Welcome to Baldash Cottage our lovely restored thatched cottage in Branscombe in East Devon – a particularly beautiful part of Devon which has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the Main House and have separate self-catering accommodation in the nearby Baldash Lodge. We are dog-friendly and happy to take small well behaved dogs for a small additional charge of £10.00 per night. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Branscombe is ideal for visits to the nearby towns and villages of Devon and Dorset, Beer, Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis, Honiton, Exmouth, as well the cathedral city of Exeter. Branscombe Village is about two miles away from the accommodation, with two excellent pubs as well as the Branscombe Vale Brewery. At the western end of the village, you will find the Fountain Head which serves real ales, freshly cooked meals, and bar snacks. On the road down to Branscombe Mouth is the Masons’ Arms, which offers a range of eating options, from bar snacks, through traditional country dishes, to a restaurant offering fine dining.
In the Village,
The National Trust maintains Branscombe Bakery the last traditional bakery in use in Devon (– closed 1987), The Forge, believed to be the only working thatched forge left in the UK, and Manor Mill. The Mill contains an historic, water-powered mill which has recently been restored by the NT. It was in commercial use until just before the Second World War to grind wheat, barley, and oats for animal feed and baking. At The Bakery you’ll find lovely Tea Rooms offering Devon Cream Teas and other refreshments during the summer months.
The Church of St. Winifred in Branscombe Village is said to be one of the most interesting and architecturally important parish churches in Devon – and is also one of the oldest. The oldest parts of the existing building date from the Saxon period. The location makes the church invisible from the sea. There is speculation that this was to give protection to the community, at a time when pagan Viking raiders roamed the British coast, looking for possible plunder. Walkers will enjoy the walk through the churchyard and up the hill, turning left to descend along the Jurassic Coast cliff top down to Branscombe Mouth.
Half a mile below the village, you will find the National Trust owned beach at Branscombe Mouth. There is a pleasant walk through the woods, down the valley, and through the village to the beach. Alternatively, car parking is available by the beach at the National Trust car park. You’ll also find The Sea Shanty, a beach restaurant and snack bar offering refreshments and light meals during daylight hours at most times throughout the year.
Ideal for Walkers
The coastline overlooking Lyme Bay is in the care of the National Trust and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers can enjoy the spectacular views from the cliff-top South-West Coast Path. The path to the west goes towards Salcombe Regis (4 miles) and Sidmouth (6 miles) – and to the east towards Beer (3 miles) and Seaton (4 miles).