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Forge Cottage

Branscombe, Seaton, Devon

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Right in the heart of the village, Forge Cottage is a traditional and beautiful thatched cottage. From this exceptional place, you will be able to soak up the unique and bustling atmosphere of the village - with its old pubs, blacksmith and shop - as well as being able to take advantage of some magnificent walks on your doorstep, along the coast path or inland through the wooded valleys and patchwork fields of this far south-eastern part of Devon. The charming seaside towns of Seaton and Sidmouth are also within easy reach.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen/dining room and sitting room with wood-burning stove.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin), bathroom.
Visitor notes

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Please note that the exterior image of Forge Cottage on page 64 in the Holiday Cottage 2014 brochure is incorrect. Please refer to the website for correct photos.

Heating: Night storage and convector heating included.

Parking: Parking for one car in a nominated space in the National Trust car park across the lane.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer

Please Note: The road where Forge Cottage is situated leads through the village and can be busy at times.

There are low beams and quite steep stairs.

The hand rail at this cottage is a rope hand rail.

Cottage details
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  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

South Devon
The view from Wembury Point, near Plymouth, Devon with the Great Mew Stone in the distance. © David Noton

South Devon is a vivid contrast to the rest of the county: almost a world within a world with an atmosphere and scenery all of its own. After the dramatic, rugged coastlines of North Devon, the high wilderness of Dartmoor and the settled rural charm of East Devon, here you have an extraordinarily vibrant land ablaze with the colours of the red sandstone cliffs, the exotic semi-tropical plants growing in the warm atmosphere, and the myriad greens and blues of the river estuaries burrowing their way deep into the pastoral landscape. There are beautiful coastal towns to discover, such as Salcombe, Dartmouth and Paignton, as well as inland towns like Kingsbridge and Totnes, steeped in history. With its mild and sunny climate, palm tree-lined seaside towns, estuaries filled with boats, and sandy beaches in sheltered coves, South Devon is a wonderful place for an annual holiday or short break.

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  • Jurassic Coast
  • Lyme Regis
  • Crealy Adventure Park
  • Walking
  • water sports
National Trust places to visit
Jurassic Coast
Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge
Branscombe Charming vernacular buildings with mill and forge restored to working order
Shute Barton
Shute Barton Medieval manor house with later architectural features
Loughwood Meeting House
Loughwood Meeting House 17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house
A la Ronde
A la Ronde Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections
Killerton: Marker's Cottage
Killerton: Marker's Cottage Thatched medieval cob house with smoke-blackened timbers and painted wooden screen

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Gordon Markham
    • October 2103
    • Canada

    Location and fact we finally stayed in a "thatched" cottage made this [place special.

  • K.Kitson
    This is a beautiful cottage in a truly quaint village

    This is a beautiful cottage in a truly quaint village. If you are after beautiful country and coastal walks with a cozy cottage (or pubs!)to come home to at the end of the day, then this is the place for you. We visited all the local beaches as we had two teenagers in tow, but found that the best beach and day of all was a leisurely walk past the bakery and mill along the scenic footpath that meanders down to Branscomb Beach. Thanks to NT for perserving a slice of the past and allowing us to enjoy it. Ken, Kathryn, Shannon and Kaitlyn

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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