Lea Hill Cottages, Membury,Axminster, Devon, EX13 7AQ
How to get here:
Rail to Axminster then taxi (or bicycle – steep gradients!)
Lea Hill is an ancient farmhouse. Its historic barns have been converted into pretty cottages. It is owned and run by the Avis family. Our cottages offer not only a respite from stressful times; they are a gateway to the stunning South West of England. Lose yourself in the maze of footpaths and deep Devon lanes which surround us. Perfect for dogs. Deep in the countryside as we are, dark sky enthusiasts can view the milky way with the naked eye.
For most of its life Lea Hill has been a working farm with far more than the 7 acres which remain today. John Smith, a leading local Quaker once lived here and was sentenced to death in 1685 for supporting the Duke of Monmouth’s attempts to seize the English Crown, when he landed at nearby Lyme Regis. It is likely that George Fox stayed here at least once.
The cottages are a short stroll from the friendly, pretty village of Membury (one of a handful of English parishes still celebrating the tradition of Oak Apple Day in May). Membury Castle is one of several impressive iron age hill forts in this historically rich area. History and nature abound.
Lea Hill cottages are remote, hidden away among narrow lanes, yet within easy reach of the Devon market town of Axminster, with its many hidden gems such as the River Cottage Canteen, its historic carpet making tradition and heritage centre. Supermarkets in Axminster and range of pubs and restaurants are all within 4 miles.
Lea Hill Cottages are set among a network of bridleways and footpaths wandering through some of the most attractive country in the whole of England. The SW Coast Path is just a few miles distant.
We have four holiday cottages with spacious and pet-friendly accommodation (including an exercise area for dogs.) They command stunning views of woodland and meadows. All cottages have pretty gardens and characters of their own. Woodpecker sleeps two, Quakers four, Kingfisher five, Nuthatch up to six.
Under our”Affordable Holidays” scheme prices are kept at a very competitive rate. Prices include fuel costs for Quakers, but not for our other cottages, where fuel is charged at cost. Guests are expected to bring their own bedlinen and towels.
Up to four dogs are welcome. There is an exercise field and a lot of local walks.
Here you’ll find all the facilities you need in a perfectly tranquil setting. There are seven acres of shared grounds and gardens—set against a backdrop of wonderful scenery—with barbeque and Summerhouse. There is plenty of parking on site for two or more cars per cottage.
Each cottage has a well equipped kitchen with cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, dishwasher. Laundry facilities are: washing machine, dryer iron etc. (Some at modest extra charge.) TV, Wi-Fi (free) and DVD in each cottage. Cot/travelcot, highchair are available.
Charges per week 2021
Low season £260 – £460
Peak season (June to August) £350 – £625.
Low Season 5% for Clergy and Church Staff
Peak Season (June – August) 10% for Clergy and Church Staff
Discounts are also available for long-let Winter bookings of four weeks or more.
Included for Quakers Annexe. Otherwise fuel paid for at cost by meter readings.
Arrival and Departure times:
5.00 pm arrival.
9.30 pm departure
(Whilst extra preparations due to covid 19 are needed)
Friday changeovers. Short breaks from Friday or Monday available in low season or for last minute bookings.
Coronavirus update September 2020
At this point we are all hoping that the Government will be able to progress through the “roadmap” out of Lockdown. Of course, restrictions may be lifted earlier or later, as the data permit.
If all goes well, from 12th April, holidays (for one household only) will be possible.
Then, from May 17th, two households OR up to six people may occupy the house for holidays.
After June 21st, all restrictions should end, so the full complement of guests,even if from several households, can stay at the properties. However, please see our own website for future updates.
The notes on this Holy Hols can only be amended every six months and so, by the time you read this, the situation may have changed significantly.
Should government rules mean a hirer is not permitted to take a booked holiday, any monies paid will be refunded. Otherwise our normal terms and conditions will apply.
Pets: Up to 4 dogs. Regret no cats or other pets.
Contact the Owner
If you are interested in making a booking, or you would like further information, please get in touch using the following details:
Name: Mrs Susan Avis
Phone Number: 01404 881881
Email Address: email@example.com