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Quaint, Quirky And Quiet Barn Conversion Less Than 200 Yards From The Beach



Updated: 01-Dec-2016
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.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Sue and Jon

Just to say how much we enjoyed our short break in your cottage and to thank you for extending our stay until Sunday. We had a really good mix of walking and relaxing [and eating far too many Devon cream teas] and how about the weather! We were both impressed with the cottage and how well-equipped it was plus we appreciated the little extras i.e. the groceries ... and for me, very importantly, the bed was really comfortable. What's more, as all our requirements were within walking distance, the car remained in the carport for the whole of the holiday! We look forward to a return visit some time.

Many thanks again,

Angela and Claire
Feb 2013
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent Restful Stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb facility in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

As well as being a great property with delight owners, no where is that far away to get to. will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Excellent home from home will be returning.

Dave and Lyn Anders.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great week. Thank you so much
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excellent place!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay in a great little village

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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A South Devon delight

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Chill Week

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 15 Miles Nearest Golf : Axe Cliff Golf course at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Axminster at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : 6 restaurants within at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Beer at 200 Metres Car: not necessary

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

Further Details:

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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Regatta Week
5 Aug 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 01-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic


  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Ensuite to bedroom 2
  • Main bathroom (Upstairs): Shower, basin, wc En Suite bathroom (Downstairs off Bedroom 2) Bath with shower over, WC, basin


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Sea view from the bedroom window
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Ensuite bathroom facilities
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (Upstairs) - Huge Super King size double bed. Sea glimpse from Conservation window. Bathroom immediately adjacent Bedroom 2 (Downstairs) En suite bathroom and twin beds


  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Smoking - we regret that codbens cottage is a no smoking property Parking - there is one parking space for a moderately sized family car. It is not suitable for large estate cars, mpv or 4x4 type vehicles: these can be parked in the village car park a short walk away, and discounted weekly permits are available. Mobile phone signal at the property is weak on some networks inside the house: text messages are ok to receive and send, but it may be necessary to go outside or stand by a window to talk on a mobile. Likewise, although available locally, digital radio signal is poor, and radio is best listened to through the tv. Internet - broadband is included. Wild flower garden - the mixture chosen comprises native flowers undersown with grasses, and whilst the flowers are glorious during the season, and the insect life is tremendous, hay fever sufferers should take care: the start of this part of the garden is 20 yards from the house. We regret that we not accept pets at Cobdens. Outside: The secluded garden slopes up away from the property, with a lower decked area immediately outside French doors in the glass end wall, and an upper decked area with excellent sun in the afternoon and evening, and a superb view over the village as the sun sets. Morning breakfast in the garden is also extremely pleasant as the village below comes to life. A recently established wild flower garden will give a changing appearance as the year progresses, and with neighbouring gardens maintained to a very high standard, the overall environment is extremely pleasant. Utility Room: A washing machine is located in the under-stairs cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included in the rental: Towels are not for beach use. Linen will be changed weekly, or by arrangement.

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