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The Hideaway

Ottery St Mary, Devon (Ref. 1075948)

4.8

Excellent

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely home in beautiful location Garden is not fully enclosed so sometimes ..."

    Lovely home in beautiful location Garden is not fully enclosed so sometimes used running line when we were going in and out of the house to get drinks etc Very large comfy bed and bedroom with stunning views

    Reviewed by GailJul 2022

  • "The property was further out of Ottery St."

    Mary than we would have liked. When we booked the address was given as Ottery St. Mary. The cottage was in a quiet location with lovely views. We were surprised that given the cottage is for 2 people there was only one enormous saucepan and an enormous frying pan. A smaller pan would have been more practical especially as there wasn't a microwave. If we had wanted to cook a few beans or an egg this would have been impossible.

    Thank you for your feedback. The address of the cottage is Ottery St Mary as that is the nearest postal town. We are less than 2 miles from the town centre and the exact location is shown on the map on the listing at the time of booking. We're sorry you felt like the property would be nearer to the town but The Hideaway is advertised as a rural property. We appreciate a small frying pan would be a useful addition so will be adding one, there are however three saucepans (a standard set of small/medium/large) which we feel is adequate. We would also like to add a microwave but there just isn't room in the kitchen unfortunately. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very comfortable - everything we needed was there. Dog particularly enjoyed the fenced in garden.

    Reviewed by TerenceJul 2022

  • "We have just had an absolutely gorgeous stay at The Hideaway in beautiful Ottery St Mary in Devon The cottage was absolutely lovely and very cosy and comfortable We had everything we needed for our stay and the owners were very friendly and welcoming We had a welcome gift waiting for us and the homemade jam was delicious We had finished the jar before the end of our stay !"

    Hadleigh our dog had some biscuits left for him too The cottage was in a lovely secluded area with a beautiful garden with plenty of seating We were blessed with lovely sunny weather and spent some relaxing evenings in the garden There are lots of places to visit within a short drive and some really nice dog walks nearby with dog friendly pubs We would really recommend The Hideaway for a wonderful holiday This was our first visit to Devon and we will definitely be coming back Penny and Carl

    Reviewed by PennyJun 2022

  • "The Hideaway is part of a beautiful Devon Cob cottage situated in a tiny village just outside Ottery St."

    Mary. It is comfortable and has everything we required for our stay with a pretty natural garden overlooking their pond and vines with some chickens and ducks wandering around. You can walk to Ottery St.Mary where there are a couple of pubs and a Sainsbury supermarket. Nicki and Ben are on hand should you need them but they don't impose. If you are happy with peace and quiet then The Hideaway is for you.

    Reviewed by HelenJun 2022

  • "It is a great peaceful place but would benefit from a small microwave in the kitchen and the foliage cut back a bit on the entrance pathway."

    Otherwise a perfect place.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2022

  • "The perfect pre-baby break - a beautiful peaceful location hidden down a quiet country lane within a few minutes drive of Ottery St Mary."

    Comfortable, charming, clean & stylish cottage (Nicki clearly has a great eye!), complete with a well appointed kitchen with everything we needed for a week of self-catering. Super comfortable bed and large walk-in shower, which was much appreciated at 8 months pregnant! Great that our Labrador could join us too - the garden isn’t fully enclosed but we just used a long line so she could explore safely.

    Reviewed by AmyMay 2022

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at the Hideaway."

    The location and views were unbelievable.The property had all modern amenities,but retained its old world charm.Even though it is in the middle of countryside it is only 1 1/2 miles from the shops.The owners were very friendly.We were left flowers,homemade jam and wood for the log burner.The bed was extremely confortable and good pressure in the shower.Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by PatrickApr 2022

  • "What a lovely cottage, inside and out."

    We had a really lovely stay at The Hideaway. The cottage was well equipped and clean on arrival. We were even lucky enough to see the wild deer. Thank you for such a beautiful place to explore Devon!

    Reviewed by GraceApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful few days at The Hideaway."

    It is literally home from home with everything you could need. The surroundings are beautiful. With only a short drive you can get to Sidmouth or Budleigh Salterton beaches. There is a great information pack at the property which is really helpful.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at the cob cottage it was Very relaxing and peaceful."

    The owners of the cottage where very helpful and knowledgeable.We are thinking of staying there are again!.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2022

  • "The beautiful cottage was spotless and had everything you needed."

    Lovely dog walks and plenty of beaches nearby. We can definitely recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by BeverlyFeb 2022

  • "The Hideaway is a lovely real old fashioned cottage."

    We booked it for a quiet break and we weren’t disappointed. Sure we were there in February and the roads and surrounding towns/villages were quiet, which was perfect for us. The cottage was clean and comfortable. As others have mentioned there are low beams but at 6’ 2” tall, I was more than prepared to duck as necessary. The living area was more than big enough for two. There’s a log fire and if it’s cold you will go through logs very quickly. As a bonus the cottage has central heating radiators, which didn’t expect. There’s no way to control the timings of the central heating as the controls, I believe, are located in the main house. For us this wasn’t a problem. The bedroom was very spacious with a comfortable bed. The bathroom was of a decent size but as there’s a sloping ceiling, for those of us who are tall, you’ll need to watch your head! The kitchen is small but fine for the 2 of us. There’s no microwave as there’s no room to put in a microwave. The fridge is small and it got full really quickly but again there’s no space for a bigger fridge. The tv is small and somewhat dated, lacking the connectivity to steaming devices. The internet is painfully slow. Speed tests show download speeds to be no more than 2Mbs, reminding me of internet speeds of 20 yrs ago! However, BT can only offer this speed because of its remoteness. We were well prepared as we had downloaded more films/ tv programs before we set off from home. Just one other point on the internet, the router wasn’t in the cottage so it wasn’t possible to hard wire to it. I think the router was in the main house, so the owner and us were sharing the small bandwidth. Nicki, the host, was very friendly and helpful. We really loved the cottage and would definitely go back again.

    Reviewed by CliveFeb 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay at The Hideaway, visiting family in Ottery."

    The cottage has a very cosy feel, log burner kept us warm. Quite narrow lanes to the property but not an issue for us. Would have found a microwave useful, but understandable as small kitchen. Owners very friendly.

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2022

  • "Would highly recommend The Hideaway."

    It was comfortable clean and relaxing. Log burner was the icing on the cake. Great for a get away from it all break. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by PaulaJan 2022

  • "The perfect cosy getaway!"

    We loved the wood burner and the bedroom is nice and spacious. A lovely welcome from the host with hand written note and bubbles on ice :) Thanks for a wonderful stay in Devon!

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2021

  • "Delightful cottage."

    Lived up to expectations. As our stay was leading up to Christmas we were welcomed with mince pies and lovely festive decorations .Rather than dreading the long evenings we embraced the opportunity to relax in front of the very efficient log burner. This was our first holiday with our rescue dog and she loved it . The location was nice and quiet with the garden for her to sniff around. NB the garden is not totally secure so we used a long line for her. We were lucky with the weather it was very mild. The lane leading to the cottage is narrow and steep in parts so if the conditions are frosty/icy it would be a challenging drive if you dont have a 4 x4 .

    Reviewed by JanetDec 2021

  • "Nicky our host was delightful - she even gave us some homemade mince pies."

    The hideaway is a wonderful thatched cottage in a brilliant area - it has everything you’d want from a country and sea side holiday.

    Reviewed by AnneDec 2021

  • "What a lovely little cottage!"

    It lives up to its name, as it is tucked away down some narrow roads. On arrival you are met with a cosy cottage with a beautiful view from the garden. Warm welcome from the owners who live next door. Inside we were welcomed with fresh flowers and a lovely jar of jam for us, doggy treats for our pooch, which was a nice touch. Large lounge with sofa and chair (which look fantastic but not very comfy, I’m being really picky here but that’s why I gave a little less rating on comfort). The best part is the wood burner, easy to use, and makes the cottage glow! Fantastic especially on the chilly autumn evenings. The kitchen is small but it has everything to cook a meal quite happily (we did). The big bedroom is found upstairs. Lovely room, king sized bed I think. Bathroom had a nice shower, no bath. All in all the cottage was presented very well, clean and tidy. We took the dog on some great walks near by on east hill and fire beacon. Fantastic on a crisp autumn morning, leaves crunching underfoot. Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary really close by, and easy to get to. We would definitely recommend this little hideaway cottage. Our test is ‘would we go again?’ Yes we would, love, love, loved it.

    Reviewed by SandraNov 2021

  • "Lovely oldy wordly accommodation in beautiful peaceful setting."

    Thoroughly recommended

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2021

  • "Lovely cosy little cottage."

    Owners provided more logs for the wood burner when we ran out. Very poor reception for both WiFi and phone signal but didn't matter much. Beautiful views. We felt very much 'at home '.

    Reviewed by GillianNov 2021

  • "We had an amazing holiday in The Hideaway, we wanted to get away from it all and we couldn't have been more remote."

    The dark skies were amazing, we've not seen so many stars for a long time. We found the cottage very comfortable and spotlessly clean. It had everything we needed for our stay. The log burner was the icing on the cake. We very much enjoyed a glass of wine and a good book curled up in front of the fire in the evening. It's a shame we holidayed in winter as the garden was lovely and we would have been very happy sitting outside in the sun!! It's nice to know that the owners are just next door and we found them very helpful and friendly. The only comment I would make is that the stairs are quite steep and each step is quite high. However, the bannister is very strong to hold on to, and so they didn't present us with any problems. We really hope to book the cottage again for next year. All in all 10 out of 10 and highly recommended.

    Reviewed by EmmaOct 2021

  • "We had a delightful stay at the Hideaway - very well appointed, cosy and quiet."

    Nicki and Ben were great hosts. We’ve already booked a week for next year!

