The West Country is great for a weekend break. The scenery, coast, charming towns and country walks are all the more pleasurable if you know you are heading back to a luxury room at the end of the day. We picked out some recommended luxury hotels near Axminster.
The Fernhill Hotel (www.fernhill-hotel.co.uk) in Charmouth is the ideal base for exploration of the Jurassic coast and Devon's delightful villages. It offers an outdoor heated swimming pool, fine dining in the restaurant, even a spot of fishing in its own lake. Holistic therapies and massage are available, or for something a little more energetic, pop next door to the Lyme Regis golf club. Bed-and-breakfast rates start at £120 per room per night based on a couple sharing, but look out for special offers, and weekend deals including dinner.
Cranberries Luxury Hideaway (www.cranberrieshideaway.co.uk), in Kilmington on the Devon-Dorset border, offers all the pampering comfort of a boutique hotel alongside the freedom and privacy of self-catering accommodation. The 18th-century stone barns have been converted into luxury guest apartments, ranging from a 1-bedroom romantic bolthole to a lavish 6-bedroom residence. On-site catering is available, along with a wealth of entertainments, theme weekends, spa pampering sessions and much more. Prices depend on length of stay and the size of your party, but flexibility is the keyword.
Combe House (www.combehousedevon.com) is situated in the picture-perfect village of Gittisham, near Honiton. It's a restored Elizabethan Manor set in a 3,500 acre estate. Horses and pheasants wander the grounds, creating a gloriously romantic first impression. The period decor is endlessly impressive, and the restaurant rated among the finest in Devon. It's probably the pick of the luxury hotels near Axminster, with room rates starting at £199 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis.