many excellent properties...however, this property should be removed from the market and future customers should be relocated until a pest-control expert has done a serious intervention. I will be sharing this evaluation on Trip Advisor and Google as well. Our visit to beautiful Lympstone Devon was a shame. N. Orford CANADA

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are very sorry to hear of the issues you raise, which are in stark contrast to many other positive reviews we’ve received for the property. As you’ll see to date, comments on the property have been complimentary so far and yours is the first which isn’t so. We’ve spoken to the owners who dispute your statement of an ant infestation and feel these comments are unfair and unjustified. Their cleaner attended the property as soon as we were made aware of the situation and provided some insect spray and ant traps. Following your departure, a full changeover was carried out by the housekeeper and the owner of the property also attended. The traps were found to be empty and there were no ants located within the property. Subsequent guests have not reported an issue to date. The owners take their letting of Meadow View Cottage very seriously and they pride themselves on giving good holiday experiences – this is reflected in the feedback we have received, and we have every confidence this will continue to be the case moving forward. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil2.5May 2023

  • "A nicely finished house very clean and nice welcome basket."

    Good parking for medium sized vehicle Beds and bedding not great. Small second bedroom, really for children only. Shower tray doesn't seem to let the water drain easily and bathroom floor gets easily flooded.

    Reviewed by Bruce3.4Mar 2023

  • "Well appointed, comfortable cottage in a delightful village."

    Initial problems accessing the property as Sykes had sent me two different codes for the key safe in two separate emails. I, of course, had noted down the wrong one

    Reviewed by Rob4.7Mar 2023

  • "A very enjoyable stay and we liked the cottage and the village."

    A couple of small suggestions. The two single beds / mattresses in the second bedroom are not entirely comfortable. The shower is prone to overflowing unless the chrome plug cover is removed and it might help to put a note to this effect in the bathroom. We hope to stay again next year.

    Reviewed by Kevin3.8Dec 2022

  • "A gem of a cottage, very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed."

    The Summer House is lovely and a real sun trap, even in November. Lots of lovely pubs in the village. Enjoyed exploring the area and local beaches with our dog.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Nov 2022

  • "Clean comfortable convenient."

    Parking a bonus. Kitchen bathroom and laundry room well equipped. Very satisfied.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lympstone is a lovely village from days gone by."

    Meadow View Cottage is comfortable, well furnished and clean. Off road parking a bonus in Lympstone. Paved garden a sun trap with several seating options. Location within village and proximity to Exmouth and Topsham ideal. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Aug 2022

  • "Cottage was very comfortable."

    Small issue with a lack of instructions for the cottage. Location was ideal for walking around the local area. There are lots to see in this part of Devon. Would like to return again.

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Jul 2022

  • "Had a lovely few days here, 2nd time we’ve visited the cottage and the improvements made are great, especially the driveway."

    Everything was clean and tidy, the cottage is spacious (big enough for us and 2 greyhounds). Would definitely recommend for those with pets wanting to stay in a quiet village with lots of nice walks on the door step.

    Reviewed by Lyndsay5.0Jun 2022

  • "Cottage was lovely."

    As we'd stayed there before we knew what to expect. Although parking for us hadn't been a problem, this time the village was busier (lockdown lifted) so we welcomed the parking for our car in the front garden. Not sure how visitors with two cars would park? Very secure back garden for our very small dog. We couldn't find instructions for recycling. I feel the visitor folder could be updated. In the guest book there's a map of the village which could be printed (useful). We love Lympstone and surrounds may well be back again.

    Thank you for your feedback your comments have been taken on board. Hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage everything you need for a holiday."

    Loved the village everyone was so friendly. Close to the railway and Exmouth . It was a great holiday. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0May 2022

  • "Spotless, so well done, gorgeous location."

    Would return!

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely village and close the beach, bars and restaurants"

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jan 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, nice and clean and has everything you need,, nice little touch the bottle of Prosecco, thank you,, the patio area could do with a little TLC,,, otherwise a lovely place,,, the area was quiet, we found a parking space further down the road, but think in high season would be a problem finding somewhere."

