2 miles from Branscombe on a tiny hedgerow lane about ½ mile from the Coast Path, a gorgeous, thatched, detached, Grade II listed cottage with 17th cent. origins. A large, pretty, enclosed, shrub-filled lawned garden surrounds it (table/chairs, barbecue) - lots of space for ball games or simply relaxing. Pony paddocks and a few dwellings beyond and Sidmouth's famous donkey sanctuary, 500 yards away. Footpaths lead from the cottage, including to the Coast Path and beach (⅔ mile). Inside, simple white walls, a few low lintels, heavy beams and original blackened oak spiral staircase/banister (please take care). From garden, door to large fitted kitchen/dining room (Esse electric range, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with slate floor, big table/chairs in centre, TV and iPod dock; utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, loo); living room with huge inglenook (ornamental), TV/DVD, original oak-panelling 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 and iPod dock, the other with 5' bed), and a twin; bathroom (suite) and shower-room (suite). Some steps up and down upstairs. 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|
|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||Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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.
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.