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Axminster

Axminster, in east Devon, is a charming market town that’s built on a hill overlooking the River Axe; ideal for a relaxing and tranquil holiday with family, friends or loved ones, this town has a lot to offer visitors who enjoy exploring the great outdoors and discovering a destination with a rich heritage.

Originally a town that was famous for its cattle market, Axminster is also renowned for its role in the Battle of Trafalgar, as it was on the route that carried dispatches with news updates, and in the town centre there is a plaque commemorating this. You can learn more about the rich history of the town at the Axminster Museum that’s housed in the courtroom of the old Police Station.

The architecture in and around the town includes several Grade II listed buildings, such as Belmont House, Castle Hill House and Buckland House; all worth visiting. If you are looking for culinary options, traditional British fare is on offer at many of the pubs and restaurants in the town, the local farm shop sells produce direct to the public and there is a traditional weekly market.

There’s no shortage of outdoor activities, Axminster will well and truly spoil you for choice. Falling within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the countryside surrounding the town is truly spectacular and there plenty of walking, cycling and horse riding opportunities on offer. The windswept moors and the woodlands are ideal for a relaxing walk and a visit to the Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park is a treat for visitors of all ages. Axminster and its surrounds are truly spectacular and local wildlife, natural beauty and incredible landscapes are in abundance.

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  • Little Trill Cottages - Rose Cottage

    Axminster

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43710


    Little Trill Cottages (refs W43708 and W43711) are perfect self catering holiday cottages in Devon, located near the sea between Axminster and Seaton. Situated on the River Axe, the attractive ancient market town of Axminster lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. A few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset. These Grade II listed traditional stone holiday cottages are set in over three acres of magnificent gardens, which are perfect for children to play and explore, whilst adults can enjoy the peace, tranquillity and stunning scenery of the rural countryside. The resident owner personally cares for the cottages, which are attractively furnished. The kitchens are well-fitted and fully equipped with a gas cooker, microwave, fridge and automatic washing machine. Whether it is walking, bird watching, the seaside, fossils or just relaxing, Little Trill Cottages are the perfect location for having a holiday in Devon. Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall purchased an old inn that once provided the ballroom of the town, and converted it into his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen). He also has his River Cottage HQ nearby in the Axe Valley. Whether you are planning your summer holidays in Axminster or are looking for somewhere to slip away to in the depths of winter for a romantic break away, Axminster and the surrounding area have something to offer you, whatever the weather and whoever you are with. Axminster is a very popular town, with Lyme Regis resort with its Jurassic Coastline continuing towards Seaton and the fossil beach of Charmouth. Dorset is also only a short drive away. There are many visitor attractions including the Axe Valley Wildlife Park which is a great family outing, where you can see a variety of birds and mammals. Many National Trust properties are also close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom wtih shower over bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer and freezer in outbuilding. Wi-fi. Shared 3-acre grounds with summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Barns - The Hayloft

    Stockland, Honiton

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: HPPD

    In a glorious setting in the Blackdown Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and between Honiton and Chard, lie The Barns around a cobbled yard. Both detached holiday barn conversions are decorated and furnished to a good standard and have their own gardens and fabulous views across the countryside. Situated in the grounds of the owner’s Grade II listed, medieval farmhouse, they are in an excellent location from which to explore numerous National Trust houses, great walks and the cathedral city of Exeter. Also within easy driving distance is the famous World Heritage Coast, as well as the seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Beer, Branscombe and Exmouth. Situated between both Dartmoor and Exmoor National parks, both with brilliant walks, heather clad tors, ponies, rugged terrain and quaint villages. Within six miles there are local family run shops and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen. Shops 21/2 miles and pub 1½ miles.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with kitchen area and tiled floor. Twin bedroom with zip and link beds and additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double bed.

    • Electricity, full oil underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Electricity blankets
    • Cot
    • Travel cot
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 8 acres of fields
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small stream in grounds

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  • The Farmhouse at Higher Westwater Farm

    Axminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: KBBE

    Tucked away down a very quiet country lane is this 16th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage. The property is one of a pair and has been completely renovated, offering some original features including inglenook fireplace, beams, historic bread oven and also very contemporary touches for today’s lifestyle.
    The property is decorated and furnished to a very high standard, situated next door to the owner, but offering a very private setting. At the bottom of the lane is a small river with a ford across to the fields, and there is no through traffic. It lies close to Axminster, an unspoilt Devon market town situated on the River Axe, surrounded by stunning countryside and filled with charm and character. This attractive market town lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. Famous for its carpets, the original Axminster factory was opened in 1755 by Thomas Whitty and authentic British ’Axminsters’ are still made in the town by Axminster Carpets. Situated a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, guests can visit towns such as Beer, Branscombe, Sidmouth and Seaton with its famous tramway.

    Tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset, with Lyme Regis and Charmouth just 6 miles away.

    Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen) here, and his River Cottage HQ is nearby in the Axe valley. There are many places to visit close by including many NT properties. This is an ideal spot for walking with a footpath close to the property. The Yarty Valley is a very peaceful area and ideal for bird watching, cycling the country lanes or just relaxing on the patio enjoying views of the river. Shop and pub/restaurant 2 miles (1 mile via footpath).

    Spacious, beamed living room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Well-equipped, beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), historic bread oven and stone tiled floor. Utility. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two large beamed double bedrooms, each with original features and TVs, one with kingsize bed and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with super kingsize bed, en-suite shower room with toilet, feature fireplace and countryside views. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, central heating (underfloor on ground floor and bathrooms), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 4 Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from bore hole
    • Welcome pack
    • One pet welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times
    • No smoking

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  • The Coach House

    Axminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 14243

    Rural setting

    This former coach house, in the grounds of the owner’s home, offers spacious accommodation, the light attractive living room on the first floor having a particularly pleasant outlook. The house is in a rural setting, yet just 1 mile from the centre of Axminster with its wide range of shops and pubs. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis is 5 miles away. Seaton 7 miles. A good base to explore the superb Devon, Dorset and Somerset countryside. Shop 1 mile, pub 11/2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: Living room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    First £20 Economy 7 NSH and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small gravelled courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well.

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  • Little Trill Cottages - Trill Cottage

    Axminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W43708


    Little Trill Cottages (refs W43708 and W43711) are perfect self catering holiday cottages in Devon, located near the sea between Axminster and Seaton. Situated on the River Axe, the attractive ancient market town of Axminster lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. A few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset. These Grade II listed traditional stone holiday cottages are set in over three acres of magnificent gardens, which are perfect for children to play and explore, whilst adults can enjoy the peace, tranquillity and stunning scenery of the rural countryside. The resident owner personally cares for the cottages, which are attractively furnished. The kitchens are well-fitted and fully equipped with a gas cooker, microwave, fridge and automatic washing machine. Whether it is walking, bird watching, the seaside, fossils or just relaxing, Little Trill Cottages are the perfect location for having a holiday in Devon. Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall purchased an old inn that once provided the ballroom of the town, and converted it into his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen). He also has his River Cottage HQ nearby in the Axe Valley. Whether you are planning your summer holidays in Axminster or are looking for somewhere to slip away to in the depths of winter for a romantic break away, Axminster and the surrounding area have something to offer you, whatever the weather and whoever you are with. Axminster is a very popular town, with Lyme Regis resort with its Jurassic Coastline continuing towards Seaton and the fossil beach of Charmouth. Dorset is also only a short drive away. There are many visitor attractions including the Axe Valley Wildlife Park which is a great family outing, where you can see a variety of birds and mammals. Many National Trust properties are also close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    5 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Dishwasher. Enclosed, lawned courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: 5 steps to courtyard.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer and freezer in outbuilding. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 3-acre grounds with summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Woodmead

    Marsh, nr. Honiton

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W43981

    Woodmead was once the blacksmith’s house and workshop. This quaint, thatched holiday cottage is ideally set on a quiet road just off the A303, perfect for enjoying all that Devon has to offer. The property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. There is an oil fired Aga in the kitchen, a woodburner in the living room which is ideal for cosy evenings during the cooler months, a large enclosed garden, perfect on a summer’s day for al fresco dining. The property has many original features, such as an inglenook fireplace and beams. There are many National Trust properties close to the area, and Honiton, the gateway to Devon, is truly one of the friendliest market towns in the south west. Famous for its lace and pottery, Honiton has now become one of the most prosperous and lively shopping centres in East Devon. You will always find something of interest in Honiton and its surrounding area. With this unique holiday destination being within easy reach of both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, along with easy access to one of England’s most stunning coastlines, Honiton is an excellent base for people wishing to visit the West Country. Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast is close by, taking in Sidmouth, Seaton and Seaton Tramway. Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth are a great day out. Beach 19 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    8 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living room with beams and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). 2 steps to dining room. Kitchen with beams, tiled floor and breakfast area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room (no toilet). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Aga. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Little Trill Cottages - Vine Cottage

    Axminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43709


    Little Trill Cottages (refs W43708 and W43711) are perfect self catering holiday cottages in Devon, located near the sea between Axminster and Seaton. Situated on the River Axe, the attractive ancient market town of Axminster lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting quaint villages and unspoilt countryside. A few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast, tucked in the south east corner of Devon, Axminster is an ideal touring centre for the neighbouring counties of Somerset and Dorset. These Grade II listed traditional stone holiday cottages are set in over three acres of magnificent gardens, which are perfect for children to play and explore, whilst adults can enjoy the peace, tranquillity and stunning scenery of the rural countryside. The resident owner personally cares for the cottages, which are attractively furnished. The kitchens are well-fitted and fully equipped with a gas cooker, microwave, fridge and automatic washing machine. Whether it is walking, bird watching, the seaside, fossils or just relaxing, Little Trill Cottages are the perfect location for having a holiday in Devon. Celebrity chef and TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall purchased an old inn that once provided the ballroom of the town, and converted it into his very first River Cottage Canteen and Deli (an organic produce shop/market and canteen). He also has his River Cottage HQ nearby in the Axe Valley. Whether you are planning your summer holidays in Axminster or are looking for somewhere to slip away to in the depths of winter for a romantic break away, Axminster and the surrounding area have something to offer you, whatever the weather and whoever you are with. Axminster is a very popular town, with Lyme Regis resort with its Jurassic Coastline continuing towards Seaton and the fossil beach of Charmouth. Dorset is also only a short drive away. There are many visitor attractions including the Axe Valley Wildlife Park which is a great family outing, where you can see a variety of birds and mammals. Many National Trust properties are also close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with beams/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer and freezer in outbuilding. Wi-fi. Shared 3-acre grounds with summerhouse, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Sunvale

    Hawkchurch

    Grade
    8
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: FNR

    This superb large stone house has been built in a most peaceful rural setting, away from all roads, in one-third of an acre of garden and about 7 miles inland from the east Devon coast. The two nearest resorts are Lyme Regis and Charmouth, both with sandy beaches and holiday entertainments. Chard and Axminster lie about 5 miles distant with shops and railway station
    Famous for its fine carpets, Axminster stills produces them today, with the original factory being found near the church. There are good examples of Georgian houses to be seen here, and for those interested in architecture, the National Trust property of Shute Barton close by survives as one of the most important non-fortified manor houses of the Middle Ages. A mixture of Gothic windows, battlemented turrets and Tudor gatehouse mingle together, reflecting the fact that it parts of it were built during two different centuries. Another interesting property to visit is the Old Bakery, together with the manor mill and forge at Branscome, set in one of Devon’s prettiest cob-and-thatch villages. Operational until 1987, it was the oldest traditional working bakery in Devon, and now serves as a tearoom, with the bakery equipment on display to the public. The lace-making and pottery town of Honiton lies within easy reach and has a selection of interesting shops and an annual fair held in July, whilst a little further afield is Yeovil, well known for its glove-making industry spanning 350 years. Riding and golf in the area.
    Lyme Regis is easily reached and the colourwashed cottages and elegant Regency and Victorian villas which line the seafront make this very photogenic town. Attractions for all the family include a museum of local history and geology, Dinosaurland and a marine aquarium. Seaton is within easy driving distance, and boasts a steep pebbly beach as well as an open-top tramway. Garage/shop 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children), 1 single. Snooker room with access to double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (at cost). Gas central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Snooker room with ¾-size table. No smoking.

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  • Harcombe House - Cobb

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: DCCQ

    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    Large living room with multi-fuel burner and beams. Large well-equipped kitchen with three steps down to spacious dining room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and French doors to terrace. Large wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with wash basin; one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel burner and wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • High chair
    • Six satellite TVs (two 42’’ plasma)
    • Two DVDs
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Two dishwashers
    • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: Slopes in garden

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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