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Whimple Cottage

(Ref. 1038288)

Whimple near Ottery St Mary, Devon Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Slight confusion upon arrival (unfortunately, in the dark) as the second signpost up to the cottages had been dislodged in the recent bad weather but one phone call put us right!"

    Lovely friendly welcome from Angela who very kindly popped straight out to welcome us, get the key from the safe, open the front door and turn on the lights. Once inside the cotttage was warm, cosy, comfortable and extremely clean. Everything we could possibly have needed, and more, was there for us. The online photos and previous reviews were spot on! Our little dog was with us and all the facilities for him were absolutely fine too and we must agree with other reviewers that there was no sign of any previous canine visitors! Note to other dog owners: We had some dreadful weather during our weekend away and would like to advise about nearby Cranbrook Park. It's less than 10 minutes drive away, easy parking in the local streets, loads of open grassy space, meandering gravel paths and doggy bins. Perfect!

    Reviewed by SusanNov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage had everything we needed and more."

    Very comfortable and warm. Plenty to do close by but a good location to go to other places. We managed Cornwall, South/North Devon, and Stonehenge. Highly recommended and would be great for larger parties to book both cottages. Also local Parkrun is minutes away.

    Reviewed by CatrionaOct 2023

  • "The cottage was clean and comfortable."

    The owners were closeby and nothing was too much trouble. Overall our stay was excellent.

    Reviewed by SallyJul 2023

  • "Just got back after 2 fabulous weeks holiday at Whimple Cottage."

    This is our second holiday here and I really would recommend it. I always feel completely relaxed here and it's perfect for the dog too as there is a large field where she can run around. Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location. It is very peaceful and relaxing in the perfect location for a chilled out break. Lots of places to visit in near by villages/ towns. On arrival, Angela had some scones and cream waiting for us to give us a warm welcome and is on hand for if you need anything. The cottage is well equipped with all you will need on a self-catering holiday. On the sunny days there is a lovely pool where you can relax and enjoy the day or many beaches you can travel to.

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2023

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    Everything we wanted was there.

    Reviewed by NormanJun 2023

  • "Angela & Stuart were brilliant."

    Left us too it. Pool was a big bonus, our children loved it. Our dog had free run and loved the private enclosed field at the back door. completely relaxing!

    Reviewed by JasonMay 2023

  • "Our host, Angela was very friendly and welcoming."

    We had a lovely stay at Whimple Cottage and really enjoyed touring the area around meeting a couple in Budleigh Salterton who live only a few miles from us at home!

    Reviewed by JeanetteSep 2022

  • "We stayed at Whimple Cottage last week and it was one of the best holidays we have had in a long time."

    The cottage is in a lovely location and is exceptionally well equipped . We have two daughters aged 10 and 13 who loved the pool and were in it every day, they did not want to go home. The location is great as it is not far from Exmouth and Sidmouth, indeed 40 minutes will get you to Lyme Regis also. We are definitely going back next year. Thank you to Angela for being so welcoming, friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by KellyJul 2022

  • "A great place to stay, within easy reach of all amenities."

    Quiet and peaceful. Cottage was fully equipped with everything required for our stay. The host, Maggie' was extremely helpful and friendly

    Reviewed by MaryMay 2022

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable cottage had a very nice and restful time ."

    I would use again.

    Reviewed by ChristineMar 2022

  • "We had a wonderfully comfortable stay in Whimple Cottage."

    The cottage is beautifully clean and well equipped and warm too. The extra touches like milk, scones and jam and cream - and a lovely real Christmas tree - made the stay even better. The cottage is only 15 to 20 minutes from Exeter which was great. We loved the view out to the field from the living room. The directions were good and access was clearly explained too.

    Reviewed by NickyDec 2021

  • "A great place to stay, value for money, we loved our autumn break."

    The fresh flowers and cream tea on our arrival was a bonus after a four hour journey. A good base for Sidmouth, Exeter, Dartmoor. The bunk beds in the second bedroom would be a squeeze unless you had young children. Perfect for a couple and certainly will stay again.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2021

  • "Beautiful piece of paradise."

    Clean and Covid safe. Having a pool is a beautiful addition, very clean & well maintained.Good location to reach the coast.

