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Old School House

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

Old School House, East Devon & Area...

Old School House is located a couple of miles out side of Axminster, in the small Parish of Woodbury. Axminster & the surrounding area is blessed with stunning country & coastal scenery, providing a wealth of places to visit & things to do. Here is an introduction to the local area, a wonderful area to visit in itself, but also an ideal location for exploring the rest of the West Country, with its amazing, beautiful & diverse scenery. With a little research or just exploring, you will discover your own West Country Gems.


Axminster is a small, ancient market town surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet has many amenities of a larger town. Axminster has a couple of supermarkets, a sports & leisure centre, an excellent swimming pool, a busy thriving town centre, which is also home to the re-known River Cottage Canteen.View over Axminster

The history of the town is evident through out with some delightful buildings. with the church of St Mary The Virgin & its surrounding Green at its heart. Although the livestock market has now gone, there is still, on a Thursday a general market in the town square, where you will find local produce for sale & perhaps a bargain or two.

Conveniently situated few miles inland from the attractive seaside towns of Seaton and Lyme Regis, Axminster makes a perfect centre from which to explore the unspoilt Jurassic coast and Countryside, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. With many quaint old villages, the wonderful coast line & its good access for the rest of the West Country, it makes for a wonderful holiday location.

Lyme Regis...

Lyme Regis is an historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port, which has been awarded World Heritage Site Status.It boasts breathtaking scenery, making it a sparkling resort for all seasons with its historic Cobb and harbour.Lyme

Visitors have flocked to Lyme Regis since the 18th century, many returning year after year, attracted by its delightful maze of streets & the town's ancient Cobb breakwater, which was originally constructed in the 13th century and featured in many novels and films, including the French Lieutenant's Woman.

Lyme Regis boasts sheltered beaches, a superb range of craft shops, as well as numerous excellent eating places, to choose from. The promenade is traffic free, providing an ideal stroll to view the beach & Cobb.The beach at low-tide displays golden sands and rocky outcrops that beg to be explored. The clear safe waters are ideal for swimming, sailing, wind-surfing or water skiing. Angling is very popular, either from the beach or the pier, or on one of the many deep sea and mackerel trips.

If you just want to relax and enjoy the views, there are many scenic trips available too, accompanied by tales of smuggling and local history. The area is ideal for walking, and the surrounding coastline is truly stunning. Visitors can enjoy a short leisurely stroll and for the more enthusiastic there are miles of Heritage Coast, footpaths to explore.

There are also many sporting activities also, including golf, pony trekking and cycling, more information is available at the Tourist Information Centre.

Situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is a major centre for fossil collecting, recognised and acclaimed worldwide, there are many venues in Lyme Regis featuring displays of some the finest finds, and also offering that very special souvenir to take home, guided fossil hunting tours are also available, more details are available from the Tourist Information Centre. Lyme Regis has a varied programme of events and activities, including art and music festivals.

Whatever the weather, Lyme is always a great place to visit.


Set inside Lyme Bay is the picturesque Seaton Bay which has a mile long shingle beach. The coastal resort of Seaton is in the centre of the bay and the estuary of the River Axe is at its eastern end. Following up the estuary a couple of miles, is the delightful village of Axmouth.

Seaton HarbourSeaton's setting in the landscape is visually stunning. It stands at a unique point on the Jurassic Coast of the Dorset and East Devon Coast, World Heritage Coastline, with the stunning Chalk cliffs of Beer, changing at Seaton to the red cliffs of the Triassic age.

The adjacent Axmouth Harbour was once one of Devon's most important trading ports, and the Axe Estuary is an area of important bird and wildlife.

Seaton Marshes and wetlands teem with birdlife throughout the year and are ideal for viewing & photographing the resident and visiting bird life, from the purpose built hides.

Seaton Bay's sports facilities include windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing, there are walking and cycle paths to explore throughout the Axe Valleys scenic countryside.

There is also the famous Seaton Trams that run alongside the estuary and marshes on their journey to Colyton.

A view of AxmouthPassengers can take advantage of breaking the journey, by alighting at Colyford, to take advantage of two excellent Public Houses, offering wonderful locally sourced food, as well as excellent local ales and ciders.

From the open top trams it is possible to see a huge variety of different birds as you pass through the Seaton Marshes and wetlands.


Colyton is situated amid beautiful countryside where the Axe and Coly valleys meet. The town itself is full of history, and its centre is a conservation area, full of narrow streets often referred to as a maze, and a joy to browse around.

Again the surrounding countryside is perfect for walks with numerous picnic spots providing beautiful views.

At the Tram Stop restaurant at the Colyton terminus you can enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a superb horse-drawn wagon, taking you into the town centre where you can relax at your leisure and return when you wish.

Colyton features a wide range of shops and businesses that will be a delight to explore. You are sure to find that special holiday souvenir and you will always get a truly friendly welcome.

Colyton boasts the last tannery in the country to use the traditional oak bark method of tanning hides & has a leather shop and garden shop alongside in the market place.

The striking Church of St Andrew is worth a visiting, notable for its 15th century octagonal lantern tower, and a superb Saxon cross.


The Beach at BeerBeer is a charming fishing village nestling in a sunny valley, it has soaring white cliffs forming both a sheltered cove for its fishing fleet and a sun trap for its visitors.

Beer's quaint, main street provides a lovely walk, following a natural stream running down one side, which passes some excellent pubs and restaurants as well as a lot of interesting shops, down to the charming shingle beach.

Here you can hire a boat, watch the fishermen landing their catches, swim in the clear sea or take one of the regular angling trips, or perhaps, just sit in the sun and enjoy the stunning views.