Ottery St Mary

Holiday cottages in Ottery St Mary are a stone’s throw from the tumbling River Otter, and the green hills and pastures of East Devon. This rural community is roughly 10 miles from the city of Exeter, and is probably best-known as the birthplace of the Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is also perfectly located for exploring the windswept moors, river valleys and woods of Dartmoor, as well as the immense cliffs and sandy beaches of the Jurassic Coast. Renowned for its fine architecture, its historic centre is home to more than 100 listed buildings. Take a stroll from your holiday cottage in Ottery St Mary and you will notice several distinctive landmarks, such as St Mary’s Church, which features one of England’s oldest surviving mechanical clocks.


The Cider Press promises seclusion and serenity on a quiet country property near Ottery St Mary in Devon. The romantic cottage sits next to Cadhay Manor and boasts beautiful rural views as well as outdoor areas for al fresco dining, wood-burning stove, space for pets and contemporary comforts.

Look out for otters as you wander along the riverbank, and for Tumbling Weir, an incredible whirlpool that resembles a giant plughole in the river. Next, pop into one of the town’s cosy tearooms, or one of several atmospheric pubs, including the Rusty Pig and the Lamb and Flag. In and around Mill Street, you will discover a variety of independent shops. There are many beautiful walks in and around the town, including the 13-mile route along the river, to the Jurassic Coast, at Budleigh Salterton. Self-catering holidays in Ottery St Mary are also an opportunity to experience a few of East Devon’s traditions, which include the annual Pixie Day, and the Tar Barrell celebrations.

The cathedral city of Exeter is a scenic drive away, with an impressive cathedral and a centre packed with shops and restaurants. Other attractions near Ottery St Mary include Wildwood Escot – home to the red squirrel and elusive water vole, as well as wolves, lynx, otters and rare birds of prey. Peak Hill Llamas in Sidmouth offers guided walks on the Jurassic Coast.