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Property :Yew Tree Cottage, Branscombe, Devon
Occupancy :5
Bedrooms :3
Pets :Pets allowed



WEEKS FROM £540-£960 PW


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Deposit – 25% of total cost of holiday
Balance – Due 6 weeks before the start of the holiday
Bookings made less than six weeks in advance of your holiday full payment is required.

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Yew Tree Cottage 82%  4 Stars (75%-86%)  FreeWiFi Available   

A delightful detached 'Chocolate Box' thatched cottage, Grade II listed, retaining its charming period features, believed to be one of the oldest 16th century cottages in Branscombe.  Idyllically situated in a large cottage style garden with its 500 year old yew tree and surrounded by beautiful National Trust countryside, in this picturesque seaside village.  A delight for birdwatchers, with gold crests in the yew tree and buzzards, red kites and peregrine falcons soaring the skies above the cottage.

The lovely beach with its licensed restaurant, cafe and shop is a five minute drive away or reached by walking through the bluebell woods and along the spectacular Jurassic coastline.  The Fountain Head traditional inn serving excellent home cooked food and local brews is only a stone's throw away. Also in the village is the renowned Mason Arms Inn serving an 'A la Carte' menu, a working forge, Old Bakery Tea Rooms and Gardens with a working water mill nestling nearby to Branscombe's beautiful Norman church.

Many walks on the doorstep along the spectacular coastline and in the wooded coombes and beautiful valleys, with their abundance of wildflowers in the hedgerows.


The picturesque fishing village of Beer and the Regency coastal town of Sidmouth, with all its amenities, are just a short drive away.  Sidmouth's Donkey Sanctuary, famous for homing thousands of donkeys in acres of pastureland with lovely walks to Weston Mouth is well worth a visit.  Yew Tree Cottage is a truly idyllic retreat!

Accommodation: Cosy, charmingly furnished with care and character in a traditional 'Cottage' style, retaining beams and original features.

Thatched porch entrance.


Sitting Room, with inglenook and wood burning stove, window seats, stone flagged floors, beams and old world features.  TV/DVD/Radio.  BT Sport can be accessed.  CD.  Well-equipped Kitchen/Diner with electric oven and hobMicrowave.  Fridge/freezer.  Washing machine.  Quaint Shower Room:   Large cylindrical Shower, basin, WC.  Winding stairs from Lounge to FIRST FLOOR into open plan Bedroom 1:  Double.   Latch door from Double bedroom into:  Bedroom 2:  Twin.  Latch door from Twin into Smaller Bedroom 3:  Single.  All bedrooms have window seats, pretty garden and countryside views.


Facilities:  Bed linen inclusive.  Towels, please bring your own or hire, £8 per set (one bath + one hand towel).  Electricity/central heating inclusive.

Outdoor Facilities:
  Large, enclosed, front garden attractively planted with rambling roses, honeysuckle, cottage plants and herbs. Cast iron table and chairs - a real suntrap ideal for al fresco meals. Food can be ordered from The Fountain Head, opposite, serving delicious home cooked fayre and enjoyed in the cottage or lovely garden.

Parking:  Off road parking for one car in front of cottage. 

Additional information:  Saturday changeover.  Pets most welcome, a fixed charge of £25 pw or part week per pet.  No smoking in property please.  Care to be taken - some low beams and ceilings.  Arrival:  From 2 pmDeparture: By 10 am.


We are very pleased to report that Yew Tree Cottage has been awarded 100% score for Cleanliness from VE inspection, September, 2017.


N.B.  Regret unsuitable for the less mobile.

Additional information from the owner:  'About a 20 minutes lovely walk to the beach with lots to look at (apart from the valley countryside there is the church, forge, Old Bakery Tea Rooms and garden - this could be a good part way stop).

The Donkey Sanctuary is walkable to or from the cottage and a local bus could take guests there too!'


Customer Reviews:

September 2017  Amazing !!!!!  If you are looking for that special quintessential cottage, then look no further!! Yew Tree cottage is an amazing place to stay in an amazing location. This character cottage oozes with charm and truly is a unique place to stay and unwind. The cottage is extremely well equipped, a traditional stone floor runs through the ground floor, we found this particularly useful after a muddy dog walk. In fact, a great place to stay with your dog as there are great walks literally on your doorstep including a great walk from the cottage to the beach. We can't wait to return to Yew Tree in the very near future.  John G

September 2017   Just spend our 4th time at Yew Tree in Branscombe in June ,  this lovely cottage is perfect for a relaxing break as one of the few cottages in the area that has a lovely secluded garden with lovely lawns. One can sit down with a long drink well into the evening catching the sun on the patio area and watching the Buzzards hovering over the hills. The cottage is well maintained with all necessary facilities to make life easier but keeping its charm and cosiness. We have found lots of walks from the cottage in all directions with the bonus of two lovely country pubs for refreshments. We have found the local Bus Service is good for visiting Sidmouth or Beer with lovely walks back from both.

Bonus for all 5 of us when we stay is a parking space outside and an outhouse for the bikes, fishing gear and sunbeds we bring and keeps the snug cottage clear of equipment. The other bonus is allowing a small pet, my dog Bramley has been down a dozen times over the years and it is great allowing the roam on the enclosed garden. We love the use of the Wood burner on our winter/autumn months visits plus we have found the locals very helpful and look forward to catching up on the lovely Branscombe village life on return visits.   Would definitely recommend a visit.

Christmas/New Year 2016/2017   We've just returned after our holiday at Yew Tree Cottage and I'm writing to ask you to thank the owner, Barbara, for all the effort she went to, to make the Cottage so Christmassy and welcoming. The decorations were lovely, and we really weren't expecting them. She even left small gifts for the children, which we really appreciated. Please could you pass on our thanks to Barbara?   We very much enjoyed our stay.  Meg Williams and Family. 


Dear Barbara

Thank you so much for staying in the Yew Tree Cottage. We has a wonderful week in Branscombe and thank you for your warm welcome ( flowers on the table). Your cottage is so cosy and the garden is beautiful.

We were a little bit “scared” to go to England because it would always rain here …. And yes…. we did have rain every day. Despite the rain we made lovely walks every day , even the children (9 and 12 years ) liked it. We are sunkissed anyway.

We enjoyed the food at the Fountain head and the homemade cakes at the bakery. Today is our last day and we will walk again by another route to the sea and enjoy the sun.  Tomorrow after a peaceful relaxed week in Yew Tree we will visit London (for the first time).  We will recommend Yew Tree Cottage.  Thank you and best wishes  Marcel, Mels and family from The Netherlands 2015



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