Local Area/Things To Do

River Cottage Canteen, Axminster River Cottage Canteen, Axminster
Cliffs at West Bay (Broadchurch filmed here) Cliffs at West Bay (Broadchurch filmed here)
Fishing Trips from Lyme Regis Fishing Trips from Lyme Regis
Local Gardens to visit Local Gardens to visit
Seatown and the Golden Cap Seatown and the Golden Cap
Lyme Regis harbour from the Cobb Lyme Regis harbour from the Cobb
Stonebarrow Hill (NT) near Charmouth Stonebarrow Hill (NT) near Charmouth
Seaton Tramway Seaton Tramway
Axe Estuary Wetlands near Seaton and Axmouth Axe Estuary Wetlands near Seaton and Axmouth
Colmer Hill near Bridport Colmer Hill near Bridport
Streetlights, Lyme Regis Streetlights, Lyme Regis
Stanton St Gabriel Church, Morcombelake Stanton St Gabriel Church, Morcombelake

Axminster

  • River Cottage Canteen www.rivercottage.net
  • River Cottage HQ at Park Farm, Trinity Hill
  • Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park
  • Independent shops and Axminster Carpet outlet store

Lyme Regis

  • Famous Cobb harbour and Marine Aquarium
  • Guided Fossil walks
  • Boat trips including Mackerel fishing
  • Town Mill (working mill with galleries, craft studios and cafe)
  • Literary links: Jane Austen's Persuasion and local author John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • South West Coast Path
  • Mix of independent shops

Beer

  • Pecorama Pleasure Gardens
  • Quarry Caves

Seaton

  • Seaton to Colyton Tramway
  • Axe Valley Wetlands (see Nature Reserves below)

Sidmouth

  • Pretty Regency seaside town

Gardens

  • Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, Axminster
  • Shute Barton, Shute near Axminster (National Trust, open 4 weekends a year)
  • Forde Abbey near Chard
  • Cricket St. Thomas Lakes and Gardens near Chard
  • Cadhay House near Ottery St. Mary
  • Mapperton House and Gardens, Mapperton near Beaminster
  • Montacute House and Gardens (National Trust), Montacute near Yeovil
  • Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Otterton
  • Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens
  • Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna near Dorchester
  • Kingston Maurward Gardens, Dorchester
  • East Lambrook Manor near South Petherton
  • Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine near Taunton

Many more private gardens open under the National Garden Scheme (Yellow Book)

Museums

  • Axminster Museum
  • Lyme Regis Museum
  • Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Lyme Regis
  • Chard Museum
  • All Hallows Museum of Lace and Local Antiquities, Honiton
  • Bridport Museum
  • Dorset County Museum including Tutankhamun exhibition, Dorchester
  • Terracotta Warriors Museum, Dorchester
  • TV and Radio Toy Museum, Montacute House, Montacute near Yeovil
  • Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovil
  • Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford

Country Walks

  • Lamberts Castle and Coney's Castle near Marshwood
  • Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth
  • Langdon Hill and Woods, between Morcombelake and Chideock
  • Plenty of great cliff top walks along the South West Coast Path, all with stunning views

Golf Clubs

  • Lyme Regis
  • Axe Cliff, Seaton
  • Bridport and West Dorset, near Bridport
  • Honiton
  • Otter Valley, Upottery near Honiton
  • Windwhistle, Cricket St. Thomas near Chard
  • Sidmouth

Nature Reserves

  • Trinity Hill near Axminster
  • Axe Estuary including Seaton Marshes and Colyford Common
  • Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs reserve
  • Aylesbeare Common (RSPB) and Bystock near Exmouth
  • Exe Estuary including Exminster Marshes and Bowling Green Marsh (Bird watching cruises by Stuart Line and the RSPB)
  • Otter Estuary near Budleigh Salterton

Riding Schools

  • Woodhouse Farm Stables, Hawkchurch near Axminster
  • Devenish Pitt Farm and Riding School, Colyton

Cycling

  • Soanes Cycles, Colyton (bike hire)
  • Marshwood trails, Morcombelake (electric bike tours and walking tours)

Beaches

  • Lyme Regis
  • Charmouth
  • Seatown and Golden Cap, near Chideock
  • Eype
  • West Bay
  • Burton Bradstock
  • Sidmouth
  • Exmouth

Miscellaneous places of interest

  • Donkey Sancuary, Salcombe Regis near Sidmouth
  • Abbotsbury Swannery
  • Broadwindsor Craft Centre
  • Mangerton Mill, Mangerton near Bridport
  • The Otter Nurseries, Ottery St. Mary

Farmers Markets

  • Crewkerne - 3rd Saturday of month
  • Seaton - 2nd Friday of month
  • Honiton - 3rd Thursday of month
  • Bridport - 2nd Saturday of month

Specialist Food and Drink Outlets

  • Millers Farm Shop, Kilmington near Axminster
  • Lyme Bay Cider and Winery, Whitford near Axminster
  • Felicity's Farm Shop, Morcombelake
  • Moore's Dorset Biscuits, Morcombelake
  • Palmers Brewery, Bridport
  • Perry's Cider Mill, Dowlish Wake near Ilminster

Car Boot Sales

  • West Bay Road Car Park, every Sunday March to December 8am-1pm (weather permitting)
  • Raymonds Hill - every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter

More information available in the Welcome Pack in each of our rooms as well as local books to borrow.