Local eating and drinking 

Local food shopping 

Things to do in the area 

Other links 


Paynes Premier Taxis 01297 35895
M-cabs Taxi 01297 42222
Axminster Taxis 01297 34000
N.B. local taxis get booked up at busy times so it is always worth pre-booking.

 Local eating and drinking

The Tytherleigh Arms

Tytherleigh, 2.2 miles (if walking, turn right out of our car park & follow the lane down to Tytherleigh)
Our favourite local pub. Otter Ale, very popular for Sunday lunches. It is worth calling in advance to check opening/serving times and availability.
EX13 7BE
01460 220214

River Cottage Kitchen & Deli

Axminster, 5 miles.
As you would expect, Hugh Fernleigh Whittingstall's canteen is all about great local food. Whether dining in The Kitchen or buying provisions for your stay, it is well worth a visit.
EX13 5AN
01297 631862

River Cottage HQ

Park Farm 7.5 miles.
Join the famous River Cottage dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, pre-booking essential.
EX13 8TB

Hix Oyster & Fish House

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
A special treat, this famous fish and seafood restaurant has unrivalled views overlooking the cobb and The Jurassic Coast.
01297 446 910

The Harbour Inn

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
A very popular pub situated on the Beach front, just by the Cobb and Lyme Bay. Family run with good pub food, specialising in seafood. DT7 3JF
01297 442299


Lyme Regis, 10 miles
New in 2018 - a contemporary cafe & bar right on the beach in Lyme Regis. Informal and fun. Specialising in burgers, fish dishes and big breakfasts. DT7 3JH
01297 442668

Tierra Kitchen

Lyme Regis, 10 miles
Popular vegetarian, vegan and gluten free restaurant in the heart of Lyme Regis. Popular with carnivores too.
01297 445189

Ollerod (formerly the The Bridge House hotel)

Beaminster, 10 miles
A traditional Dorset 13th century Country House Hotel in this popular village with an excellent restaurant serving local produce. Garden terrace open in the warmer months.
01308 862200


Beaminster, 10 miles
Small and excellent restaurant specialising in fresh local produce, menu changes daily, popular with locals and visitors alike.
01308 538 100

The Anchor Inn

Seatown, 14 miles
Perched on the cliff just above the beach at Seatown, next to Golden Cap with great views along the Jurassic Coast and out to sea. A varied menu of home cooked food. A favourite with coastal path walkers and sea swimmers alike.
01297 489215


Bridport, 13 miles
Tucked away down an alleyway off East Street in Bridport, delicious Asian dumplings & noodles and great cocktails too.
01308 423221

The Bull Hotel

Bridport, 12 miles
This popular, easygoing and informal Boutique Hotel in the centre of Bridport offers everything from Moules-frites to Market day Brunch or a selection from the more substantial daily menu. In warm weather there is a lovely stable courtyard at the back.
01308 422878

Sladers Yard Café

West Bay, Bridport, 13 miles
An untouched Maritime Warehouse in West Bay/ Bridport makes a perfect showcase for artists and high quality makers in all media as well as top quality exhibitions. They also have an excellent organic café for delicious meals or cream teas and cakes.
01308 459511

Hive Beach Café

Burton Bradstock, 17 miles
Enjoy delicious freshly caught fish and local food on their terrace overlooking the beach on the Chesil bank. Open for breakfast, lunch and sometimes for dinner - call first to check as it's weather dependent.
01308 897 070

The Seaside Boarding House

Burton Bradstock, 17 miles
On the cliff above Burton Bradstock beach. Similar food ethos to the Hive Cafe (above) in a smart hotel/restaurant atmosphere, outside tables overlooking Lyme bay weather permitting. breakfast until 11 am, lunch and dinner.
01308 897205

Crab House Café

On the fleet between Weymouth and Portland Bill, 33 miles
A bit further away but well worth the trip - Out-of-the-tank crustaceans served with hammers, buckets and bibs in an informal atmosphere overlooking the sea.
01305 788 867

 Local Food Shopping

Tatworth Stores and Post Office

Tatworth, 2.6 miles
For last minute supplies the local store and post office in Tatworth is open every day from 7.00am to 10.00pm seven days a week. Turn left out of the car park, left at the T junction, right at next T Junction, over the railway and river, left at the next T Junction then 1/4 mile on the left.
TA20 2PY

Thorncombe Village Shop

Thorncombe, 2.2 miles
Our local shop in Thorncombe is well worth a visit - deli counter, local fruit, veg and meats. They also have a cafe area for teas, coffees and cakes. Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Sat - 8.30 to 1.00 p.m. Sun 9.30 a.m. to midday.
01460 30282
TA20 4NF

There are also large supermarkets in both Chard and Axminster but much better buy from our fantastic local suppliers:

River Cottage Deli & Local Produce Store

Axminster, 5 miles
Fill your own Deli hamper with all sorts of delicious River Cottage Fare. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m seven days per week.
EX13 5AN
01297 631862

Millers Farm Shop

Kilmington, 6 miles (just off the A35 past Axminster)
A one stop shop for everything fresh, delicious and local (as well as a weekly lorry load of French produce) including occasional wet fish stall and meat from the best local farms. Home grown veg from the farm shop.
EX13 7RA
01297 35290

Leakers Bakery

Bridport, 12 miles
This specialist bakery sells a fine range of breads, savouries and cakes to take away as well as making the frozen pizza dough that we sell here in the woods.

 Things to do in the area

Jurassic Electric Bikes

Electric bike tours
Jurassic Electric have designed a range of guided cycling tours to help visitors discover beautiful West Dorset. As well as exploring spectacular landscapes, the tours include opportunities to learn more about the area's vibrant history and sample some of its renowned local produce. Every tour is led by a knowledgeable and qualified guide.
Martin - 07796 135256

Forde Abbey

3 mile drive or 2 mile walk
Forde Abbey is well worth a visit. The estate borders our woods. A wonderful medieval monastery, beautiful gardens, tea room and a nursery. Either drive to the main abbey or walk (only outside the shooting season) - turning left out of our car park and then go straight over to the track opposite at the crossroads. Pls check seasonal opening times.
TA20 4LU
01460 220231

Pilsden Pen

3 miles
The second highest point in Dorset, the top is just a short steep walk uphill from the car park (on the road to Broadwindsor) a great stop off point for cyclists and motorists - superb views across the Marshwood Vale to Golden Cap and out to sea.

Black Cow Vodka distillery tours

Childhay Manor, 7 miles
Black Cow vodka is made locally purely from milk, also available at Soho House, Hix, The Savoy, The Groucho and Nobu amongst others. Distillery visits or distillery experience, cocktails and lunch. Booking essential.
01308 868844

River Cottage HQ courses

Park Farm, 9 miles
Fantastic courses including making bread ovens, butchery, growing, curing and smoking, foraging, beekeeping and lots of fantastic cookery courses to choose from. Pre-booking on their website essential.
EX13 8TB

Harry May Boat trips

Lyme Regis/The Cob, 9 miles
Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips. A great day out on the ocean waves before bringing back your catch to enjoy on your BBQ in the woods, booking essential - availability is seasonal.

Lyme Regis Kayak Hire

Lyme Regis, 9 Miles
Single and double kayak hire as well as wetsuits and fishing gear. DT7 3JF
01297 443373

Fossil Hunting

Charmouth, 10 miles
A great excuse for a walk on the beach with a difference. Our part of the Jurassic coast is world famous for its fossils that can often be found washed out of the cliff. The Charmouth Heritage coast centre offers free advice & tours and is well worth a visit.
01297 560 772

Furleigh Estate tours

Salway Ash (on the way to Bridport), 10 Miles
Award winning English wine and Fizz. Shop open 11-5 Monday to Saturday. Tours and tasting 11 and 2.30 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday- booking advisable.
01308 488991


12 miles
Galleries, caves and fishing cove - a great day trip with shopping, pubs, exploring, walking and boat hire.

