Smugglers Cottage is in a perfect location just one mile inland from the stunning Jurassic Coast, not far from the Devon/Dorset border on the outskirts of the beautiful east Devon village of Branscombe – one of the lovely coastal villages between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. This high quality detached barn conversion is in a farmstead setting where the Owner lives, in a tranquil valley with wonderful rural views. With an open plan living-room and the flexibility of a ground floor bedroom as well as two further bedrooms on the first floor, this is a great destination whatever the time of year. The south-facing sun terrace with barbecue, patio furniture and sun-loungers is a great extension to the living space.
Smugglers Cottage is reached along a very smart farm drive which really sets the scene, with the fields falling away to the left-hand side of the valley. The farmstead is snuggled towards the head of the valley and the cottage faces away from the farmhouse so feels very private with its lovely open terrace and little lawned-area taking in the gorgeous view. You step from the terrace into the compact kitchen to your left with the open plan living/dining-room to the right. The rest of the ground floor is taken up by the downstairs bedroom and its en suite, and a separate very useful downstairs cloakroom. Upstairs are the two other bedrooms – the wonderful double with its Juliette balcony looking all the way down the valley and the twin bedroom – and the bathroom. The working part of the farm is further up the valley. The fields around the cottage are home to some rare breed sheep and cattle, and also a couple of horses but a small well-behaved four-legged friend is most welcome. Inside the cottage has a very individual feel. It is beautifully presented with a special touch of luxury, even down to the sumptuous bedding and roll-top baths – one in the ground floor en suite bathroom and the other in the family bathroom. However, there are some wonderful walks down to the village and then on to the beach, as well as along the South West Coast Path and so there are plenty of opportunities for you all to stretch your legs and feel free. Branscombe has long been a much-loved family destination – there is a privately run car park, cafe and shop right on the beach and two great pubs – The Mason's Arms and The Fountain Head – both with great reputations. The National Trust runs a little blacksmith's forge in the village as well as a seasonal tea shop and ancient mill. There is a lovely playground for children too if you can tear yourselves away from the beach!
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. TV/DVD player. 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
Bedroom 2 with super-king double bed (6')
Bedroom 3 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 small dog 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
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.
There is a large deck for lazing in the sun and soaking up those views. This grassy lawned area is for you too.
The open plan living and dining area is filled with light and has views right down the valley.
Another view of the living area, which is comfortable and welcoming.
The kitchen is very compact but very stylish! it is to the left as you go in via the terrace door and then the living/dining area opens out to the right.
This is the master bedroom on the first floor, with its Juliette balcony and king-size bed.
The master bedroom has characterful sloping ceilings but plenty of space.
There is a lovely mix of antique and contemporary furnishing in the cottage giving it plenty of character.
This is the ground floor double bedroom.
The is the en suite bathroom, with bath and wet-room style shower, for the ground floor bedroom. There are two steps up into the bathroom.
This is the twin bedroom - also with characterful sloping ceilings but plenty of space too.
Whichever room you choose, you will be very comfortable.
What a peaceful place to sit and relax. With the pond in front of you and the valley stretching away down the hill.
The terrace has spectacular views and is the perfect place to get into holiday mood.
The pond is a pretty feature but do watch young children.
The terrace is a really lovely feature here. It is not overlooked at all and the view down the valley is beautiful.
The beach is so unspoilt, there is a beachside car park and a cafe/shop, and of course the South West Coastal Path to challenge you.
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.
The award-winning Sea Shanty Beach cafe at Branscombe beach serves delicious locally-caught seafood.
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.
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.
Nearby Beer has a wet fish shop on the beach and sells the catch of the day, ideal for the barbecue.
The award-winning Masons Arms is one of two pubs in the long village of Branscombe.
Branscombe's parish church, Saint Winifred's.