- Garden / Patio
- Cot available
- Pub/shop < 1 mile
- Washing machine
- Games Room
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
55 Customer Reviews
"The cottage is in a stunning setting."
It is beautifully decorated and extremely well equipped. We absolutely loved it. Tina, the owner is lovely and right on hand for advice. It would be helpful to have information about bins and recycling which should be standard in all your properties.
"Searles is a beautiful cottage in a stunning location."
Everything needed for a comfortable stay is provided by the property owner and the welcome pack of cheese, wine and shortbread is a lovely extra touch - we had a great week and would definitely stay there again x
"Another lovely visit to Searles."
Love the changing scenery at this beautiful cottage. So peaceful. Everything to a high standard and made to feel very welcome. Have rebooked for next year which I guess is the best review you can have.
"We had a lovely stay at Searles."
Even in the most wet and windy times, the cottage felt warm and cosy with a well appointed kitchen to retreat to for a meal or tea. The bedrooms are a good size with comfy beds and the bathroom has a decent shower. Tina was on hand if needed but everything was just as hoped for. 3 decent pubs nearby with 2 of them within 5 minutes walk, all serving food to varying degrees of success. Parking is a 7 minute walk away but it's an easy walk. Take aways are in Exmouth if you fancy a curry or similar with the added bonus of walking past the 2 nearest pubs after parking the car if you collect!! Searles is a lovely place to stay and Lympstone is an interesting village that holds so many traditional real world waterside traditions without the candyfloss. We loved being there and hope you will too.
"You just have to read all the comments in the visitors book to understand how perfect Searles is."
It's location next to the estuary with its ever changing vista , the quirkiness of the cottage itself but with the most contemporary facilities that make it feel modern and cared for. The village is so friendly people seem genuinely happy there. A lovely place to re-charge your batteries and to return to.
"Really great holiday and property with views over the beautiful River Exe."
This property is furnished to an extremely high standard. Lympstone is a very picturesque village nestled directly alongside the estuary and has views of the estuary in all directions. Everything you need for a relaxed and quiet holiday with great walks and easy access by public transport to Exeter and beyond. Highly recommend.
"We were greeted by a welcome basket, very much appreciated and our holiday just got better and better from there."
The property and its fantastic location, together with its friendly owner and a week of perfect weather all added up to a wonderful week. We parked the car on arrival (many thanks for the permit) and didn’t use it until our journey home! We have enjoyed the walks, the scenery, but especially the wonderfully varied bird life. Thank you so much for making this such a great break.
"Wonderful break in a pretty cottage."
All the comforts of home with a sensational view. Parking in local car park wasn’t an issue but the cobbled lane could cause problems for anyone with mobility issues.
"" A little slice of heaven" Down a pretty cobbled lane sits the entrance to Searles."
As you step inside, the panoramic views of the Exe Estuary and beyond take your breath away. Searles provided us with a beautiful & comfortable home for the week. We loved sitting on the terrace soaking up the ever changing views & chatting to the locals. The highlight being the stunning sunsets each evening & hearing the Estuary gently lapping against the cottage walls as we went to sleep. Everything you need is on your doorstep, fabulous walks, the Estuary, dog friendly pubs & village shop/PO. Lympstone even has it's own train station. Thank you Tina for your help & kindness, the lovely welcome tray & fresh flowers & for making our family, including our cocker spaniel, so welcome. We are now hoping to book again for next year. Searles really is a little slice of heaven! Mrs Lichters
"This is a beautiful cottage, with everything you need , views are amazing and ever changing ."
The owner was lovely and very helpful
"Beautiful cottage in a stunning location, wonderfully decorated and furnashed"
"Our second visit and booked for next year, says it all."
Delightful cottage, high standard of cleanliness and comfort. Quiet location with ever changing views over estuary. Love using the trailway for walking, running and cycling. Great access to Exmouth and Exeter. Highly recommend,
"Delightful cottage right on the water with great estuary views."
