Tucked away in the narrow country lanes just a few miles from Axminster on the Devon/Dorset border lie Lea Hill Cottages. A collection of character self-catering properties that are ideally located for exploring this glorious area.
The main farmhouse, which dates back the 14th century has ties with the Quakers with an annual pilgrimage to the nearby Quaker burial ground that is located on the hill above Lea Hill. A Quaker meeting house can be seen at the foot of the hill that leads up to the cottages.
Just a short stroll from Lea Hill is the quaint, Devon village of Membury, one of the last remaining places in the country to still celebrate Oak Apple Day, which was an annual celebration day to commemorate the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660. The village also has its own castle, that is an iron age fort with views of both the Yarty and Axe Valleys. Another notable place to visit in Membury are the church, which was dedicated to St John the Baptist in the 13th century.
Membury lies within the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a great place to set off on foot for wonderful walks. Nearby nature reserves include Hawkswood and Thurlbear Wood, where you can see local wildlife. Alternatively, the owners are happy to lend you their binoculars, so you can look out for the shy deer that often visit the copse near the cottages. Cyclists and horse riders will also love the local area with many different lanes and bridleways to discover - please get in touch to find out about nearby livery yards.
Easily accessed from the cottages is the South West Coast Path with many different starting points along the coastline. This really is one of the best ways to see Dorset and Devon, and public transport is often available to help return you to your car. The south Devon and Dorset coast also makes up the historic Jurassic Coastline, which is a World Heritage Site and provides visitors with the chance to pick up a fossil or rock from millions of years ago. Villages to explore along the way include Lyme Regis with its cobb and harbour, Seaton where three miles of beautiful countryside can be seen from the comfort of a tram and Charmouth where there is visitors centre for fossil hunters.
Within easy reach of the cottage are some wonderful beaches, such as those at Lyme Regis, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton and Charmouth. There are also many nearby attractions, including Crealy Adventure Park, Forde Abbey and The Donkey Sanctuary.
For local places to eat and shop, the market town of Axminster is only three miles away and has a great range of bars, restaurants and shops on offer to its visitors.