This superb detached property in the coastal village of Branscombe welcomes groups of 8, and at certain times of the year a special price is offered for 4 guests. Dogs are also welcome here.
There are two living room areas, the snug and the garden room - there is a fabulous two-sided wood burning stove between the two rooms.
Dine al fresco in this beautiful garden.
Beautiful wisteria adds to the character of this gorgeous cottage.  It is in a very private setting.
A 15 minute walk through National Trust land will take you to Branscombe's shingle beach.
The very modern open plan kitchen/diner 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.
This well-equipped kitchen has everything you could need, the cloakroom and the back door are at the far end.
The dining-area of this delightful open plan space - the room to the left has a large fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble-drier and lots of storage space.
The snug has a great selection of games for all the family and a wall map so that you can plan your adventures in this area of outstanding natural beauty.
The snug has toasty under-floor heating, good WiFi signal and a landline for your convenience.
French doors open onto the patio and the fabulous valley view.
Where better to relax after a day of exploring.
This fabulous barbecue is perfect for long lazy lunches or an evening feast.
The Cottage is in an elevated setting with views down an unspoilt valley
The master bedroom (bedroom 1), with comfy 5ft bed, en suite shower-room and great views over the valley. There is plenty of space for a travel cot.
The en suite shower-room has a large cubicle and drench head shower.
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 family bathroom has cosy under-floor heating.
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.  The room can easily be set up as a twin bedroom if you wish.
The stairs are beautifully restored and quite narrow.
The ground floor cloakroom to your right with useful boot storage by the back door.
This is the pretty and private setting for the cottage.
The garden faces south west and has great views across Branscombe Vale. Please supervise small children as there is a sunken fence (a ha-ha) at the side of the lawn.
The drive way leading from Barnell Cottage to the lane.
You have arrived at your holiday destination.
The award-winning Sea Shanty Beach cafe at Branscombe beach serves delicious locally caught seafood.
Just below Barnell Cottage there is a public tennis court, which is free to use.
Guests may use the owner's tennis ball machine by prior arrangement, although the ball boy is not included!
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.

Barnell Cottage


Branscombe / Sleeps 8 + cot

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7 Nights from £1029

We had an amazing stay in Barnell Cottage. The location was perfect and the house was very special. The hosts had thought of everything. The garden was a lovely size for our dog and the BBQ area was well used. The sun room as lovely and so nice to rest in during the warm evenings. It was so nice we wanted to move in forever. Thank you

Luxurious but homely, with every convenience you could possibly need. For a real taste of Devon take the local bus to Beer !

Beautiful house in a beautiful location

A really peaceful setting with easy access to beaches by foot or by car. Plenty of space inside and out for family groups of all ages. A treasure of a cottage to find.

The cottage is in a glorious setting on its own but not isolated. It is very tranquil with no light pollution. On a sunny day the garden and large outdoor table can be enjoyed, but even on a (typical) UK day with showers, it is wonderful to sit in the comfortable garden room and admire the view and countryside immediately around the property. We had a lovely stay and enjoyed daily walks directly from the cottage as well as plenty of outings exploring the surrounding area.

Don’t look anywhere else ! Barnell cottage is both high spec 5 star luxury within a Beatrix Potter setting 5-10 mins walk from the beautiful beach next to the Jurassic coast . The dogs had the best time playing in the stunning garden whilst bemused cows munched over the fence . Each day we would go out for an adventure and then rush back to the cottage and relax in the glass conservatory Snug and have a glass of Prosecco whilst the fire was roaring .

It’s the best combination of a beautiful property within a stunning backdrop . GO!!!

The cottage met all of our expectations, lovely and clean and just perfect. We will certainly return!

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I loved the setting of this lovely, light filled cosy cottage.
There is no need to drive once you have arrived as the beach and village are close by with beautiful coastal walking.

We had a great few days here made fabulous by the amazing weather. The cottage was comfortable, in a lovely spot with fabulous views. The kitchen lacked a few essential items and if there are more than 2/3 guests you will not be able to watch tv together. The sun room is a lovely room but needs heating or the sun on it to enjoy. We enjoyed exploring Branscombe, Beer (interesting walk to Beer on the coastal path and back over the top) and Sidmouth but were disappointed that one of the local pubs was closed for refurbishment.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review for Barnell Cottage and we're delighted that you enjoyed your time at this lovely property. We've asked the housekeepers to double check that all of the items on our Minimum Inventory are provided so thank you for bringing this to our attention. Tressa, Customer Support

Book it , you won’t be dissatisfied

We loved our stay at Barnell Cottage in Branscombe. It’s beautifully decorated, has all the amenities you need it’s also in a great location and has stunning views too! We would highly recommend this cottage.

This was the most incredible few days' break away. The standard of the property and the generosity of the hosts more than exceeded our expectations. The log burners, cosy sitting room, wonderful kitchen, dog friendly environment, and superb extension all made for an incredibly relaxing holiday. We hope to be back!

Beautiful views, interesting and historic village, stunning coastline, lovely pub (fountainhead) and tearoom.

Beds very comfy and bedding lovely.

The glass day room was absolutely gorgeous and the tv snug was great

Garden wonderful and the largest assortment of owl hoots at night we have heard.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you for reviewing Barnell Cottage. We're really pleased that you liked it and that you particularly enjoyed the garden and the local area with various amenities on offer. Alison, Customer Support

After a long drive the house was very welcoming. It was very cosy and has beautiful views, plenty of parking. We will defiantly be back there soon.

Barnell Cottage exceeded our expectations - it was stylishly and well equipped and was very homely and cosy but also very spacious and comfortable. Karl and Jill are very generous and caring hosts. It is ideally situated for visiting Sidmouth, Lyme Regis and the surrounding area and The Mason Arms in Branscombe is a great pub with good food and excellent service. We definitely plan to return.

