Meadow Barn at Bottle Farm

Axminster, Devon

A light, airy and comfortable barn conversion on a farm with stunning views over the Dorset/Devon border just five miles to the sea


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

Drive past the owners’ 17th-century farmhouse and into your own courtyard. Here you’ll find Meadow Barn and an attractive wooden store room opposite. Walk straight into an open-plan space with a double bed at one end, a sofa in the middle and the kitchen along one wall. It’s not huge but exceptionally high ceilings make it feel spacious. Big bi-folding doors and Velux windows let the light flood in and underfloor heating keeps you cosy.

You’ll find eggs from the farm hens, biscuits from Moores Biscuits down the road (makers of the famous Dorset Knob), a loaf of homemade sourdough and all the basics. Ask Alice about buying their homegrown meat and charcuterie – they also have a mate with a micro-brewery nearby and can do tastings. The gravelled garden round the back has a table and chairs and a firepit with logs (and marshmallows) provided.

You’re at the foot of the National Trust Lambert’s Castle for superb walking and views over the Marshwood Vale.

Meadow Barn at Bottle Farm - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Gazing at the uninterrupted rural views
  • Walking the five miles down to the coast, then maybe getting a taxi for the uphill journey back
  • Cooking home reared sausages (in season) on the barbecue
Meadow Barn at Bottle Farm - Gallery

You should know

  • Mobile reception is patchy
  • No children


  • Swimming pool
  • Self check-in
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
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 £95
Weekly price
from £670
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 2
From £951 bed1 bedroom


We loved staying in the barn. We really appreciated how beautifully it had be done, as well as all the welcome touches like the bread and flowers. You live in such a beautiful place and I hope that we are able to return. My only regret was that as we weren’t travelling straight home we couldn’t take some of your delicious sausages with us!

Sharon & Nick, Clanfield

We both really enjoyed our stay at Bottle Farm and wish we could have stayed for longer, but will hope to visit again before too long. Everything was simply brilliant. We appreciated the extra thoughtful touches and really liked how you're using homemade and promoting locally sourced products. The sausages were delicious and the cullatello was excellent.

Lynn and David

Our stay was perfect in every way. The barn is charming and stylish and has everything you need. Alice was very welcoming and the hamper was a lovely touch. Gorgeous bread. It is very private and a really romantic place. The views are beautiful and having cows wander by added to the charm. The walks are fabulous. It had a super comfy bed which is always important. I also think it would be really cosy in the winter months. We will definitely go again.

Lizzie, Brighton

Foodies, nature-lovers, walkers, beachcombers and fossil hunters will be delighted. It's a relaxed and comfortable place to stay and from here you can explore this most beautiful part of Devon, right on the Dorset border.

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.

Local points of interest from Hugo & Alice Shuttleworth

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.