    Reviewed by WendySep 2021

  • "What a perfect holiday!"

    From looking and booking, to arrival and departure all instructions were easy to follow and communications were excellent. Even a local road closure and re-route for easy travel were sent to us prior to arrival. There are covid - care measures in place and the cottage and grounds are immaculately kept. There was a lovely afternoon tea welcome pack with homemade Devon scones and clotted cream and milk in the fridge. Angela and Stuart are wonderful hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them and they have thought of everything and more to ensure a relaxing and stress-less stay. The cottage is really well equipped with high quality furnishings & home wares - basically everything you'll need. Even surprised and relieved to find some scales as being diabetic, I have to weigh out my food and I'd forgotten to take some. Eco-friendly cleaning materials are provided as are Fairy liquid and Fairy non-bio washing pods to use as the properties utilise non mains water and waste treatment. There is also recycling facilities and waste bags supplied. There's a smart TV which you can use Netflix etc from your own account and good wifi signals. Also have laundry / ironing facilities etc. Honestly they've thought of everything. Everything is scrupulously clean, the beds are really comfortable and everything looks new. The cottage is in really pretty grounds, beautiful hanging baskets and flowers and own private patio and small garden, but you are welcome to use the field at the rear for sport (we played petanque & badminton - but it was too hot to do much more during our wonderful heat-wave week!) The electrically heated pool is well maintained, cleaned and serviced daily and is a great size for families. There is a covid- care rota system in place currently for the cottages to ensure safe and equally use of the pool. If you are going out for the day - ask the neighbouring cottage to swap or change times with you. We did and lazed around for a few days - so basically had the pool area to ourselves - heaven ! The cottages are also dog friendly and there's a big dog walking field just to the rear of the cottages as well as good walks nearby and although dog friendly, there's not one hair or doggy smell to be found anywhere. It's really, really clean. Its in a beautiful spot within easy access of Ottery-St-Mary, Exeter and beautiful beaches of Sidmouth, Exmouth, Sandy Bay and a little further the gorgeous Jurassic Coast. We're already planning to return...... if you're in any doubt about booking here - don't be - its gorgeous and you wont be disappointed. Thank you Angela and Stuart and Helpful Holidays - can't wait to visit again !

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2021

  • "The host (Angela) goes to great lengths to make you welcome and the cottage is fully equipped and spotless."

    Lovely outside seating for the cottage and also by the pool. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and would recommend.

    Reviewed by LisaJun 2021

  • "We had an excellent stay really relaxing well equipped cottage with everything you need"

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2021

  • "First rate accommodation, had to call on the owner to explain working of the cooker hob, attended immediately."

    Superb all round.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2021

  • "We had a great break and Whimple Cottage was very warm and comfortable."

    We appreciated the delicious scones that were left for us and the fresh flowers in the cottage. When I booked the cottage, the swimming pool was a factor in my decision to book. Fortunately, I asked the owner a question about it and was told it was closed for the winter. This was disappointing and to be fair to the owner, she did offer to cancel the booking free of charge. We declined this offer and obviously did stay at the cottage. I think it should be very clear to anyone considering booking that the pool is closed during the winter. If I hadn't mentioned it, we would have arrived expecting it be to open and we would have been very disappointed. It was a shame because it annoyed me before we arrived and in fact the cottage was great.

    Thank you very much for your feedback, we're really pleased to hear how much you liked Whimple Cottage and we're happy you had such a good time. The shared outdoor pool is available between May to September (the warmer months!) and although we've tried hard to make this obvious in the description for the property, we're sorry you missed this and were left disappointed. We're delighted that despite this, you still had a fantastic stay and we will look forward to seeing you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by PenelopeOct 2020

  • "Lovely and peaceful."

    Everything was cleaned to a high standard. Comfortable furniture etc. Enjoyed the secluded outside seating area for our afternoon tea. Angela was lovely and always ready for a chat. Also felt safe re Covid.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2020

  • "The cottage was perfect for our family holiday."

    The pool was a highlight for the children and even though it was timetabled due to the current situation (COVID19) it was split in such a way that it had little impact. The cottage was clean and well provisioned, especially the scones!

    Reviewed by CharlieJul 2020

  • "Peacefull, wonderfull for the dog."

