Everyone loves Brook Cottage! We are often told it's the best holiday cottage people have ever stayed in! Originally 2 cottages it retains 2 sitting rooms so the children can have their own 'snug' for playing games or watching TV.
The large sitting room has exposed beams and comfortable sofas plus rocking chair around the inglenook fireplace. The fireplace has a wood burning stove, ideal for cold winter evenings. The kitchen is very well equipped with dishwasher and microwave so self catering is no chore. The door from the kitchen leads out into the enclosed yard where children or dogs can be safe or barbecues can be served after a day out by the sea. In fact, Brook Cottage is very dog-friendly and child-friendly.
The lockable shed has barbecue, garden furniture, wood and room for bikes too. It also houses a tumble dryer and extra fridge/freezer.
The spacious master bedroom has double bed, folding bed and still room for the cot. There is a wash basin and en suite shower room. What I love best about the master bedroom is the beautiful old beams which speak of the cottage's long history. It is also prettily decorated with delicate stencilling - absolutely charming.
Tilly's room is twin bedded with bathroom next door. At the other end of the cottage, accessed by a separate open plan staircase, is the 'Cow room', a twin bedded room with en suite shower and animal murals. Children will be wowed when they go up the stairs and see the walls covered with cartoon animals from Usborne books, complete with the hidden Usborne duck!
Old world charm and modern convenience.: Snuggling round a roaring wood burning stove in the depths of winter, lying in bed looking up at the ancient beams which have supported the roof for hundreds of years, returning to a cool cottage after a roasting hot day on the beach or being snug and warm under the thick insulating thatch - these are some of the delights of Brook Cottage. The exposed beams and inglenook fireplace lead you to wonder about the history of the place. Can you find the remains of the bread oven in the snug?
In the summer, house martins flit around and come up to their nests under the thatch. If you are lucky you can watch them feeding their young through the bedroom window!
The front garden is pretty and has many unusual plants. It is a good place to sit out in the morning. The courtyard at the back is a sun trap in the afternoon and there is a hammock to sling across the pergola. There is plenty of garden furniture for all. A barbecue in the evening will round off the perfect day.
Local area: Although a car is recommended it is not essential because there is a frequent bus service from Exeter to Exmouth via all the local villages.
Many places are within walking distance including the sea at Budleigh Salterton, Bicton Arena famed for its Horse Trials and Otterton Mill where you can see the working mill, buy fresh made bread or eat in the wonderful cafe/restaurant. There are several lovely local pubs with the closest only 200 metres away! The Kings Arms in Otterton has become a favoured venue for a pub meal for the whole family. Our real favourites are The Golden Lion in Tipton St John and the Jack-in-the-Green, Rockbeare.
The proximity of Dartmoor, ancient woodland and the cliff paths make this a perfect centre for a walking holiday. Our dogs love the extensive local commons. It is a great place for off road cycling too.
There is plenty to do for all the family: Crealy Adventure Park, Pecorama, Diggerland, Bicton Gardens, the Donkey Sanctuary and, of course, the wide open sands at Exmouth.
Extended family visits: The cottage works really well for extended family or two family groups. The extra cottage (Brook Cottage was originally two cottages) means the younger members can chill in their own space leaving the adults to chat, read or watch their own television in peace - blissful!!
The selection of games, books and DVD/videos keeps the children happily entertained and the village is a safe place to let the children go and get your breakfast milk from the community shop.
We have made every effort to provide everything you could possibly need for both inside and outside catering. A fridge/freezer in the shed provides extra storage for food.
We have sat eleven people down to a three course meal and hosted birthday and Christmas parties at the cottage. There are also many excellent pubs and restaurants to eat out at and, that essential for any seaside visit, superb fish and chips in Budleigh.