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

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    £255
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
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    The small town of Sheldon nestles on the edge of the Blackdown Hills in Devon.
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 4
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    £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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  • Combe Raleigh
    Sleeps 4
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    £245
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
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  • Axminster
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    £290
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2
     
    Self-catering holiday cottage in Axminster. Accommodation ideal for a romantic break, in a secluded woodland location. One or two well-behaved pets welcome. BBQ provided.
     
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    £75
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    Courtmoor Farm holiday cottages are set in 17 acres of East Devon countryside in the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with breathtaking views of the Otter...
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  • Dunkeswell Abbey
    Sleeps 4
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    £379
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    In a tranquil setting, with superb rural views, situated off a quiet country lane in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, this converted detached holiday cottage in a ¼-acre enclosed ...
     
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  • Dalwood
    Sleeps 8
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    £684
    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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  • Honiton
    Sleeps 2
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    £272
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Single storey Honiton holiday accommodation set in a peaceful, rural location. One double bedroom, private garden, parking, dishwasher & washing machine. Short breaks. No pets.
     
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  • Axminster
    Sleeps 2
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    £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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  • Broadhembury
    Sleeps 4
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    £212
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
     
    Rural location with wonderful views
     
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