I enjoy my exotic holidays, all the sun, relaxing by the pool and drinks but as much I enjoy my week in Branscombe. We
have been going there now every year for the last seven and time really stands still.
Branscombe is the longest village in the UK, situated in picturesque East Devon, nestled on the coast between Sidmouth and Lyme
Regis. Once you turn off the A3052 you head down a narrow lane, with space in parts for only one vehicle the only place you are going is Branscombe, as the road ends at the sea. We stay in a two bed roomed wooden chalet tucked into the top of the cliff, nothing luxurious, but wonderful views out to sea. The chalet is fully equipped with kitchen, bath and shower, double bedroom and bedroom with bunk beds, lounge/dining area with satellite TV and it has an exterior decking area for sunbathing or enjoying the evening sun with dinner and a glass
of wine. It even comes complete with its own family of badgers, who enjoy coming to see who is in residence.
Branscombe is a picturesque village filled with thatched cottages, two great pubs serving local produce The Masons Arms and The Fountain Head, an all purpose shop and cafe adjacent to the beach, The Sea Shanty, 12th century church of St. Winifred, a thatched smithy dating back
to Norman times, tea room serving delicious Devon cream teas, a working watermill and even its own brewery at Great Seaside Farm, The Branscombe Valley Brewery. If sampling all of this is not enough there are the joys of the beach, it is in the main pebbly but is very peaceful and the young at heart can enjoy rock pooling. There is also the opportunity for surfing a boat trips or just relaxing taking in the sun. Also I
shouldn’t forget the Donkey Sanctuary, situated at the top of the road to Branscombe as you turn off the A3052, the home for retired donkeys, you can even help by sponsoring a donkey and you can see all the donkeys in their field and barns for free, a donation to the charity is generously appreciated. For the more energetic there is a cliff top walk to Beer, 2 miles, starting with a steep climb to the top of the cliff. Beer is ideal for collecting some delicious freshly caught lobster at the harbour and enjoying a beer and lunch at the Dolphin before the walk back. You can also enjoy a trip to the Quarry Caves at Beer and enjoy an hour long guided tour. If you fancy a trip out in the evening Gina’s Pizzeria in Beer serves a great range of Italian food with warm friendly service, it is very popular so it is best to book.
If you feel the need to go out in the car, then a trip to Sidmouth is well worth particularly to stock up on groceries at Waitrose and particularly for BBQ supplies visit Hayman’s Butchers, who have an excellent range of sausages, burgers, ribs and steak, all of which is highly recommended. If you fancy fossil hunting then Lyme Regis is the ideal place.