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Orchard Retreat

(Ref. 967351)

Sidmouth, Devon Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely quiet place easy access and only half a mile from the nearest pub."

    and 3 miles from the picturesque seaside town of Sidmouth highly recommended.we will return again.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2023

  • "One of the nicest holiday houses we've stayed in."

    The situation and the style of décor really suited us. And the house comes with impressive eco-credentials that aren't really mentioned in the details (solar panels, sorghum roof, etc). Very private location, up a quiet lane.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "An absolute gem of a holiday lodge."

    So quiet and peaceful with a lovely view overlooking the garden. We were slightly worried about the narrow road to approach the lodge but it turned out not to be a problem. We really enjoyed our week, especially as the weather was great.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2023

  • "Orchard Retreat is a lovely peaceful place, very spacious with a good size beautiful garden."

    Beds and sofas very comfortable and would highly recommend. We even had a little cat visitor which we loved!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Apr 2023

  • "Delightful property and good position for exploring Sidmouth and surrounding areas."

    We will of course return next year.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Apr 2023

  • "Wonderful property, and charming hosts, wonderful location, if you are like me who loves peace and quiet."

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2023

  • "An excellent property for a holiday in every way with the added bonus of a mature woodland garden to enjoy."

    The setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty made it altogether perfect.

    Reviewed by Roberta5.0Mar 2023

  • "We have stayed in the cottage twice before and it is the best one we have ever stayed in."

    It has everything we need for a quiet relaxed and restful break. I've tried to think of a downside but I really can't. We will be back.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Feb 2023

  • "This modern property has been expertly designed and built to provide clean and comfortable accommodation in the heart of a beautiful area of Devon yet with easy access to the coast."

    The hosts are friendly and obliging without being intrusive. Will definitely stay here again! Great place to relax and get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property with a well equipped kitchen and everything thought of."

    lots of wildlife in the garden and very peaceful. Will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Orchard Retreat."

    The views over the garden are lovely. Very well furnished and equipped. Beautifully clean and comfortable. We were glad that we had brought teabags and milk with us so that we could have a cuppa on arrival as this is the first cottage we have stayed at for ages where these were not provided.

    Reviewed by James5.0Sep 2022

  • "The property is fantastic in every way and the perfect location to explore East Devon, with attractions, shops and beaches all within very easy reach."

    Sue and Nick were fab hosts and we enjoyed a few visits from the friendly pheasant and cat! Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Brett4.4Aug 2022

  • "Another great stay at Orchard Retreat."

    Our fourth holiday there and we have already booked for next year. Orchard Retreat is spacious, modern, and extremely clean with all the facilities you need. The property is tucked away down a short country lane in it's own grounds adjacent to the owner's house (but not overlooked) and it is extremely quiet and private yet within easy reach of East Devon beaches, towns and attractions. We love it.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2022

  • "We really enjoyed staying here."

    The owner is next door - very lovely and never intrusive but there if you need them. The cottage is so peaceful and well equipped. Freddie the lovely cat visited from next door which I thoroughly enjoyed. We could have stayed there another week easily ( if only work would allow) 5star from us. Can't wait to return. Thank you Nick & Sue for opening your holiday home for people to enjoy.

    Reviewed by Rosie4.7Jul 2022

  • "The property was very comfortable and warm on the colder days Well equipped and centrally placed to explore the surrounding area."

    Great outside space (which we managed to use on the first couple of days when the weather was warmer) both with lovely outlook and being very peaceful and restful Great hosts who were always available to help. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    The BEST. Beautiful location even in February. We will probably find it impossible to stay away!!!

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Feb 2022

  • "Wi-fi was feeble (I understand very soon to be upgraded) and the road leading to the property was extremely narrow."

    If I had been aware of these two issues beforehand, I would not have booked. However, as it turned out, everything else was excellent and more than made up for the above. So much so, we have already booked another stay!

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Sep 2021

  • "Our third stay at Orchard Retreat and as enjoyable as ever!"

