The ancient town of Axminster lies on a hill overlooking the River Axe, in Devon. It is located in a spectacular corner of the Southwest, with three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on its doorstep – the Blackdown Hills, Dorset and East Devon. Surrounded by green, rolling countryside, holiday cottages in Axminster are also just a few miles from the Jurassic Coast. At the heart of the town, a bell used to be rung to celebrate the completion of every carpet, the production of which the town is still famous for. A visit to the museum in Thomas Whitty House is highly recommended, with fascinating exhibits on the town’s industrial history. On the opposite side of the road, St Mary’s Church is one of the Axminster’s most distinctive landmarks. 

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A stroll from your holiday cottage in Axminster, the bustling town centre is home to a variety of family-run businesses, including Axminster Arts Café, the West Country Higgler coffee shop, MacSorsons Fish Shop, and Complete Meats. A pint in one of the town’s historic pubs is essential on self-catering holidays in Axminster. The Red Lion and the Axminster Inn are both popular spots for a pint of local cider or ale. There are many historic sites to visit in and around Axminster, including the medieval manor house of Shute Barton, the Iron Age hillfort of Musbury Castle, and the thatched Baptist chapel of Loughwood Meeting House. Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a lovely family attraction, with loads of exotic animals. The unspoiled meadows and woods around the town are perfect for long, peaceful walks, with countless footpaths and bridleways to explore. Two long-distance routes pass the town – the East Devon Way between Exmouth and Lyme Regis, and the South West Coast Path, which crosses towering cliffs and sweeping, sandy bays, where dinosaur fossils can be found.