Stargazy Sky has the most outstanding views across the countryside.
Sat in its very own meadow looking straight out at those stunning views.
The inside is gorgeous.
Wow, what view from your front door!
Beautifully hand crafted.
It has a little dining-area and kitchen-area with very clever use of storage (the combination microwave and toaster are hidden behind the cupboard doors).
This cosy little wood-burner will keep you very warm and toasy.
There is even an electric heater too for the cooler months.
Looking in from the front door. With the bedroom to the right and the en suite shower-room behind the door on the left.
If you tire of the view (which we don't think you will) the Owners have provided a TV with DVD player and plenty of books too.
Sat in the meadow to take advantage of the views, there is a patio area with fire-pit barbecue and table and chairs.
The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you will need including a toaster, kettle, two-ring hob, combination oven and fridge.
There is clever use of storage space throughout.
There are little extra touches throughout. Stars for Stargazy Sky.
Pretty pictures.
A two-ring induction hob and hot water to your kitchen sink in the middle of the countryside!
The en suite shower-room.
With plenty of hot water.
The huge mirror in the en suite shower-room.
What a lovely spot.
The fire-pit barbecue can cook up a feast!
Perfect for al fresco dining taking in the far reaching views over the Axe Valley.
Pretty window box.
You can also use the fire-pit to keep you warm outside too.
There is a quirky spring fed shower to the side for those brave enough!
You get to experience an outdoor shower with a view (but don't forget there's the en suite shower-room too!).
Looking towards the unique spring fed shower.
Logs a plenty. All logs are included for your wood-burner.
Looking down from the top of the meadow.
Another shot of the view from Stargazy Sky.
You are welcome to wander the grounds of Wykeleigh which has the most fabulous views from most spots.
The Ruby Red Devon cows may sometimes be grazing in the field in front and are farmed on the land. A truly beautiful sight.
Just a short walk away is River Cottage HQ of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall fame.

Stargazy Sky Shepherd's Hut

3296

3.8 miles NW of Lyme Regis / Sleeps 2 + cot* (no children from 1 to 3)

7 Nights from £324 - £612

Nearest pub

The Golden Hind (2 ¼ miles)

A typical English village pub with black beams and brass ornaments on the wall. It serves locally brewed ales and reasonably priced food, including a good ol' roast on a Sunday. The front courtyard features a boules piste and Axe Valley views, and the beer garden out back is enclosed to keep the dogs and children contained.

Nearest beach

Lyme Regis Beach (3 ½ miles)

A classic English seaside town with a flat and sandy beach. Lyme Regis’ most famous landmark is The Cobb, a pier that was immortalised by the John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

Nearest walk

Trinity Hill Nature Reserve (½ mile)

From Trinity Hill Road the car park is on your left after about 1km. From there explore this beautiful reserve of lowland heath and views across the Axe Valley. See further details on the eastdevon.gov.uk website.

Nearest town

Axminster (1 ½ miles)

This Devon market town sits on a hill overlooking the River Axe. The town has a history of carpet making and gave its name to a type of carpet, still made here today, that is now manufactured all over the world. Today, the area is also known for being home to TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Stores and Canteen.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Small East Devon market town

Still the home of Axminster carpets produced with local wool. (There is a re-created weaver's garden in the Arts Cafe couryard where you may also see the old town police cells). The fine minster church holds free lunchtime concerts on market days in Summer. Buy your home made produce at the indoor market and lunch at River Cottage canteen in the square. Enjoy a range of speciality shops and a small museum.

Also nearby

The River Cottage Store and Canteen (1 ½ miles)

Local, ethical produce is the ethos at the River Cottage Local Produce Store. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of Channel 4's River Cottage, and team, source the best local produce from South West producers for the store, where regular tasting evenings and events are held.
With a different menu every day, reflecting what's in season, The Canteen also showcases the best of the South West, with mouthwatering meals and a wicked selection of cakes and cream teas. Reservations recommended for evenings and Sunday lunch.

River Cottage HQ Cookery School
Nearby, on the Devon Dorset border is the famous River Cottage HQ where you can dig deeper into the River Cottage philosophy and learn how to recreate some of those fabulous dishes. Hugh and the team run a wide range of events and day courses including bread baking, chicken rearing and meat curing at Park Farm between Axminster and Lyme Regis.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2013

Stopped off for breakfast and a coffee, nice down to earth cafe, if you ignore all the self promotional books everywhere! I was expecting rip off prices due to the celebratory name but it was a very fair price for a lovely breakfast.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

Great place to go and enjoy some of the best food and drink that Devon has to offer. No fuss and bother with linen tablecloths and the like, so you can focus on the food. Not the cheapest option in town, but the experience is well worth it.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2010

New for July 2010: 'Cabaret Kitchen'

From the end of July Head Chef Tim and his team will be producing typically River Cottage fare using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in front of your very eyes.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Chown March 2010