    Just relaxed and enjoyed ourselves

    Reviewed by PamelaJul 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x bunk room
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Central heating
  • Electric cooker and hob with extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • TV/DVD and WiFi.Cot and highchair available on request
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Private patio/garden area
  • Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool (May - end of September)
  • One well behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.7 miles, pub 0.6 miles

The property

Whimple Cottage is one of two cottages that rest alongside the owner's farmhouse in the Devon countryside, mid-way between Ottery St Mary in the east and Exeter to the west.

A single storey semi-detached home, Whimple Cottage offers a base, ideal for a small family, with shared use of an excellent outdoor heated swimming pool (May – end of September) and outside area for children to play making this an ideal location not just in the summer, but all year round.

Inside, this cheerful hideaway is homely and comfortable with neat kitchen area and good-sized dining/sitting room with French windows onto its own small private lawned garden and patio with furniture.

After a day exploring relax outside with a sundowner or unwind in the sitting room for an evening of watching your favourite shows.

There are two bedrooms, a well-presented double bedroom with cast iron bed plus washbasin and a smaller bunk room, great for a small family, while completing the interior of the property is a smart shower room with walk-in shower to prepare you for each day.

Just a short drive from the incredible East Devon/Dorset Jurassic Coast, that stretches from Exmouth to Lyme Regis and beyond, as well as the fascinating cathedral city of Exeter, just 8 miles away, Whimple Cottage is a great, easily accessible location for a holiday.

Note: this property also be booked with Ref: 1046615, together sleeping 8 people.

Lower Southbrook Farm Cottages

Offering quality holiday accommodation in the beautiful East Devon countryside there are two semi-detached comfortable single storey cottages each named after the local villages of Whimple and Broadclyst. Each of the cottages sleep up to four guests and are next to the friendly owners farmhouse. The properties also benefit from shared use of the outdoor heated swimming pool which is open every day from May to September (weather permitting). Also onsite is an outside area for children to play, making these ideal destinations for small families or couples alike. The rural location makes an ideal base from which to explore the fascinating area. The nearby village of Whimple offers a choice of pubs, a village shop and a post office. There is even a railway station on the Waterloo line making exploring the historic city of Exeter without a car very simple. The city is famous for its magnificent cathedral, unique network of underground passages, and historic quay. Ottery St Mary is just 7 miles to the East of the cottages and is one of the oldest towns in Devon and offers a variety of shops and cafes. Nestled in the valley of the river Otter the rolling hills of Devon unfold in every direction. Just a few miles to the south are the beautiful beaches of the Jurassic coast with Regency seaside towns such as Exmouth and Sidmouth to explore. The pebble beach of Budleigh Salterton or along to to the Dorset border and Lyme Regis where fossils are often found.

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

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About the location


Alfington 2 miles; Honiton 5.5 miles; Sidmouth 6.5 miles; Exeter 14 miles.

Ottery St Mary sits beside the River Otter and is well known for its literary connections to the poet Coleridge and for its beautiful church often referred to as a Exeter cathedral lookalike. Ottery St Mary is also famous for its traditional 'Tar Barrels' which attracts more than 3000 visitors on 5th November each year. Ottery has welcoming traditional Devon pubs and plenty of individual shops, offering quality local produce and a warm welcome to visitors. The area is a walkers’ paradise, with strolls along the banks of the River Otter or hill climbs offering magnificent views as far as Dartmoor. Nearby Escot Country Park is a fabulous wildlife visitor attraction for the whole family and the dramatic 20 mile stretch of Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site is a short drive from Ottery where resorts such as Seaton, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and Sidmouth are found along this stretch of coastline. Sidmouth is an elegant seaside resort on the south Devon stretch of Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site of great natural beauty. Lined with stylish Regency cream-and-white architecture, creating an elegant Esplanade which makes for a relaxing stroll whilst looking out towards Beer Head. There are a variety of attractions around Sidmouth including Pecorama with award-winning miniature railway and gardens, the Seaton tramway and the Otter Estuary Nature Reserve. An easy drive from Ottery is the cathedral city of Exeter with plenty of large shops, a wealth of museums, a theatre and many fabulous restaurants.

Note: Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool (May to September only).

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas