On our doorstep

Walks, watersports, culture and active family days.
We are located in a fantastic position 15 minutes from the coast and in the heart of the Devon countryside, with rolling hills, woodland and meadows to explore. Explore the Jurassic Coast with beautiful beaches, towns and villages. Enjoy walks through Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty or visit historic and cultural properties inland. If you’ve got children there’s a host of exciting and fun things to do.

Also see: On site and Further afield


Our local town

Situated on the River Axe, the attractive ancient market town of Axminster lies in the beautiful Axe Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis sits in the heart of the Jurassic Coast With breath-taking views and hundreds of years of charm and character it’s well worth a visit. The famous Cobb (harbour) is the town’s most significant landmark, built during the thirteenth century and made famous by ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ by local author John Fowles. Lyme Regis has many family friendly activities, great unique shopping and some great cafes and eateries. Visit the Lyme Regis website.


Famous for Fossils

The nearby town of Charmouth offers fantastic fossil hunting opportunities from the Heritage Coast Centre which has hands on displays and information about fossils and fossil hunting. It also has a fantastic beach that’s great for exploring and wave watching, and some excellent walks along the Coastal Path. Visit the Charmouth website

Local Walks

South West Coast Path

Try one of the best walks in the world on the National Trail from Seaton. Walk to Beer, Branscombe, Regency Sidmouth, or hike towards Lyme Regis and Golden Cap. ​​Visit the South West Coast Path website

East Devon Way

Enjoy a walk through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty- impressive at any time of year ​​Visit the East Devon Way website

Trinity Hill Local Nature Reserve

A natural oasis in the midst of conifer plantations.​ ​​Visit the Trinity Hill website

Lambert’s and Coney’s Castle

Walk in the footsteps of previous generations along these ancient hill forts.​ ​​Visit the Lambert’s Castle and Coney’s Castle website

Golden Cap Estate

From a woodland walk at Langdon Hill to a bracing climb up Golden Cap or Thorncombe Beacon. ​​Visit the Golden Cap Estate website

Haldon Forest Park

From quiet gentle strolls to exhilarating mountain biking experiences, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. ​​Visit the Haldon Forest Park website

Go Ape

Bring out your inner tarzan with Go Ape’s original tree top experience or go off-road with Forest Segways.​ ​​Visit the Go Ape website

Seaton Wetlands

Nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalk through beautiful marshland and reed beds alongside the river Axe. ​​Visit the Seaton Wetlands website

Be Active


We’ve got beautiful countryside and country lanes surrounding us great for a run any time of day. Prefer something more organised? Try the Seaton Parkrun every Saturday morning at 9am along the Esplanade in Seaton.


We’re very close to the traffic free, family friendly ‘Stop Line Way’ (Sustrans route 33). You can hop onto it at the Weybridge on the Road towards Axminster. It’s lovely off road route takes you through countryside, along cycle paths, ending up in Seaton through the gorgeous Seaton Wetlands. Alternatively cycle the opposite way up through Somerset for some lovely in land views.  Alternatively, on Route 33 cycle the opposite way up through Somerset for some lovely in land views along the purpose built traffic-free railway path from Chard to Illminster.

Watersports and Ocean

If you love the sea or watersports there are lots of opportunities in the local vicinity.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

Try Stand up Paddle Boarding in Lyme Regis, Sidmouth or at Seaton with SB Watersports.


Paddle out onto the River Axe. Join one of the canoe safaris offered by the Axe Vale Canoe Club. or explore the waves at Lyme Regis coastline with Lyme Kayak Hire.

Swim in the sea

Jump into the clear blue waters from beaches at Beer, Seaton, Sidmouth or Lyme Regis.


Fish from the sea shore or from boats leaving Lyme Regis Harbour. Axe Valley Sea Angling Club welcomes anglers from all over the South West Visit the Axe Valley Angling Club Website.

Cruise the Coast

With Stuart Line Cruises Visit the Stuart Line Cruises website.

Places to eat and drink

The Tytherleigh Arms

A warm welcome, fantastic food and friendly, professional service 7 days a week.​
​​Visit the Tytherleigh Arms website

The Cotley Inn

The Cotley Inn is the perfect place for long lunches, sumptuous suppers and proper beers. Known as the Blackdown Hills’ best-kept secret, who have also just won Pub of the Year!
Visit the Cotley Inn’s website

Le Pisani

At Le Pisani we serve great tasting Mediterranean food in comfortable, contemporary and stylish surroundings.
​​Visit Le Pisani’s website

River Cottage Home Farm/Kitchen & Store

‘Britain’s most filmed farmhouse’ where your personal River Cottage chef will prepare a feast for you and your guests.​The perfect place to enjoy fresh, seasonal produce transformed into delicious dishes with a tasty River Cottage twist.​  New for 2022 is the Kitchen & Store!
​​Visit the River Cottage HQ website

HIX Oyster & Fish House

The informal, light and airy dining room with simple white wooden tables and chairs lets the food do the talking. ​
​​Visit the Hix Oyster and Fish House website

Our top rated places to eat are listed in our final emails to guests and our Guest Information folders of each lodge, along with sample menus.