Horseshoe Barn

Axminster, Devon

A smooth, contemporary space with far-reaching views, plenty of light and high ceilings for nature lovers, walkers, artists and dreamers


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

Walking into this converted barn instantly lifts your spirits. You’re in one huge room with a shower off it, and everything is in here – bed, sofa, little kitchen, but it doesn’t feel hugger mugger at all, instead it is ordered, calm and rather swish. The beautifully-made bed has feather pillows and duvet, the fabric blinds are thick, you’ll find bath robes, home produced organic soap and fresh flowers from the garden.

You’re on the owners’ 17th-century farm and there’s another holiday barn – but if you go out of your back door you can’t see anybody and nobody can see you. Lovely to sit out here birdwatching or chatting with a glass of wine while you barbecue supper and admire the sunset and the views over to Dorset and Somerset. Ask Alice about buying their homegrown meat and charcuterie – they also have a mate with a micro-brewery called Gyle 59 nearby and can organise tastings on a neighbouring farm.

Walking is sublime, either at the coast or inland for hilly strolls.

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We think you'll love

  • Having a very private space at the back with such special views
  • Buying meat and charcuterie from the owners and sampling local ales and wines from artisan producers
  • Exploring the countryside or visiting the coast
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You should know

  • No children or dogs
  • Mobile signal is patchy


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 3 nights at weekends, 4 nights mid-week in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £120
Weekly price
from £750
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 2
From £1201 bed1 bedroom


We had such a great time in Horseshoe Barn which was the perfect place to stay and exceeded our expectations! The barn was beautifully set up and extremely well equipped. It had everything we needed for our stay, including little extras like salt, pepper, oil etc and the bread and eggs on our arrival. Always appreciated. The luxurious bathroom and bath robes were nice touches, the super sized bed extremely comfortable! A beautiful, peaceful setting, we enjoyed sitting outside in the evenings. It’s a great location for visiting different parts of Dorset and Devon. Thank you!

Janet and Stephen

You could stay for weeks and still not make the most of everything around you: walks, cycles, picnics, beaches, great food and local producers, interesting history and sweet villages to explore.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The Shave Cross Inn does good beer - it's just down the road. Thorncombe (two miles) is the nearest village, and you'll find good shops and weekly markets in Axminster and Bridport, plus two decent farmshops nearby - Millers and Felicity's. You can join the Wessex Trail at the end of the drive and the nearest beach is Charmouth (five miles) but Lyme is only seven. Visit Castlewood Vineyard.

Local points of interest from Hugo & Alice Shuttleworth

  • Bottle Farm sits at the foot of Lambert's Castle, a National Trust hill fort that rises over the Marshwood Vale with spectacular views to the sea. Walk on down to the beach at Charmouth if you are feeling energetic!
  • We make organic charcuterie on the farm. Try some Devon salami or culatello while sipping sparkling wine made by friends down the road, or a beer from the microbrewery which is just visible on the farm across the valley.
  • Bridport's bustling Saturday market is a great place to spend the morning - sipping coffee, checking out the antique and vintage quarter and soaking up its laid back atmosphere.
  • Alice used to lead walking trips in Patagonia and off the beaten tracks of Spain. Now she is an expert on local walking routes and will happily show you where to go whether you want a gentle stroll or a serious hike.
  • East Devon is a foodie hotspot - do a cookery course at River Cottage or Trill Farm, visit local vineyards and try a supper club or restaurant. We are happy to point you in the right direction for some hidden gems.
  • Go on a fishing trip with Harry May down at Lyme Regis, or hire a little motor boat from Simon at Beer and try your hand at catching some mackerel for the barbecue. At Charmouth you can learn to paddle board - or hunt for fossils on the beach.


Hugo & Alice Shuttleworth

Hugo has a background in catering and Alice organised tours for the Alternative Travel Group - they were living in the Cotswolds but had a combined passion for food and the sea. Moving here seemed the obvious solution. They now have their own pigs, sheep and chickens on this very pretty smallholding. They're just in the farmhouse if you need them but will otherwise leave you to your holiday.