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The Old Stable

Sidbury, near Sidmouth, Devon (Ref. 976044)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "A very peaceful location with excellent walks from the door in every direction."

    The cottage is a modern "upside-down" conversion which meant that there was a good view over the fields and woods from the living room french window. Our dog loved sitting at the window watching the cows and pheasants, and even a deer on one occasion.The sitting/ dining/ kitchen area was ample for four people although the bedrooms and especially the en suite bathrooms were rather compact. The drive to the cottage was pretty level with a few shallow potholes. It was very easy to navigate compared to some cottages we have stayed at. The owners live 10 miles away but were quick to respond when we had one minor issue.

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2022

  • "Beautiful and peaceful location with good access to country walks on the doorstep and many lovely seaside resorts nearby."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. Milk, choccie biscuits and fresh flowers a nice welcoming touch. My father who is 90 and a little unsteady found the en suite shower room a bit difficult to use as it’s very small and narrow. I was totally ok with the shower room en suite to my bedroom which was same dimensions. Altogether very happy with the Old Stable.

    Reviewed by DebbieApr 2022

  • "Great place to stay, peaceful and great for wildlife spotting ."

    The garden could do with something to make it more secure for dogs. Overall would definitely use this cottage again.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "Weve been to several cottages now and can say this was genuinely very relaxing."

    Everyone including the dogs enjoyed their stay. The cottage was brill, the places to visit were all so close and and in many ways like taking a step back to the age of the victorians. would come again !

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2022

  • "Great location."

    Very clean and comfortable cottage. Everything that you need.

    Reviewed by CarolineMar 2022

  • "The cottage was ideal for us."

    Quite a drive down narrow lanes. Paddock for dogs great but post and rail fencing so your dog probably could get underneath. Unfortunately the people ahead of our stay had not picked up after their dogs.

    Reviewed by SusanJan 2022

  • "We really loved the cottage and surroundings which were very peaceful."

    Facilities were good and we appreciated tea, coffee, milk and flowers being there. When we arrived we had difficulty finding the cottage but had no problem getting around afterwards. I would stay there again.

    Reviewed by SheilaOct 2021

  • "The only negative aspect was actually getting to it from a decent road."

    The cottage was really lovely and met all the standards we’ve come to expect from a Sykes Holiday Cottage.

    Reviewed by KathleenOct 2021

  • "Excellent location for quiet evenings but close enough to all major beaches and amenities."

    Very accommodating hosts, leaving milk,tea, coffee and biscuits for us.Would definitely return!

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2021

  • "The barn is set in an incredible setting."

    It is peaceful. Birds singing,great walks with the dog or just relaxing in the garden. Cows are often at the top of the lane adding to the whole ambiance. Not far for exploring coastal destinations and other places around The barn has all the facilities needed. The most comfiest bed ever. My only niggle is the comfort of the sofa which has the odd dip and hard area. This was our 3rd visit and we will defiantly be making many more. I find stairs difficult having arthritic knees but I shall be crawling up them if I have to. The owners are always friendly and helpful certainly never intrusive. I highly recommend The old Stable and look forward to my next visit

    Reviewed by MicheleSep 2021

  • "Cottage was very pleasant."

    However, WiFi did not work which was a little bit of a let down but otherwise we had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by LisaSep 2021

  • "Lovely location, and nicely converted building."

    One bedroom is fairly small, and the shower/toilet very compact. Overall the accommodation was comfortable and we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by SimonSep 2021

  • "Make you step outside at night time the amount of stars you see will take your breath away!"

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2021

  • "The old stable has a beautiful location and lots of wildlife, would definitely recommend it"

    Reviewed by AnnJun 2021

  • "The access road was very poor, deep ruts , not suitable for saloon cars, I did a lot of damage to my car, and lost a days holiday repairing it in Holiton."

    Reviewed by ColinApr 2021

  • "Smaller upstairs than we thought but manageable very quiet lovely views"

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "The cottage was just as expected."

    it was very comfortable, and although in the countryside it was not far from many pretty towns and villages. Lyme Regis is only fourteen miles away, and Sidmouth, Seaton and Beer even closer. I have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to someone wanting peace and quiet, but not far from tourist spots. overall a very good holiday.

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2020

  • "Ideal location pet dogs and rambling/walker owners."

    Very rural with plenty of footpaths and bridalways. The cottage was very comfortable with plenty of space.

    Reviewed by JohnMar 2020

  • "If you want a quite and tranquil break this is it in a beautiful setting."

