The market town of Axminster is situated slightly inland from the Jurassic Coastline between Seaton and Lyme Regis in the Axe Valley. Dating back to 300 BC and situated also on the Fosseway, the River Axe meanders its way through the picturesque countryside. Steeped in history and also famous for its carpets, Axminster still holds a weekly street market every Thursday.
The Axminster Heritage Centre tells the history of Thomas Whitty, the founder of the famous Axminster carpets. This is the most prominent business based in the town alongside the Power Tool Centre where you can buy specialist machines for wood working or enrol on one of their courses. The River Cottage and Deli, run by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, overlooks the square. There are also many food courses held at his famous River Cottage HQ on Trinity Hill, just outside the town.
Access to Axminster by road is good and it is also on the main South West train line from Waterloo - ideal access from London and Exeter. The town has an excellent indoor swimming pool with a hydrotherapy pool.
A very short distance away is the wonderful Forde Abbey and gardens. The house and gardens provide interest to suit all ages throughout the year. Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a great family day out within walking distance of the town and in June the Axe Vale Festival of Gardening and Crafts is held. With the Jurassic Coastline only a 15 minute drive, Axminster is an ideal base for touring.
A family run mixed farm, just 4 miles from Lyme Regis, famous for fossil hunting, the market town of Axminster, and the Jurrasic coast centre at Seaton. Just 3 miles from River Cottage HQ