Head down Castle Hill, dipping from Axminster’s market square to the river to this Victorian house. Find a fun, contemporary vibe inside: a wall clad in old pallets here, a row of finely painted bird boxes there; books and flowers abound, and the sleek walk-in shower rooms are a treat.
Hospitality here is a two-generation family affair. They make a friendly, talented team. Expect a cracking full English breakfast with French butter and locally sourced everything else. A small, pretty garden begs to be enjoyed, and you’re positively encouraged to bring home a bottle and quaff it al fresco.
Though peaceful today, this part of town is rich in industrial heritage – the last feather-dyers in the country continue to thrive next door! The prime place for otter-spotting on the Axe is a minute’s walk, the River Cottage Canteen footsteps in the other direction.