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Oct 2021

  • "Great cottage."

    The small back garden is thoroughly secure for very small dogs. Fully tested by ours! Fantastic links to public transport, both trains and buses. Two recommendations the gate to the front garden needs an easy working secure locking mechanism. It's a busy lane with no pavements. The table and chairs in the kitchen could be tricky to use for those not fully able or small children

    Reviewed by Hilary4.7Sep 2021

  • "The rear garden had not been cleaned up, the patio table dirty, and the summer house door was very difficult to open."

    The property is well equipped and and comfortable but way over priced for September availability. Parking as mentioned by others is a problem and should be taken into account when pricing.

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Sep 2021

  • "The accommodation had everything needed for a nice comfortable holiday."

    The parking was as expected (from previous comments) quite difficult but we got lucky most of the time and got a space in the side streets. Some of the bulbs had blown in the lounge and the side lamp in the back bedroom kept cutting out when the base was moved so I unplugged it as I was not comfortable it. The 9am departure was a little early and the 5pm arrival was also quite annoying. I'm sure you have your reasons for this but it's not very customer inviting.

    Thank you for your feedback. Arrival and departures times were amended by a lot of owners to allow their cleaners to carry out the extensive cleaning regime required during and after covid. These times have now been altered for Meadow View Cottage with an earlier arrival time and a later check out time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was perfect, no issues whatsoever had a Couple of meals in the village both very good will definitely be booking again."

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Did not represent value for money."

    Have paid similar price for larger cottages in Devon (lump stone and Beer) with parking. No ‘welcome pack’ - for the money would expect at least a pint of milk given can’t check in till 5. Cottage is on edge of village and good 20 minute walk from shop. Garden was frankly tatty. Again for price paid garden poor and not up to standard of cottage. Wasn’t a pleasure at all to sit out there. Re parking I also have had a public car park permit in other properties given how hit and miss finding a place to park is. Information book very poor. Overall I think we were disappointed and felt fleeced. Wont be returning to this cottage and probably not using you again.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave you feedback following your stay at Meadowview Cottage. The property is advertised with roadside parking plus the option of the Village Car Park. Certain items that might be left out of a welcome pack currently due to reducing Covid touch points and many properties have slightly later check-in times to allow for additional cleaning. The garden is a tiered arrangement rather than a lawned area. We are sorry to hear this didn't meet with your expectations on this occasion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison2.2Jun 2021

  • "Parking commented that it was on street."

    There was no parking available. Road was so narrow no vehicles could be parked near the house. Made the stay very uncomfortable

    Thank you for your feedback. Meadow View Cottage is located right in the heart of the village of Lympstone and that roadside parking is nearby or in the local car park. Sorry you found the parking a problem. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn4.1May 2021

  • "Well equip and comfortable cottage."

    We usually stay right on th estuary but Meadow View gave us a different view of the village. Only an 8min walk down to the first pub and 10mins to the shop. The summer house was lovely.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Oct 2020

  • "Parking was a nightmare if people are paying top prices for there holiday they ..."

    Parking was a nightmare if people are paying top prices for there holiday they should expect to be able to park there car outside the property not 20 minutes walk away

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry that you found the parking difficult. Meadow View Cottage does have some roadside parking plus the Village Car Park. There is also currently a disabled parking place allocated to the Cottage which is approx 50yds away. Lympstone, because of its popularity, does, like many other Devon locations, have at times problems with parking, but we do hope you enjoyed your stay and once again thank you for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon3.4Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was very comfortable , well equipped, and cleaned to Covid Standards the only thing that was a problem is the Parking the Car Park in the village is a good 20 mins and I am a fast walker And it was full the day we arrived off road parking is very limited good thing we had bikes as once we found a space did not want to move the car , perhaps the front Garden could be made into a parking space would be more useful."

    Reviewed by Belinda4.7Sep 2020

  • "Overall we had a lovely time with our two dogs, lots of nice walks to go on and lots of things to see and do."

