Choose a self-catering holiday in one of our Beer holiday cottages or enjoy a short break in the quieter out of season times in the quaint, historic village of Beer. The harbour is a natural cove, a suntrap sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds. A historic fishing village in a beautiful setting with high white cliffs sheltering a pebble beach. The village is famous for its lobster, crab and fish which is sold on the beach and at the many excellent restaurants and pubs. From the Jubilee Gardens, set high on the cliffs, stunning views can be enjoyed across the bay and the sheltered pebble beach is an idyllic location from which to watch the local fishermen landing their catch or the sailing club’s flotilla of colourful yachts. You can take to the water yourself for an angling trip or a sightseeing tour of the amazing Jurassic coastline, designated a World Heritage Site, or even hire a boat for your own pleasure. A pretty stream runs alongside the main street through the town with its many fascinating shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants. Plenty of amusement can be had browsing the antiquities and artists’ work on display. Beer is a quaint, tranquil, unspoilt and extremely friendly village, remains totally un-commercialised to this day and full of charm and character.
Branscombe is the ideal place for a coastal holiday, come to Branscombe, with that ‘away from it all’ feeling, 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 Norman 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 Norman 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. We have a selection of Brancombe holiday cottages to choose from so you can live like a local in this pretty Devon village.
The beach at Branscombe 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 and stay in one of our Branscombe beach chalets.