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FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY COTTAGE NEAR BEACH AT BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, DEVON FOR 6+

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Jo Simons

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY COTTAGE NEAR BEACH AT BUDLEIGH SALTERTON, DEVON FOR 6+

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in East Budleigh - Brook Cottage

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms one with sofa bed. Cosy & comfortable.

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.

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • children welcome

Jo Simons

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My husband, Jim and I, now manage Brook Cottage for our children.

We live in Cheltenham and have been visiting East Devon for 35 years.

We love Brook Cottage and enjoy trying to keep it in tiptop order. Jim does most of the maintenance and I do the garden, although there is now a gardener who keeps it in order between our visits.

Jo Simons purchased this cottage in 1999

We decided to buy Brook Cottage so we could have family gatherings and visit my brother in next door Otterton. We've passed on ownership to our children so they will always have somewhere to be together 'at home'.

Brook Cottage has been the centre of many family celebrations. There were 13 of us for Boxing Day 2011 and my sister got married from the cottage.

We want the cottage to be loved and enjoyed so let it as a holiday home when the family are not there.

Brook Cottage has the most wonderful atmosphere. As soon as you walk in you fall in love with the place. It's full of charm and character. The decoration is colourful and uplifting. The murals in the Cow room are an absolute delight.

The cottage is warm and snug under the thatch in the winter but the thick walls keep it cool in summer.

I love the fact that it is open plan so can cook supper whilst engaging in conversation with the others sitting enjoying a drink in the living room or in the courtyard.

Most of all I love the sense of history you get from being in a cottage which reputedly dates back to 1452. You can see the old bread oven in the Snug, now bricked up from the Living room side.

Brook Cottage is a dream come true for families and friends holidaying together. Because it was once two cottages, it has two living rooms. Children or teenagers have their own 'Snug' where they can play games, watch TV or sit and chat. The adults can sit and relax next door.

The kitchen leads out onto the enclosed yard via a stable door. Again, safe for children and dogs. You can get the supper whilst keeping an eye on the children playing in the yard.

Our dogs love Brook Cottage too. We walk for miles on the coast path, the beach and on the huge area of common land.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Reviews

Reviews for this holiday cottage rental in East Budleigh, United Kingdom

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Family-friendly holiday cottage near beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon for 6+
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
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Family-friendly holiday cottage near beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon for 6+
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85052
+44 01242574031
East Budleigh East Devon
London
5

Brook Cottage - February 2010

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2010
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2010
Brook Cottage is a charming, warm and spacious place to stay. It is beautifully presented and superbly equipped, providing a real home from home environment, which catered extremely well for our young family. Its location makes it a great base for visiting local attractions suitable for young children such as Bicton Park, the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidford and of course the beach at Budleigh.
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: We are pleased to welcome guests to this, our holiday cottage, and take care to make sure you feel at home.
Helpful votes: 1/2
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Family-friendly holiday cottage near beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon for 6+
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85052
+44 01242574031
East Budleigh East Devon
5

The best vacation cottage we've ever rented!

The best vacation cottage we've ever rented!
  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
My wife and I have traveled to the U.K. and Europe many times, but this is by far the best vacation we've ever had, mainly due to our two week stay at Brook Cottage. We wanted a thatched cottage that had up-to-date facilities, but not the bland, contemporary interior designs of so many British rentals these days. We were amazed by the clever layout of the three bedrooms, the living areas, and the cute kitchen. The owner was terrific, calling to welcome us and to offer to help with anything we might need. She was true to her word as she helped us through a trial we experienced during our stay that turned out to be a learning experience for us both. We loved East Budleigh, and the location from which we explored the coastlines of both Devon and Cornwall. Can't imagine a better cottage to rent!
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! Thank you for your kind words. It is always a pleasure to speak with our guests and I am happy to answer any queries that people might have.
The quaint character of the cottage would be spoiled by clean modern decor and so we have gone for charm and comfort. We feel the striking colour schemes enhance the delightful old beams.
The layout of the rooms makes Brook Cottage particularly suited to adults holidaying together, allowing complete privacy whilst sharing comfortable living space.
I'm glad you like the local area. We feel it's rather under-rated as a tourist destination but there is so much to see and do.
Helpful votes: 0/1
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Family-friendly holiday cottage near beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon for 6+
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85052
+44 01242574031
East Budleigh East Devon
4

Easter Holidays at Brook Cottage

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
We thought Brook Cottage was great. It was ideal for our party consisting of three generations plus two dogs. It was spotlessly clean and well equipped and the ideal base for visiting the lovely East Devon area. The house book was very comprehensive and informative. It seemed more than a holiday cottage -- it was like home from home.

There are some lovely places to visit in the area ---Our grandchildren loved the riding at Buddleigh Salterton and we enjoyed our visit to a la Ronde-- a quirky house. The family greyhounds particularly liked Exmouth Beach!

I would certainly recommend it to friends and relatives and we would certainly go back again for a holiday in that area.
Owner's Response: Brook Cottage is particularly suited to three generations holidaying together. It's great for the grandchildren to have 'their own cottage' complete with bedroom, shower room and living room (The Snug). It's great for the adults who can relax with each other knowing the children are happy in the room next door, or in the enclosed yard.
Dogs love Brook Cottage with its wealth of excellent walks, particularly the dog paradise of Exmouth beach!
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Family-friendly holiday cottage near beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon for 6+
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85052
+44 01242574031
East Budleigh East Devon
5

Absolutely perfect - as always

  • 5 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
I have stayed at Brook Cottage many times with my family, and it has always been a real home from home. This time was no exception. Very comfortable accommodation, with lots of lovely personal touches such as fresh flowers in the living room and a pint of milk in the fridge.
We have already been back once this year, and will be going again in May.
Owner's Response: It's great to know how much people enjoy staying at our cottage and how they feel so at home there.
Helpful votes: 0/1
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Family-friendly holiday cottage near beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon for 6+
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85052
+44 01242574031
East Budleigh East Devon
4

Delightful!

  • 4 out of 5
  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2012
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2012
I recently stayed at Brook Cottage for 4 nights with a group of friends and it couldn't have been more delightful.

The cottage was spotless on our arrival, and everything is in good condition. The showers are particularly good!

The beds and living areas are very comfortable and the kitchen is very well stocked with cook-ware and crockery (as well as a dishwasher!).

There are also detailed instructions for all of the mod cons, which made our stay much easier, and lots of useful and interesting information on the surrounding area.

Even though the cottage can sleep a large number of people, it still feels very cosy.

The nearby pubs are charming and good value, and East Budleigh is an ideal spot from which to explore the surrounding countryside.

All in all, a charming place to stay, and we'll definitely be going back!
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Location

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Plymouth
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Exmouth
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Exeter M5 junction 30
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Budleigh Salterton
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh
Car: recommended

Brook Cottage is on the edge of the historic village of East Budleigh, 2 miles from the sea at Budleigh Salterton, a charming little seaside town with individual shops including good quality ladies' fashion and local food shops.

Nearby is Sidmouth, a quaint fishing port with winding streets, famed for its Folk Festival. Visit the Donkey Sanctuary where hundreds of donkeys have been saved from cruelty or neglect to spend their days cavorting around the green Devon fields.

Beyond are the picture postcard villages of Beer and Branscombe, part of the Jurassic coast famed for its fossils.

Exmouth has a huge sandy beach and sea sports. There are many exciting coves with tiny beaches accessible by steep paths from the cliffs.

The cliffs and common provide wonderful hiking, cycling, riding and dog walking opportunities on a mesh of footpaths, bridleways and the coast path.

Exeter is a bustling university city with cathedral, excellent theatre and an important maritime history. Within easy reach are Bicton Arena and gardens, Crealy Adventure Park, Pecorama, Diggerland, Dartmoor, The Eden Project, RHS Rosemoor, Killerton House and gardens, Go-karting, and Nigel Mansell's golf course.

Other Activities: Go-karting, Crealy Adventure Park, Donkey Sanctuary..

Golf: There is a range of golf clubs available within a short distance. The East Devon Golf Club with its clifftop course is 10 minutes away. Nigel Mansell's 18 hole championship course at Woodbury Park is about 15 minutes away. Woodbury Park also has a 9 hole course and a driving range, all set in picturesque parkland.

A little further away at Sidmouth is the Sidmouth Golf Club, about 20 minutes drive.

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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in East Budleigh, East Devon

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
April
5 Apr 2014 - 2 May 2014
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Early May
3 May 2014 - 16 May 2014
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Middle May
17 May 2014 - 23 May 2014
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Summer half term
24 May 2014 - 30 May 2014
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
June
31 May 2014 - 27 Jun 2014
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Late June
28 Jun 2014 - 4 Jul 2014
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Early July
5 Jul 2014 - 11 Jul 2014
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
July
12 Jul 2014 - 18 Jul 2014
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
July 3
19 Jul 2014 - 25 Jul 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
High summer
26 Jul 2014 - 29 Aug 2014
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
Late summer
30 Aug 2014 - 12 Sep 2014
7 night minimum stay
£750
for 7 nights
£750
 
 
Indian summer
13 Sep 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Half term
25 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Bonfire time
1 Nov 2014 - 14 Nov 2014
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
 
 
Pre-Christmas
15 Nov 2014 - 21 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
£240
for 3 nights
From
£80
 
 
Festive season
22 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
5 night minimum stay
£714
for 5 nights
£1,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £15.00
Notes 25% discount for late availability bookings within 6 weeks of the start of your holiday.
20% discount for 2 people only sharing one bedroom.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in East Budleigh in East Devon

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 106 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Telephone
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating
  • Parking On Street
  • Basic Soaps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Toilet Paper
  • Local Maps
  • Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Blender
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The charming bathroom is prettily decorated with blue and white tiles and occasional high relief sea creature tiles. It has a sloping ceiling. There is plenty of hot water which is supplied by a combination boiler. A non-slip mat is provided for the bath. The bathroom is at the top of the stairs, next to Tilly's room and the master bedroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The master bedroom is very large with a high vaulted ceiling and ancient beams; it is a delight to wake up to in the mornings. The two windows are deep set into the walls but the morning sun comes flooding in. The room is prettily decorated with stencilling along the beams and several original paintings. It has beautiful bedding (duvet). There is a washbasin in the room and ensuite shower room. The room is still large enough for the folding bed and cot. Tilly's room has a high vaulted ceiling and special cupboard for the locking away of valuables. There is ample hanging space and shelves. Tilly's room is next to the attractively tiled bathroom. The cow room is so called because it is delightfully decorated with murals of characters from Usborne children's books. It has its own washbasin and ensuite shower room. The cow room is accessed via a separate open tread staircase from the snug making the whole righthand side of the cottage a 'private wing', ideal for children or grandparents.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Video Library
  • Books for Kids
  • Stereo
  • Games
  • Books
  • Video Player
  • CD Player
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • museums
  • caves
  • winery tours
  • naturist beach
  • bay
  • restaurants
  • live theatre
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • theme parks
  • playground
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • fly fishing
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • mountain biking
  • wind-surfing
  • fishing
  • equestrian events
  • bay fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
Notes:
You enter the cottage directly into the living room and immediately you are thrilled by the ancient beams, the inglenook fireplace with its wood burning stove and the attractive décor. The comfort of the sofas guarantees a warm welcome after a day out. The stereo system is in this room and there is a digital TV. The living room, which is open plan to the kitchen and to the staircase, has an extending dining table which seats up to 8 people. We have had family gatherings of 10 people, bringing the kitchen table through.The windows are deep set into the thick walls and one window sill doubles as extra seating. Unusually, there is an additional living room (the snug) with sofa bed, chair and bean bags. The video and DVD are in this room making it the ideal place for the children to gather and play games. There are videos, DVDs, games and books stored here. Lovely oriental rugs and a large throw add to the warmth and comfort of this room which has a rich and vibrant colour scheme.

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