Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Charming 16th century, detached cottage, between Beer and Branscombe
Picket Mead, with its beamed ceilings and wood burning stove, is a traditional 16th century cottage which has recently been sympathetically restored and modernised.
It is situated adjacent to the church in the rural village of Southleigh, which is in an area of outstanding beauty, just ten minutes drive from Beer and Branscombe and 20 minutes from Sidmouth and Lyme Regis.
Besides leaflets on places to visit and inns serving good food, there are booklets and maps highlighting lovely local and cliff top walks.
The accommodation comprises a beamed sitting room with wood burner, colour TV with DVD, sofas and comfortable chairs and kitchen with dining for 4/5, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine and double sink. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with double beds, a single bedroom and additional landing room. The newly fitted bathroom has both bath and shower. There is also an outside toilet.
There is an outside sitting area and a pretty and sunny south facing cottage garden. There is also off road parking provided.
This response was left by one of our guests.
"We have really enjoyed our stay at "Picket Mead". The cottage is delightful and you made us feel very welcome. Thank you. Hope to return soon".
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Beer 6 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 30 km, Nearest railway: Honiton 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage is quietly situated adjacent to the church in the village of Southleigh, but is in easy reach of various seaside villages and resorts and cliff top walks. Southleigh is a pretty and small village in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The cottage is owner managed with the owner always there to greet guests on arrival and give all the information she can.
The cottage has much character with lots of beams. As the cottage is more than 250 years old downstairs doorways and the sitting room ceiling are inevitably quite low. As well as the log fire there are storage and space heaters.
|Further details outdoors|
A garden table and chairs are provided and the pretty cottage garden is sheltered and faces due south. The garden is enclosed by a wall and fence which make it very sheltered and suitable for children as well as for dining out.
Once an enquiry is received, we send a booking form and ask you to return this by post together with a deposit of £50, which is non returnable if you cancel your holiday prior to paying the full cost of your holiday.
The full cost of your holiday is due two weeks before your holiday commences, unless it is a last minute booking, in which case the owner may occasionally agree to payment immediately on arrival. If you cancel your holiday less than 2 weeks in advance of the date of arrival the full cost of your holiday less the £50 deposit is payable.
At the end of your stay, providing the cottage is left clean and in good order your £50 deposit would be returned to you.
The West Country region
Favourite holiday area with beautiful countryside, beaches and cliff top walks. Towns and resorts to visit include Exeter, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Beer.
Excursions can be made by boat or boats can be hired from Beer. Lots of attractions for children include donkey sanctuary, pecorama and tramway. Day trips possible to Bath and Dartmouth or Salcombe.
Southleigh country fair is normally held on the second Wednesday in August.
The historic village of Colyton is well worth walking around. Blackberry camp is just one mile away and there are good walks all around.
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11 Oct 2013
"Quaint charming cottage for cultural experience but difficult to find without satnav"
The cottage has everything we needed, it was clean and I had expected it would have been smaller for it's age. We were visiting from Australia and I chose Picket Mead because it was interesting a… More
We have now installed a new Panasonic TV with 24 inch screen and purchased a separate DVD player which we have attached to the TV.
21 Sep 2013
"Nice quirky devon cottage"
very nice cottage, very quirky typical of its age. low ceilings, uneven floors, stripped pine floors upstairs.the cottage is well furnished and has a lovely wood burner in the lounge.the low beams are… More
As the cottage is at least 300 years old the ceiling in one section of the living room is quite low, as are three of the doorways. However, the kitchen/dining area, which was added at a later date, is fine for height, as is the entire upstairs.
During the winter a handrail is to be installed at one side of the stairs and the existing balustrade will be strengthened at the same time.
We are also seriously considering installing wi-fi for the beginning of the new season.
14 Aug 2013
"Peaceful setting, quaint cottage."
We had a lovely week at the end of July/beginning of August. We were made very welcome by Marion (the owner) and enjoyed our week. The cottage is full of character with the low beams and the lovely … More
15 Feb 2013
"Beautiful, tranquil setting"
The cottage is set in a lovely valley, overlooking the church. It is surrounded by farmland, although the coast is only a few miles away along country lanes.A wood burner in the large living room add… More
10 Feb 2013
"Comfortable and spacious character cottage in a beautiful rural setting"
Devon is one of the most beautiful counties in England and I particularly enjoyed my stay in Picklet Mead cottage in Southleigh, a small village about four miles inland from Beer and Branscombe.The co… More
22 Oct 2012
"Charming cottage in idealic setting"
Despite daily rain we had a wonderful week in Picket Mead. The cottage is comfortable with very comfortable beds and bedding and upstairs bathroom. The shower was very functional with plenty of hot… More
Thank you for saying that you found the cottage idyllic. Once there is a period when the cottage is unoccupied we will ask a plumber to correct the problem with the slow running bath.
21 Sep 2012
"We had a lovely relaxing, cosy and comfortable stay"
The situation of the cottage is lovely, quiet peaceful countryside.The cottage is roomy and comfortable. We enjoyed coming down to a nice warm kitchen in the mornings, the only sounds being that of th… More
17 Sep 2012
"Quiet and relaxing"
We stayed from 14th - 16th September, booking at the last minute and had a wonderful time. The cottage was well aired, the wood burner was highly efficient in warming the living room in the evening an… More
11 Sep 2012
"Charming rural cottage - a great base to explore the South Devon coastline"
Although a bit difficult to find down narrow lanes, we appreciated the quiet rural location in the small village. There were no shops or services in walking distance so you definitely need a car, but… More
1 Sep 2012
"Smells damp and musty cold left early"
The cottage was a dissapointment as it always had a damp smell seamed very cold even in august, All windows were open on arrival and they needed to be left open because of the musty smell.
Very basic trailing electrical socket under cot?
Be aware electricity and logs are an expensive extra so get very little deposit back.
Left early can not reccomend and would not book again.
Other guests have enjoyed staying in our spacious character cottage and have liked the pretty, peaceful village location and wonderful views. Because the village is small and away from main roads it does not have shops or a pub; but does offer lovely walks and events in the village hall. The downstairs floors and many of the walls of the cottage have been damp proofed, but in a 250 year old cottage it is impossible to ensure 100% protection. As well as the log burner, storage heaters could have been used to ensure that during the appalling wet weather we have had this August, the cottage remained warm and aired and off peak electricity for these is less than half that for general purpose use. Several additional heaters are also available in the cottage if needed. During the booking process it is made clear that logs and electricity are extras, but these are charged at cost. The trailing cable has been removed. Between lettings the cottage is always thoroughly cleaned and the lawn mown by the owner who greets guests on arrival and provides a tea tray if desired.
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