Bakers Thatch

Welcome to Bakers Thatch bed and breakfast Braunton. An exceptional guest accommodation in the heart of the village on the beautiful North Devon coast which lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The 15th Century Grade II listed thatched property has been sympathetically restored for our guests to enjoy all the comforts of modern facilities mixed with a blend of historical character. With spacious bathrooms, sumptuous cotton bedlinen and goose feather duvets and pillows you are sure to relax and unwind after a long day out.

History

Bakers Thatch has a rich and varied history, there has been a property on the site for hundreds of years, it lies adjacent to the historic Parish Church of St Brannock which goes back to the 6th Century on record. Having changed dramatically over its life time it started off as a much smaller property,  it was originally an open hall house in the 14th century which comprised of just two rooms. The first, the hall room, was open through to the elm roofed beams and thatched roof, this room was used for cooking and living in. The other, housed the animals with the platform above reached by a ladder for the owners to sleep, thus benefiting from the warmth of the animals below. Sometime in the 17th century the property was extended but was probably made into two properties, evidence of which we have found during our 10 years of restoration on the property and at some later date made into one as it stands today. The name Bakers Thatch was given more recently as, at the turn of the century the house was a bakers and grocery shop when Church Street itself was the main street in Braunton. There were shops the length of the street including all the usual trades, Butcher, Saddler and Cobbler to name but a few. In just the last hundred years that we know of,  the property has benefitted from additional windows, room partitions and all mod cons – a bath and flushing toilet!