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Rockenhayne Farmstead - Clock Cottage


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Branscombe, Devon
Grade 4 Star rating
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Branscombe beach is only 1½ miles away and the Jurassic Coast is nearby. Visit beautiful locations such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.

Rockenhayne Farmstead is situated on one side of a deep valley within 60 acres of woodland and meadowland. Experience natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife, all within 3 miles of Branscombe beach. Driving down the mile-long drive through the woods and fields, look out for deer and other wildlife. The properties are set in the owner’s grounds, but retain their own privacy; they are spacious and furnished to a very good standard. The Old Barn (ref HSSJ) dates back to the 16th century, has original exposed beams in all rooms, and adjoins Clock Cottage (ref HSSI). Maple Tree Cottage (ref HSSK) is a detached barn conversion, ideal for families.

Many walks can be taken from the door and for birdwatchers, this is a haven for buzzards and woodpeckers. The village of Branscombe has two hostelries, a post office/store, a couple of tea rooms and a working forge. Beer is only a 10-minute drive away. The Dorset and East Devon Coast, known as the Jurassic Coast, features many natural landmarks including Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach, and offers a selection of the finest sandy beaches to be found in the UK. The Jurassic Coast is ideal for exploring on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

Branscombe is a haven for walkers, with a cluster of thatched and stone cottages nestling alongside a narrow lane at the bottom of a wooded valley. There is so much to do; take a trip on the tram in Seaton, or visit the nearby donkey sanctuary. Sidmouth boasts a beach and each year holds a folk festival. Beer has a lovely pebble beach, plenty of shops and restaurants, and quarry/caves which is open to visitors. Honiton market town is the home of Honiton lace and hosts a street market on a Saturday. Many National Trust properties can be found close by. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
These properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

Ground Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
Shower room: With shower cubicle (no toilet).
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Living/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Gas central heating included. Bike store.

All properties: Gas, solar powered electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with garden furniture and barbecue. 60-acre grounds (shared with other properties). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

Note: Clock Cottage (HSSI) and The Old Barn (HSSJ) can be booked together to sleep up to 10+2 people