    The cottage is only six miles away from the magnificent East Devon coast and there are many things to do such as the Seaton Tramway, Donkey Sanctuary and both cricket and theatre at Sidmouth.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2019

  • "An excellent and well presented modern holiday stable, which includes a fully fitted kitchen, central and under floor heating, as well as one of the best internet connections I’ve found in the middle of the countryside."

    This stable is in a group of other buildings, some of which also look to be rented as holiday locations, these buildings are located off a private road which leads off a single track country lane. Having said all of that my wife’s heart sank when she realised the size of the location (on first sight), although nothing has been done to hide the fact that this is in my view an extremely compact location, its only when you see the place you realise how compact it is. Some examples are, closing the doors in the bedroom is hard as if the bed is moved or even if the duvet is hanging of the end of the bed. In both bathrooms the sink is so small and there is an awkwardly placed shelf above the sink making it extremely hard to brush your teeth. One item which was not on the pictures is the bin in the kitchen, which as all the upstairs rooms are merged it’s like having a kitchen bin in your kitchen, dining room and sitting room. I think this is due to the very compact nature of the stable. Personally, we found it hard for 3 people, and in my view if the upstairs and downstairs were swapped (like a traditional location) and there was only one bedroom for two, this would be a much better offering. Also, with the bedroom upstairs you would not get up and the first thing you see in the morning is another building (which I think was also rented). The natural views from this location are stunning and it’s a shame they can’t be fully appreciated. This would also reduce the chance of waking people up if someone is walking around upstairs. We knew there was no fan, so we bought our own, however we had difficulty finding somewhere to put it, again due to space issues. There are a few minor maintenance issues which I’m sure the owners will fix, for example if you flush the toilet sometimes it makes a strange noise which you can hear everywhere until its flushed again, and the only way to turn the tv on and off is via the main switch as the button on the remote does not appear to work. It’s a relatively short trip to the coast road where you can quickly get to all the local amenities. My personal view, I always headed for the main road first and tried not to cut through Sidbury, as this minimises the risk of having to reverse up single country lanes. Lastly the family who own the locations seem very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2019

  • "The Old Stable was perfect."

    It was very secluded despite being surrounded by three other properties. We were amazed by how dark it got at night! The accommadation was excellent, obviously a lot of thought had gone into the conversion. Although there was only the two of us because both double bedrooms had ensuites it would be easy to increase the party size. It really turned out to be a home from home.

    Reviewed by MartinApr 2019

  • "This was an amazing setting and gave us a great base to work from."

    The weather went from 6 degrees to 23 degrees and the cottage was comfortable with both ends of the spectrum. Dishwasher, washer, cooker, microwave, log burner, everything you will need for a home from home. Marlyn is friendly and cannot so enough for you. We would definitely recommend to anyone and we will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2019

  • "It was our second visit to this lovely, restful holiday home."

    We would gladly go again.

    Reviewed by RobertMar 2019

  • "This was the holiday we were looking for beautiful cottage fantastic ..."

    This was the holiday we were looking for beautiful cottage fantastic surroundings lovely country walks a dog walkers paradise your a quarter of a mile down a farm road some potholes but a it’s not to bad lovely upside down cottage well design for your comfort with all amenities would highly recommend for those looking to get away from the rat race

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2018

  • "A lovely quiet cottage, would not hesitate to recommend to friends, but with a warning about the track to the cottage."

    No problem for those with an SUV type car or 4 wheel drive, but uncomfortable for a low slung saloon car. However did not spoil the holiday.

    Reviewed by PatriciaOct 2018

  • "The holiday accommodation was very good and the facilities excellent."

    The only drawback being the very rough farm track that led up to the cottage, however this was not a problem if you drove very slowly.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2018

  • "This was a return visit to the old stable as it was a beautiful location ideally suited to visiting local beaches/towns."

    The cottage itself was lovely, had everything anyone should need and very nicely furnished. Sofa could be a little more comfy but everything else wonderful. The cottage is in a lovely location,great walks for the dog and views. Owner friendly and helpful, flowers and lovely biscuits on arrival with complimentary tea ,coffee and milk. A visit to the dairy farm was on offer.We will defiantly return and recommend. Maddy and Bob Norman with Maisey the golden cocker

    Reviewed by MicheleSep 2018

  • "Accomadation was satisfactory, but could have done with a good clean throughput."

    Some of the utensil etc needed replacing as quite marked/dirty. Sink in one en suite took all day to drain. So didn’t use it after 1st day. Owner also told us sometimes there would be a loud hiss/noise from the en suite!! Told us if this happens flush the toilet!! Helpful when you have to get up at 2am to flush the loo. Also garden not fully enclosed. Thankfully we had beautiful weather which meant we where out all day.

