The cottage location
At the end of the road, just a couple of minutes from the house, is a riverside park known locally as the Byes. A leisurely stroll through the Byes, along the tree lined banks of the river Sid, takes you into the heart of Sidmouth in around 15 minutes (about 0.8 miles away). The lively high street has a blend of household names and unique local shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries as well as its own cinema and theatre.
It’s just under a mile from the cottage to the seafront so in under 20 minutes you’ll find yourself on the Esplanade, overlooking Sidmouth beach and the distinctive red cliffs of the East Devon coastline.
The cottage kitchen is well equipped for self-catering, however, if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking, then you’ll find a variety of places to eat out within walking distance, as well as several take-away options. Our nearest pub is just a 5 minute walk away – the Volunteer, which offers good freshly cooked food in a family friendly environment.
Most visitors arrive by car and Sidmouth is about 30 minutes from the nearest main trunk roads, the A30 and A303. The nearest motorway is the M5 which is also about 30 minutes away. There is an airport and train station at Exeter and a train station at Honiton, both about 30 minutes drive from Sidmouth. There are regular bus connections between Sidmouth, Exeter and Honiton and the nearest bus stops are only a couple of minutes walk from the house.
The location makes it easy to visit surrounding towns nearby (we visited Lyme Regis, Exmouth and Exeter in our short 3 day stay).
My parents particularly loved the park at the end of the road, and Sidmouth itself.