Smugglers Cottage is a beautiful property in a beautiful location just a mile inland from the stunning Jurassic Coast at Branscombe in east Devon.
The cottage was originally one of the farm buildings at Woodhouse Farm where the owner lives and now offers spacious accommodation for four guests in a commanding position that looks all the way down the valley. The cottage and its raised south-facing terrace face away from the farmhouse and there is a fully enclosed parking and garden area making it a great choice for guests with small children or who wish to bring their dog. An additional garden-area with a bench with panoramic views is available for guests to enjoy, where there is a little pond and beyond that a happy family of chickens in their enclosure.
Woodhouse Farm is just outside the lovely coastal village of Branscombe and is reached along a private lane, setting the scene for your holiday there. The working part of the farm is separate to the setting for Smugglers Cottage.
Inside the cottage, the kitchen extends into a large sociable dining-area. Also on the ground floor is a lovely double bedroom with its own en suite bathroom, which has a wonderful roll-top bath as well as a separate shower. The sitting-room is upstairs and as soon as you step into this room you will know why – windows open up to the Juliet balcony and the incredible unspoilt views that stretch out to the front of the cottage. The second bedroom is also on the first floor, with the flexibility of a 'zip and link' twin or super-king size bed, along with a family bathroom with another roll-top bath and a fitted shower.
Branscombe is one of the prettiest villages along this fantastic stretch of the Jurassic coastline, along with Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth and Beer. Regency Sidmouth has a long promenade for strolling along and Beer is still a working fishing village with the colourful boats drawn up on the beach and the catch of the day on sale in the little fish stall. You will also be close to the east Devon/Dorset border at Lyme Regis if you want to find a sandy beach or take a boat trip. Whether you plan to spend a lazy day on Branscombe's pebbled beach – there is a lovely seaside cafe and shop – or tackle the coastal path over the headland to Beer, this is an excellent destination whatever the time of year.
There is a National Trust teashop and Smithy for extra village character and two historic pubs welcome all – The Mason's Arms and The Fountain Head. Dogs are welcome in both.
Kitchen/Dining-room with electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6") and en suite Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash-basin
Sitting-room with TV/DVD player
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds
Bathroom with roll-top bath, fitted shower, WC, wash-basin
There are a few steps to be aware of: two steps down from the front door into the cottage, three steps down from the patio and two steps from the ground floor bedroom to its en suite bathroom. Mind your head on the sloping ceilings upstairs. There is a small pond on the edge of the farmstead so please do supervise young children. Guests are welcome to use the owner's washing machine, which is located in an outhouse by the side of his home.
- Dogs welcome (1 only)
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Saturday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 3 cars
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Patio furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
- Charging point for electric cars (at cost)
Smugglers Cottage is down a wonderful long farm driveway and has panoramic valley views - just a couple of miles from Branscombe's gorgeous Jurassic beach.
There is a stunning terrace for al fresco meals and simply relaxing in beautiful surroundings.
The first floor sitting-room makes the most of the fantastic valley views from the balcony.
The dining/kitchen area also has comfortable seating if you prefer to be downstairs.
The beach is so unspoilt, there is a beachside car park and a seasonal cafe/shop, and of course the South West Coast Path to challenge you.
Smugglers Cottage is at the head of a beautiful valley above the coastal village of Branscombe. There is a fully enclosed parking and garden-area behind the cottage.
The working part of the kitchen is just around the corner on the other side of the door to the terrace.
The cosy first floor sitting-room has two comfortable sofas and wonderful views.
This is a special place to relax whatever the time of year, watching the seasons and the weather.
This is a wonderful social dining space for guests to enjoy after a day out exploring the Jurassic Coast.
The owner's farmhouse is in the background but you have all the privacy you need and your terrace faces across the valley so is not overlooked at all.
The little working kitchen-area has all that you need for your stay. For extra workspace you have the lovely farmhouse kitchen table.
The views from this room stretch all the way down the valley in the direction of the village. It is a lovely walk as the little lane is so quiet.
Looking back towards the door to the terrace. This is your main entrance though there is another door to the cottage on the other side if ever needed.
This is the master bedroom on the first floor. It looks out over some of the original farmstead buildings.
This bedroom has plenty of space for your things.
This bathroom is also on the first floor, right next to the main bedroom.
This is the ground floor bedroom with its double sleigh bed.
The cottage is beautifully furnished and feels very tranquil and elegant.
The ground floor bedroom has this en suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle.
Please note the steps from this bedroom up into the en suite bathroom.
What a peaceful place to sit and relax. With the pond in front of you (please take care with children) and the valley stretching away down the hill.
The terrace has spectacular views and is the perfect place to get into holiday mood.
The long farm driveway leads to...
...beautiful Smugglers Cottage.
The award-winning Sea Shanty Beach cafe at Branscombe beach serves delicious locally-caught seafood.
Millers Farm shop on the A35 just outside of Axminster has an array of local produce and delicious holiday treats.
This is Jacob's Ladder at Sidmouth. There is a long sandy beach here at low tide.
This little tram runs between the historc village of Colyton and the Jurassic coast at Seaton, following the Axe estuary through two nature reserves.
Nearby Branscombe's shingle beach.
River Cottage HQ is a short drive from Smugglers Cottage, great venue for a celebratory meal or to polish your cooking skills.
The award-winning Masons Arms is one of two pubs in the long village of Branscombe.