    Lympstone is a lovely little village to stay in. Property was clean and tidy, made a few suggestions in the suggestion book such as having better equipment in the kitchen- it’s self catering and should be better equipped for people to be able to cook I.e. baking equipment etc. The neighboring properties are a little possessive over parking on the road (even if you’re parked legally etc.) I woke up one morning to post-it note on my car telling me to move it up and block a door so another car could fit behind me, I did as I now knew it was fine to block this door, the next morning another resident tells me that by moving it up to where I was told to that she can’t get on/off her drive due to the size of her car...nothing hostile it’s just unpleasant to be made to feel a nuisance whilst you’re on holiday and not actually done anything wrong/illegal.

    Reviewed by Lyndsay4.1Aug 2020

  • "I thought the cottage was lovely and met all our needs."

    The village of Lympstone is very pretty and the cottage is ideally placed for all our holiday needs. However, I was not impressed by how clean it was, particularly during these current times. The lounge had clearly not been hovered or mopped properly as there was a small child’s book under the rug. The dishwasher was filthy and was full of rotten food and stank. It clearly had not been cleaned in between each stay. We did not use it as it was clear that it was not washing properly as some of the utensils were not washed properly. The cupboards had crumbs scattered over them and the cleaners drink had been left in the fridge. As the none recycled rubbish is only collected every three weeks we were greeted with filled bin bags in the garden which stayed there for the whole week, and because the collection was during our week, were required to put it all out in the street for collection. The bin had been rammed full and was extremely heavy to move. This would have been very difficult for someone less abled. I think that the holiday company should arrange for someone to collect this privately in between each stay. It might also be worth hiring a gardener as the weeds are starting to overtake both the front and back garden. Both these areas are very nice, so it would be a shame for them to be ruined. All these issues are easily solved and should be rectified as it really is a lovely cottage and deserves a good review.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. The cottage is lovely and we're glad you liked it, the village of Lympstone is ideally located, with a very friendly local community. The cleanliness issues have been addressed with the housekeeper, who has apologised and is currently re-training all members of staff. The owners are themselves going to the property to deal with the rubbish and to attend to the gardens. We do hope that you will visit Lympstone again and that we might see you sometime in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlotte3.8Aug 2020

  • "Cleanliness of the property wasn’t good."

    Considering CV19 and I specifically called up to ensure that cleaning would be efficient. The floor was rotten, covered in dog hair, sticky patches all over the kitchen floor. I had to clean the cottage too to bottom before I could allow my children in as I was not satisfied it was cleaned properly. The cottage STANK of dog, no odour sprays used to neutralise the smell. If pets are welcome that’s fine but use the correct products to neutralise the smell. Parking was difficult, if you could park at the side of the property then it’s a good 15 minute walk to a car park. The lovely village is very small with little parking. The garden isn’t suitable for small children, it’s all concrete and very steep steps that slopes.

    Thank you for your comments. The cleanliness issues have been addressed with the housekeeper and the property has been deep cleaned. The floors in the cottage are all new. A neutraliser for pets is in place. As you'll have noted from the description of the property, Meadow View Cottage is located right in the heart of the village of Lympstone and that roadside parking is nearby or in the local car park. It may be possible to park along the road from the property, if not you can unload and your car can then be parked in the public car park which is a short walk from the cottage. The garden, of which there are pictures show that it is concrete with paving slabs Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gary3.1Aug 2020

  • "Really clean comfortable cottage Enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Mar 2020

  • "A very nice, well appointed cottage"

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2020

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, ideal for dog walking, lovely pubs close by."

    .. everything we wanted. We could not fault the cottage other than a few more instructions re boiler and cooker controls would have been helpful... also a receptacle in the kitchen for food waste making sorting for rubbish collections easier. We will definitely book again through Sykes and the customer service is excellent.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Feb 2020

  • "Hugely disappointed with Sykes on this booking."