Beautifully presented cottage in an idlilic setting.

A beautiful cottage in a tranquil and relaxing setting. Gorgeous walks and a perfect spot for a dog-friendly holiday.

Barnell Cottage is set in a beautiful peaceful location. It is so well equipped and extremely comfortable. A super family holiday home.

Excellent location, beautiful garden, well equipped cottage with lots of character. Especially enjoyed the garden room and patio with outdoor furniture. Just one suggestion: provide sheets for the beds as the duvets were too warm for summer use.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thanks so much for reviewing Barnell Cottage and it's great to hear you had a wonderful holiday overall and made use of the beautiful garden. We'll certainly forward your suggestion regarding the addition of sheets in this hot weather to the owners for their attention. Bryony, Customer Support

We loved Barnell Cottage. It’s everything we could have wished for: a dream cottage in an idyllic location, well equipped, spotless, and luxurious.....

Beautiful cottage with stunning views over the village. Very well appointed will everything you could need for a comfortable stay. Did not want to leave!!

Beautiful cottage in an equally beautiful setting

A beautiful and well equipped property ideal for families of all generations, situated in a lovely valley and within easy walking distance of the beach.

I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying a stay at such a special cottage and location - as long as you are okay with steep hills! There are also wonderful coastal walks within the immediate area and just far enough to be able to walk back. We hardly used our car at all. Both the Miners Arms and The Fountain Head are great for food and drink.

We were a party of eight plus dogs staying over the New Year period. The owners were very accommodating to a last minute request due to us re-homing a small dog. The house was very well equipped/decorated and furnished to a high standard. On arrival champagne, biscuits and fresh flowers were left for us which was very well received!

The location of Barnell Cottage was perfect for our families. An amazing walk down to the Sea Shanty Café in Branscombe where we had a lovely cooked breakfast and then we headed up onto the coastal path to Beer! Be prepared for some hilly walks! The views are stunning. We also did the walk from Branscombe beach along the coastal path in the opposite direction to The Fountain Head pub. Our dogs had the best holiday!

Both pubs in the village (The Masons Arms and Fountain Head) serve great food and are very friendly and both dog friendly.

The Donkey Sanctuary was lovely to visit, especially if you have smaller children - although our teenage boys really enjoyed it too!

We would most definitely recommend Barnell Cottage to anyone who wishes to get a relaxing break in a very peaceful and pretty part of Devon.

Thank you Karl and Jill!

The hosts Karl and Jill were really great and very helpful. There was a welcome card and a bottle of really good Champers in the fridge.. wow! was this enjoyed after our journey down!! Beautiful cottage, all the comments in the visitors book say the same , we are sure they will be successful with future rentals and have a good business.

Location, views, excellent quality and comfort of the interior, hosts very welcoming, house extremely well equipped, also very thoughtful practical items like hand soaps and bin bags provided. This is the only house we have stayed in, in the last 5 years that has provided dishwasher tablets and ensured the dishwasher was filled with rinse aid and salt, perhaps trivial but when you are on a short break it's essential not to have to shop for basics. We really appreciated these little extras.

Just beautiful - a great base, so well thought out! Luxury but at the same time we weren’t worried about having the children running about as it’s all so perfectly appointed! Would definitely stay again - maybe in winter to make use of that gorgeous fire!

Stunning position Excellent house all round Very relaxing Lovely attention to detail and personal touch from owner - wine, eggs, milk, shortbread on arrival

We have just returned from Barnell Cottage with 3 generations of our family and our dog. It is a beautiful cottage in a lovely rural setting. The spacious kitchen and living areas provide everything we wanted and more. Everything has been furnished with comfort in mind and is all of a very high quality. I have no reservations about recommending this property for family holidays across the generations.

My husband says our week at Barnell Cottage feels like a dream - would like a return visit & we've only been home 3 days!

We rented Barnell Cottage as a base for our daughter’s wedding in the village. The cottage is a little piece of heaven - an absolutely enchanting place to stay, in an idyllic setting. The large conservatory/family room is particularly lovely. The owners are super friendly and kind; they left flowers, fresh eggs and other goodies, and sorted our recycling midweek(as we had lots of people visiting). A brilliant location for a stay in this picture perfect village. We couldn’t recommend it more highly.

Lovely cottage in a nice setting and a great base for exploring Devon and Dorset.

We had a lovely holiday. The cottage was in the most delightful position and the peace and quiet of the location was just what we wanted.

We had the most wonderful stay at Barnell Cottage. Not only is it in a beautiful, quiet location, close to the beach and little village pub; it is a brilliantly equipped cottage, that has absolutely everything you could need: Plenty of parking, big front garden (which the kids and dog loved!) outdoor furniture & bbq, good sized kitchen/diner, sitting room with gorgeous views, snug area fully equipped with plenty of games for kids and adults and good sized bedrooms and bathrooms. Not to mention all utensils, bed linen, towels, tea and coffee etc. We were greeted by the owners personally, they had left us fresh eggs, milk, biscuits and prosecco, such a lovely touch! We were there to celebrate a family birthday and it couldn’t have been more perfect, we went to the local pub for lunch, had a lovely flat walk to the beach, had drinks at the beach cafe and even hired chefs to cook dinner for us at the cottage. The owners were always on hand to check we were ok, nothing was too much trouble, they went above and beyond to ensure we had an enjoyable stay. I would wholeheartedly recommend Barnell Cottage and it’s gorgeous location. The only disappointment was that we couldn’t stay for longer!

Superb cottage: beautifully presented, comfortably furnished and equipped to the highest standards. And all in a lovely valley with great views, local pubs and muddy walks. Kids thrilled to have properly functioning wifi - which pleased their parents too... Fabulous place.

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