Cosy Somerset Getaway - A Guidebook

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Cosy Somerset Getaway - A Guidebook

Food scene

The "real" River Cottage is located nearby to Axminster, and the Canteen in Axminster gives you a chance to sample superb food from the Rover Cottage chefs.
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River Cottage Kitchen
West Street
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The "real" River Cottage is located nearby to Axminster, and the Canteen in Axminster gives you a chance to sample superb food from the Rover Cottage chefs.
A local farm shop, cafe, florist and campsite, this is worth a visit. Good food in a "home cooked" style (think large portions, lots of veg, good grub, but not pretentious), a lovely range of meat, vegetables, deli and much much more, you will find it hard to resist not buying something. Also cakes. They do the most cakes...just saying.
Barleymow's Farm Shop
A local farm shop, cafe, florist and campsite, this is worth a visit. Good food in a "home cooked" style (think large portions, lots of veg, good grub, but not pretentious), a lovely range of meat, vegetables, deli and much much more, you will find it hard to resist not buying something. Also cakes. They do the most cakes...just saying.
A great local village pub with a beer garden. Good, unpretentious food and service with a nice atmosphere. Just a few minutes in the car from the space, or 45 minutes if you fancy a stroll.
The Haymaker Inn
A great local village pub with a beer garden. Good, unpretentious food and service with a nice atmosphere. Just a few minutes in the car from the space, or 45 minutes if you fancy a stroll.
Fantastic food overlooking Lyme Bay and the seafront.
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Swim
Marine Parade
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Fantastic food overlooking Lyme Bay and the seafront.
Amazing seafood with stunning views and top quality service.
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The Oyster & Fish House
Cobb Road
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Amazing seafood with stunning views and top quality service.
It's a Wetherspoons... But at least you know what you're getting, and its only 15 minutes walk into the town.
The Cerdic
49-51 Fore Street
It's a Wetherspoons... But at least you know what you're getting, and its only 15 minutes walk into the town.
If you have a sweet tooth, do not miss this place. Simply the best Waffles this side of Belgium.
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The Community Waffle House
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If you have a sweet tooth, do not miss this place. Simply the best Waffles this side of Belgium.
A lovely local village pub, which can be reached via a lovely walk along the cycle path towards Ilminster and back country roads.
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The New Inn
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A lovely local village pub, which can be reached via a lovely walk along the cycle path towards Ilminster and back country roads.
We're often asked which is the best fish and chips shop in the locale. This is it. No arguments.
Whites
20 Boden Street
We're often asked which is the best fish and chips shop in the locale. This is it. No arguments.
Cracking food and surroundings.
Ridgeway Country Hotel
Smallridge Road
Cracking food and surroundings.
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The Feed Station
Sandy Hole
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Walking and Cycling

Route 33 can take keen cyclists from the lively city of Bristol to the English Channel at Seaton. The section from Chard to Ilminster follows the old "Stop Line" route of anti-tank emplacements built to prevent invasion during WW2. Originally a railway line following the now defunct Chard Canal, signs of its past can still be spotted by the keen eye.
National Cycle Route 33
National Cycle Route 33
Route 33 can take keen cyclists from the lively city of Bristol to the English Channel at Seaton. The section from Chard to Ilminster follows the old "Stop Line" route of anti-tank emplacements built to prevent invasion during WW2. Originally a railway line following the now defunct Chard Canal, signs of its past can still be spotted by the keen eye.
Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve Chard Reservoir has 88 acres of open water, woodland and meadow. Beautiful walks that encompass the cycle path to Ilminster, a bird hide and opportunities to feed the ducks are seconds from the accommodation. A great was to relax and get back to nature.
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Chard Reservoir (disused)
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Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve Chard Reservoir has 88 acres of open water, woodland and meadow. Beautiful walks that encompass the cycle path to Ilminster, a bird hide and opportunities to feed the ducks are seconds from the accommodation. A great was to relax and get back to nature.
An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Quantocks, just North of Taunton, are stunning. Providing beautiful walks and cycling opportunities (great for mountain biking), the hills are steeped in history and festooned with free grazing ponies.
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Quantock Hills AONB
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An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Quantocks, just North of Taunton, are stunning. Providing beautiful walks and cycling opportunities (great for mountain biking), the hills are steeped in history and festooned with free grazing ponies.

The Coast

A beautiful regency seaside town with stunning beaches, shops and eateries, just 45 minutes from the accommodation. Well worth a visit.
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Sidmouth
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A beautiful regency seaside town with stunning beaches, shops and eateries, just 45 minutes from the accommodation. Well worth a visit.
Don't go to Seaton - Axmouth Beach, next to Seaton, is so much better and quieter. Park along the Axe Estuary (where you can find a spot) and then take the 5-10 minute walk to the pebbly beach. The Axe Estuary is on the Jurassic Coast and a beautiful area of scientific and natural interest. Axmouth has a couple of decent pubs too.
Axmouth Beach
Don't go to Seaton - Axmouth Beach, next to Seaton, is so much better and quieter. Park along the Axe Estuary (where you can find a spot) and then take the 5-10 minute walk to the pebbly beach. The Axe Estuary is on the Jurassic Coast and a beautiful area of scientific and natural interest. Axmouth has a couple of decent pubs too.
A secluded and sandy beach, about 35 minutes from the space. No real shops, but there is a car park and sometimes someone selling ice creams. Great for barbecues.
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Eype beach
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A secluded and sandy beach, about 35 minutes from the space. No real shops, but there is a car park and sometimes someone selling ice creams. Great for barbecues.
A quiet pebble beach, with a little cafe and a decent car park (although watch out, it is privately owned and they are quite militant about how quickly you should buy a ticket).
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Branscombe Beach
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A quiet pebble beach, with a little cafe and a decent car park (although watch out, it is privately owned and they are quite militant about how quickly you should buy a ticket).

Food Shopping

The local Tesco is a 10 minute walk from the accommodation. It's not an "Extra", but it has everything you need.
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Tesco Superstore
Salterton Road
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The local Tesco is a 10 minute walk from the accommodation. It's not an "Extra", but it has everything you need.
The local Lidl is conveniently next to the local Tesco.
Lidl
Tapstone Road
The local Lidl is conveniently next to the local Tesco.
If you prefer locally source food and something a bit different, you can shop here. A little more pricey, but good quality.
Barleymow's Farm Shop
If you prefer locally source food and something a bit different, you can shop here. A little more pricey, but good quality.
Crewkerne is a 10 minute drive and hosts the nearest Waitrose to the accommodation.
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Waitrose & Partners Crewkerne
South Street
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Crewkerne is a 10 minute drive and hosts the nearest Waitrose to the accommodation.

City/town information

Stuffed with antiques shops, Crewkerne is a nice little market town 10 minutes drive from the accommodation.
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Crewkerne
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Stuffed with antiques shops, Crewkerne is a nice little market town 10 minutes drive from the accommodation.
A beautiful little market town, with lovely shops and eateries. 10 minutes from the accommodation.
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Ilminster
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A beautiful little market town, with lovely shops and eateries. 10 minutes from the accommodation.
Somerset's county town, Taunton has a rich history and interesting shops.
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Taunton
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Somerset's county town, Taunton has a rich history and interesting shops.