Sidmouth was a favourite haunt of the poet Sir John Betjeman who described it as, "A town caught still in a timeless charm". A description still apt today; you only have to step out of the front door of your Sidmouth accommodation to take a trip back in time. Lying on the Jurassic Coast of South Devon (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sidmouth is also part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sidmouth holiday cottages provide the perfect base for both family holidays and romantic breaks, giving you the freedom to come and go as you wish. Your accommodation will have plenty of space and amenities such as babies' cots, private parking, barbecues and even hot tubs.
As well as links to the poet laureate, Sidmouth has other literary connections. Visit Sidmouth Museum and explore links to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Beatrix Potter, Thomas Hardy, William Makepeace Thackery and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The museum also has enough fossils to entertain any dinosaur-loving child as well as stunning examples of local Honiton lace.
With Sidmouth holiday cottages near the Esplanade and seafront, you can stretch your legs whenever you like while enjoying coastal views. The Esplanade runs from the red cliffs of Salcombe Hill to Jacob's Ladder in the west. From here, climb the wooden steps to enjoy the beautiful Connaught Gardens. Sidmouth's long stretches of beach are clean and safe if you want your youngsters to enjoy a typical bucket-and-spade holiday while all children enjoy a few hours at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary, home to 400 or so rescued donkeys. Mix freely with the animals while learning all about these gentle creatures.
One of the best times to book Sidmouth holiday cottages is in late July and early August when Sidmouth Folk Festival takes place. Book your accommodation early for this popular event involving local and visiting country and western bands as well as Morris dancers. In the evenings, drop into the impromptu ceilidhs taking place in local pubs.