A small and sleepy East Devon market town it may be, but where it lacks in size, it punches well above its weight in other areas that will appeal to visitors seeking holiday cottages in one of many cute farm and country cottages in the town or surrounding villages. To start with it is home to (drum roll please) The River Cottage Restaurant of TV fame (and the River Cottage Canteen) whose HQ is in the town. It’s also home to Axminster Carpets which are still manufactured in the town. Finally, Axminster is also known in this corner of Devon as the ‘home of community spirit’, being a friendly and very vibrant place in which to live and visit with all sorts of activities going on at which visitors are welcome. Axmonster is also a Gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage site which runs from Weymouth through the delightful seaside towns of Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seaton and Beer to Sidmouth. The latter resort may not be strictly Jurassic Coast, but Sidmouth is just too lovely a place to miss when holidaying in the area in one of beautiful Aminster's holiday cottages.
A delightful, tranquil location at Lea Hill. Seven acres of grounds and gardens with wonderful views. Dog exercise field. Up to four dogs accepted. Plenty of places to visit. Nine miles from the Jurassic Coast. "Dogs have been so spoilt with their own field etc. They want to stay!” Mrs P 2018
Woodpecker - a pretty, beamed East Devon holiday cottage with its own sheltered garden. One of four at Lea Hill, an ancient farm set in seven acres of delightful grounds and gardens. Up to four dogs accepted. Many attractions lie within 40 minutes' drive ensuring plenty to do whatever the weather.
Kingfish is a charming thatched cottage near Axminster in East Devon with 2 bedrooms, double and twin, sleeps 4-5. This quaint and family-friendly rural holiday cottage has a private garden and welcomes well-behaved pets.
Chubbs Farm welcomes groups to a grand rural cottage boasting a thatched roof, contemporary design, ample gardens, traditional charm and an open fire. The pet-friendly cottage near Axminster in Devon offers views of the countryside and lies just moments from sandy beaches and lovely walks.
This thatched, 17th century, Grade II listed former farmhouse is situated in the peaceful village of Shute between Honiton and Axminster. It has a south-facing garden with fine views. The lovely resort of Lyme Regis is within easy reach.
- Bratton Fleming
- Bucks Mills
- Clyst Hydon
- Combe Martin
- Great Torrington
- Hope Cove
- Little Torrington
- Lynton and Lynmouth
- Newton Ferrers
- North Molton
- Noss Mayo
- South Molton
- Westward Ho!
The bustling little town centre offers a range of local shops, rather than the usual High Street Stores, as well as plenty of cafes and tea rooms serving up wicked Devon Cream Teas with local clotted cream. The Minster Church of St. Mary in the town centre is a little pocket cathedral if ever there was one, that cries out to be explored. It is perhaps, testimony to the sense of community that has prevailed in the town for centuries. For foodies on holiday, don’t miss the local Farmers Market which is held every Thursday to stock up on local produce to turn into feasts back at whichever of Axminister's holiday cottages has caught your fancy.
Further afield, there are some lovely walks through the East Devon Countryside and, in late spring, through beech woods awash with swathes of bluebells. Many walks can be planned to start or finish at a local village pub or your holiday cottage. Why not take a picnic on a walk through then River Yarty valley and have an ‘Arty-Farty-Yarty-Party’ with your cucumber sandwiches (crusts cut off) and iced-cup cakes on the riverbank.
In addition to the local seaside resorts, there’s plenty to explore further afield including rainy day attractions within easy reach of Axminster. These include the Lyme Regis Aquarium or the historic Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Take a ride in an authentic vintage tram from Seaton which drifts alongside the Axe Estuary to Colyton on the Seaton Tramway (more great cream teas in Colyton). And/or ride the Beer Heights Light Railway at Wildway Park, the ‘finest 7.5” railway line in the UK, with beautiful sea views. There are more miniature trains to be found in Beer at ‘Pecorama’, an all weather attraction with model railways, tiny ride-on trains, play-parks and beautiful gardens. Then go underground at the Beer Quarry Caves – a complex system of man made caves. No matter when you book your holiday cottage in Axminster or one of its surrounding East Devon villages,, you can be pretty sure you will eat well, walk well, play well, sleep well and remember it well.