Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
2 miles west of Branscombe in a tiny hedgerow lane about ½ mile from the coastal path, a gorgeous, thatched, detached, Grade II listed cottage with 17th cent. origins. A large, very pretty, enclosed, shrub-filled lawned garden surrounds it (table/chairs, barbecue) - lots of space for ball games or just relaxing. Pony paddocks and a few dwellings beyond and Sidmouth's famous donkey sanctuary, 500 yards away. A number of footpaths lead from the cottage, including to coastal path and beach (⅔ mile). Inside, simple white cob walls, a few low lintels, heavy beams and original blackened oak spiral staircase/banister (please be aware). From garden, door to large fitted kitchen (Esse electric range, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with slate floor, big table/chairs in centre, TV and door to utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, loo, washbasin); living room with huge inglenook (ornamental), TV/DVD, original oak-panelled wall and pretty garden view; second living room-cum-children's play area with toys, tiled floor (rug) and woodburner (ornamental). Spiral stairs (stairgate) up to three bedrooms – two double (one with 6' bed, one with large step down to it), and a twin; bathroom (suite) and shower-room (suite). A gem of a cottage.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 4.5 star.
The West Country region
East Devon: that is Devon east of the river Exe and Exeter - Devon's capital with superb cathedral and much else attractive. Here is the most smiling of lush farmland and most dramatically hilly, the easiest to see from a car because the lanes are less narrow, the hedges less high. Domed hills rise abruptly and steeply, baize-green fields to crowns of woods or sentinel beech trees, half-way up farmsteads like a children's-book idyll. Woodbury Common is a small high moor with heather and Scots pine trees and fine newish golf course.
Exmouth is a resort with lots of sandy beach and boats. The Exe estuary is full of yachts and has one of Devon's prettiest villages, Lympstone, beside it. A shore of mainly pebbles keeps the area comparatively quiet, though the coast is attractive with white and red cliffs, pleasant, civilised towns like Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton and villages like Beer and Branscombe. Its inland villages tend to be pretty: Broadhembury is special - and the view from Hembury Hill (fort) is sensational. Hardly anyone seems to visit the lovely Blackdown Hills - big beech woods, smart fields with thoroughbred horses - on its northern border. You can have flying lessons at Dunkeswell aerodrome and there is an excellent (flat) cycle track, punctuated by pubs, from Exeter beside the Exe estuary to the sea. The whole east Devon coast is called a 'World Heritage Coastline'.
Branscombe: one of the prettiest villages on the south coast (church, two excellent pubs, licensed restaurant, thatched cottages) with a fine pebbly beach, located at the meeting of two valleys or combes. Sidmouth (seaside town), 3 miles. Lyme Regis (lovely seaside harbour town) and famous 'Jurassic' fossil coast, 10 miles.