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 £210 – £420.
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:
4.00 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
The notes on this Holy Hols site can only be amended every six months and so the details here may have changed by the time you read this. We may all find that government rules may mean holidays have to be re- scheduled or cancelled. However, please bear in mind that the rule of six applies includes infants, and we can only take bookings which do not breach this rule. For now, you can make a reservation for weeks in the main season from April 2021 for a booking administration charge of £10 per week. This will be non-refundable should your booking be cancelled for any reason. Otherwise it will count towards a future booking. See our website for the latest information.
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