    A delightful spot in East Devon close to visitor attractions.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Aug 2021

  • "A very clean,modern ,comfortable cottage."

    Quiet and secluded and within easy reach of the coast, countryside and city (Exeter). This was our third holiday in Orchard Retreat and we have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2021

  • "Nick and Sue were great hosts."

    It's a lovely tranquil spot and the house is modern and very well kitted out - the big windows looking out on the garden were delightful. We had a wonderful time.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0May 2021

  • "The pictures don't do it justice its a really lovely space and garden."

    Nick is very friendly and any issues we had he sorted very quickly. The double at the bottom of the bunk is more than adequate for a single adult. We walked out the door and 2 days and there is fantastic views from the plantation behind the cottage.

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Oct 2020

  • "This was our second holiday in Orchard Retreat and we have already booked for next year."

    A great place to stay being nice and secluded in it's own grounds but with the owners, Sue and Nick, living close by if needed. A very modern property with furniture, decor, and cleanliness of the highest standard.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful location and setting."

    Much better than photos. It was charming to wake up next to the lush green gardens, divided just through glass sliding doors from the bedroom. Fantastic living space and plenty of room for 4. It wasn't the cleanest but not a show stopper. Overall, loved it and hopefully will be back.

    Reviewed by Jyoti4.4Jul 2020

  • "Had a great stay at Orchard Retreat."

    Visiting family nearby. Our 4th stay so we were aware of the property. Very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2020

  • "Our 3rd stay at Orchard Retreat."

    Comfortable and clean. Well appointed modern holiday home. Lovely garden overlooking fields.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2019

  • "A lovely comfortable lodge which is very modern and has everything you would need in comparison with your own home."

    The setting was perfect with lovely views to the immaculate garden. A special private place to relax and unwind. The hosts, Nick and Sue, were very pleasant and were not at all obtrusive but you felt you could approach them if you needed any assistance. The weather was a bonus as it only rained on our journey home.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2019

  • "Orchard Retreat was everything it promised to be : Modern,quiet, fully equipped, ultra clean and in a great position for the seaside, local towns and Exeter city."

    We have booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2019

  • "It was a very beautiful and relaxing property."

    The children lived the amazing garden and we enjoyed it’s peace and tranquility. The house and facilities were excellent. The location was great for exploring East Devon and we visited many beautiful beaches.

    Reviewed by Parul5.0Aug 2019

  • "Orchard Retreat was a fantastic cottage."

    Everything you need is in the cottage. The view from the main bedroom was amazing looking onto the lovely garden. It was a great base for exploring the area. We didn't have great weather but we still managed to have a lovely family week. Our granddaughter loved running around the garden. We had a barbeque on the last night which was great. Sue and Nick were on hand if we had any questions. We certainly hope to return.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 2019

  • "Orchard Retreat is an exceptional cottage, although it is located next to the owner's property the cottage has total privacy and there are good views over a stream and hillside."

    The standard of construction of the cottage is high and the garden is attractive. The location of the cottage is close to a network of footpaths so we were able to walk for four or five hours directly from the cottage onto interesting walks. There are attractions nearby within a short drive including Sidmouth, Branscombe and the Donkey Sanctuary; it is also not too far from Exeter.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Apr 2019

  • "The property was lovely and a beautiful location."

    The garden in the winter is good for viewing birds as there are very large trees at the end with no leaves so you can see straight through. The large windows straight into the garden we particularly enjoyed early in the morning when opening the doors you could hear birds singing and watch them in the feeders.

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Feb 2019

  • "Orchard retreat is a very well appointed bungalow with a wildlife garden."

    The owner is very helpful. This was our 2nd stay at this very nice property. 1st class.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2019

  • "Lovely accommodation, very peaceful and so quiet!"

    Beautifully appointed and an easy place to stay. Will certainly return if we come to the area again. Only criticism was on the booking side. Personally I would rather deal with owners direct on initial booking rather than wait for final payment when details are then released. My message to Sykes that we wouldn’t be staying for a whole week was not passed on to owners and they didn’t know until I phoned regarding key collection about a week before our arrival

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Oct 2018

  • "Over the years we have stayed at a lot of cottages in France and Brittain (around 70) ."

