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“Lovely Visit. So very peacefull”
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Masons Arms
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Branscombe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We have just been to The Masons Arms at Branscombe and we had a lovely visit. We had found this hotel on Booking.com and contacted the hotel. When we arrived Clare in reception said for the same price they had upgraded us and let us stay in a double room in the cottage which is seperate to the pub. The room was great and it faced the beautiful Devon hills (see photo). Branscombe is a lovely, quiet and peaceful village and we would love to come again just to get away from the crazy world that we live in.
The room (number 7) had a Kingsize bed and a small flat screen TV. There were tea and coffee facilities and the bathroom was huge having a walk in shower and bath. The room was lovely and warm. The only negative thing was you could hear the occupants in the room upstairs when they were walking about and chatting. I think they were just loud and wore lead shoes on their feet.
We had stayed 2 nights. The bed was comfortable and warm with lots of bedding.
The gardens surrounding the cottage were well kept with lots of flowers. There is a hotel car park with lots of spaces.
The staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly. They valued us as customers and it was really felt. Sadly someone had backed into my car and the hotel staff came and found me to let me know what had happened.
The pub was lovely with a large open fire that never went out. We didnt eat in the pub except the breakfast. The food seemed overpriced. The breakfast was nice. There was plenty to eat and definately filling. The only negative thing aabout the pub was it didnt have comfortable seats. I made a suggestion to the pub that they get sofa's and comfortable chairs then visitors may stay longer. By 9.30pm there didnt seem that many folks in the pub. The staff in the pub were great and so very helpfull.
There is no internet connection in the rooms but there is in the pub. We managed to connect to NETGEAR isp and this was extremely fast. Mobile phones will not connect whatever provider one has but there is a phone in the rooms that is cheap to use.
I loved this place and we would come again

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

We have visited the Mason's Arms on numerous occasions over the years. It is a traditional old pub/hotel in the beautiful village of Branscombe, East Devon. The pub has flag stone floors, basic furniture and an open log burning fire which burns 365 days a year. I noticed they had a variety of west country ales. We ate indoors but there is also a very picturesque outdoor eating area at the front which was full when visited on Tuesday.
We chose a Branscombe crab ploughman's. It arrived on a wooden platter with homemade coleslaw in the centre surrounded by a ramekin packed full with crab, a ramekin of tarragon and lemon mayonnaise, tomato wedges, half an apple, a stick of celery and a large wedge of warm wholemeal bread and wedges of butter. It was absolutely delicious.
We always find this pub/restaurant has an interesting menu - daily fish meals, a la carte etc. It varies on each of our visits.
After our enjoyable meal we walked the two thirds of a mile down to the beach. There is a lovely path through the fields to the sea.
Go there, you won't be disappointed. We wil be going back again one day.

Room Tip: We have never stayed there but my cousin spent their honeymoon there and loved it.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

The best part was the view from the patio outside our bedroom. Pub is Just like achocolate box!! With à great atmosphere, but was not too taken by the food. Quite ordinary realy. I saw à comment, that à "star" had been awarded, cannot see it myself.
Overall pretty good experience, very welcoming in reception. Of course a great location.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Having seen the Mason's from the outside last year and read all the rave reviews we were really looking forward to our 2 night break but left just a little underwhelmed. I agree with many of the positive comments about the location, setting, ambience, food and drink but this is not the archetypal country pub with rooms and restaurant. It is very very busy with a lot of passing trade. You need to be very sharp to ensure you get a seat when and where you want it. Reception is in a separate building and most staff seemed unable to distinguish between residents, locals and passing trade. The real disappointment was the rooms. As a party of four we booked 2 double rooms in the old inn building at £95 a night. Our room was acceptable (although my wife added it to her list of room designers who don't seem to understand the need to place mirrors adjacent to electrical sockets). Our friends were given a miniscule room that mascaraded as a double. I don't think so and very embarassing for us! We know of other establishments that deal with this situation by highlighting very small rooms in a separate category and charging accordingly, a much fairer approach for the customer.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

