This is a perfect place to sit and while away a sunny day.
Topsails is on the top floor of this pretty building, just around the left-hand side.
The beach stretches around this sheltered bay, The Owner provides picnic/deck chairs for you to take down to the water's edge.
The kitchen/dining-room is bright and cheerful.
The modern kitchen is light and airy.
A perfect place to start your day out exploring the Jurassic Coast.
The cosy sitting-room is a little home-from-home.
The bedroom is a lovely welcoming room.
There are friendly touches throughout the apartment to make you feel at home.
There is plenty of information in the apartment to help you plan your day.
A cheerful finishing touch in the bathroom, complete with a heated towel rail.
Topsails is set at the top left-hand side of these apartments.
The fishing boats pulled up on the beach are a lovely sight - you can buy fish straight from the sea in the little fish stall.
Beer is a traditional fishing village. You can watch the boats unloading their daily catch and buy fresh fish from the quayside fish stall.
Fresh seasonal fish from the stall on the edge of the beach.
The main entrance to the apartments is the nearest door in the picture
Pack up a picnic and head for the beach for the day....
....or treat yourself to a well-deserved holiday lie-in.
Watch the ebb and flow of the tide.
The beach is a short stroll from Topsails.
The beach is deceptively long here - stretching to either side of the bay. If you don't want to laze on the beach you can tackle the coastal path.
The lovely pebbled beach at Beer - there is a great cafe too, and you can also buy fresh fish straight off the boats.
Lyme Regis is in the other direction, just over the border into Dorset, an easy drive from Beer.
A view across the Cobb Harbour towards Lyme Regis.
This is the Regency town of Sidmouth. There is a lovely promenade and a great town centre for browsing for some treats.
Sidmouth is a short drive down the coast. This is the view from Jacob's Ladder at the far end of the town.

Topsails

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Beer / Sleeps 2 (no children under 12)

7 Nights from £290 - £585

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Anchor Inn (150 yards)

Situated on Beer seafront, this hotel offers food service seven days a week from 11am until 10pm and fresh fish daily specials. There's a beer garden for summer months with cliff-top views.

Nearest beach

Beer beach (250 yards)

A shingle beach surrounded by high chalk cliffs on the south Devon coast. It's nice and sheltered with a cafe and toilets and there's even long rubber mats provided to help walking on the pebbles. A section of the beach allows dogs all year round.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Embley July 2016

Great little beach

We really liked beer and the beach, although stony, was pleasant with plenty of deckchairs and little cafes to grab a drink and sandwich.

Nearest walk

Branscombe Walk (1 ½ miles)

A challenging five mile walk taking in coastal path, woodland and even over an airstrip. Some of the path is very steep, however its well worth the effort for the stunning views and beautiful countryside. Visit the Old Bakery in Branscombe on your return for a well-deserved snack!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Mr Nichols October 2016

A Walk for all seasons

Park at the village hall and stroll through the fields on an easy footpath or take the slightly steeper paths, either way it's a great short walk to the beach and the Sea Shanty cafe for a coffee / snack, stroll on the pebbly beach to take in the great views.

Nearest town

Colyton (3 miles)

Although easy to access, this little town is unspoilt and displays historic charm alongside riverside walks with dog friendly pubs and a tram station, all within three miles of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Gateway at Seaton. Have a day out to the National Trust's Shute Barton, nearby, or head out to the Blackdown Hills. You're also near enough to Beer, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and the Cathedral City of Exeter.

Also nearby

The Masons Arms (1 ¾ miles)

Excellent food and great pub atmosphere with plenty of outside seating for balmy summer evenings and a roaring open fire for cooler weather. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Nichols October 2016

You have to visit here !

The Masons Arms, from the outside it looks stunning, charming thatch, honey stone, you expect so much from this first impression, well we were not disappointed, inside the atmosphere is spot on, and the food, local beers and especially the service from the ever attentive staff was brilliant. Welcomes dogs too, a truly British pub experience.
Glad we are not locals, we'd be in here every day !


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2011

Great crab ploughman's!

Get there early at lunch time for a table outside in the summer. The famous crab ploughman's makes a wonderful lunch - washed down with the local Branscombe Bitter. For me the beer of the week!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2009

Chocclate box pub in a chocolate box village

The Mason Arms is a very popular pub in the heart of Branscombe village. It has lots of nooks and crannies and plenty of eating space, although it can get extremely busy in the summer months and at bank holidays - make sure you book ahead for a table. The food is fresh, great quality and very well cooked - a surefire winner!

Pecorama Model Railway (½ mile)

Up on the hillside above the pretty fishing village of Beer, Pecorama is home to the Peco Model Railway Exhibition and The Beer Heights Light Railway. The miniature railway carries passengers through the grounds, with great views over Beer and Lyme Bay. On site you'll also find children's play areas, crazy golf, a refreshments car and the colourful Millenium Gardens. During the summer, jugglers, magicians and clowns perform at the Top Spot Garden Theatre.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

PECO Model railway exhibition and 1/4 inch gauge minature railway carrying passengers through a mile of beautiful gardens, a tunnel and beautiful sea views, with childrens activity areas, Orion Pullman Refreshments Car and Top Spot Garden Theatre.

