Local Area / Things To Do


  • River Cottage Kitchen and Deli 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


  • Pecorama Pleasure Gardens
  • Quarry Caves


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


  • Pretty Regency seaside town


  • 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)


  • 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


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


  • 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)
  • Axminster Showground - every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from Easter 1pm - 4pm

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