Nr Axminster

Guide price

Bedrooms: 4
A beautifully situated holiday cottage complex with fabulous views over the Axe valley, just 4.5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic coast.


This attractive holiday complex lies in an envied location with stunning views over the Axe valley and great access to the nearby World Heritage Jurassic coast. The business has great potential to expand and diversify within the current cottage arrangement or with events and group bookings, along with glamping potential within the paddock area, all subject to the required consents. The owner s property offers spacious and comfortable living areas with a wonderful conservatory well placed to take in the amazing views.

The property represents a rare opportunity to purchase a fully formed holiday business with potential, within this beautiful East Devon location, which has always been in strong demand as a holiday destination.


Lying on the hillside just above Axminster, Symonds Down Cottages offers a location that combines rare convenience of amenities, general access and has stunning surrounding countryside and dramatic coastline.

Axminster lies just 1 mile away. This bustling market town provides a wide range of local amenities including supermarkets, shops, schools and a main line rail station connecting to Waterloo, London. Just up the road is the famous restaurant and cookery school of Hugh Fernley-Wittingstall s River Cottage, as well as the Trinity Hill nature Reserve. Road access is excellent with the A35 just half a mile, which connects to the A30 at Honiton or the A358 meeting the A303 at Ilminster. Further along in either direction are the regional centres of Exeter and Dorchester.

The property lies only a few miles from the coast, with the ever-popular Lyme Regis just 4.5 miles with its 14th century Cobb harbour. While the wider Jurassic coast, designated world heritage status offers a host of opportunities to take in it s unspoiled beaches and rugged fossil laden cliffs between East Devon and West Dorset all the way to Bournemouth.

The Owners House

Built by the current owners in 1997, this large semi-detached house offers spacious well laid out accommodation, taking full advantage of the stunning location and views. The accommodation in brief comprises, central staircase hall, cloakroom with WC, study, sitting room, opening onto the double-glazed conservatory. A separate dining room is found next to the fitted kitchen and utility room. Upstairs are four double bedrooms with two having en-suites and a further family bathroom. A fold down wooden loft ladder on the landing gives access to two more attic rooms, one of which currently serves as an excellent cinema room.

The Holiday Cottages

The cottages, originally outbuildings to the nearby Symonds Down House were mostly converted in the late 1980 s. Five cottages stand adjoining each other forming an L shape of single and two storey accommodation, with attractive stone and rendered exteriors with brick edging. The Barn adjoins the owners house and Lyme cottage, a recently constructed detached cottage finished with the same attractive style completes the set. The cottages comprise: -

The Barn 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Lyme 1 bedroom, sleeps 2

Combpyne 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Musbury 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Axe View 1 bedroom, sleeps 2

Beerhaven 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Woodbury 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4

Each cottage has its own garden terrace and all have a share of the views over the Axe valley. The cottages are let via Airbnb, but with a number of direct and repeat bookings. Basic accounts can be made available for bona fi de potential purchasers after a viewing.

Gardens, Outbuildings and Land

The property is approached from the road via a drive passing through gardens and leading up to the house and cottages. A large landscaped and gravelled area provides parking for all the cottages. Within this area is a large timber games room for guests. On the opposite side the gravel area extends to provide parking and turning space for numerous vehicles within an owner s area and leading to the detached double garage. This is a large versatile building with rear workshop and stairs to an attic room providing further storage.

Well landscaped gardens surround the house on two sides and give a good degree of privacy and contain a wildlife pond and small copse.

Above the house and cottages is a higher area with polytunnel and storage shed, currently used for wood and machinery. Below, the cottages all have garden terraces opening onto further communal lawned gardens with a number of mature trees. Below the main house is the paddock, providing an open area of permanent pasture, mostly surrounded by hedging and mature trees providing an attractive boundary and backdrop.

Rights Of Way

The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of any public or private rights of way or bridleways.


Mains electric and water. Private drainage.

Owners house, oil fired central heating

Cottages, electric heating.


The owners house council tax band D

Cottages business rateable value £13,200

Local Authority

East Devon District Council

Fixtures and Fittings

Only those mentioned in the sales particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but may be available by separate negotiation. However, the majority of furniture, contents, fixtures, fittings and equipment in the letting s cottages will be included


While travelling West on the A35, pass the first turning to Axminster (B3261), continue across the valley and up the other side, where near the top, turn left into Lyme road, signposted Axminster B3261. Then turn first left signposted to Woodbury Cross, into Woodbury lane. Proceed down the lane and after a short distance turn left into the drive opposite the Woodbury Community Hall.


Strictly by appointment through Stags Holiday Complex Department on 01392 680058.


These particulars are a guide only and should not be relied upon for any purpose.

01404 758007

Stags - Honiton Sales

Bank House, 66 High Street, Honiton, Devon, EX14 1PS

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