Branscombe is the perfect choice for a self catering holiday cottage.
For the ideal place for a coastal holiday come to Branscombe, with that 'away from it all' feel, yet only 6 miles from the resort of Sidmouth. A truly picturesque setting, the wooded valley nestling behind high cliffs with slate roofed and thatched colour-washed cottages lining its single road as it winds its way past the ancient church, the Post Office, Old Smithy and the thatched Inn, to the sea at Branscombe Mouth. Branscombe is believed to be the longest village in the country.
The 12th century Church of St Winifred is worth a visit, with its large central Normal tower and nave, fragments of a medieval wall painting and a rare example of a three-decked 18th century pulpit. A thatched smithy dates from Normal times, and Great Seaside Farm, home to Branscombe Vale brewery, dates back to the 14th century and is situated on the road leading to the Village Square to the beach.
Branscombe has a number of historic but still working buildings, including the old bakery where, once inside you are surrounded by open fires, baking tins and the storage jars of days gone by. There is also a compact, working forge, the only thatched one of its type in England.
The beach at Branscombe Mouth has plenty of parking, a thatched, licensed restaurant and an abundance of rock pools just waiting to be explored. Those keen on fishing can take a trip out on a boat to catch mackerel.
Walkers can enjoy the surrounding countryside or the coastal path from Sidmouth to the west and Beer to the East. Uncommercialised to this day, come and discover for yourself.