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, and one bedroom with a single bed and pull-out truckle bed with fully-sprung three-foot mattresses which is 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, and 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 king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3')
Bedroom 4 with single bed (3') and pull out truckle bed (3')
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
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- 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
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.