Planning a move to Axminster? This picturesque market town situated on the river Axe – on the Eastern border of Devon – around 7 miles from the beautiful Dorset Jurassic coast at Lyme Regis. In recent years the town has been put on the map by foodie Hugh-Fearnley Whittingstall after he moved here and set up his ‘River Cottage’ empire as a spin-off from his successful Channel 4 television show. The town’s other claim to fame is that it gave its name to a the world-famous Axminster carpet. Carpets are still manufactured in the town where at one time the bells of the minster reportedly pealed each time a carpet was completed!
Axminster has excellent rail and travel links but the main road becomes very busy in the summer with visitors heading to the coast through the town centre. Despite being a busy thoroughfare, the town retains many of its period features and is steeped in history and tradition. The Axminster Heritage Centre explores the town’s industrial past whilst nearby Lyme Regis Museum features many exhibits by noted local geologist and palaeontologist, William Buckland.
Axminster is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by ancient woodlands with many country trails for walkers along the East Devon Way and Axe Valley where you can expect to see otters and kingfishers on the banks of the river. The mudflats of the Axe estuary offer excellent opportunities for spotting curlew, egrets and oystercatchers.
House Prices in Axminster
The average price of a detached house in Axminster last year was around £350,000 – with terraced and semi-detached properties coming in at around £188,300 and £205,000 respectively. Houses in Axminster were cheaper than those in nearby Seaton, Colyton and Beer – despite the fact that sold prices in Axminster were around 17% higher than the previous year.
If you’re thinking of renting in Axminster then a one bedroom apartment starts at around £550 – up to around £775 for a three bedroomed house, depending on location and type of dwelling, of course. Prices as of April 2017.
Things to do in Axminster: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g1141476-Axminster_Devon_England-Vacations.html
More about William Buckland: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Buckland
River Cottage: www.rivercottage.net
Axminster Heritage Centre: www.axminsterheritage.org