Beer Quarry Caves (1 mile)

Part of a Natural World Heritage Site. Marvel at the vast underground caverns created by cenuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone. First worked by the Romans, the underground quarry supplied stone for 24 cathedrals, including Exeter and St Pauls. Quarried by hand, the smallest blocks weighing four tons, the stone was carted on horse-drawn wagons by barges from Beer beach to its destination, sometimes involving journeys of several hundreds of miles. Conducted tours last an hour.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd July 2010

The 2,000 year old Stone Quarry - take an hour long tour through the awe insiping caves with their mighty halls of vaulted roofs and pillars of Beer Stone, which have been likened to a vast underground cathedral.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

Seaton Tramway (1 ¼ miles)

Scenic tram rides between Seaton and Coylford following the old railway beside the Axe estuary. The route goes through two nature reserves, giving you great views of the birdlife.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Au September 2012

Seaton Tramway

A great trip for the family, our 4 year old son loved it. If you get there early, it is possible to have unlimited trips for the day for only £1 extra. It takes 25mins each way from Seaton to Colyton. It is probably worthwhile factoring in some time to walk around both Seaton and Colyton.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Lloyd January 2012

Seaton Tramway

It was great fun. Do take it from Colyton to Seaton - and back - the parking is free at that end. Allow at least a couple of hours at Seaton - even more if the weather is really good.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Scenic tram rides

Short but sweet - especially when you stop for refeshment at the flower bedecked platform at the Colyton end of the line. A good opportunity to birdwatch. Open air upper deck good fun for the kids - they don't feel the cold!

Hix Oyster and Fish House (7 miles)

Overlooking the fishing port of Lyme Regis and The Cobb, Hix Oyster and Fish House is blessed with uninterrupted views of the Jurassic Coast. Simplicity of food is key here. The very best ingredients are used; make your choice from the blackboard of the day's landings and a small menu of house dishes. Award-winning restaurateur Mark Hix mastered his trade in London restaurants such as The Ivy. Just 45 covers means it is advisable to book.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs James May 2013

Hix Oyster and Fish House

We ate at Hix twice during our week at Sea Glympse. The fish was delightful - one of the highlights was the grilled whole fish. Oysters were delicious. Staff very friendly. The first time we ate inside - the weather was not very good - and the second time we had lunch on the terrace and took Dusty our Jack Russell. Dusty was made very welcome and the waiter even brought her a bowl of water without us asking. There was nothing to criticize on either visit. Also, I was readily offered 10% discount when I mentioned that we were staying in a Classic cottage!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H November 2012

Our Wedding Anniversary

Our visit to the HIX Oyster & Fish House proved to be much more than just a lovely Sunday lunch out. Two things struck us as soon as we walked in - Lyme Bay stretching out as far as the eye can see and the truly friendly atmosphere. Everyone was enjoying being there, staff and guests alike. It was very lovely and very unusual to chat naturally with the people sitting at the tables closest to ours. Some guests were local, some had driven for miles to treat a friend, it was our 29th wedding anniversary.
Then came the food - I am not a food critic but am determined to do justice to it! We started with a Hix House Cocktail to set the scene – Somerset cherries soaked in Apple Eau de Vie and topped up with Nyetimber – an English fizz to compete with most Champagnes. For starters my husband had the partridge on Yorkshire toast – yes it IS the Fish House but you can choose a locally reared beef steak too! – and I had deep fried sprats with watercress and caper mayonnaise ( even though we had already had the restaurant’s own smoked salmon with our cocktails ), then the most deliciously creamy House Fish Pie and the most incredible ‘real’ fish fingers on crushed fresh peas with mint. I didn’t know which wine to choose and so gave that responsibility to Assistant Manager Tom Cook who chose a gorgeous soft La Flor, Sauvignon Blanc. My husband, a veteran cider drinker, had Julian Temperley’s Somerset cider – in a lovely ceramic flask made by a local potter – what a great touch. I am afraid that pudding just had to follow – burnt cream with its crispy glazed top and a Hix Fix jelly to bring back the taste of that champagne!
We loved meeting the Chef, Phil, who showed us the kitchens and the KitchenTable where guests can sit to watch the kitchens in full swing and really savour the commitment here. Phil explained that The Fish House has a licence to bring fresh fish straight from the boats in the harbour below to the kitchen. This restaurant really ‘belongs’ there.
The feel-good factor of eating delicious food with a panoramic view of the Jurassic Coast will last for a long time. We had a lovely sunny day but it would be pretty exciting to eat here whilst watching a wild stormy sea battering the historic Cobb.
We will be going back again.... and again !


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

We had a really enjoyable meal. The location is so beautiful, and every table enjoys the views out over the harbour. Its well worth coming early evening or for lunch so you can really appreciate the views, as as it got dark I felt I was missing out! The food was really special, we had a great spelt rissotto to share. Our starters were delicious, I had a plate of oysters. The champagne cocktails weren't bad either. They offer great lunch deals which I want to try next time. Would go back every week if I could!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Food: Excellent
Service: Very attentive
Value: Not cheap or bountiful but the quality made it worth every penny!
Ambience: Very pleasant
Situation: Superb views over the sea


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2010

Great restaurant and hopefully I will still be able to get a table now it has been voted the 27th best restaurant in the country at the National Restaurant Awards 2010


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

Simply sumptuous!

The Hix Oyster house is a must visit eatery - book a babysitter and get a really good evening out. And don't worry, you don't need to like oysters, but you might be missing a trick if you don't even try just one!

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