    Thank you for your feedback. We always try to act on customer’s comments as soon as they come up. The sink has been fixed and I know my wife came to speak to you about the private water supply. There are notices around the property explaining how the system works. On your departure we did check all the utensils and couldn’t find any problems with them. I’m delighted the weather was good and you had a good holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GarethSep 2018

  • "We had a lovely relaxing time at the old stable, our only bug bear was we had no ..."

    We had a lovely relaxing time at the old stable, our only bug bear was we had no mobile aigbal unless we were in the garden and for the first few days it was great and we didn't bother about missing them, unless you needed to look something up

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2018

  • "Delightful peaceful setting, upside down dwelling, the facilities all worked well (there was an annoying noise emanating from the cistern eradicated by reflushing!"

    ) - overall very well thought out, the garden area could do with some attention from an aesthetic point of view Good value, would be happy to return

    Reviewed by JonathanJul 2018

  • "The old stable in Sidbury is a fantastic property and excellent base to explore the areas."

    We had a lovely week there with glorious weather and will be definitely returning again to this gem we have found.

    Reviewed by RalphJul 2018

  • "We both had a most enjoyable and relaxing time at this peaceful cottage surrounded by the beautiful Devon countryside."

    Our dog enjoyed the local walks through the woodland and bridle ways. The cottage had everything you could need and the beds were so comfortable. The Wifi was good. A vase of flowers to welcome us along with milk, tea, coffee and biscuits! Sitting outside at night we heard owls calling to each other which was lovely. This cottage is an ideal base to go to Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Beer, Lyme Regis, Honiton and the nearest village Sidbury where the local pub was very friendly and served good food. Further on the Hare and Hounds did the best carvery, we ate their twice! We hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2018

  • "Cottage was very comfortable and in a lovely position and we very much enjoyed our stay."

    Access drive was a cart track best suited to large, robust vehicles but not so good for a Smart car! Bathrooms were extremely compact with probably the smallest wash basins known to man and a glass shelf above making wet shaving a challenge!!!!

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "Need for clearer instructions about recycling of packaging, paper, cardboard, etc."

    Suggest new pans for cooking. The non-stick surfaces were well worn, which means the aluminium exposed surfaces can be a potential problem.

    Reviewed by RaymondJun 2018

  • "The location of the cottage was peaceful and private."

    Great walks for the dog. The owner was very friendly helpful but unobtrusive. We were given a great welcome . Flowers left with cookies and tea , coffee, sugar and milk left for use on arrival. The cottage was very clean, well equipt and nice furnishings. Good quality and taste. Well placed for visiting local beaches , towns etc. Info left in cottage for the cottage and tourist leaflets.we found it hard to leave and will definitely be staying there again.

    Reviewed by MicheleApr 2018

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  • Over two floors
  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en suite shower room, 1 x twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) with en suite shower room
  • First floor open-plan living area with sitting area with wood burning stove, kitchen and dining area with balustrade.
  • Central heating, underfloor heating with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge, freezer, 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
  • Enclosed garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome at an additional cost
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly.

The property

1½ miles from the little village of Sidbury in beautiful rolling farmland is The Old Stable, a neatly converted dairy with an upside down layout.

On the first floor, making the most of the super rural views, is a lofty open-plan living space, with exposed roof trusses, a wood burning stove, neat fitted kitchen and French windows to the balustrade.

There are two ground floor bedrooms – a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double in request) and a double, each with a trim en suite shower-room.

To the side is an enclosed terrace and rough lawned garden with a table and chairs.

If you'd like to pitch in, it may be possible to help on the neighbouring farm by arrangement with the friendly owners.

Sidbury has a good pub and shop, so you don't need to go far for your holiday provisions.

Nearby, you can skip stones across the water at Sidmouth, or stroll along the handsome esplanade.

Take in the beautiful gardens at Bicton, or for family fun Crealy Adventure Park near Exeter is sure to be a hit with younger guests.

This is a lovely part of East Devon, and The Old Stable is an ideal base from which to explore it.


1st FloorGround Floor

Double Bedroom Shower Room Shower Room Twin Bedroom

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

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About the location


Orchard Cottage is a smart contemporary cottage converted from a barn on a smallholding near the Devon town of Honiton. The cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, two double, one with en suite shower room, and a twin, plus a bathroom. On the ground floor is a sitting room with wood burning stove and a kitchen with dining area. Outside is a neat lawn garden at the front and, at the back, a shared courtyard with outdoor furniture, barbecue and a games barn. Orchard Cottage is a friendly base for exploring this peaceful part of Devon.

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Note: Spring water.