Applebarn Cottage is a charming 17th century home, set within an acre of gardens with stunning views over Lamberts castle and the Dorset hills.


Secluded, tucked away in a quiet, peaceful location, it is yet very convenient for East Devon and Dorset coastal resorts,  Lyme Regis, Charmouth West Bay and Seaton, Branscombe and Beer .


It  is  close to the amenities of Axminster, Honiton and Chard; or further afield the Victorian holiday resort of Sidmouth, the cathedral city of Exeter or county town of Taunton, Somerset.


Lamberts Suite

a detached studio suite on one level,( ensuite, )which has a comortable sitting area with its own l private terrace accessed from patio doors and overlooking wonderful views and the delightful gardens, lovingly restored over several years. 

Wisteria Suite


a charming suite within the main cottage,which  is very private, with its own short staircase and ensuite bathroom, again with wonderful views.

Applebarn, Bewley Down

Axminster, Devon

EX13 7JX

Tel: 01460 220873

Fax: 01460 220873






Patricia and Robert Spencer came here many years ago after previously owning and managing two larger holiday businesses, , and at both ,the Spencers built a wonderful reputation for serving consistently fine food, morning and evening:, gaining a reputation also for the friendliness of their welcome and the way in which they cared  for  their guests, thus explaining  why many of them are still returning  to Applebarn  now as  friends some  thirty years later.


What is their secret? Many people have asked. It’s Simple. They love people, and Patricia loves to cook.


She trained as a chef at Wulfrun college, West Midlands. Many accolades to their good food and caring attention to guests can be found on Sawday’s special places website, where they have been recommended for many years.  Robert, a farmer’s son and ex butcher, excels at choosing the very best quality produce for guests to enjoy. Local grass fed meat and organic poultry, fish fresh as can be from the sea, locally caught, and vegetables, organic and locally produced, all made into innovative dishes, lovingly prepared and served.


Bob’s  humour and personality too,  are greatly appreciated by guests.

The menus change daily, and special diets can be accommodated with a little notice. The Spencers invite people to enjoy a complimentary aperitif in their 17th century dining hall each evening, where they can choose a starter before dining at separate tables by candlelight.  


The cottage enjoys superb views from every window, and though only four guests can be accommodated  in two pretty suites there is conviviality and a relaxed ambience,  with Patricia and Bob often  joining their guests for coffee after dinner.


Not to be overlooked! Breakfast is also a special meal. Fresh eggs and honey from near neighbours and a farmhouse breakfast freshly prepared with the aid of their famous Aga! Plenty of other choices too.



3 night dinner, bed and breakfast    £73.00 pp per night.


4 night dinner, bed and breakfast    £71.50 pp per night


7 night, dinner bed and breakfast    £70.00 pp per night    

2 night dinner, bed and breakfast    £70.00 pp per night.


4 night dinner, bed and breakfast    £68.50 pp per night


7 night, dinner bed and breakfast    £67.50 pp per night    


Bed and Breakfast rate on application.

We do not make extra charge for high season bookings, and we offer all previous patrons 5% discount on dinner,bed and breakfast rates in both our suites for three nights plus bookings.

For first time visitors, we include a complimentary bottle of house wine for bookings of three nights plus.


A small well behaved dog is very welcome in our Lamberts suite at no charge unless damage is caused.

Deposit requested.  £50 per person short breaks:  £90 per person 7 nights plus.


Cancellation: if the accommodation can be re let, deposit will be credited against a future stay. If cancellation short notice, we reserve the right to charge for accommodation portion of stay in our busy period. Ie May,June, September depending on circumstances of cancellation.


We regret  that we do not have credit/debit card facility, but are happy to accept personal cheque or cash.


For more information contact us at  or telephone 01460 220873 or enquire through website.


Arriving guests are normally greeted with welcome pot of tea etc.Arrival time from 3pm but if guests booking evening dinner are expected to arrive later than 5pm notification is much appreciated. A map can be sent with confirmation of booking upon request.

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Welcome to our home, where we've been offering hospitality to our

guests for over 25 years.

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