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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.

Discover a lovely corner of Devon today when you search for Axminster holiday cottages.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

"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
  • Friday to Friday
  • 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 (except DQM & DQL)
  • 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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£1103-£2613
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

These two charming self contained ground floor apartments are set within 10 acres of wonderful gardens. They are both tastefully furnished with period furniture and make delightful holiday homes in this peaceful part of East Devon, just west of the quaint town of Axminster and on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within easy driving of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery. The popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth are a must, along with many attractions, such as Pecorama at Beer, the famous Seaton and District Electric Tramway running along the Seaton Marshes with its abundance of birdlife all year round, and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth. There are many historic houses and gardens to visit, or you can spend a few days enjoying the cathedral city of Exeter with its amazing cathedral, catacombs, shops and restaurants. Enjoy lovely country walks and village pubs in this unspoilt area, and on your return keen gardeners can wander around the 10 acres of gardens, which are open to the public during the summer. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.75 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio door/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room included. Electricity included (£10per week September-October, February-April). Electric central heating and bed linen included. Digital TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared enclosed small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Swimming pool (not for guests’ use), lake and pond in grounds.

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£200-£481
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

These two charming self contained ground floor apartments are set within 10 acres of wonderful gardens. They are both tastefully furnished with period furniture and make delightful holiday homes in this peaceful part of East Devon, just west of the quaint town of Axminster and on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within easy driving of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery. The popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth are a must, along with many attractions, such as Pecorama at Beer, the famous Seaton and District Electric Tramway running along the Seaton Marshes with its abundance of birdlife all year round, and the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth. There are many historic houses and gardens to visit, or you can spend a few days enjoying the cathedral city of Exeter with its amazing cathedral, catacombs, shops and restaurants. Enjoy lovely country walks and village pubs in this unspoilt area, and on your return keen gardeners can wander around the 10 acres of gardens, which are open to the public during the summer. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.75 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Bathroom and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£10per week September-October, February-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared enclosed small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 10 acre landscaped grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Swimming pool (not for guests’ use), pond and lake in grounds.

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£182-£506
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Cottage Ref: 25436

A lovely holiday retreat from which to explore East Devon, Dorset and Somerset

Set in the 3-acre grounds of a Grade I listed manor house, this well presented cottage makes a lovely holiday retreat from which to explore East Devon, Dorset and Somerset and situated just 1 mile from Axminster. The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its superb scenery, walking and other outdoor pursuits, is just 6 miles. The seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth are also within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Large lawned garden 20 yards from cottage with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£174-£508
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

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 andhave 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.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 room with wood-burning stove. Large beamed kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Stereo/CD
  • NB: Pond in garden

  • 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
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small stream in grounds

WAS
NOW
£275-£651
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Orchard Cottage Ref: 25937

Ideal village location

In the heart of Hawkchurch, near the village pub and church, and only 5 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis is this very well presented and homely, semi-detached cottage. Lyme Regis with its renowned Cobb, harbour, beach, shops and restaurants is a must to visit. An excellent holiday home to enjoy West Dorset, East Devon and the stunning coast between West Bay and Exmouth. Shops 3½ miles, pubs and restaurant 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with (5ft) double. Dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children.

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NOW
£204-£526
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

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
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small stream in grounds

WAS
NOW
£320-£1000
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Coach House 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 and pubs 1 mile.

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). Natural water supply from well.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Yardarm Cottage Ref: E2715

Full of rustic charm, this little stone cottage enjoys glorious rural views from its vine clad terrace, across the sloping garden to the wooded hills beyond. Simply furnished, the cottage forms a wing of the owners’ adjoining 18th-century home, and is set within 7 acres of grounds - a haven of peace and tranquillity - with its own secluded garden. The property sits 1 mile up an unmetalled bridleway on the Devon/Dorset border, within an AONB and is a great touring base from which to explore Devon, Somerset and Dorset. The nearby Jurassic Coast is popular with fossil hunters, while public footpaths direct from the bridleway make this an ideal walking location for dogs – and their owners. The market town of Axminster is just 3 miles away and the coast and beach at Lyme Regis are 7 miles. Riding and golf are available locally. Shops 2.5 miles, pub 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

Elec heaters, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Video. M/wave. Enclosed garden and furniture. Two terraces. BBQ. Natural water supply from UV filtered spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£260-£523
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Five Bells Ref: 29405

Situated in East Devon near the Dorset/Somerset border, this end-of-terrace holiday cottage is an excellent location from which to explore the beautiful Lyme Bay area, Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Enjoy family days out on the World Heritage Coast, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Exeter with its shops and cathedral, and Crealey Adventure Park. Locally there is plenty of country walking, golf nearby or call into the village pub for wining and dining. Beach 10 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one (5ft), one with additional single bunk above. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Radio/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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£208-£649
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
3
Sunvale 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.

Stone-flagged hallway. Very large, extremely comfortable living room with wood-burning stove in stone fireplace. Very well-fitted kitchen/dining room. Single bedroom. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Very large double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Second double bedroom leading to snooker room with TV. Single bedroom. Twin bedroom (2ft 6in beds). Bathroom with toilet. All rooms have fitted carpets.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel at cost
  • Electricity and gas central heating by meter reading
  • Bed linen included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV (limited package)
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Payphone
  • Wi-fi
  • Patio
  • Garden of ⅓ acre
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking in drive
  • Snooker room with ¾-size table
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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NOW
£631-£2044
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Drakes Barn Ref: HOOW

Nestling in the spectacular Yarty Valley with its steep rolling meadows and ancient woods on the edge of the Blackdown Hills, an AONB, this converted Grade II, 500-year-old holiday property lies adjacent to the owner’s home. With many original features and decorated and furnished to a very good standard, it lies in Yarcombe, a pretty Devon village with historical Norman church and old inn. There are many walks from the door and lots of birds and wildlife to observe. Close by is the Jurassic Coast with Sidmouth, Seaton and Beer well worth visiting. Shops 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and flagstone floor. Beamed kitchen/dining room with flagstone floor. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds and TV. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed courtyard garden with furniture
  • Shared landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£243-£761
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