About the property
- Barn1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Barn in Beer, South Devon, England - Great getaway for couples & families with older children
Recently renovated to a high standard, Cobdens Cottage is quietly tucked away up a side road off the main street of Beer. With two bedrooms offering accommodation for four people in a double room and an en suite twin room, guests will be able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the East Devon coast. Featuring oak floors throughout, and a pair of ancient elm beams, this is far from a typical property: A glass wall allows guests to watch the sloping garden at close quarters, with lower and upper decked areas and a wild meadow area in between which changes as the spring and summer pass. There are a selection of restaurants and pubs within a very short walk, as well as enough shops that you don't need to drive during your stay, and with the beach and countryside also only a short walk away it is very easy to escape from the hectic pace of modern life.
The area is steeped in history and natural history, and there are endless walking routes along the coast both east and west along the white limestone cliffs of Beer Head which give way to Devon Red sandstone and grey Lias as you venture along.
Fishing enthusiasts are spoiled with numerous shore fishing marks nearby and a fleet of both mackerel and deep sea charter boats either from Beer beach or Lyme Regis.
After a busy day the decked area outside makes a pleasant place to unwind in the evening, and let the stresses of your normal life slip away.
Jon Eaves : Sue Eaves
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
About Jon Eaves : Sue Eaves
We have lived in the area all our lives, finally escaping from Somerset to West Dorset about 20 years ago. Through diving we know the coast intimately, and also know it from different angles than most. As working company directors much of our time is devoted to keeping our business customers happy, but we very much enjoy personally welcoming visitors to Cobdens Cottage to the area, and answering any questions they may have to help make their stay more enjoyable.
Jon Eaves : Sue Eaves purchased this Barn in 2010
Why Jon Eaves : Sue Eaves chose Beer
Having both been born near Taunton, Beer was known from a very early age, especially when Jon took up diving nearly 30 years ago as Beer was a regular launching point for trips with Peter Crofts, who still runs one of the mackerel boats. Beer has changed little in the last quarter of a century, with a firmly established Conservation area in the heart of the village keeping most of the less desirable elements of a seaside resort at bay. Beer has a heart of its own... whether its windy, raining or sunny, the atmosphere is warm: The sea may crash in, but the stout stone beach keeps it at bay, making welcoming music at Cobdens Cottage. There is nothing finer than a breakfast on the beach early on a sunny summer's morning, or sitting watching the sunset as the bass come in to feed
What makes this Barn unique
Having lived in the house, Jon knows it is very easy not to see another living soul all day, despite being only a few yards from the heart of the village: If you are seeking peace and solitude to write, you have found a place where you can direct your energies into your work. You will not encounter any amusement arcades or the like in Beer, and yet the village is a lively, active place with the highlight of the year being Regatta Week in August when the vibrancy reaches a peak,and again on New Years Eve. Anyone interested in the natural world will find endless attractions in Beer, with seashore and countryside immediately to hand, and the renowned geology of differing parts of the Jurassic Coast within yards. Fishermen, sailors and photographers will certainly never bored
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Excellent Restful Stay
We were met by Sue on our arrival. The barn conversion is very modern and tastefully done. There is everything you could need in the cottage for your stay. The peace and tranquility of the cottage allowed us to unwind and enjoy our holiday to the full. The cottage is two mins to the beach in Beer, the location could not be better.
The carport is the same size as our garage at home and offered a welcome opportunity to park our car for free in Beer. This cottage is advertised as "Quirky". It is different, modern and peaceful. It may not suit anyone having difficulties with stairs. The owners, Jon & Sue were a pleasure to do business with and we could not have enjoyed our stay more. We will definitely book again.
Superb facility in a wonderful location
As well as being a great property with delight owners, no where is that far away to get to. will be returning.
Great place to stay
Excellent home from home will be returning.
Dave and Lyn Anders.
Glad you had a great week. Thank you so much
Great place to stay in a great little village
A South Devon delight
Two of us stayed at Cobdons for a week at the end of June 2013 . It is in a great central position in Beer but really quiet and within a stone's throw of restaurants and choice of two pubs.