    Orchard retreat is the best of all: modern, very well equiped, lot of privacy, beautiful garden, quiet, clean and great hospatility of the owners. We can recommend this cottage strongly. Anneke en Bert The Netherlands We don't mind publishing, but only with our surnames and country

    Reviewed by Bert5.0Sep 2018

  • "We were sorry to leave this excellent accommodation in a quiet and lovely location near to East Devon attractions."

    Sue and Nick Moorhouse are excellent hosts.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, very peaceful, excellent inside, everything included."

    Ideal location for traveling up and down the coast. In our view the design of the cottage is superb, could not fault it. Gardens and grounds are a haven for wildlife, we spent many hours looking out at all the activity. Could happily live there !!! Would not hesitate in recommending to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Jun 2018

  • "This was just about the BEST place we have ever stayed and was just what we needed at quite a stressful time of our lives."

    Spotlessly clean. Totally quiet with a beautiful garden to enjoy. Host we lovely but unobtrusive. Although out of the way, we were not far from the coast, walks and amenities. O', and the sun shone!!!!!

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Apr 2018

  • "This was our first stay at Orchard Retreat."

    It was excellent, finished to a high standard, warm and comfortable. The owner was very helpful.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2018

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  • Ground Floor: Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/ Dining Area
  • Cloakroom with WC and washbasin
  • Bedroom 1 with zip and link twin beds, which can be made up as a 6ft double bed
  • Bedroom 2 with bunk beds (4' double on bottom)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, washbasin and WC.
  • Central heating with wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Washing machine
  • TV/DVD, WiFi
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Bed linen and towels included free of charge
  • Off road parking for two cars with EV Charger
  • Lawned garden with patio area
  • Regret no pets
  • No smoking
  • Shop/Pub 1/2 miles
  • Beach 3 miles
  • Suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Please note: Only Saturday - Saturday bookings are accepted at this property in line with the changeover day
  • Please note: The gravel path leading down to the property is slightly steep and therefore is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking issues

The property

Orchard Retreat is a smart, designer, single storey lodge set privately in the grounds of the owner’s home.

Inside is exceptionally comfortable, stylish and modern.

The large open plan lounge/kitchen/diner has full height, floor to ceiling windows, which fill the room with light and give lovely views across the well planted garden.

There is also a traditional wood burning stove to create a cosy year round retreat.

Two smart bedrooms offer flexibility, the double room has glazed sliding doors to the decked seating area and the bunk room is ideal for families, with the bottom bunk being a small double and the top bunk a single bed.

Outside, a wooden deck runs the length of the lodge and overlooks a spacious, private garden with table and chairs - ideal for bird watching or simply relaxing.

Here, you are within easy reach of the stunning Jurassic Coast in Dorset, the beaches of East Devon, and the historic cathedral city of Exeter, making it the perfect base for exploring both beautiful counties.

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About the location


Exeter 16 miles.

Sidmouth is an elegant seaside resort on the south Devon stretch of Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site of great natural beauty. Here is where the River Sid cuts through the Devon hills to meet the sea at Lyme Bay, creating a clean pebbly beach, giving way to golden sands at low tide backed by dramatic red cliffs creating a safe family beach with rockpools and safe bathing. Sidmouth is lined with stylish Regency cream-and-white architecture, creating an elegant Esplanade which makes for a relaxing stroll whilst looking out towards Beer Head. Sidmouth boasts one of the few public access observatories, the Norman Lockyer Observatory, complete with planetarium. 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. Families will love the beaches, walkers will enjoy the South West coastal path and at the end of the day there are plenty of tea rooms, cafes and welcoming country inns to relax and refresh you.

Note: Short Breaks not available.
Please note: Only Saturday - Saturday bookings are accepted at this property in line with the changeover day.
Please note: The gravel path leading down to the property is slightly steep and therefore is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with walking issues.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter