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A Perfect hide away for coast and country holidays

Axminster, UK
  • Barn
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms0
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

The Byre, Bulmoor Farmhouse, near Lyme Regis, Devon - Dorset border. - 15 Minutes To Lyme Regis And The 'Jurassic Coast'

The Byre at Bulmoor Farmhouse is tucked away in an exceptionally tranquil part of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by wooded hills, country lanes and abundant wildlife, yet only a short drive to the Dorset and East Devon UNESCO World Heritage Coast. The popular seaside town of Lyme Regis, the charming fishing village of Beer and picturesque Branscombe are all within 15 minutes. The River Cottage Canteen, of worldwide TV fame, is 10 minutes away while their Park Farm HQ is a close neighbour. A 30-minute drive will take you to the elegant Regency resort of Sidmouth.

The Byre is in the grounds of Bulmoor Farmhouse, which dates from 1797 and is listed by English Heritage as a building of “Special Architectural and Historical Importance”. The present owners, using traditional skills and materials, have painstakingly restored both buildings, and the ancient cider apple orchard.

In the Byre, the generous dimensions of the former milking parlour, cowshed, large stable doors, hopper windows and high vaulted ceilings have all been retained, creating the quirky spaciousness that is the dominant feature of the accommodation. Its attractions are year round, but at their very best in April to May when the woods and hedgerows are awash with wild flowers and the orchards are in full bloom - The perfect hideaway for a coast and country holiday, 4-star rated by Visit England.


Monica Ashton

Member Since 2015
Response time:
within a few days
english, swedish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 20, 2018
About Monica Ashton

It was as an au pair over here from Sweden that Monica first dreamed of living in this exceptionally attractive part of England. After many years living around the world through Tony’s jobs in environmental protection, we returned to find the derelict Bulmoor Farmhouse hidden away in this verdant tranquil coombe where the Blackdown Hills meet sea. Our next decade, or more, was one of concrete removal, oak beam repairs, cob mixing, lime slaking, re-opening of inglenook fireplaces, hair plastering, paint stripping, beeswax polishing, stonewall rebuilding, hedge laying and orchard restoration, while also commuting weekly to work in the south-east. The Byre was the final stage of this painstaking project; completed in 2010.

Monica Ashton purchased this Barn in 2006

Why Monica Ashton chose Combpyne Rousdon

We are now privileged to live in this place, peacefully remote, but with good communications to all other parts of the country and continent. On our doorstep is the Dorset-Devon border area, with its rare combination of beautiful countryside and magnificent coastal scenery, and free from the mass commercialisation of so many other tourist destinations. Contact me direct on monica@

What makes this Barn unique

The Byre has given us the enjoyment of meeting a wide range of people and sharing the place and its surroundings, with others. Our approach to the letting is relaxed and informal. This is why we are with ‘Owners Direct’, rather than an impersonal on-line booking agent with their add-on fees, deposits, cancellation penalties and other complications. We understand that holidays are usually the long-awaited highlight of the year for our guests. Because self-catering is our own preferred type of holiday, we appreciate the importance of utmost cleanliness throughout the accommodation and a warm welcome after what is often a long journey. We also keep up-to-date on the nearby attractions: places to eat-out, festivals and other events, to provide a handy source of advice if required.


    • Internet
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib
      • bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + 1 small child (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: En suite bedroom-1
        King size and bed for small child. Cot En suite bedroom-2: Twin beds, in the adjoining wing, with it's own door . (So may not be suitable for unaccompanied children under the age of 9 years old)


      • 0 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
      • Bathroom 2
      • 2 Bathrooms, both with ensuite shower, wc and washbasin

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Large lounge with wood-burning stove (first basket of logs free),TV/CD/DVD player. Includes the dinning area with seating for 5 guests (a baby high-chair is also available).
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Kitchen: 2-ring hob with separate oven, microwave oven, fridge with freezer box, washing machine, ironing board, toaster, kettle etc.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          Elderly, but with no mobility problems!


                                            • bay/sound
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • Outside: Barbeque area with table, umbrella, benches and deck- and garden chairs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels included. Other: Car parking in the farmyard. Covered storage in the farmyard for bicycles etc.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.


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                                                              Axminster, UK

                                                              Coast/Beach: Lyme Regis sandy and pebble beaches, 8km away. Travel: Nearest railway station: Axminster, 7km Nearest channel port: Poole, 85km Nearest airport: Exeter 30 km Car essential Distances: Nearest village and pub: Musbury, 2km Nearest food shop and bank: Axminster, 7km Nearest sandy beach: Lyme Regis, 8km Car essential Further Details: Nearby facilities for fossil hunting on the 'Jurassic Coast', horse riding, bicycle hire, indoor swimming, river kyaking, sea fishing trips, etc

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Booking Notes: No deposit or booking fee required. We simply issue an invoice for full payment within 6 weeks of your scheduled arrival date, then a clear set of directions from Axminster when the payment is received. Contact owner for details: e-mail: monica@bulmoorfarmhouse.co.uk Tel: +44 01297 322212 Mobile: +44 07940484129 Changeover Day: Changeover day Saturday Arrival 16.00 pm Depart 10.00 am Notes on prices: (1) 10% REDUCTION FOR ONE COUPLE, using only one bedroom, at times other than in the High Season. (2) SPECIAL JUNE OFFER: 2 weeks for the price of 1 !!!!!!!!!

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                                                              For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

                                                              Property # 8167642