Exciting and unassuming

I have always been a big fan of the River Cottage brand so as soon as I was in the area I arranged to have lunch with a friend here. We were both travelling from opposite sides of the country to meet there, by which time it was about one thirty. You cannot book so we were concerned we might not get in, but we only had to wait a couple of minutes before being seated at a very rustic (possibly recycled/reused) wooden table in what felt like a barn/outhouse. It definately wasn't posh, but it was light and airy and very 'countrified'. The menu each day is written on a big chalk board and by the time we got there the choice was somewhat limited as lots of things had run out. However, what we chose was tasty, not too overpriced, and a twist on a classic. We very much enjoyed our lunch there and had a good mooch around the deli/shop afterwards (which you walk through to get to the restaurant), having a good friendly chat with the staff who treated you like an old friend (and ran to get you a glass of water after sampling one of the chilli jams!) I would definately choose it as top of my list for lunch when visiting the area in future, although perhaps not go out of my way to visit it on purpose.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A wide range of day courses and evening events are run, providing an insight into the humane and local production of food, and its preparation and cooking.
- H Minter


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

A sunday lunch to die for!

We go to the River Cottage Canteen whenever we are visiting Devon. The restaurent (as the name suggests) does not stand on ceremony, but it is homely and welcoming and you can turn up in walking boots! We've taken family and friends and it is suitable for an impromptu lunch or big family celebration. However what makes it particularly special is the quality of the food, which, thanks to the rearing of the meat by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team, and the cooking of the chefs in the canteen, makes for a truly delicious meal. It won't be the cheapest food you've ever eaten, but you can relax in the knowledge that all the food is truly organic and responsibly farmed and that all the ingredients taste just like they should. Highly recommended!

Hix Oyster and Fish House (3 ½ miles)

Overlooking the fishing port of Lyme Regis and The Cobb, Hix Oyster and Fish House is blessed with uninterrupted views of the Jurassic Coast. Simplicity of food is key here. The very best ingredients are used; make your choice from the blackboard of the day's landings and a small menu of house dishes. Award-winning restaurateur Mark Hix mastered his trade in London restaurants such as The Ivy. Just 45 covers means it is advisable to book.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs James May 2013

Hix Oyster and Fish House

We ate at Hix twice during our week at Sea Glympse. The fish was delightful - one of the highlights was the grilled whole fish. Oysters were delicious. Staff very friendly. The first time we ate inside - the weather was not very good - and the second time we had lunch on the terrace and took Dusty our Jack Russell. Dusty was made very welcome and the waiter even brought her a bowl of water without us asking. There was nothing to criticize on either visit. Also, I was readily offered 10% discount when I mentioned that we were staying in a Classic cottage!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Anna H November 2012

Our Wedding Anniversary

Our visit to the HIX Oyster & Fish House proved to be much more than just a lovely Sunday lunch out. Two things struck us as soon as we walked in - Lyme Bay stretching out as far as the eye can see and the truly friendly atmosphere. Everyone was enjoying being there, staff and guests alike. It was very lovely and very unusual to chat naturally with the people sitting at the tables closest to ours. Some guests were local, some had driven for miles to treat a friend, it was our 29th wedding anniversary.
Then came the food - I am not a food critic but am determined to do justice to it! We started with a Hix House Cocktail to set the scene – Somerset cherries soaked in Apple Eau de Vie and topped up with Nyetimber – an English fizz to compete with most Champagnes. For starters my husband had the partridge on Yorkshire toast – yes it IS the Fish House but you can choose a locally reared beef steak too! – and I had deep fried sprats with watercress and caper mayonnaise ( even though we had already had the restaurant’s own smoked salmon with our cocktails ), then the most deliciously creamy House Fish Pie and the most incredible ‘real’ fish fingers on crushed fresh peas with mint. I didn’t know which wine to choose and so gave that responsibility to Assistant Manager Tom Cook who chose a gorgeous soft La Flor, Sauvignon Blanc. My husband, a veteran cider drinker, had Julian Temperley’s Somerset cider – in a lovely ceramic flask made by a local potter – what a great touch. I am afraid that pudding just had to follow – burnt cream with its crispy glazed top and a Hix Fix jelly to bring back the taste of that champagne!
We loved meeting the Chef, Phil, who showed us the kitchens and the KitchenTable where guests can sit to watch the kitchens in full swing and really savour the commitment here. Phil explained that The Fish House has a licence to bring fresh fish straight from the boats in the harbour below to the kitchen. This restaurant really ‘belongs’ there.
The feel-good factor of eating delicious food with a panoramic view of the Jurassic Coast will last for a long time. We had a lovely sunny day but it would be pretty exciting to eat here whilst watching a wild stormy sea battering the historic Cobb.
We will be going back again.... and again !


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

We had a really enjoyable meal. The location is so beautiful, and every table enjoys the views out over the harbour. Its well worth coming early evening or for lunch so you can really appreciate the views, as as it got dark I felt I was missing out! The food was really special, we had a great spelt rissotto to share. Our starters were delicious, I had a plate of oysters. The champagne cocktails weren't bad either. They offer great lunch deals which I want to try next time. Would go back every week if I could!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2011

Food: Excellent
Service: Very attentive
Value: Not cheap or bountiful but the quality made it worth every penny!
Ambience: Very pleasant
Situation: Superb views over the sea


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2010

Great restaurant and hopefully I will still be able to get a table now it has been voted the 27th best restaurant in the country at the National Restaurant Awards 2010


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

Simply sumptuous!

