Unspoilt, serene, historical – just a few words we’d use to describe Axminster. Finding dog-friendly cottages in Axminster backing onto the Jurassic Coast is getting easier and easier. To save you some time, we’ve hunted down some brilliant holiday homes for you. Why not take your pups on a tour of rural Devon – using dog-friendly accommodation in Axminster as a base?
This impressive detached cottage spot is lovingly decorated in a traditional Devonshire style, complete with genuine Axminster carpets. It offers three sizeable bedrooms, a dining room and sitting area, a private garden and space for two pets. It is well within reach of local areas of outstanding natural beauty and has two spaces for vehicles off the road. All linen provided.
This stunning four-bedroom holiday cottage has modern amenities in the shape of two bathrooms, a full kitchen suite and even a hot tub. Two dogs can join you here, and you have access to your own lawned garden area with furniture to relax with. This pet-friendly domicile offers spectacular views of the rolling Devonshire countryside and rural village scenes beyond.
Based in Membury, a picturesque village resting just outside of Axminster, this stone cottage is semi-detached and offers an open plan living scheme. Take advantage of a double bedroom and a twin bedroom as well as a contemporary kitchen suite, full patio and eight acres of land to explore. Great for exploring historic market scenes and delightful country lanes.
Just outside the historic market town scene, this cottage boasts exposed beams and rustic interiors, with two bedrooms (both en suite). This idyllic rural location boasts a kitchen dining area, wood burner, oil heating throughout, and access to WiFi. You can bring two pets to enjoy the property, with a nice lawn and patio to enjoy on those warmer days.
This ground floor holiday apartment is ideal for travelling couples, with a spacious double bedroom, a walk-in shower and all towels provided. You can bring a dog with you, and you have access to your own enclosed garden. Backing onto eight acres of greenery, this ground floor escape offers wide access to walks across nearby market towns and the East Devon countryside.
Close to the Blackdown Hills (an area of outstanding natural beauty), Beaufort Cottage welcomes two people and a pet to a gorgeous ground floor escape. It boasts an open plan living area, a kitchen suite and a walk-in shower room. Dog lovers can enjoy the famous East Devon Way footpath only a short distance from the front door.
Great for small family groups, Tindle House provides three bedrooms and room for a pet close enough to the bustling market town scene for convenience. The property offers a king-size double bed, a dining room, fully fitted kitchen, utility space and a sizable garden – with garden furniture covered. Explore nearby Axminster and wider East Devon / West Dorset on foot.
An ideal family retreat for those with young children, Courshay Springs is a multi-storey property providing spacious dining, kitchen and sleeping spaces. It also provides a gorgeous garden, complete with furniture. Based in rural reaches, you have easy access to the idyllic communities surrounding Axminster and charming local stores. East Devon’s area of outstanding natural beauty is nearby.
The Linney is a three cottage collection in a wonderful rural setting, providing two bedrooms great for small families or two couples. There is a shared lawn space and BBQ as well as farmland views and an open plan lounge. You can bring two dogs here and enjoy local walks out towards Lyme Regis and Lyme Bay. Three holiday properties can book together.
Close to the sleepy village of Colyton, this ground floor, idyllic retreat provides space for four people and two dogs. The cottage boasts a wood burner, a full kitchen suite, BBQ set and even a games barn shared on site. It is bookable with The Linney (above), making it ideal for a joint breakaway with family and friends. Wonderfully laid-back.
The Battens is the third of the wonderful properties in the Colyton collection mentioned above. As with its lovely cottages alongside, this wonderful holiday spot provides ample space for family visitors, including a double room and two twin bedrooms. There is a games barn and a courtyard, with an open plan living area. Great for exploring the delightful village of Northleigh.
Coach Cottage is a Grade II listed conversion, providing family visitors access to the wider East Devon district through two floors of convenience and comfort. One dog can come with you to enjoy the traditional interiors, and there is a nice courtyard attached to sit out on amid sunnier days. Great for discovering some of East Devon’s smaller towns.
Axminster backs onto some truly incredible, beautiful Devon countryside - and the wonderful Blackdown Hills area is a highlight. Rugged yet replete with all kinds of wide open walks, this is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty within close reach of the town.
Your dogs are absolutely welcome to explore the picturesque Blackdown Hills area, but you will need to keep them on leads between March and July on specific reaches. You'll likely find a welcoming pub and holiday cottages close by!
Gorgeous, historic Lyme Regis really isn't far from Axminster, meaning you'll only need to grab a local bus service or take a short drive towards some of the best-loved beaches in the county. Lyme Regis has a variety of different dog-friendly beaches for you to enjoy.
This seaside town is famous for its movie and literary connections, and there are fantastic road links nearby to all kinds of Devonshire country and coastal trails.
In our collective opinion, you really cannot head down to enjoy the best of Devon and Dorset without checking out the Jurassic Coast. This ancient stretch of rugged coastline encompasses a huge variety of coastal towns and villages, with Axminster being just one of them.
The views across the Jurassic Coast are truly magnificent, and you'll be able to take your dog for all kinds of interesting walks. Finding holiday cottages near here shouldn't be too tricky.
We love Axminster – and the variety of dog-friendly holiday cottages down here really is inspiring. As you can see from the above, you could find yourself a spot in a delightful village lying just short of the Jurassic Coast, a modern apartment with a shower room and hot tub, or a rustic barn conversion just around the corner from a welcoming local pub. Set up your perfect break your way!
As above, there are some wonderful areas of natural beauty, beach strolls and heritage scenes for you to take in. If you prefer a livelier seaside experience, Lyme Regis has it all – and there are bound to be plenty more dog-friendly cottages near the sea, too.
If you’ve never explored the wider East Devon district before, you are in for a treat. Axminster offers a lovely warm welcome to some of the best views and countryside walks across Devonshire, with a market town scene and superb natural beauty blanketing its laid-back appeal. Most holidays down here will centre around the brilliant rugged coastline and the charming chocolate box atmosphere. However, we really wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to hunt down a hot tub or two.
Based around the River Axe, the area is historically important for its carpet industry – it’s true! What’s more, there is clear evidence of the ancient heritage everywhere you walk – from the Minster to the charming post office buildings, the town mill and beyond. Axminster is also very well connected, not only to the stunning countryside but also to nearby cities. If you’d like to explore Exeter, for example, it’s only a short drive or rail journey away.
Dog lovers will adore exploring the quiet country lanes and riverside walks here, with quaint and idyllic village spots scattered across the way. It shouldn’t be too tricky for you to hunt down a charming Victorian cottage or an East Devon district barn conversion to enjoy with your pets, either. Holidays down in Axminster and its idyllic rural setting are always likely to breathe a sense of calm into an otherwise frantic lifestyle!
There are more than one or two delightful properties down in Axminster worth considering. Comfortable holiday accommodation in this corner of Devonshire should combine mod cons and facilities with that rustic, traditional aesthetic. There are varied river cottage locations, holiday cottages with gardens and hot tub facilities, manor house facades and more. Honestly – the selection of properties listed above really is the tip of the iceberg. We encourage you to get exploring to find your own hideaway!
Axminster may not be the first holiday destination people think of when it comes to the Devonshire coast. However, it proves to be an amazing base that’s well worth exploring.
Axminster dog-friendly cottages are popping up more and more, which means it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to find that ideal spot to retire to with pets; you may even score your own private hot tub. We hope you have a peaceful break away – and that this guide has helped introduce you to so some wonderful new holiday ideas!