This week we’re revisiting Axminster in Devon with a helpful guide for anyone who is planning a move closer to the coast, who may be looking for a quote on the price of Axminster removals or would like to know more about this picturesque Devon market town, including current house prices in the area. Axminster is situated just five miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline (designated a UNESCO World Heritage site) and picturesque seaside towns including Lyme Regis, Seaton, Beer and Branscombe.
Surrounded by rolling countryside, Axminster is named after the broad river Axe that flows through it, down to the sea near Axmouth – and the minster church at the centre of the town. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the historic town is surrounded by ancient woodlands, with some stunning country trails for walkers along the East Devon Way and Axe Valley – but it is also famous for its industry too. Sumptuous patterned Axminster Carpets have been manufactured in the town since 1755. Axminster Tools – a family firm – was founded here in 1972 and now has stores all over the UK with more than 17,000 product lines sold across Europe.
Transport links with Axminster
A popular choice with commuters, Axminster is not as remote as it may seem. It is close to the borders of Somerset and Dorset with easy access to the M5 and the A303 and excellent rail links with London and Exeter. There is a station in the town with regular trains to London that can get you to Waterloo in around 2 hours 40 minutes. Although it may be a little far for a daily commute, it is a good base for business owners who work from home and may wish to travel up to London once or twice a week.
Schools in Axminster
The area also has many great schools – and is close to some reputable private schools too. The villages surrounding Axminster boast several primary schools that are currently rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, including Kilmington Primary School and Stockland C of E Primary Academy. Two nearby secondary schools also come highly recommended: these are the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis and Colyton Grammar School, just outside the village of Colyton. There is also choice of good prep schools situated locally, such as Perrott Hill near Crewkerne and Hazlegrove near Yeovil. Local public schools within easy reach include Sherborne Boys’ and Girls’, Bryanston, Blundell’s, Wellington School, Taunton School, Queen’s College and King’s College in Taunton.
Things to do in Axminster
The town of Axminster itself is relatively small with a population of less than 6,000. Local amenities include the Axe Valley Sports Centre, Flamingo Swimming Pool and the Axminster Heritage Centre. There are three supermarkets, numerous independent shops and a small hospital.
In the local area you will find plenty of stunning countryside, the local beaches we already mentioned, plus several stunning National Trust properties including Loughwood Meeting House at Dalwood – an Atmospheric 17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house – and the manor house of Shute Barton. The manor dates from Medieval Times and is home to the largest open fireplace in England. If you prefer to get out and explore in the open air, the National Trust also manages a couple of Iron Age hill forts nearby at Musbury and Dumpdon Hill and for walkers, we recommend Combe Wood, 10 acres of mixed oak and ash woodland, dotted with trails and pathways and the perfect place for a sheltered walk, whatever the weather. If you’re planning a grand family day out, the Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a small friendly zoo in Kilmington, currently rated number one on Trip Advisor’s ‘10 Best Things to do in Axminster.’
House Prices in Axminster
The average price of a terraced house in Axminster last year was around £200,600 – with detached and semi-detached properties coming in at around £342,250 and £242,400 respectively. Houses in Sold prices in Axminster were up 5% on the previous year and similar to the 2017 peak. The overall average price of a house in Axminster over the last year was £245,175.
If you’re thinking of renting in Axminster then a one bedroom apartment starts at around £500 – up to around £775 for a three bedroomed house, depending on location and type of dwelling. Prices as of July 2020.
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