The Stables is the single-storey building in the foreground. The farmstead is at the very end of a no-through country lane and is surrounded by glorious countryside.
There is a really well-equipped fitted kitchen. French doors take you out onto your patio and to your own private garden overlooking fields.
This bedroom can be set up as a super-king double or as twin beds. It looks out over the cottage's own garden and to the field beyond.
Doors from the sitting-room open out to your private, enclosed patio and garden.
The cottage has an open plan kitchen/dining/living area with wonderful high ceilings and flagstone floors.
Your private garden is fully enclosed. A perfect spot to spend summer days.
This is one of the two spacious double bedrooms. This bedroom looks out over the farmhouse garden and to the valley beyond. A privacy fence separates the two properties.
This is the wet-room right next to the double bedroom.
Another view of the kitchen which is beautifully fitted so that you will feel that the cottage is like a home from home.
The Stables is the single-storey cottage in the foreground. Wreath Farmhouse (4445) is beyond it. The private cottage garden is behind the trellis fencing.
The field beyond your garden is sometimes home to a flock of sheep. A delightful rural scene for your holiday.
Deep windowsills are a lovely feature in this barn conversion.
A wide corridor leads to the bedrooms. You can glimpse Wreath Farmhouse (4445) through the front door of the cottage.
The beautiful seaside town of Lyme Regis sits right on the Dorset/east Devon border and is just a 10 mile drive from the cottage. This is a wonderful place to visit whatever the time of year.
Rural Somerset in all its beauty.
A little further east from Lyme Regis is West Bay - famous for its stunning cliffs.

The Stables

4446

10 miles N of Lyme Regis / Sleeps 4 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The New Inn Dowlish Wake (3 ¼ miles)

A traditional pub serving pub grub in a friendly atmosphere. There's a large car park opposite and outdoor garden seating for warmer months. Open every day, Sunday lunch is also available.

Nearest beach

Charmouth West Beach (9 ¼ miles)

Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.

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

August 2019

Charmouth beach

Lovely not too busy beach, such fun finding fossils, beautiful sand when the tide is out, and great rock pools


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Battrick July 2017

Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2009

The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Nearest walk

Walks around Chaffcombe (1 ¼ miles)

Monthly walks are arranged by locals who ask for volunteers to help with clearing overgrown footpaths whilst enjoying the scenery. Take a look at the chaffcome.com website for details of walks in the area.

Nearest town

Chard (1 ½ miles)

Surrounded by rich farming countryside, Chard is a classic Somerset market town with a distinct sense of history. Nearby attractions include the breathtaking Forde Abbey, a medieval masterpiece imbued with over 900 years of history and with 30 acres of stunning gardens.

Also nearby

Forde Abbey and Gardens (1 ¾ miles)

A former Cistercian monastery dating back to the 1100s. The gardens are breathtaking, while inside must-sees include the cloisters and the upper refectory.

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

Mrs Gore November 2020

Gardens

House closed because of Covid but the gardens are lovely. Don’t miss the fountain - a must see!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Barnett July 2018

A lovely place to visit.

We’ve just had a very pleasant few hours at Forde Abbey on a scorching hot day. The house is very interesting to walk around and the gardens are beautiful, it’s worth waiting to see the fountain, especially if you stand downwind of it on such a hot day.
The ginger cake in the cafe was a great way to end our visit.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Downey July 2017

A place to unwind

We visited these delightful gardens as part of a circular walk from Thorncombe village. It was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on our way. The highlight of the day.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mackintosh July 2011

Well worth a visit

We really loved the gardens and the interior. It was the highlight of our week. We spent several hours there and felt there was plenty to see both in the house and gardens. The tearoom provides excellent lunches for those who want to make a day of it.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Stately home and splendid gardens

Fascinating former abbey dating back to 12thC. One of the greatest Westcountry gardens (according to Alan Titchmarsh), plant sales and a good restaurant serving really local food from the estate. A good day's outing.

The River Cottage Store and Canteen (6 ¾ 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 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2019

Mrs Sadowyj

Great food using fresh ingredients in interesting combinations.


Rated 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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!

The Cotley Inn (3 ¼ miles)

A traditional country pub offering a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Food is locally sourced and Sunday lunch is very popular. In summer, dine alfresco and enjoy the views from the raised terrace and beer garden.

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

Mrs Rigby November 2013

The Cotley Inn

Fabulous Sunday lunch, also good mid week menu. Food is locally sourced where possible, but this is very popular place to eat so best to book, for Sunday lunch you would definitely need to. Nice staff and atmosphere too.

Montacute House (11 miles)

An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

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

Mrs Starkey May 2018

Marvellous Montacute

Absolutely wonderful in every way. We enjoyed many hours here. A must visit property.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Willis May 2016

Shame.

A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Merriman September 2013

Very interesting

Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.

Royal Oak (4 ¾ miles)

A traditional village pub with warming real fires in winter and a beer garden for the summer months. Here you'll find a varied menu, excellently cooked and beautifully presented. There's a good wine choice and service is friendly and efficient. You'll also find a skittle alley for family entertainment. The pub has limited opening times so you may wish to check with them before planning a visit. Bookings are advisable particularly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Mrs Ward October 2020

Katrina ward

Excellent food at very reasonable prices

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