Chideock Champignons

Chideock, 12 miles
Local mushroom farm that grows and forages high quality gourmet produce. Mushroom foraging tours can be arranged by appointment and in advance only. Contact Nick on 07453263824 or email

Eype Beach

Three miles East of Bridport
Our favourite locals' beach, off the beaten track, lovely walks along the pebbled beach. No facilities so great for getting away from the crowds in the busy seasons.
No website but here is a video we made for fun:

Electric Palace

Bridport, 12 miles
This classic renovated cinema has films, live music, comedy and offbeat events. Popular artists get booked up very quickly so worth booking as early as you can.
01308 42835

Bridport Arts Centre

Bridport, 12 miles
Theatre, Comedy, Music, Film, Dance and much more.
Box office 01308 424 204

Palmers Brewery tours

Bridport, 12 miles
Brewery tours from Easter to the end of October. Tours start at 11 am and last about 2 hours. Pre booking essential.
01308 427500

Bridport markets

Bridport 12 Miles
The Bridport Street market takes place in the centre of Bridport every Wednesday and Saturday 8-4 pm. The Vintage Market is held in the Vintage Quarter at St Michael's trading estate on the last Sunday of the month from Easter through to October - booths and warehouses stuffed with well priced bric-a-brac, antiques and everything in-between.

Hyde Real Tennis Court

Walditch near Bridport, 13 miles
Real Tennis (which is quite unlike the tennis that most people are familiar with) is Guy's other passion when he's not woodworking. Visitors always welcome to come and have a look at the strange goings on.
01308 420777

Lyme Bay Rib charter

West Bay/Bridport, 13 miles
Rib trips along the Jurassic Coast starting at West Bay. Also longer cruises, water taxi and charter or wake boarding and waterskiing. Booking essential.
Contact Simon Miles (Milo) - 07971 258515
or crew@lymebayribcharter.co.uk

Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury, 25 miles
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The close-by Sub-Tropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were the first introductions to this country, there is also a nursery with a superb range of plants and palms.
01305 871858

 Other links

Boo Mallinson

Guy's wife Boo is a contemporary landscape painter inspired by the Dorset surroundings. Studio visits in Bridport by arrangement: email Boo@themallinsons.com; her work is also on show at selected galleries in London, Bath and St Ives.


The people who designed and made this lovely web site, and who we can always rely on to keep everything online working for us.

Paynes Premier Travel

Our preferred local taxi firm including group bookings and hybrid vehicles to and from the woods.

Practical Car and Van Rental

Happy to collect guests either from the site or from Axminster Station during their opening hours. http://www.practical.co.uk/locations/england/southwest/axminster/

Heritage Crafts Association

The HCA supports and promotes heritage crafts as a part of our living heritage. It believes craft skills should be protected, promoted and recorded - all aims we can only agree with!

i tre furniture

Petter Southall is also local and specialises in steam bending; he works to commission.

David Saltmarsh

A local friend and excellent chairmaker who featured in the BBC 'Mastercrafts' programme. As well as buying a chair for myself, David helped with the treehouse build and made the two dining chairs in the treehouse.

The Bodgers Website

The Bodgers website (or, more correctly, the Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Green Woodworkers) is the place to look for everything you ever wanted to know about bodging and bodging events.

Living Wood

Mike Abbott - the Guru of Green woodwork and author of "Living Wood".

Dorset Art Weeks

Here you will find details of over 600 artists, makers and galleries in Dorset.

Big Fish

The wonderful design company who are responsible for creating Oscar the owl amongst other things.

Charles Hooper

Charles Hooper spent 6 weeks training with us for the BBC's 'Mastercraft' series and is now running Shovelstrode, a forest garden, glamping and green wood craft centre in Sussex.

Tom Vaughan

One of the BBC 'Mastercraft' trainees and episode winner, Tom continues to hone his greenwoodworking skills and has helped us in the development phases of Crafty Camping. Tom takes on commissions for and designs and builds stunning hen houses.

Ashridge Trees

Ashridge trees supply us with all of our needs for planting (including 700 whips used to plant our 'heritage' hedge), are very helpful and a mine of knowledge. They will deliver throughout the UK. They come highly recommended for hedging, standards, fruit trees and soft fruit.