Comfortable and super-clean. Very well stocked with cutlery, crockery and kitchen equipment and plenty of cleaning products so we could keep everything hygienic. Local pubs are good. Didn't quite realise that The Quay is a cobbled footpath rather than a road.
"Lovely cottage in great location overlooking the estuary."
Would'nt hesitate in rebooking.
"What a totally fantastic cottage ..."
What a totally fantastic cottage Just met every expectation we had views out of this world Everything you need at hand Can’t say thank you enough to Tina the owner made our stay complete always there to help if needed Area got everything you need walks pubs easy transport to most areas FANTASTIC
"A lovely cottage in a beautiful spot right on the estuary."
The cottage is very comfortable and well maintained.
"Beautiful location stunning views and fantastic owner who goes above and beyond to make your holiday enjoyable."
"What a wonderful house on the water."
The photos don’t do it justice. Such a lovely house with amazing views, I miss waking up and opening the curtains to see what the weather’s doing and where the water is. It was lovely to meet and chat to the owner too. Tina has thought of everything that her guests may need and even asks guests for feedback of what can be included to improve their stay. We had some lovely walks, my husband loved the cycling. Our favourite meal was at the Redwing Inn, lovely pizza from pizza van on Wednesday at the Village Hall. Puffing Billy also very nice and a lovely walk. We will definitely be back, our favourite holiday home so far. Thank you Tina.
"2nd visit to this cottage and 3rd to Lympstone, such a wonderful location and Searles cottage is lovely, made to feel really welcome and nothing I would change, hope to return soon!"
"This was our second visit to Searles, as always we had an amazing time in this lovely cottage."
The cottage is very special place, warm, cosy, clean and views from every window in the cottage the were ever changing of the lovely estuary. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, everything you need for a wonderful stay in this lovely friendly village. A wonderful community, several pubs, cafe, shop, Church and a rail station. The cottage was perfect for our dog, the village was very dog friendly with many safe places to walk him. The owner as always is the most lovely person, there if you need her but privacy if you need it. Searles is a good bolt hole in Devon, this wonderful county with fantastic beaches and places to visit . We plan to go again as soon as we can. Thanks again to the owner for sharing your wonderful home with us and the flowers and goodies you left us .This cottage ticks all the boxes for us and we rate it full marks
"Despite storm Dennis we had a great week."
Lovely cottage, friendly village with nice pub (there are 3 but we used the Swan) and local shop. Views are amazing from all the windows in the cottage. Situated down a little cobbled street so you have to unload about 50m from the front door but it is not an issue, we then parked our car in the car park and didn’t use it again. Easy walking even in wet weather to Exmouth and Topsham with the option of getting the train one way if the weather turns bad. A perfect escape with the dog in February.
"We had a lovely stay at Searles - very comfortable and a great location."
The only thing we hadn't anticipated was the lack of a freezer or freezer compartment. But a big thank you to the owner who did so much to make our holiday enjoyable - we were made to feel really welcome. We would certainly like to return to Searles !
"Very relaxing, serene place, a super bolt hole."
"The cottage was absolutely spotless and so peaceful."
The views across the ever changing estuary ranged from serene to dramatic in stormy weather. The cottage was very well equipped and the lovely owner had left out a 'welcome' tray containing cake fruit, milk and a bottle of wine! The only thing I would change at the cottage is to provide a more comfy sofa - other than that, absolutely perfect!
"The views of the estuary, change every day."
Very easy to walk to the train, the shop, and the Swan Pub. One can also walk along the beach when the tide is out.
"Our second visit to Searles, which means that the cottage is just perfect for us."
The village is beautiful, twisty lanes and the slightly remote car parking isnt a problem as we enjoyed the walk to Exmouth along the Exe trail and used the train into Exeter, far more convenient than driving. The cottage is comfortable, tastefully furnished, well equipped - with lovely views across the estuary. If you love East Devon, its a perfect cottage for special occasions.
