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“Beautiful, tranquil setting”
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Colyton, Devon, England

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BrianH186...
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Beautiful, tranquil setting”
Reviewed February 15, 2013 for a stay in November 2012

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 adds to the homely feel, as do the free standing units in the well equipped kitchen. There is ample space in all the bedrooms which have lovely views down the valley.

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Liked best: The position
Liked least: The muddy roads
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Peter W
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Comfortable and spacious character cottage in a beautiful rural setting”
Reviewed February 10, 2013 for a stay in July 2012

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 cottage is both comfortable and spacious. As it dates from the 16th century the doorways were rather low and I had to be careful on the winding staircase, but it is full of character with exposed beams in the sitting room and the kitchen. It has been tastefully modernised with new windows and a wood burning stove that provided ample warmth and cheerfulness on a rainy evening. The cottage was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything I needed. The garden is a sun trap and I was able to partk outside the garden gate.

There are many cliff top walks and characterful pubs and restaurants within a few miles.

Altogether, it was a delightful holiday and I shall certainly be going there again

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Liked best: Space and comfort and beautiful location
Liked least: Winding stairs
Traveling group: Solo Traveler
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Canadiant...
North Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
“Charming cottage in idealic setting”
Reviewed October 21, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

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 water. Due to low water pressure the bath really could not be used as it would take forever to fill it. The cottage dates back 300-400 years so interesting features such as low beams are present. I found this charming but I suspect someone over six feet may find this a challenge!
Other than the charm of staying in an ancient cottage what I loved about Picket Mead is the lovely setting. The views for the windows were amazing with the very best of England right outside your door. The country church right next door was enchanting. Tramping through the surrounding country lanes and paths (a walking book was supplied by Marion the owner) made the holiday unforgettable. The area is remarkably beautiful and Picket Mead a great base from which to enjoy it! I hope to return one day.

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Liked best: the old charm of the place and the setting
Liked least: the rain!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Nov 27, 2012
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.
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Jollyjaun
2 reviews
“We had a lovely relaxing, cosy and comfortable stay”
Reviewed September 21, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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 the countryside and a few farming vehicles.
We had cosy evenings by the log burner. Ideal situation to enjoy some peace and quiet yet only 10 minutes from the delightful fishing village of Beer.

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Andrew G
Bromsgrove
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“Quiet and relaxing”
Reviewed September 17, 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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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 and together with the night storage heaters it was warm to come down to in the mornings. If you are not used to a woodburner, then you might not use the vent systems properly which would mean that you could burn the logs quicker than you intended, but instructions on use are there and easy to follow. The bedroom was large and comfortable and looked out over the church and surrounding countryside.

The surrounding area is quiet and tranquil but you have to remember that it is a working agricultural area and the tractors are a lot bigger than a car so take care along the (narrow) lanes.

Beer is a lovely little coastal village and only 10 minutes drive away (unless encounters with cows and/or tractors slow you down) with good walking and good eating establishments.

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Liked best: Relaxed atmosphere with no pressure.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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eric v
Paris, France
1 review
“Charming rural cottage - a great base to explore the South Devon coastline”
Reviewed September 11, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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 it was a great base to explore the Devon coastline. We really liked the coast walk nearby from Beer to Branscombe and the cliffs east of Budleigh Salterton. The cottage was charming with some genuine features like the stone sit in fireplace and beams (although a little bit low in the living room, so anyone tall watch out!) The cottage had been renovated recently and had a new log burning stove which made it quite cosy as we used it most evenings. Everything in the kitchen and bathroom was simple, functional and clean. Beds were comfortable, a baby cot was provided and the eclectic furniture added to the character. Overall we enjoyed our stay and felt it was good value for money.

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Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Louth, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 1, 2012 for a stay in August 2012

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Liked best: Log burner
Liked least: Musty smell poor finish
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Sep 10, 2012
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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