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Cowslip House

A beautiful three bedroom
Victorian holiday villa situated
on the outskirts of Axminster,



Visitors Information...

Welcome Pack To welcome you to Cowslip House we have put together a "get you in pack".

Hopefully you will have had a good journey & found the house without difficulty. Before organising yourselves & whilst, waiting a few minutes untill we can get to the house to welcome you & show you around, you may want some refreshments. So we have put together some Biscuits, Tea, Coffee, Sugar & there is fresh Milk in the Fridge. There is also some soft drinks for the children in the Fridge.

Welcome Pack

Also we included some basics, to see you through untill unpacked or have done your grocery shopping. These include:-


1. Toilet Roll one per toilet 2. One Kitchen Roll. 3. Cleaning Supplys. 4. Four Tea Towels. 5. Dish Cloth / Scourer. 6. Two Caddy bags for food waste disposal. 7. One Bin Bags. 8. Salt and Peper Mills. 9. Soap/Handwash.

Welcome Pack Pooches

If you are accompanied by four legged friends, we have a few itmes for them to :-

1. Two Dog Bowls. 2. A Towel. 3. Poo Bags. 4. Pooped Scooper. 5. Toy or Treats


Finally, when you have settled and are able to relax, there is a complimentary bottle of wine. Cheers & Enjoy!....

Have a wonderful holiday

Christina & Kevan

Cowslip Houseis located a short walk from Axminster

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Axminster & the surrounding area is blessed with stunning country & coastal scenery, providing a wealth of places to visit & things to do. With a little research or just exploring, you will discover your own West Country Gems. Here are just some of ideas of places to visit & things to try.....

The East Devon guide is a very informative web site, providing information on the local area & its attractions. It also gives recomendations on where to stay & places to eat, plus a lot more. www.east-devon-guide.com

Local Information.

Axminster Tourist Information

The Axminster Tourist Information, can offer a wealth of information to visitors to the area. Places to visit, place to eat and much more. The staff are extremly friendly & helpfull, they do a great job of promoting the local area. www.axminstertouristinformation.co.uk

Heart of Devon

A good website covering all of devon. Details of attractions through out the county, including Food & Drink, places to visit, up & comming events. www.heartofdevon.com

Visit Dorset

Again another good website, providing information about Dorset & it attractions, including what is available in Lyme Regis. Some really good day out ideas. www.visit-dorset.com

Places to Shop or Browse

Bramblewood & Thicke

A wonderful emporium, selling an eclectic mix of the Old, New, Luxury, Practical & some times just Beautiful

Bramblewood & ThicketBramblewood & Thicket A wonderful shop, selling everything for Home Interiors and Counry Living, an eclectic mix of the New, Old, Luxury, Practical & some times just Beautiful, but always with the unique style of Bramblewood & Thicket...

To fully appreciate what this delightfull establishment has to offer, visit their web site



Why not have look inside using the Google Places Tour


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Places to Eat & Drink

The Fountain Head at Branscombe.

One of our personal favorites, a lovely old traditional Pub, great food, real ales, local ciders & dog friendly, always a warm welcome, visit there website, to get a flavour of this great Pub. www.fountainheadinn.com/

The Old Inn at Killmington.

Recommended by many of our guests, good food, real ales & always a warm welcome, visit there website, to get a flavour of this great local thatched Pub. www.oldinnkilmington.co.uk

The Blue Ball

Blue Ball Inn at Sidford. We have had lunch here a couple of time over the past few months & found it very good. Good food, reasonably priced, with some good real ales. www.blueballinnsidford.co.uk

The River Cottage Canteen

The River Cottage Canteen, in the centre of Axminster, serves meals throughout the day, made from the finest seasonal ingredients, with menus constantly changing as produce comes in from the farms & fishermen of the local area. www.rivercottage.net/canteens/axminster

Turf Hotel

The Turf Hotel, Exminster, Devon, is a lovely pub located between the Exeter Canal & the River Exe. It is in a stunning position, with beautiful views over the Exe Estuary. You can't drive directly to the pub, you have to walk or cycle from car parking areas which are reasonably close. For more information visit them at www.turfpub.net

The Tuckers Arms Dalwood

The Tuckers Arms is situated in the nearby village of Dalwood, it is a beautiful old English 12th century pub with, low beamed ceilings, flag stone floors & an inglenook fireplace. The Tuckers Arms offers an extensive menu of home cooked food, using local produce, as well as fine wines & cask ales, unfortunately no website

