My Mum and I have just returned from a wonderful week’s holiday at Alpine Park Cottages. We had a great time and for us, the accommodation was absolutely perfect!
My Mum is almost 80 and although she is fit and active, I was relieved to find that the accommodation was all on one level with nothing (like rugs etc) for her to trip over!!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s great that we could park right outside the front door – very convenient for unloading on arrival and loading up when we left (where DID all that “stuff” come from!!!!???)
I took my dog with me (a retired racing greyhound) and it was great to find such lovely accommodation that actually seems to welcome dogs – dog owners amongst readers will know that this is becoming an increasingly rare find!! The site is great for dogs, there is plenty of grass for a short leg-stretch, but “proper” walks are easy to take just up the road (hop in the car, turn right out of the site and there are a couple of car parks providing access to the local heath).
We also found a wonderful dog friendly beach at Orcombe Point/Rocks – if you park on the front at Exmouth, Orcombe Point is at the far end of the beach (sort of the East end, if you know what I mean – towards Budleigh Salterton) – there didn’t seem to be any dog restriction on this beach at any time of year (unlike the main Exmouth beach) – you are restricted by the tide though, so PLEASE check tide times before setting off on an exploration!! It’s a great beach though, with or without a dog, there’s loads of caves, rockpools etc to investigate and the beach is lovely and sandy!
The location of the cottages is very handy – this wasn’t an area we had visited before but there’s loads to do, both locally and a bit further afield and we noticed that quite a few places seemed to welcome dogs – which was a surprise! Fossiling at Charmouth was very addictive and actually quite productive!!
Shopping is no problem - there are several farm shops quite close to the site and Waitrose at Sidmouth, Tesco at Exmouth and Sainsburys at Ottery St Mary – so there’s plenty of choice.
We stayed outside school holidays, so there were no children staying when we were there (or if there were, I didn’t see them!!!) – I was very tempted to have a go on the climbing frame & swings, but it said it was for under 12s only, so I managed to resist!!!!!!! I would imagine the site would be very popular with young families.
We were lucky to have some lovely sunny weather – and spent one afternoon just sitting on the grass at the side of our cottage, enjoying the sunshine and the Sunday papers – very relaxing!
I honestly can’t think of a single “drawback” to Alpine Park Cottages – except that time passed way too fast when we were there! Thank you very much for having us – especially Willow – we very much look forward to a return visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alpine Park Cottages is a complex of 11 self catering 'lodge style' brick built holiday cottages set in 5 acres of lightly wooded parkland on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty. Situated around delightful grounds with a children's play area, each holiday cottage combines a stylish look with centrally heated comfort to ensure a snug stay, whatever the weather! Ideally located close to city, coast & country. Exeter, Sidmouth & Exmouth are all a 7 mile drive away. Owned and run by the Mynard Family, you are guaranteed of warm and friendly welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alpine Park Cottages Exeter, Devon