"What an absolutely super place we can’t praise the cottage enough."
Just lying in bed looking out at the views. Sitting on the little terrace watching the sunsets with a glass of wine! And the amount of wild sea birds we saw was just magical. One evening we counted at least 50 swans swimming by so unexpected. The very nice welcome pack for when we arrived. I’m hoping my husband will say yes to another week there. John and Rosemary Ashley
"Superb in every way, so goodwe gave already booked for next year."
"The view from the cottage was breathtaking."
Being almost in the River Exe, we could watch an ever changing scene from the lounge or even from our bed. It's the perfect setting to spend a relaxing week although it's easy to access the rest of Devon if you want to get out and about. The village has 3 excellent pubs, all different in their own ways. There's a station that can take you to Exeter and paths for walking or cycling along the river. The village shop is even owned by the locals.
"It was not clear from the information we were given that the property was down a little cobbley lane."
We could only park at the top of the lane to unload. We then had to park in a pay & display car park in the village. Had we known about this we would have had enough coins ready to buy a weekly ticket for £25. As it was we paid £6 for the first day, then had to find a bank to get £25 worth of coins. The best aspect of the cottage was the wonderful view over the estuary. However the living space was very small, adequate for two of us, but not four. The TV in the lounge was extremely small. We ate in both the village pubs and would recommend them both.
"Lovely relaxing break by the water."
A few more comfy sofas/ chairs in the sitting room would be great for relaxing in the eve. :)
"The location of Searles cottage really cannot be bettered."
The outside terrace was an added bonus, with the sunset reaching the terrace in perfect time for pre-dinner drinks! The owner of Searles lives close by which was very useful, she’s a lovely lady, very helpful and friendly. Inside, the cottage is bathed in the most glorious light thanks to all the windows, looking out across the estuary, over to Starcross and Powderham Castle. The cottage has been very thoughtfully kitted out, with a homely shabby chic/beach style that works perfectly in this setting. The cottage will comfortably host 3-4 adults without feeling cramped. Nearby, you are moments away from the train station, so park the car and forget about it, the Avocet train line is regular and much quicker than sitting in traffic or trying to find a parking space. Lympstone is a quiet, tranquil spot to return to after a day out, and The Swan and The Globe pubs are moments away from Searles. A positively perfect spot - we’ll most definitely be returning to the splendid Searles again soon!
. so much so, we’ve already re booked for next year
"Absolutely beautiful holiday with the most beautiful views from the cottage ..."
Absolutely beautiful holiday with the most beautiful views from the cottage across the estuary, owner very helpful and very nice lady there for us if we needed her
"The cottage was exceptional and it’s situation in Lympstone was brilliant."
The scenery was second to none. We will certainly hope to return. The only comment we would make that although it didn’t affect us, is maybe you should mention on your website that access to the cottage may not be ideal for those who have difficulty walking on uneven surfaces. We will and have no hesitation in recommending the property.
"The view is breathtaking and constantly changing."
The house was home from home with a well equipped kitchen and comfy beds. We found the owner helpful and friendly. We have booked again for next year.
"Absolutely fabulous cottage and location!"
We had a thoroughly relaxing week and didn't want to leave. Very well equipped cottage, smart and comfortable. Tina was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend. Only slight issue was parking. No parking at cottage but we found local parking in a cul-de-sac nearby, the railway station and the general car-park.
"Lovely cottage views out of all the windows."
Very clean and comfortable. Best cottage we have stayed in.
"A lovely cottage in Lympstone with great attention to detail and comfort."
Great village to use as a base. 4 pubs to frequent within walking distance. Train stop to use to go to Exeter. Use of the walk/ cycle path to Exmouth and Exeter if feeling energetic. Views from the cottage are amazing across the estuary. All in all a little gem in the heart of Devon. Will definitely return in the future.
"We decided to take our dogs after booking and they were very helpful in securing this request."