Local Attractions

Stuart Line Cruises
This is one of our favorites, we try and do a couple of cuises each year, we thorouhly recommend them. Stuart Line Cruises are considered as one of the top family attractions in Devon, With boat trips, sailing the coast around Exeter, Exmouth, Torquay and Sidmouth. Their cruises give you the opportunity to see the devon coast line from a stunning perspective & to view the world heritage Jurrasic Coast. The River Exe cruises are a delight, they give you the opportunity to explore the stunning Exe estuary & to see Dalish Warren, a national nature reserve, which is part of the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area. This beautiful Sand Spit is home to a huge array of wildlife & during the winter months Stuart Line Cruises have Bird Watching Cruises around the warren. Their Cruises are all weather, family-friendly, dog-friendly, value for money experience. www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk

Seaton Tramway

Narrow gauge heritage trams that runs between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley,travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life & countryside. www.tram.co.uk

Axminster Animals

Axe Valley Bird & Animal Park is a great outing, where you can walk around & enjoy a variety of birds & animals. www.axevalleypark.co.uk


Overlooking Beer and Lyme Bay is the celebrated Pecorama gardens, narrow gauge railway and indoor model railway exhibition. www.pecorama.info

Burrow Farm Gardens Axminster

Burrow Farm Gardens is a beautifully landscaped ten acre garden that will appeal to both the Gardner and to those just seeking a relaxing walk, around a tranquil garden. A Homemade Cream Tea will complete your day's enjoyment at Burrow Farm Gardens. Please visit their website www.burrowfarmgardens.co.uk for further information & opening times.

Seaton Jurrassic

Seaton Jurassic is packed with things for the family to discover and do. It is the place to let your imagination run wild – indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather. seatonjurassic.org

West Somerset Steam Railway

The West Somerset Railway, is an attraction everyone will enjoy, from the unique stations on this true country branch line, to the remarkable steam locomotives, their coaches and their wagons. The twenty mile line, takes travellers through countryside that is as varied as it is beautiful. The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor,unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales.For more information regarding the Railway, its route, time tables & special events, visit them at www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

River Cottage

River Cottage HQ (Park Farm) is, a couple of miles from Old School House & is the base for running a variety of courses and events, ranging from a night’s dining and entertainment, through to courses in foraging, curing, gardening, bread making, butchery and more… For full details, of what’s available visit the River Cottage website . www.rivercottage.net

Abbotsbury Swannery-Subtropical Gardens-Children's Farm

A wonderful place to visit with something for every one, the Swans are magnificent, the Gardens are superb & the children will love the farm. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Bicton Park

Another excellent attraction for all of the family, with Gardens, Mueseum & a Childrens Indoor & Outdoor Play Area. www.bictongardens.co.uk

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is a UK based charity. Set in beautiful countryside, this is a lovely local attraction, it is well worth a visit, the children will adore being able too feed & pet these lovely animals. www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Hollies TroutFarm & Fishery

Hollies Trout Farm is set in the midst of the beautiful Blackdown hills, in a secluded hidden valley surrounded by woodlands, which provides a wonderful location for fly fishing. It has two lakes, covering over two and a half acres. Hollies Trout Farm caters for all levels & even offers tuition & equipment hire,they also have a shop selling a variety of smoked trout products, that must be tried. For full information on all that is available, visit their website. www.holliestroutfarm.co.uk

With a little research & some exploring you will discover your own West Country Gems, these are just a taste of what is available locally & have all been recommended from our guests, friends or family. We will continue to add to this page as we receive further recommendations or have enjoyed a great experiences our selves.

Alternative Holiday Cottages

Alternative Holiday Destinations

Nikos Apartments, Arillas, Corfu

Nikos Apartments

We had a wonderful holiday staying at the Nikos Apartments Arillas. The apartments are a family run business, offering spacious, comfortable accommodation on the out skirts of the small resort of Arillas. We were taken care of by Margarita & her family & we had a superb holiday. Arillas is a small resort, ideal for a quieter break, but close to the busier amenities if required. The Nikos apartments are set in beautiful grounds, with stunning views. The apartments are a pleasant walk from the sea front, which on the return leg we combined with a small shop, at the mini market, or a drink at one of the bars or Taverna’s. The Nikos Apartments have a lovely pool, bar & restaurant area & so there is no need to leave the complex, if you become as lazy & as contented as we were.

For a more detailed look at the Nikos Apartments & Arillas, visit their website. www.nikos-arillas.com/