Set in its own mature gardens on a south-facing hillside, Barnell Cottage has views over Branscombe Vale and out to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Branscombe mouth. This beautiful detached cottage has been thoughtfully renovated to create a contemporary spacious home, with an open plan kitchen/diner, separate snug and sitting-room. On the first floor there are four bedrooms, one en suite, one twin bedroom has a truckle bed with fully-sprung three-foot mattresses so good for adults as well as children; if you want to use this room as a single, one of them tucks easily out of the way beneath the other. A family bathroom and cosy under-floor heating add modern comfort to the many charming original features. This tranquil location is in the east Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has fabulous walks straight from your doorstep. Try the National Trust's walking trail that takes you around this historic village, or a 15 minute walk to the beach. The village has the added bonus of two excellent pubs, one either end of the village, including the award-winning Masons Arms. The nearby shingle beach has a private car park, an exercise-area that welcomes dogs and the Sea Shanty Beach Cafe serving delicious seafood.
Just along the coast, the pretty fishing village of Beer is surrounded by limestone cliffs, the wet fish shop on the beach is a great place to pick up the catch of the day and during the summer months water sports and boat trips are available from the shingle beach. Visit Seaton Jurassic, which offers the opportunity to see what the world was like 200 million years ago, with lots of fun activities for children. Seaton also has a delightful tram that travels inland beside the River Axe estuary, passing through two nature reserves with a wide range of wading birds, all the way to the end of the line in historic Colyton. Further east, just over the border into Dorset, is the bustling town of Lyme Regis, with its fossil history, famous Monmouth Beach, quirky shops and safe sandy beach. Surrounded by green countryside that borders the coast, there is no shortage of farm shops for delicious holiday treats, locally reared meat for the barbecue and Devon grown produce. Along the coast to the west are beautiful Budleigh Salterton and regency Sidmouth. Exmouth is further west still, where you can pick up the Exe Estuary Trail – 26 miles of gentle cycling from Exmouth to Dawlish, close to the water's edge, almost free from traffic and with a boat trip along the way if your legs need a rest. The ancient city of Exeter is well worth a visit with its magnificent cathedral and vibrant quayside.
Kitchen/Diner with electric cooker, induction hob. microwave, fridge and dishwasher
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Utility-area with fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble-drier
Snug with Smart TV and wood-burner
Sitting-room with wood-burner
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (6' double or twin) beds
Bedroom 3 with twin beds
Bedroom 4 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Please be careful on the narrow stairs leading to the first floor; a landline is provided for emergency use as there is no mobile reception.
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 4 cars
- Telephone (At cost)
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH (partial under-floor)
- Logs for wood-burner
Barnell Cottage faces south west and has delightful views over Branscombe Vale.
The very modern open plan kitchen/dining area is great for creating holiday treats to remember; the beam is over 6ft.
The vaulted sitting-room has a green oak and glass front giving views of the garden from the comfort of the sofa.
Set in beautiful gardens, there is plenty of space for all the family, including your dog.
The award-winning Sea Shanty Beach cafe at Branscombe beach serves delicious locally-caught seafood.
A 15 minute walk through National Trust land will take you to Branscombe's shingle beach.
The dining-area of this delightful open plan space.
This well-equipped kitchen has everything you could need, the cloakroom and the back door are at the far end.
The utility-area is through the door, with a large fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble-drier and lots of storage space.
Built in the 19th Century, the cottage has been renovated and extended to provide a contemporary family home.
Gorgeous views from the vaulted sitting-room.
Beautifully designed with cosy under-floor heating and a wood-burner.
The snug has a Smart TV with sports channel package and shares the same cosy wood-burner.
The snug has toasty under-floor heating, a land line as there is no mobile reception in the cottage, and good WiFi access.
The master bedroom, bedroom 1, with comfy 5ft bed and great views over the valley.
Bedroom 1 has and en suite shower-room and great views.
The en suite shower-room has a large cubicle and drench head.
Bedroom 2 can be made up as a 6ft bed or two 3ft beds, stylish shutters add to the contemporary decor in this cottage.
The twin room, bedroom 3, faces south and has lots of light.
Another view of bedroom 3, the twin room.
Bedroom 4 has a truckle bed, with fully sprung 3ft mattresses, one tucked beneath the other, suitable for children or adults, as we all like dinosaurs.
The stairs are beautifully restored and quite narrow.
The garden faces south west and has great views across Branscombe Vale.
Beautiful wisteria adds to the character of this gorgeous cottage.
The family bathroom has cosy under-floor heating.
Jacob's Ladder at nearby Sidmouth.
Nearby Beer is charming and still an active fishing village, the wet fish shop on the beach sells the catch of the day, ideal for the barbecue.
Lyme Regis has some great restaurants, cafes and independent shops as well as a safe sandy beach with SUP and kayak hire in the summer.
River Cottage HQ is a short drive from Barnell Cottage, if you feel like booking in for a cookery course or a delicious meal.
The award-winning Masons Arms is one of two pubs in the long village of Branscombe.
Branscombe's parish church, Saint Winifred's.