"The location and the cottage itself were of the highest standard."
The booking process was probably the easiest I have used, thank you.
"Lovely cosy but spacious cottage which was perfect for the quiet Christmas break we wanted."
Really good communication prior to arrival and T and left us fruit, milk and chocolates which was really appreciated. She had decorated the cottage beautifully for Christmas and we quickly felt at home. The cottage is comfortably furnished and spotlessly clean and we both slept very well on the very comfy mattress in the main bedroom. There are views of the sea from every window and we spent a lot of time just watching the changes in light on the water and enjoying the sunsets over the water. The village has three pubs and we tried them all. The Globe was our favourite with really good food, friendly staff and locals. The cottage has walks from it so you do not always need to go out in the car, which is good because the parking is away from the cottage but we never had a problem parking within a couple of minutes from it. We are hoping to return at sometime to enjoy the cottage at a different time of year and enjoy the gorgeous views again!
"Watching the changing sea just outside the windows and the very pretty village of Lympstone."
"This pretty cottage has stunning waterside views and the (helpful) owner’s attention to detail makes sure it has everything you need to enjoy your stay."
Lympstone is well placed to explore both the coast and nearby Exeter city. We stayed out of season with mixed weather, but there was so much to do and see that we’ll have to return...
"We had a wonderful week at Searles."
The cottage is immaculately clean and extremely comfortable and the location cannot be bettered. The sound of the waves is something we've missed since our return home. Tina, the owner is just several doors along and very helpful and friendly. We can't wait to return.
"Searles is a beautiful, extremely well equipped, cosy cottage with amazing views of the estuary."
Nothing is too much trouble for Tina the owner and she has refurbished the cottage to a very high standard. The king size bed is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in! We had another brilliant week using the convenience of the train to visit various different places. The Exe trail is a must for walkers and cyclists. Lympstone is a perfect location for a relaxing holiday by the water with 3 good pubs, a lovely coffee shop and post office convenience store. We have booked again!
"The cottage was stunning, with exquisite estuary views, a quick trot down about 5 steps and you were at the water's edge."
The seating was comfortable but there was only a small two seater sofa and two wooden chairs in the living room, this could be improved by replacing the two wooden chairs with a second small sofa. Other than that and the steep staircase, which both my Mum and our dog had problems with, the cottage could not have been better. A little information on local vets, doctors and grocery shops etc would also be handy to have in the cottage. Tina, the owner, was very friendly and offered help with anything. This is a lovely cottage to get away to, be soothed by the ever changing estuary Landscape and would also be a bird watchers paradise.
"Absolutely beautiful little cottage, everything we could have wanted had been taken care of (apart from he weather)!"
Would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. True home from home.
"The cottage itself was excellent - everything was provided that we needed and also some welcoming gifts, which were a lovely surprise."
As you enter the cottage it is similar to a tardis in that after the small entrance you are greeted with a wonderful open feel as each window looks out onto a breathtaking view of the estuary. The cottage is literally on the River Exe and is just so idyllic. The minor criticism we have is that the listing does not express clearly the problem there is with parking and for anyone with health problems this could be somewhat difficult.. Being a former fisherman’s cottage the accommodation is located down a narrow, cobbled alleyway along which you have to carry your luggage. If you are lucky you can park at the end of this alleyway to unload your bags but there is very little room. You then have to move your car and park it either in the public car park (£4 per day) or, if you are lucky, you can park outside local’s homes (but this involves a steep climb), I do not wish to take away any of the magic of this wonderful holiday abode but feel that people should be made aware of this cottage’s setting. All in all we had such a relaxing, wonderful time that we really didn’t want to leave. Sadly, the cottage is so popular that we were unable to book a second week. The area itself is particularly good for dog owners as you can more or less take your canine friend with you everywhere, Devon is a very dog friendly place and this characterful holiday cottage is second to none!
"Excellent cottage with a fantastic view."