This beautiful inn in the chocolate box village of Branscombe is really fantastic. We had a superior double ( cottage no.2 on the first floor ) which was really nice and spacious with amazing views of the surrounding countryside and the hills. Nice bathroom too with separate shower and a jacuzzi bath. However, what we really appreciated most was the excellent service right from checkin. Superb breakfast ( with a vegetarian option ). We had good vegetarian dinners on the two nights we were there and the chef went out of his way on the second night and prepared something not on the menu. Very nice ambience in the restaurant and the pub. Branscombe village itself is very picturesque and also quiet as not many tourists visit. The beach is just a 15 minute pleasant walk and the atmosphere there is also very nice- very quiet unlike places such as Lyme Regis. You can do some beautiful walks taking the coastal path, for instance, to Beer or even Seaton. All in all a very nice weekend and I thoroughly recommend this little piece of paradise. We will surely be back and thank you so much to all the wonderful staff who made our stay so comfortable. And thank you, Chef !

Room Tip: First floor superior cottage rooms for amazing views ! Cottage 2 is really nice.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was our first visit to this country pub/ hotel with its own unique charm and beauty surrounded by such beautiful countryside and only a short walk to the branscombe beach . This an ideal retreat to get away from it all , in such a tranquil and peaceful setting .
On arrival and Thru out our stay the staff were friendly , helpful and very attentive . The room we had was very clean , nicely decorated and good size for such an old inn . The food was to a good standard , with excellent choices on the menu and the breakfasts were very good.
This is a hidden jewel in the east Devon countryside and I would highly recommend a visit to it , my wife and I will certainly be making a return visit in the not too distant future

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Unfortunately the owners of this beautiful pub have committed the cardinal sin of allowing it to trade on its 'chocolate box' looks alone without any consideration for the quality of its accommodation, food or internal fittings. A one night stay in a 'standard' room costing £95 was at best disappointing. Internal fittings are tired and slightly grubby, the carpets and wall lamps, cheap and nasty pine furniture and net curtains were all reminiscent of the 1970s. Too many rooms have been created of inadequate size to maximise the number of paying guests at the expense of providing a comfortable and memorable stay.
The dining experience in the restaurant was equally disappointing, a main course of hake (which given the beautiful location of Branscombe and availability of fresh fish) was grey in colour rather than sparkling white suggesting it was less than freshly caught. Put together with the arrival of the veg nearly 10 mins after the main course arrival, it was really unsatisfactory and inexcusable for a premises making claims to be a fine dining experience.
Sadly we wont be going back there despite the beautiful location - the village is delightful.
Someone needs to spend some serious money on upgrading the Masons Arms and bring the interior into the 21st century.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Branscombe Village, Branscombe EX12 3DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Branscombe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Branscombe
Price Range: $119 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Masons Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestling in the heart of Branscombe, one of Britain's most picturesque villages, is the award winning, 14th Century, The Masons Arms. This charming thatched Inn dates back to 1350 - a cider house turned country pub - and the men who cut the stone for Exeter Cathedral drank here, hence the name. With only a leisurely ten minute stroll to Branscombe Beach, The Masons Arms offers an ideal base to escape the stresses of modern life and enjoy the magical vista of sea, beaches and the spectacular walks offered by the ninety five miles of Devon and Dorset's Jurassic Coast. The authentic interiors ooze character with timber frames, low beamed ceilings, pine cladding, whitewashed walls and a huge roaring log fire. Our award winning Restaurant offers an exciting and creative menu in relaxed fine dining surroundings. The Masons Arms kitchen brigade are dedicated to sourcing the very best of local Dartmoor produce. The cooking is classy yet simple, perfect for a special meal or relaxing Country lunch. We serve as many as six locally brewed bitters and the finest wines from around the world. The 21 bedrooms at the Masons Arms Branscombe, are cosy, stylish and inviting, blending comfort with character. The Masons Arms has been awarded a FOUR STAR rating under the Inn category by Quality in Tourism. ... more   less 
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