Cobdons had plenty of room and was well equiped.
Beer was so laid back but we also enjoyed trips along the coast and arrived home fully refreshed.
We used to go to Beer when we were children I took my mum for a break. It was a fabulous place at a reasonable price. The location is perfect - the only criticism was the parking space (or lack of it).
The Cottage was spacious and had plenty of storage. The was a good selection of pubs and places to eat and drink with the the beach a short walking distance. The weather was glorious.
The barn was of a high standard and would recommend to anyone.
Thank you for your review and your kind comments.
We agree that the parking arrangements are limited, and this is clearly stated in both the property particulars on the site and in the booking confirmation leaflet we send out.
Cobdens is one of the few properties in central Beer that does have any parking space at all, and we understand from other property owners in the village that this season has been very busy, and even spaces in the large central car park have been hard to come by, and some guests at other properties have had to park in the car park out by Beer Head when they have returned, so at least you have been spared a lengthy trudge.
Special interest holidays:
Jon is a keen walker, and maps of his routes locally with varying length and difficulty will be available for guests.
Beer beach is about 200 yards from Cobdens Cottage: It is split into three areas, with the central area reserved for the working fishing and mackerel boats and self drive hires.
There are cafes at the back of the beach, which on a sunny summers morning offer one of the finest places in the world to have breakfast, and with the cliffs sheltering the beach from west and south westerly winds, Beer beach is often a glorious sun trap.
Exeter airport is about 12 miles away, and easily accessible.
Ferries will be from either Plymouth (45 miles) or Portsmouth (85 miles) Channel Island ferries are from Poole (50 miles) or Weymouth (35 miles)
With adequate village facilities close on hand, and plenty to do within walking distance, there is no need to drive: There is an hourly bus which runs between Exmouth & Swanage along the villages of the Jurassic Coast, and walking one way and bus the other makes a pleasant way to explore
Seaton - 2 miles. New Jurassic Coast visitor centre opening 2015
Lyme Regis - 6 miles - Fossil centre of the Jurassic coast
Axminster - 5 miles - nearest Station
Bridport - 14 miles - Market town (Weds and Sat) - Port Bredy in the Hardy novels and the start of Chesil Beach at West Bay. Location of 'Broadchurch' - popular TV series
Honiton (A30) - 8 miles - Renowned antique and lace centre
Exeter - 22 miles - regional shopping centre with rich history
Taunton - (M5) 24 miles - Somerset county town and shopping centre
Whilst there are adequate shopping of quality in Beer itself, the nearest large supermarket is about 2 miles away in Seaton, and can be a very pleasant walk over Beer Head for the active.
There is no bank in Beer, but there are ATMs around the village.
Restaurants - Beer has two pubs that have excellent dining facilities, and a third pub has recently become a seafood restaurant. There is also an excellent bistro, a highly regarded Indian restaurant and an Italian style restaurant that is only open in season. This is beside the beach cafes which serve delicious fresh crab sandwiches among the usual beach cafe fare, and if you get a bright sunny morning, nothing beats a Full English on Beer beach.
A recently opened coffee shop/bistro has enhanced the range of eating out places.
Beer is a village without flashing lights, amusement arcades and minimal intrusion of cheap seaside gimmicks - its relaxed atmosphere makes it a great getaway for anyone wanting to escape their daily grind for some rest and relaxation whatever your interests.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: £100 deposit per week will be due with the booking, and the balance due no more than four weeks before the booking starts: If less than four weeks before the booking, the whole amount will be due. Bookings for short breaks will only be accepted within 4 weeks of the start of the booking, and must be paid in full when confirming the booking. Changeover Day: Changeover day will normally be Saturday Guests are welcome any time after 3pm, unless otherwise arranged We meet all guests personally at the cottage to hand over keys and answer any questions Notes on prices: Short breaks by arrangement with the owners: To work out total rental, please take weekly rate, divide by 7 to get daily rate, and add £75 to work out the rental for your break (e.g. 4 night break starting 19 Apr - Weekly rate for 7 nights - £385. Nightly rate = £55. 4 nights @£55 = £220 + £75 = £295)