Easy walking distance to a number of pubs / restaurants. The only downside is that luggage needs to be carried approx 50 yards as the lane is too narrow to drive down.
"Cottage is perfect in every way."
It’s location is tranquil yet within easy reach of the village centre with a shop and three pub/ restaurants. A particular plus was the small terrace overlooking the estuary. This is the perfect place to read or have a drink and watch the sun go down . Being so close to the sea we used to open the bedroom window and go to sleep with the sound of the sea lapping against the sea wall....Magic! The cottage itself was tastefully decorated and immaculately clean and everything ( cooker, hot water, heating, tv ) worked so no room for complaints. The owner( Tina ) lives a couple of houses away so is on hand if you need anything. Access to Searles is by way of a narrow cobbled passage way so you will not be able to leave your car nearby. However, there is a public car par 100 meters away and parking is quite cheap..£2 for 4hours or £4 for 10 to 12 hours. You may be lucky and find parking in adjacent streets. In conclusion a great choice for anyone looking for a peace and quiet in a high standard of accommodation but within easy reach of pubs/ dining option. We will definitely be returning.
"Searles is truly outstanding; as the details say, it is right on the edge of the estuary and you can launch a kayak from right outside the patio when the tide is high."
The location is second to none, the facilities and decorative order was seriously amazing. Spotlessly clean, delightful owner and the kitchen was very, very well equipped. It was a pleasant surprise to find a second, downstairs toilet which is good when there are four of you in the house. We took a little toddler and a little dog and both enjoyed the shore and views, in fact we all did, you would have to have a serious problem if you didn't! Trip to to Exmouth on the train is 4 minutes (walkable along a coast path in about 25 minutes) and you can buy the ticket on the train as there are no ticket facilities at Lympstone. Village shop open 7am-9pm and is like the Tardis. Three pubs in the village but we only went to one, The Swan. Local people are very friendly. Would love to return and would not hesitate to recommend this property.
"Seamless is a really delightful cottage."
Very comfortably and tastefully decorated. It is so relaxing sitting on the terrace and watching the water, especially at high tide, when the boats start appearing. Fascinating. Also beautiful sunsets.
"We had 2 fantastic weeks here in July 18."
Beautiful location. Quaint village. Friendly neighbours. Fabulous cottage. Can't recommend it highly enough.
"Searles was amazing."
!! Everything about the cottage,the position and the view was something l will never forget . We saw the most breathtaking sunset we have ever seen and l have photos to remember it. We were lucky enough to be the first to stay and hope to go back very soon. Tina the owner has made Searles a very special place. Pat and Michael.
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- Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip/link, can be king-size double) Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
- Kitchen with dining area
- Downstairs cloakroom
- Sitting room
- Gas central heating
- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, WiFi
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Roadside parking nearby or local car park,owner provides a car parking permit
- This covers long stay carparks in East Devon Distract Council area
- Private large waterside terrace with furniture
- One small well behaved dog welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Pub and shop 5 mins walk away
- Note: there is a £100 Good Housekeeping Bond.
With stunning panoramic views along the Exe and to Powderham Castle beyond, and its toes right in the water is Searles.
This truly beautiful cottage is set in the heart of 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.
Inside, the cottage is light, bright and thoroughly stylish – perfect for romantic couples or for families.
Over two floors, you’ll find the bedrooms both with glorious water views and the family bathroom upstairs.
On the ground floor, why not relax in the lovely bay window in the smart sitting room and take in the views with morning coffee?
Or dine in the kitchen/diner where you’ll find sleek surfaces, slate floors and all the mod cons for your convenience.
Outside is a gorgeous little sun terrace with table and chairs overlooking the water – an idyllic spot for drinks and an evening meal whilst watching the sunset.
If you don’t feel like cooking, there are several good food pubs in this little-changed village.
There are many 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 truly stunning location, Searles is a little corner of heaven in which you can get away-from-it-all.
Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.
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.