The Hix Oyster house is a must visit eatery - book a babysitter and get a really good evening out. And don't worry, you don't need to like oysters, but you might be missing a trick if you don't even try just one!

The Jurassic Coast (4 miles)

It would be remiss not to mention the pleasures of walking the Jurassic Coast here; a good way to combine a little exercise with a history lesson is to join one of the organised Fossil Walks from Charmouth.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Swainston July 2012

Charmouth Beach & Fossil Hunting

Had two good walks down there from Stone Barrow Lodge, the first time we walked down the right hand side of the beach and collected many unusual pieces of drift wood.The second time we walked the left hand beach and found lot of fossils.Not knowing what to look for and no tools to search the clay slides we meandered to the shoreline and hey presto found a fossil being washed by the incoming tide, we then went on to find many more, all quite small but some perfect specimens. Easy to spot in the water/sand as they were in pyrite which made then stand out from the other stones and pebbles, some have a Bronze tinge and some a rusty coating. It later turns out we were in just the right place, on the shoreline and a few hundred yards from the river (which is apparently the best place to find them). Have to say the tide got us most of the time but an enjoyable time nevertheless.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Alexander June 2011

Charmouth and the delights of fossil hunting!

One of the best beaches to try your luck at fossil hunting. We found the best way was as the tide was ebbing - you are more likely to find ammonites washed up on the beach - you just need a good eye and a lot of patience! Other fossils are found in the clay which has subsided from the cliff face. The excitement of finding a fossil for the first time (young or old) is an experience you will never forget and will want to do time and time again!


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

World Heritage Coast

So many delightful coastal resorts and quiet beaches, great cliff walking - with a bus service to get you back to your start point and car .

Lyme Regis (3 ½ miles)

Awash with history, Lyme Regis is an integral part of Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast; guided fossil hunting tours are a popular way to discover the rich geological history of the area. Literary history is equally important to Lyme Regis; the unique harbour, known as ‘The Cobb’ was immortalised by John Fowles in his novel ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ and Thomas Hardy set many of his novels in the area.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Heather September 2015

Great memories here! Would love to go back soon


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hopkin August 2012

Excellent parking very difficult in good weather but park and ride regular and drops off in good position. Beach very crowded and deckchairs etc. in short supply.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Hamshere August 2012

This is a really brilliant bustling seaside town. The thing to be aware of before making the trip is that summertime parking is a challenge. We combat this by getting there early or late. Early means before about tenish, and you're guaranteed easy parking. A late visit for fish and chips on the beach watching the sun go down is brilliant too. The town has great shops to browse, and a huge range of pubs, restaurants and other eateries. There's always something going on, with Lifeboat week in late July being a particularly good event, with a Red Arrows fly by ending the week in style. There's a sandy section for the kids near the cob, but otherwise pebbly. Beach huts line the far end of the beach. You can walk to Charmouth from Lyme Regis and enjoy the amazing fossil hunting along the way.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Swainston July 2012

Lyme Regis

Okay but not a lot to do there, we walked out on the Cobb which was a little disappointing and wandered around the town.We were going to eat in the Hix restaurant but after searching reviews we decided to give it a miss, the service seemed hit and miss and had some less than complimentary reviews about poor service, quality of food, service charges etc. Seems you might just be paying for a name here rather than service. We do not mind paying for quality food but will not dine at a place that charges and does not back up its costs.There is a cheese shop down one of the side streets (The Town Mill) that has a great variety of cheeses but beware you are not allowed to touch them (even the wrapped & priced ones) you have to stand there looking only and then ask for everything you want to buy!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Dorset seaside town

A sandy beach - rare on this stretch of coast - and if not beach weather always something interesting to do and see. Fossil hunting, mackerel fishing and other boat trips, walking in the French Lieutenant's Woman's steps on the cobb, regular events like the jazz festival, town band performances , excellent range of eating places...


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Brazendale February 2009

Old fashioned sea-side charm

Lyme is the most beautiful place to visit, whether it is sunny or pouring down with rain. Last time we visited it was a damp cold day in October, but the town still shone. Ideal for families as you can choose from pebble or sandy bits of beach. The cobb is great for grandparents who wish to reminisce about the French Lieutenant's Woman. For those with twenty thousand pounds to spare, you might be able to snap up the odd beach hut! For mums and daughters and anyone else who likes pottering, the shops in the town are delightful with delis, independent bookstores, Joules and White Stuff clothing and quirky giftshops.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Miss Chown July 2008

Fond memories.....

..... of camping in a field on school trips. Mini-bus trips in the rain to the beach then the rush to the fudge shop for the best flavours!

The Flamingo Pool (1 ½ miles)

A lovely story of community effort to raise the funds for a local swimming pool. An indoor activity for rainy days with the new inflatable monster island and slide, there is also a hydrotherapy pool.

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