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Old School House

A beautiful three bedroom
holiday cottage situated
in the small parish of
Woodbury just outside
Axminster, Devon...

Visitors Information...

Old School House is located a couple of miles out side of Axminster, in the small Parish of Woodbury.

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Axminster & the surrounding area is blessed with stunning country & coastal scenery, providing a wealth of places to visit & things to do. With a little research or just exploring, you will discover your own West Country Gems. Here are just some of ideas of places to visit & things to try.....

The East Devon guide is a very informative web site, providing information on the local area & its attractions. It also gives recomendations on where to stay & places to eat, plus a lot more. www.east-devon-guide.com

Places to Shop or Browse.

The Chattel Box

A wonderful emporium, selling an eclectic mix of the Old, New, Luxury, Practical & some times just Beautiful
but always a Chattel...

The Chattel BoxThe Chattel Box is a wonderful shop, situated in the main shopping precinct of Seaton, Devon.

To fully appreciate what this delightfull establishment has to offer, visit their web site



Why not have look inside using the Google Places Tour


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Millers Farm Shop

Sells locally sourced produce. The shop sells some lovely food, Alot of the vegetables are grown on the farm, the remainder by local suppliers who are also passionate about good quality food. Fresh fruit is also locally sourced, as are the fresh fish, beef, pork and lamb, milk, cheeses and cream. Millers Farm Shop sell cider from Lyme Bay Winery & Perry's Cider Mill. The shop sells an array of breads and pastries & in addition to the local produce, they sell a good selection of French produce. It really is worth a visit, especially if you are a foodie.www.millersfarmshop.com


Places to Eat & Drink.

The Old Inn at Killmington.

Recommended by many of our guests, good food, real ales & always a warm welcome, visit there website, to get a flavour of this great local thatched Pub. www.oldinnkilmington.co.uk

The Blue Ball

Blue Ball Inn at Sidford. We have had lunch here a couple of time over the past few months & found it very good. Good food, reasonably priced, with some good real ales. www.blueballinnsidford.co.uk

The River Cottage Canteen

The River Cottage Canteen, in the centre of Axminster, serves meals throughout the day, made from the finest seasonal ingredients, with menus constantly changing as produce comes in from the farms & fishermen of the local area. www.rivercottage.net/canteens/axminster

Turf Hotel

The Turf Hotel,Exminster,Devon, is a lovely pub located between the Exeter Canal & the River Exe. It is in a stunning position, with beautiful views over the Exe Estuary. You can't drive directly to the pub, you have to walk or cycle from car parking areas which are reasonably close. For more information visit them at www.turfpub.net

Local Information.

Axminster Tourist Information

The Axminster Tourist Information, can offer a wealth of information to visitors to the area. Places to visit, place to eat and much more. The staff are extremly friendly & helpfull, they do a great job of promoting the local area. www.axminstertouristinformation.co.uk

Heart of Devon

A good website covering all of devon. Details of attractions through out the county, including Food & Drink, places to visit, up & comming events. www.heartofdevon.com

Visit Dorset

Again another good website, providing information about Dorset & it attractions, including what is available in Lyme Regis. Some really good day out ideas. www.visit-dorset.com

Local Attractions.

Stewart line cruises

Stewart line cruises, offer wonderful value for money coast & river cruises. See the glorious river Exe & Dawlish Warren from one of the river cruises, or explore the Jurassic Coast or may be just visit some of the coastal towns on one of their great cruises. I can highly recommend these cruises, I was fortunate enough to book a cruise on one of the nicest days of the year. The trip started from Exmouth, travelled around Dawlish Warren, up the river Exe, to enter the Exeter canal at Turf lock (Turf Hotel, cracking place) & travel up the canal to the Quay at Exeter. The scenery was stunning, the trip was just superb. There is a bar on board, food is also available & if you are a smoker you are allowed at the very rear of the boat to indulge yourself. I used the train to get to Exmouth & also the return from Exeter, lovely not having the car & you can have a beer or two. Lunch was enjoyed at The Quay Exeter, which is worth a visit on its own. Stewart lines do a whole hosts of cruises, there is bound to be something that appeals. They run cruises throughout the year, exploring the Jurassic coast, bird watching, the River Exe & alot more. For more information visit the website. www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk

Seaton Jurassic

The Seaton Jurassic experience, is a recently opened centre, providing a wealth of information about the geology of the area and much more. Has had excellent reviews & won many awards, for more information visit the website. www.seatonjurassic.org

River Cottage

River Cottage HQ (Park Farm) is, a couple of miles from Old School House & is the base for running a variety of courses and events, ranging from a night's dining and entertainment, through to courses in foraging, curing, gardening, bread making, butchery and more. For full details, of what's available visit the River Cottage website . www.rivercottage.net

Seaton Tramway

Narrow gauge heritage trams that runs between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley,travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life & countryside. www.tram.co.uk


Overlooking Beer and Lyme Bay is the celebrated Pecorama gardens, narrow gauge railway and indoor model railway exhibition. www.pecorama.info

Abbotsbury Swannery-Subtropical Gardens-Children's Farm

A wonderful place to visit with something for every one, the Swans are magnificent, the Gardens are superb & the children will love the farm. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Bicton Park

Another excellent attraction for all of the family, with Gardens, Mueseum & a Childrens Indoor & Outdoor Play Area. www.bictongardens.co.uk

Burrow Farm Gardens

Burrow Farm Gardens is a beautifully landscaped ten acre garden that will appeal to both the Gardner and to those just seeking a relaxing walk, around a tranquil garden. A Homemade Cream Tea will complete your day's enjoyment at Burrow Farm Gardens. Please visit their website www.burrowfarmgardens.co.uk for further information & opening times.

West Somerset Steam Railway

This is another of my favorites!The West Somerset Railway, is an attraction everyone will enjoy, from the unique stations on this true country branch line, to the remarkable steam locomotives, their coaches and their wagons. The twenty mile line, takes travellers through countryside that is as varied as it is beautiful. The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor,unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales.For more information regarding the Railway, its route, time tables & special events, visit them at www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is a UK based charity. Set in beautiful countryside, this is a lovely local attraction, it is well worth a visit, the children will adore being able too feed & pet these lovely animals. www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Axminster Animals

Axe Valley Bird & Animal Park is a great outing, where you can walk around & enjoy a variety of birds & animals. www.axevalleypark.co.uk

Hollies TroutFarm & Fishery

Hollies Trout Farm is set in the midst of the beautiful Blackdown hills, in a secluded hidden valley surrounded by woodlands, which provides a wonderful location for fly fishing. It has two lakes, covering over two and a half acres. Hollies Trout Farm caters for all levels & even offers tuition & equipment hire,they also have a shop selling a variety of smoked trout products, that must be tried. For full information on all that is available, visit their website. www.holliestroutfarm.co.uk

With a little research & some exploring you will discover your own West Country Gems, these are just a taste of what is available locally & have all been recommended from our guests, friends or family. We will continue to add to this page as we receive further recommendations or have enjoyed a great experiences our selves.

Alternative Holiday Cottages.

Symondsdown Holiday Cottages

Symondsdown Holiday Cottages are situated in Woodbury Lane, just a short distance from Old School House, an ideal location with a variety of cottages catering for diffent group sizes. For full information on all that is available, visit their website. www.symondsdownholidaycottages.co.uk

Nikos Apartments, Arillas, Corfu

Nikos Apartments

We had a wonderful holiday staying at the Nikos Apartments Arillas. The apartments are a family run business, offering spacious, comfortable accommodation on the out skirts of the small resort of Arillas. We were taken care of by Margarita & her family & we had a superb holiday. Arillas is a small resort, ideal for a quieter break, but close to the busier amenities if required. The Nikos apartments are set in beautiful grounds, with stunning views. The apartments are a pleasant walk from the sea front, which on the return leg we combined with a small shop, at the mini market, or a drink at one of the bars or Taverna's. The Nikos Apartments have a lovely pool, bar & restaurant area & so there is no need to leave the complex, if you become as lazy & as contented as we were.

For a more detailed look at the Nikos Apartments & Arillas, visit their website. www.nikos-arillas.com