West Country Hidden Gems - The Blackdown Hills AONB

West Country Hidden Gems - The Blackdown Hills AONB

Lea Hill Cottages

Lea Hill Cottages

In search of peaceful retreats in those hidden gem corners and pockets of Britain? Many are discovering the beauty of Devon and Somerset’s glorious Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a relatively unknown landscape on the Devon and Somerset borders just inland from the Jurassic Coast.

Rich in wildlife, the landscape is one of steep ridges, valleys, springs and high plateau featuring quaint villages like Membury in Devon. Rare plants and species can be seen here like the beautiful but endangered Marsh Fritillary butterfly.

Cycling, walking and horse riding are all popular across the area and you’ll find some superb eco-friendly holiday experiences and the finest locally sourced Devon and Somerset produce here!

Where to Stay

Base yourself in the Devon area of the Blackdown Hills for a spectacular coast and country holiday. Beautiful Lea Hill Country Cottages are set within 8 acres of shared grounds and gardens, walking distance from Membury village and a short drive from Axminster and the Jurassic Coast. The cottages sleep 2 and 4, and sit deep in the countryside (with fabulous dark skies), yet are just minutes from bustling Axminster and River Cottage.

Dogs welcome at Lea Hill Cottages in the Blackdown Hills

Dogs welcome at Lea Hill Cottages in the Blackdown Hills

Close Up – Membury Village

The pretty village of Membury, a short stroll away, is a classic example of one of the Blackdown Hills’ hidden gem villages. This English village is one of the few to still celebrate Oak Apple Day in May! A number of ancient iron age forts feature in the area including Membury Castle in the village. This south eastern tip of the Blackdown Hills is also renowed for its stunning nature reserves including Hawkswood and Thurlbear Wood both ideally close to dog friendly Lea Hill Cottages.

Find more places to stay in the Blackdown Hills below:-

Cottages near Blackdown Hills AONB

  • Axminster
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £305
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4
     
    Fabulous pet friendly and family friendly cottage set in 8 acres near Axminster and the Jurassic Coast. A short walk from Membury village with WiFi, terrace and enclosed garden.
     
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  • Cullompton
    Prices from
    £1,999
    Per week (seasonal)
     
    Luxury modern farmhouse with indoor swimming pool in Cullompton. Kids play area and WiFi. Perfect for large groups. Games room, WiFi, Sky TV and parking.
     
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  • Prices from
    £290
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 2
     
    First floor thatched cottage apartment near Axminster, a short stroll from Membury village. Green Tourism Silver Award & dog friendly. Set in 8 acres with private garden & patio.
     
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  • Membury
    Sleeps 2
    Prices from
    £310
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 2
     
    Cosy beamed cottage for two near Axminster, set within 8 acres of shared gardens and grounds with a BBQ and summerhouse. Private sheltered garden, WiFi and dog friendly.
     
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £305
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4
     
    Pretty self-contained annexe, part wing of the main house at Lea Hill Cottages near Axminster. Set in 8 acres. Walking distance from Membury. Exposed beams, garden & rural views.
     
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £310
    Per week (seasonal) Sleep 2 & 4
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    Six charming cottages and cosy apartments in the heart of Devon near Axminster, set in 8 acres of grounds with onsite hot tub and BBQ. Pet friendly and Green Tourism Award.
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £355
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 4
     
    Spacious two bedroom cottage near Axminster, set within 8 acres of gardens and grounds with a summerhouse and BBQ. Short walk from Membury with enclosed garden. Pets welcome.
     
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 2
    Prices from
    £285
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 2
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    Character thatched cottage apartment near Axminster, a short walk from Membury village. Dog friendly with all ground floor living space, terrace, garden & WiFi. Set within 8 acres.
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  • Dalwood
    Sleeps 8
    Prices from
    £664
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 8
     
    Country cottage near Axminster with large private garden, patio, sunny dining area and luxury kitchen. WiFi and pets welcome with ample off road parking. Sleeps 8.
     
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 2
    Prices from
    £621
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Converted stables providing rustic and romantic holiday accommodation in Axminster, with many original features integrated. Beautiful surroundings. On-site parking. Dog friendly.
     
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