Area Profile

Described by the late Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman as a town ‘caught still in a timeless charm’, Sidmouth retains all that is best in an English seaside town with its unspoilt colourful Esplanade, Regency terraces and beautifully maintained parks and gardens.

Sidmouth nestles in a sheltered valley with majestic red cliffs rising each side to protect the town and which provide superb walks and panoramic views.

Originally a small fishing village, Sidmouth still has fishing boats at Port Royal and an annual regatta hosted by the Sailing Club. Other sporting activities include a well regarded Golf Club, an ideally situated Cricket & Croquet Club, Bowls Club, Tennis Courts and an Indoor Swimming Pool.

The town is fortunate in having its own theatre, the Manor Pavilion and a delightful Art Deco Style Cinema. The Sidmouth Town Band plays regularly at Connaught Gardens and the town population expands considerably each August when it hosts the famous Folk Festival.

Everyday amenities are catered for by a range of excellent independent shops and Sidmouth is fortunate in still having its own Cottage Hospital, a Health Centre and a range of Dentists, local State and Independent Schools, together with a range of other amenities.

Located in East Devon in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are a number of attractive villages within easy reach of the town, many of which offer interesting and characterful cottage and period properties.

There are excellent local transportation links, with the M5 motorway junction being within approximately twelve miles, the Cathedral City of Exeter seventeen miles and Honiton, with its mainline Railway Station, ten miles distant. International and national flights are available from Exeter Airport, just eight miles away.