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Brand New Stunning Eco-Home In Beautiful Coastal Devon

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


Minimum Stay
7 - 14 nights

About the property

Contemporary Living Space (sleeps 4) With Rural Broadleaf Valley View

We are proud to present this brand new holiday let we have just completed building for the 2013 Spring holiday season. The site at Rockenhayne, Branscombe is situated in a peaceful valley on a site which has been a dwelling since the 9th Century. The Maggs' Family are the proprietors and live on-site with Tan, our border collie. We are 1 mile from the main coast road the A3052 and within 10 minutes drive of local villages, towns and all amenities. We are very pet-friendly!

The Retreat has been specifically designed to accommodate those with access needs and has been built using locally sourced timber and as much local craftsmanship as possible has be employed. We are fully Eco-friendly with solar powered electricity and heat-exchange underfloor heating. We have our own Spring water supply. As much waste as possible ends up on Rosie's compost and we keep two hives of bees in our vegetable garden, so we're doing our bit! We use Ecover natural cleaning products.

The Retreat comprises two bedrooms; a master bedroom with en-suite wetroom with disabled-access features, and balcony doors opening into a decked area overlooking the valley. The twin-bedded room has a flip down tv and an en-suite shower room. Both bedrooms have plenty of built-in storage and a hairdryer.

The superking master bedroom has a large limestone tiled wetroom with grab rails and extra features such as a small handbasin next to the toilet, and mirrors for those using wheelchairs. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails.

The main living space is open-plan with a kitchen, dining area and large area. The entire front of the building opens up with folding doors so you can connect with the outdoors and there is a large decked area with outdoor seating for sunnier days. There is a large private lawn area for dogs.

The living area has a 32' tv with DVD player and a 30+ library of DVDs. There are books and boardgames for you to enjoy. We have fantastic free Wi-Fi connection for you to use.

All areas have been designed as best possible to accommodate those in wheelchairs.

The light airy space and beautiful scenery will have particular appeals to artists, and Rockenhayne itself has a very calm and healing feel about it.

We have three other holiday homes on the same site if you would like to come with larger families or a group of friends.

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Dizzy Maggs
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
23 January, 2017


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Brand New Stunning Eco-Home In Beautiful Coastal Devon
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Very impressed

  • 5 of 5

I have recently returned from the Retreat, Branscombe. I can honestly say that the property is perfect for the wheelchair user, a large wetroom plenty of space to manoeuvre and so so peaceful. The only thing I could comment on is the bumpy farm track to and from the main road.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello! And thank you for taking the time to review us, we're glad that you enjoyed the facilities. Given that we live in rural Devon, the road to the property is not tarmac. Any standard car is fine on the road, and many people drive in vans or 4x4 vehicles; if you have a lowered vehicle, you may be less comfortable using this, or if you are not a confident driver. In the countryside, this is a fairly standard example of a rural road, and it is regularly maintained. It certainly is worth it to get to enjoy The Retreat! Thank you and we hope to see you again soon.
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Peaceful, Safe, Relaxing, Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to explore the Jurassic Coast and were looking for somewhere peaceful to stay for a week. What a find! It certainly was peaceful, away from all traffic, just the noise of the wind and the birds in the trees and not a sound to keep you awake at night. Despite its remote location, the information pack from Rosemary and Dizzy made it easy to find.

The property has been extremely well designed and is well kept and very well equipped. It is exactly as described on the website and there’s little I can add to what’s been said in other people’s reviews. The weather during our stay was cold and unseasonable yet the property retained its warmth and was very comfortable.

The Retreat proved to be an ideal location for us to explore the Jurassic and Triassic Coasts. It was our first visit to this area and we were particularly taken by the beauty of the entire area, not just the coast.

Thank You Rosemary and Dizzy.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review, and for your continued custom. We really look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.... Best wishes.
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Where you can forget your troubles

  • 5 of 5

The Retreat is a fantastic, wheelchair accessible place to stay. Plenty of room, good wet room my only gripe is it needs a riser arm chair. There is a straight backed arm chair but I still needed help getting up. Supply one of those and it would be perfect..Rosemary , the hostess is great providing a welcome goody basket. If you want to get away from it all this is the place to be

  • Review Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent place for a peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our holiday here, and appreciated the tasteful adaptations for disabled access. The master bathroom is nicely done, with walk-in wet-room style shower with seat and plenty of handrails, and handrails for the toilet. The bedroom is not especially adapted, but my wife (who had a stroke last year and has little strength in her left side) had no trouble getting in and out of bed with my help. A stunning setting in the woods, nearly a mile off road. Do note that there is no telephone, while getting a mobile signal was only possible by walking a little way up the track. The owner's house is nearby, though.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Excellent design in a unique location gives a really special holiday home. Rosemary provides a warm welcome and has thought of the needs of each visitor. Standards have remained high since the lodge first opened.

A perfect getaway.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Retreat is a truly wonder property set in a valley with sheep in the field below and a Pine Forest on the other side of the valley. it is truly peaceful and quiet. A place to go to rest & relax and recharge your batteries whilst spending quality time with your partner again! The property is all on one level and very specious and even has broadband

If you need to go out there are some good pubs around serving decent food plus the property is based in between Sidmouth and Seaton so there is something for everyone. We will love to go back next year

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to welcoming you again soon. With this lovely weather here in Devon, it sure is a wonderful time to visit, and with all the bluebells out through the woods...simply stunning.
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Exeter International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Fountain Head, Branscombe
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
The Masons Arms, Branscombe
Nearest Ski
17 Miles
Exeter Dry Ski Slope
Nearest Beach
3.5 Miles
Car: necessary

A couple of miles drive into the picturesque villages of Branscombe and Beer, both with beaches. There are fishing trips offered on both beaches and a couple of great pubs in Branscombe; The Masons Arms is well known for good food. Catch of the day is sold on Beer beach and there are plenty of seaside shops and nice pubs there too and fish and chips if you need! The popular town of Sidmouth is a 10 minute drive away, and friends run Jurrasic Paddlesports from the beach there, with the option of paddleboarding or sea kayaking, and guided tours around the coastline. The market town of Honiton is 10 minutes drive also and is well known for it's antiques trade and curiosity shops. The Holt at Honiton is a lovely gastropub. The Hare and Hounds (5 minutes drive away) boasts a fantastic carvery Sunday roast. The famous Donkey Sanctuary is 5 minutes away and the Norman Lockyer Observatory at Salcome regis is a couple of miles away. There are plenty of walks locally and we have our own 60acres of land for you to explore. Pets are welcome and have their own lawn to use as well as any of the fields and forests to enjoy.


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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Changeover day is Saturday. Your stay is for 7 nights. You will be welcomed on-site by the owner and are asked to arrive after 4pm on arrival day. You will be required to leave by 10am the following Saturday. Thank you in advance!

A deposit of £200.00 is required on booking and then a final balance payment 6 weeks before your stay. If your stay is sooner than 6 weeks away, the entire sum will be

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Seaton in Devon

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - En-suite disabled access wet-room, with grab rails.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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