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "An enchanting and simply delightful “real” Hideaway."

    Nicki & Ben were brilliant hosts and we loved it so much. We will be returning next year. The best Sykes experience so far, and we have had quite a lot. A true gem!

    Reviewed by ChristopherOct 2021

  • "The listing failed to say the roads are very very narrow and you can't park outside the house."

    It is a very steep hill to get to the car. Not suitable for people with disabilities and older people. The picture shows a lovely big pond but that belongs to the owners and you cant walk round it, also the garden at the end is very steep and the land where you can walk is just very rough ground. I would say ok for young people but not for older

    Thank you for your feedback. We genuinely hope all our guests have an enjoyable stay so it was disappointing to read that you weren't happy. The lanes in rural Devon do tend to be narrower than in more built up areas, some say it's what adds to the charm of holidaying somewhere such as Devon or Cornwall. Regarding the parking, unfortunately there wasn't room to put in a separate driveway, but there is private parking approximately 25 yards from the garden gate, up a gentle incline. The pond you refer to is on our land, but the photos do show it as being the other side of the garden fence. We thought it was better to provide guests with a view rather than put a high fence up. However, we do let people walk in our field, in addition to the many walks from the doorstep. Although, the grass is mowed regularly, it's not bowling green flat, as it's a field. Once again I'm sorry the property wasn't suited to you, but we do feel the description and photo's accurately describe the cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlanOct 2021

  • "The Hideaway is exactly that , an idyllic cottage in a gorgeous quiet location."

    The cottage has everything you need and was brilliantly appointed. Couldn’t fault anything at all, we had a fantastic time here and would whole heartedly recommend. The only addition we would suggest would be some steamer type chairs for the wonderful garden area.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2021

  • "This little hideaway was literally finding the jewel in the crown of Devon!"

    A gorgeous, clean, comfortable and idyllic location to forget your worries of the world and relax in the most beautiful setting that you could ever imagine. Tucked away in the middle of the beautiful countryside is this amazing oasis of relaxation. A perfect location for a romantic getaway with the added bonus of being able to bring your important furry friend with you! I cannot recommend this place enough and having spent a week there I would have no hesitation in suggesting anyone reading this review to book in right now for as soon as you can.

    Reviewed by AdamAug 2021

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Summary

  • One double bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Shared utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Electric and wood-fired radiators with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: This property has low beams and stairs are slightly steep, please be careful

The property

Nestled on the remarkable grounds of the owners home, on the outskirts of the quaint town of Otter St Mary, rests this traditional thatched annexe, The Hideaway.

Enveloped in picturesque countryside, The Hideaway offers a romantic retreat for couples looking to explore the delights of the beautiful county of Devon.

You'll be delighted by the rustic character of the interior as you step over the threshold and into the charming living/dining room, beautifully-appointed with original beams and exposed wood paneling, providing a snug space to nestle into an armchair in front of the warming woodburning stove to enjoy a moment of peace after an adventure-filled day.

Continuing through the property, enter into the pint-sized kitchen, featuring a charming country-style décor and housing all of the essential amenities required to rustle up a romantic meal for two to enjoy gathered around the intimate dining table.

End each day in style and unwind with a seat in the tranquil garden, enveloped in the peaceful greenery as you soak in the captivating views across the duck pond to the elegant vineyard beyond, toasting a glass of fizz with your significant other to an unforgettable holiday.

When sleep calls, climb the staircase and enter into the delightful double bedroom, thoughtfully laid out with stained wood flooring and rustic wood furnishings, maintaining the property's traditional character and offering a calming setting to rest your head.

In the morning, prepare for a new day with an invigorating rinse in the spacious walk-in shower before heading out to explore your surroundings.

Take a well deserved break from doing the cooking and head into the heart of Ottery St Mary where you'll find a plethora of eateries to choose from, including traditional country pubs, quaint tea rooms and a delicious takeaway, where you can enjoy a portion of fish and chips as you take a leisurely stroll along the banks of the scenic River Otter.

Nestled on the beautiful Jurassic Coast is the seaside town of Sidmouth, home to a marvellous stretch of golden sand, where thrill-seekers can tackle the waves with a lesson in paddleboarding, or if you'd prefer to stay on land, discover the fascinating local history on display at Sidmouth Museum or follow the South West Coast Path through the grassland to the top of Peak Hill, where you'll be lost for words by the exceptional panoramic views of the water offered from the summit.

Further afield is the vibrant University city of Exeter, where you'll be spoilt for choice with the exciting range of attractions on offer, including the history of moving image on display at Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, or partake in a guided tour through the medieval underground passageways that used to transport water under the city, and if you time it right, you might even catch Devon's Premiership rugby team, the Exeter Chiefs, play at Sandy Park.

Where you're looking to discover the dramatic coastline, or the picturesque countryside, The Hideaway offers an idyllic base for your next adventure.

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

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About the location

OTTERY ST MARY

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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas