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1, Clifton Cottage

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Description from owner

Description

This is a PERIOD HOUSE, on the cusp of REGENCY and VICTORIAN, and a much loved family holiday home. Because families with children book it for seaside holidays, it’s simply furnished with second-hand furniture, which may be cheaply replaced in the event of breakage, bought from the local auctioneers; that way, I can just about break even, and I have to! My father bought the house in 1960, and changed very little. Most of the original fixtures and fittings which were there then are still present now. I have stayed in many B&Bs which have been advertised as period houses, but, particularly since the mid-1990s, I've been dismayed that, whatever the appearance on the outside, the style of the exterior is not reflected in the interior, and I find myself in a modern, minimalist building. Modernisation was also fashionable in the 1960s, but, where Barry Bucknell merely covered up an historic door with chipboard, the moderniser from the 1990s onward will probably remove both the door and

This is a PERIOD HOUSE, on the cusp of REGENCY and VICTORIAN, and a much loved family holiday home. Because families with children book it for seaside holidays, it’s simply furnished with second-hand furniture, which may be cheaply replaced in the event of breakage, bought from the local auctioneers; that way, I can just about break even, and I have to! My father bought the house in 1960, and changed very little. Most of the original fixtures and fittings which were there then are still present now. I have stayed in many B&Bs which have been advertised as period houses, but, particularly since the mid-1990s, I've been dismayed that, whatever the appearance on the outside, the style of the exterior is not reflected in the interior, and I find myself in a modern, minimalist building. Modernisation was also fashionable in the 1960s, but, where Barry Bucknell merely covered up an historic door with chipboard, the moderniser from the 1990s onward will probably remove both the door and the wall to which it was attached.My father's lack of modernisation has provided me with an opportunity: NOT to remove all the period features of the house, but to RESTORE them. I've also reinstated some of the few features that he did remove. Many rooms are decorated with traditional wallpapers. I've removed the fitted kitchen sink, and replaced it with what was originally there: a Belfast sink with hand-carpented draining-board, and taps with rubber swirls mounted on the wall, in the traditional manner. Electrical fittings conform with modern regulations, but, externally, they are reproductions of Victorian and early-twentieth-century fittings. The floorboards are not the now-fashionable white wood, but traditional Victorian ebony black. The furniture is brown. Some rooms have free-standing carpets, rather than fitted ones.I'm told that the fashion for over-modernisation has now created a shortage of houses with period features for those who continue to enjoy them. Many people visit this house, love it, and return. If your idea of an old house is that it has to be modernised inside according to the taste of daytime television makeover programmes, the chances are that you won't appreciate it!

Further details indoors

• Duvets are provided, but not covers, sheets, or towels.• Electricity meter (installed some years ago, and still set at a low rate!) takes £1 coins.• For cold weather, there are night storage heaters in all rooms; these are not metered, so that the cost of such heating is included in the rent. These would not normally be switched on in the summer, however (though this is open to negotiation); for a heat boost in the summer, there are some electric fan and convector heaters.

Further details outdoors

I would not describe the forecourt as a "garden", but it is suitable for sitting in for the cliffscape and sea-view, as well as for parking cars.

Location description from owner

The England region

Although Devon has a lot of rainfall, Sidmouth is to a large extent protected because rain falls on Dartmoor before arriving, so the local microclimate is dryer.Devon is associated with Britain's maritime history, Drake and the Royal Navy are associated with Plymouth. Sir Walter Raleigh was born not far from Sidmouth, just outside East Budleigh. The two used to meet in a refreshment house in Exeter Cathedral close. The coastal regions are naturally traditionally associated with fishing. Stephen Reynold's "A Poor Man's House" is one man's account of living with fishermen in Sidmouth. The East Devon Coast was particularly associated with "Honiton" lace-making. Just inland, Ottery St Mary boasts a miniature version of Exeter Cathedral.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth was a Georgian/Regency town built when it became dangerous for the aristocracy to travel to France because of the French Revolution. When it became fashionable for all classes to enjoy seaside holidays, Sidmouth remained genteel, which is perhaps why it continues to thrive now that the Victorian seaside holiday has declined.Close to official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cliffscapes owned by The National Trust. Nearest National Trust Properties: A la Ronde, Killerton.Sidmouth has a cinema, Tourist Information Centre and public swimming pool. The theatre and Arts Centre runs a Summer Season, but is otherwise used mainly for amateur dramatics.The beach at Sidmouth is sandy at low tide, but not at high tide, so the day's activities on the beach have to be varied according to tide times.

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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 6 Single Beds, 1 Cot available
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Sea view
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Telephone

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
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Smoking
No smoking at this property

About the owner

Peter W
Response rate:
75%
Calendar updated:
17 Jul 2016
Years listed:
10
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English


This Cottage has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 29 Jun 2006. Located in Devon, it has 8 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £300 to £850.

The Owner has a response rate of 75% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 17 Jul 2016.

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“Idyllic location, interesting house!!”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2012

This is the third time we have stayed at this cottage and Sidmouth is a place we hold close to our hearts and have visited most years of my life! As previously reviewed the location is second to none being the closest cottage to the esplanade and sea in Sidmouth, you could literally throw a stone and it would land in the sea! The place is exactly as the owner describes ie like a traditional old house a old aunt may have lived in. The house has had no modernisation and it really is like stepping back in time! If you like old properties you will love this place, if you like your mod-cons you certainly will not! Plusses - 7* location, super access to beach, gardens, town etc. private parking, reasonable rental for its size and it does feel very 'homely'!!! Minuses - seriously tired in places paricularly bath now very rusty and master bed seriously uncomfortable and frame falling apart!, views obscured by very dirty windows (not had this problem before though!), some dirty pans and some dirty and chipped crockery, some dirty fittings IE some lights, bathroom heater etc. Having said this you are paying a reasonable price and some considerations really have to be made! We happily compromise creature comforts and thoroughly enjoy our holidays here. Overall if you read the owners description properly and want a cottage in a fabulous location in one of Devons most beautiful towns and be prepared to see beyond a few shortcomings you will have a fabulous holiday PERIOD!

I'm sorry you didn't find the bed comfortable. The base is indeed old, and all that has prevented me from replacing it is the difficulty of getting even a new SINGLE bed upstairs, which was no mean feat. I'm not sure how my parents got the existing double-bed in. The mattress, however, is much newer. I have already spoken to someone about the possibility of re-enamelling the bath (the rust is apparently only superficial), and he suggested getting someone to remove the plug before he does it; I may take advantage of the presence of plumbers this winter to see if they can do this. The reason they'll be present is that I'm planning to turn the dressing-room into a shower room this winter (subject to listed building consent), so if you come next year, you may well find an alternative to the bathroom! Nearly all the light fittings, incidentally, though antique in appearance, are brand-new: the exterior design is in keeping with the house, the internal electrical connexions are modern.

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