Barn in Beer, South Devon, England - Great getaway for couples & families with older children
Jon Eaves : Sue Eaves
- english, french
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 Seaton
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
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Children not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A week in Beer
A lovely place to base yourself to see the beautiful east Devon and Dorset coast.Enough pubs and places to eat to not need to use the car in the evening.The accommodation is good with a small well equipped kitchen and lovely wildflower meadow in the steeply slopining back garden.Note , we only have a Ford Focus and parking it was difficult and then became even more difficult after 3 days when the next door neighbour returned home with his car!
Plenty to do in the area,we visited the Donkey sanctuary (free) ,Monkey World ape rescue (about 1 hr 15 mins drive) and the Beer Quarry which does a wonderful quided tour.Plus lots of lovely villages,towns and beaches.
Perfect place for a seaside getaway
Cobden's Cottage is perfectly located up a little lane in the heart of Beer village, so beach, shops, pubs and eating places are all just a couple of minutes away. The cottage itself is deceptively spacious with a fantastic glass wall at the back overlooking a garden which is cleverly planned to make the most of its steep slope and which is packed with plants and wildflowers - great to sit out in for breakfast and in the evening. This cottage would not suit a family with small children since it does (as Sue very clearly describes) have a quirky layout on different levels, but for us and our teenage son, it was perfect. The kitchen is very well equipped, so cooking was not a chore and we were also able to barbecue outside. Sue was an excellent host, providing quick and helpful communication at all stages of our trip and she was very welcoming on our arrival. All in all, we had a great week swimming, walking, fishing and just relaxing. We didn't want to come home!
Bright and comfortable cottage in great location.
We had a very enjoyable week in this bright and comfortable cottage. Despite its proximity to the main street it is very quiet with a lovely sloping garden. Parking space a bit tight but this is clearly pointed out in details. Bin collection calendar would be useful with advice as to where to place bin/recyclables for collection. Overall a great place to stay.
the perfect getaway country cottage in town
We feel lucky to have found Cobden's cottage as staying there was such a pleasant experience!
Just behind the High St (Fore St) is this perfect little getaway - quiet and a convenient one minute walk to the local shops in this attractive (and active) fishing village. The double high windows in the main living area give the the impression of a large and airy space that looks out to the deck, garden and the the neighbouring garden lots, which of course are tended and growing vegetables and flowers. Sitting outside in the evening with its view of the town rooftops is a bonus.
Perfect for two, fine for 4 (we were 4 adults) with two new, clean bathrooms. Comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen that doesn't lack anything meant we could cook at home as well as eat out. We didn't have much time for TV but it's all there. The second (downstairs) bedroom has two single beds.
Welcoming, helpful and friendly, our hosts provided a very comfortable relaxed base for our visit to Devon. Thank you Sue and Jon for kindly helping out with our luggage that had gone astray!
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.
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
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.