    The floors were disgusting, so much so I mopped them myself after my 8 month old baby was covered in filth from them. The heating in the second bedroom did not work too so we had half of our party returning home as they could not use the room. When I spoke to sykes they sorted the floors and gave us a radiator for the second room. Unfortunatley it was too late for our family as they had to return to cornwall. The heating in the second bedroom was also known about as the guest book mentions it in October 2019!! Parking is not 5 minutes away it is a good 15 minute walk away - which didnt bother us it would just have been nice to know in advance! The cottage itself is lovely, no expense spared in furnishings. The tv signal came and went, maybe due to the storms. Welcome pack again was lovely. I would most definitely look into the agent looking after this property as the cleanliness was just not acceptable to us. I took pictures of all the cobwebs and filthy mop bucket water to pass on. I hope this is constructive feedback as I said the cottage itself is so so lovely. I am sure the owner has out a lot of thought and effort into making it a home from home.

    Reviewed by Emma2.5Feb 2020

  • "We had a most enjoyable stay over new year."

    The cottage has everything you need and is very quaint and pretty. On arrival there was a welcome package of cupcakes, biscuits, Prosecco and milk in the fridge, much appreciated. The parking was a little tricky but we always got a space in the side street just up from the cottage. Lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Dec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Retains its country charm but everything good quality and high spec. Parking a bit tricky and downstairs loo on the small side to say the least (!) but otherwise a wonderful little place. Loved the welcome wine and treats.

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Sep 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x Double Bed, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas fire
  • Gas aga style oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Private terraced garden with furniture, summer house and barbeque
  • Two-well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop 5 mins walk away

The property

Meadow View Cottage is a wonderfully finished, character cottage in the heart of popular Lympstone - one of Devon’s prettiest villages.

Well connected, you can walk (or take the train) along the picturesque Avocet Line following the eastern bank of the Exe estuary to the sea at Exmouth, or to Topsham with its interesting independent stores, boutiques and restaurants, both 3 miles away.

Recently refurbished, everything has been made beautiful, the cottage is warm, welcoming and thoroughly stylish – perfect for romantic couples or for families.

Over two floors, you’ll find the comfy bedrooms with landing steps to family bathroom with huge walk in shower upstairs.

On the ground floor, why not relax in the smart sitting room in front of the fire?

Or dine in the kitchen/diner where you’ll find sleek surfaces, slate floors and all the mod cons for your convenience.

Outside (accessed via stone steps) is a gorgeous terraced suntrap garden with table and chairs and a barbeque – an idyllic spot for drinks and an evening meal whilst watching the sunset.

When the sun dips below the horizon, retire to the summer house before heading inside.

Nearby there are several good food pubs in this little-changed village and many excellent attractions in the local area, including a number of good sandy beaches.

For traditional family seaside fun, head to the beach at Exmouth (parts of which are dog friendly all year) where you’ll find acres of sand and for the adventurous among you a myriad of water sports.

Lympstone Manor and its exceptional vineyard are close by, or for a fun day out with the children why not try the World of Country Life or Crealy family theme park.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing family holiday on golden beaches or a romantic break for two in a cosy cottage, Meadow View Cottage is a perfect escape in which you can get away-from-it-all.

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

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About the location


Lympstone is a picturesque fishing village situated on the shore of the Exe Estuary with stunning panoramic views from the edge of Exeter, over to Powderham Castle, Dawlish Warren and the edge of Exmouth. Situated on the SW Coastpath, the longest National Trail in the country with its superb coastline and Exe Cycle Trail, 26 miles linking Lympstone with Exmouth, Exeter and Dawlish it offers an unforgettable experience for cyclists and walkers to enjoy stunning views of the estuary. You will find four thriving pubs, a café, village shop/post office and Michael Caine’s Lympstone Manor, Lympstone’s very own Michelin Star Restaurant, together with a quaint harbour. Lympstone boasts its own train station with regular trains to the historic Cathedral City of Exeter and beyond. The traditional seaside town of Exmouth is just 3 miles away with its two miles of golden sandy beach making it perfect for watersports enthusiasts to enjoy kite surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, SUP, wakeboarding and water-skiing or families to enjoy a day on the beach. Exmouth’s new multi-million pound beach front Watersport Centre is due to open for Summer 2020. Exmouth lies at the gateway of the The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site dating back over 250 million years covering 95 miles of stunning coastline, rich in geological interest with spectacular scenery.