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 11/08/2018
    The cottage is in a lovely setting, totally tranquil and quiet with lovely woodland walks around. It is well situated for visits to Branscombe beach, Beer, Sidmouth, Lyme Regis and further afield. The owner was very freindly and on hand to help with any problems we had. The cottage was reasonably well equiped although the kitchen was missing some basic utensils. The beds were comfy and the bathrooms good, although there is no bath, just showers. Overall it served our family (2 young children and 3 adults plus a dog) very well and we would definitely go back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 28/07/2018
    The cottage was excellent with 3 showers and toilets and well equipped. We were made very welcome by the owner who arrived at the cottage with freshly baked scones, jam and cream. The property is very near to local attractions and beaches. Would definitely stay there again and recommend to friends.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/12/2017
    Had a fab week at Clock cottage. The cottage has a goid layout and worked really well for the 6 of us and dog for Christmas. We also had a surprise visitor on Christmas Eve. My neice arrived home from 2 years of travelling. Rosie ( the owner) kindly arranged for an additional bed etc to be provided to accommodate her for the remainder of the week. Although you need a car to get to places from the cottage, it is well located for Sidmouth, Beer and Branscombe; and not to far to get to the River Cottage at Axminster.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2017
    The mile long journey to the cottage was a bumpy one and not suitable for cars with low profile tyres. The guy who greeted us was very nice and brought us scones and cream, which were very nice. He said that there was some problem with one of the downstairs showers which overflow because of the family who stayed there the week before. The cottage was neat and tidy and towels available. There were 4 of us and a pet, so two of us slept downstairs and the other two upstairs. One of the rules was that dogs were not allowed in the bedrooms or upstairs, where the kitchen and living room were. The only area they were allowed would be the downstairs corridor and toilet. I think they should probably set some of the rules on the site in order to avoid disappointment on arrival. The only reason we booked the cottage was because pets were allowed but if they are not allowed anywhere else in the cottage, then maybe it should state not suitable for pets?? Anyways, the upstairs floor is very very squeaky and if you are sleeping downstairs, then a full night sleep isn't guaranteed no matter how comfy the bed is. So we didn't get a single full night sleep. I read some reviews and found out that some reviewers had raised this as an issue but nothing done about it. I tested the shower which overflows if we stay too long in it and about 30 seconds later, if it started overflowing. So basically this shower does not overflow, just got blocked drain or needs fixing. This was raised by other reviewers as well but not dealt with. The other bathroom available downstairs had a broken lock so had to shower hoping no one will walk in! Good size washing machine. Good size lounge and variety of board games available. Lovely walk in the woods. There are no local amenities so had to drive to nearby villages. The mile long drive to the main road was not fun I have to admit, which is why we couldn't go out in the evenings. Lots of cooking utensils were available but no blender... Internet was quite good and had freeview tv. I think for the price we paid, we got really good value for money. Just thought that our holiday would have been more enjoyable if more attention was given to the cottage. It needs some TLC. There should be more transparency regarding the house rules for pets and problems raised by guests must be really taken into consideration. I hope the owner will take on these feedbacks and help make guests stay more pleasant.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for the feedback. We live in an area of outstanding natural beauty in rural Devon, and our listing reflects this. Our listing is an accurate description. It is not a contemporary property, rather an historic cottage, and this for some is a popular style, and type of holiday. If potential guests could read our visitors book, they'd appreciate how much this property has been loved over 20 years of business, with families returning year on year to enjoy it again. Clock Cottage is not listed as a luxury property, however it is homely, comfortable and charming, and we've had returning guests for many years. The Old Barn we also have listed is a more modern conversion, and is spacious, with plenty of natural light in open-plan living style. There has been some confusion regarding pets. This property has the living space in the upstairs, and bedrooms downstairs, to make the most of the lovely views across the wooded valley. We do allow pets in all of the communal living spaces, the lounge area and kitchen, which is our standard. We do not however allow pets in the bedrooms or on the furniture, and they are not allowed to be left unattended in the property unless in a crate. The 1 mile drive to Rockenhayne is regularly maintained. Less confident drivers occasionally find it challenging, but this is generally not an issue. We have plenty of accessible Motability vehicles using the drive for our accessible property, and these are often lowered, and do not have issue. The road is worth the drive, and as a result you get to enjoy the best of both worlds, a peaceful retreat, and within a 10mins drive every amenity. Within a 10 minutes’ drive in every direction, we have stunning beaches with award winning village pubs, all the major supermarkets: Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl. Often people arrange for a grocery delivery before their stay, and small delivery vans regularly come to service this. Sidmouth, Honiton and Seaton towns are all within 10mins drive, with all your needs met, and picturesque villages Branscombe and Beer also. It's unfortunate when people leave feedback without having consulted the owner first, to give the opportunity to rectify any small issues. Had we known, the bathroom door would have been fixed immediately, which it has been; we have a handy man either on site or within 15minutes call out. We also have plumbers and electricians within 15minutes call out if required, which is most rare. The owner is generally on hand for help if required. The shower is relatively recently installed to building regs standards, and with the trap kept clear a standard run-off achieved. We do encourage people to me mindful of water usage. People do sometimes spend very lengthy periods in showers, which has led to a flood in the past, where the exit trap had not been cleared by the guest. It was unfortunate that we had a further guest booked straight afterwards... On shower cleaning every week, this trap is cleared and attended. Pipework is regularly flushed out also. If the floor is squeaky this can hardly be an issue in daytime hours, and during the night, I don't know why people would moving about so much. I hope this is useful for future guests, and you are not put off by any negative feedback. Guests are always welcome to call and speak with the owner Rosemary in advance if they have any queries at all. We do our utmost to satisfy all of our clientele, and have had many satisfied customers, who return again and again. Thanks for taking the time to read this... Best wishes!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/09/2017
    What a lovely spot, and what a lovely cottage. Spacious and cosy, and a most friendly and helpful owner. It felt just like home when we got back from a visit to the delightful p[laces around it. We intend to revisit!

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 8 reviews collected by Reevoo
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