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The Chattel Box

A wonderful emporium, selling an eclectic mix of the Old, New, Luxury, Practical & some times just Beautiful
but always a Chattel...

Seaton & Area...


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Seaton...

Set inside Lyme Bay is the picturesque Seaton Bay which has a mile long shingle beach. The coastal resort of Seaton is in the centre of the bay and the estuary of the River Axe is at its eastern end. Following up the estuary a couple of miles, is the delightful village of Axmouth.

Seaton HarbourSeaton's setting in the landscape is visually stunning. It stands at a unique point on the Jurassic Coast of the Dorset and East Devon Coast, World Heritage Coastline, with the stunning Chalk cliffs of Beer, changing at Seaton to the red cliffs of the Triassic age.

The adjacent Axmouth Harbour was once one of Devon's most important trading ports, and the Axe Estuary is an area of important bird and wildlife.

Seaton Marshes and wetlands teem with birdlife throughout the year and are ideal for viewing & photographing the resident and visiting bird life, from the purpose built hides.

Seaton Bay's sports facilities include windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, and fishing, there are walking and cycle paths to explore throughout the Axe Valleys scenic countryside.

There is also the famous Seaton Trams that run alongside the estuary and marshes on their journey to Colyton.

A view of AxmouthPassengers can take advantage of breaking the journey, by alighting at Colyford, to take advantage of two excellent Public Houses, offering wonderful locally sourced food, as well as excellent local ales and ciders.

From the open top trams it is possible to see a huge variety of different birds as you pass through the Seaton Marshes and wetlands.

Colyton...

Colyton is situated amid beautiful countryside where the Axe and Coly valleys meet. The town itself is full of history, and its centre is a conservation area, full of narrow streets often referred to as a maze, and a joy to browse around.

Again the surrounding countryside is perfect for walks with numerous picnic spots providing beautiful views.

At the Tram Stop restaurant at the Colyton terminus you can enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a superb horse-drawn wagon, taking you into the town centre where you can relax at your leisure and return when you wish.

Colyton features a wide range of shops and businesses that will be a delight to explore. You are sure to find that special holiday souvenir and you will always get a truly friendly welcome.

Colyton boasts the last tannery in the country to use the traditional oak bark method of tanning hides & has a leather shop and garden shop alongside in the market place.

The striking Church of St Andrew is worth a visiting, notable for its 15th century octagonal lantern tower, and a superb Saxon cross.

Beer...

The Beach at BeerBeer is a charming fishing village nestling in a sunny valley, it has soaring white cliffs forming both a sheltered cove for its fishing fleet and a sun trap for its visitors.

Beer's quaint, main street provides a lovely walk, following a natural stream running down one side, which passes some excellent pubs and restaurants as well as a lot of interesting shops, down to the charming shingle beach.

Here you can hire a boat, watch the fishermen landing their catches, swim in the clear sea or take one of the regular angling trips, or perhaps, just sit in the sun and enjoy the stunning views.

Axminster...

Axminster is a small, ancient market town surrounded by beautiful countryside, yet has many amenities of a larger town. Axminster has a couple of supermarkets, a sports & leisure centre, an excellent swimming pool, a busy thriving town centre, which is also home to the re-known River Cottage Canteen.View over Axminster

The history of the town is evident through out with some delightful buildings. with the church of St Mary The Virgin & its surrounding Green at its heart. Although the livestock market has now gone, there is still, on a Thursday a general market in the town square, where you will find local produce for sale & perhaps a bargain or two.

Conveniently situated few miles inland from the attractive seaside towns of Seaton and Lyme Regis, Axminster makes a perfect centre from which to explore the unspoilt Jurassic coast and Countryside, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. With many quaint old villages, the wonderful coast line & its good access for the rest of the West Country, it makes for a wonderful holiday location.

The East Devon Guide

The East Devon guide is a very informative web site, providing information on the local area & its attractions. It also gives recomendations on where to stay & places to eat, plus a lot more. www.east-devon-guide.com

Local Accomodation

Old School House

Old School House Old School House is a wonderful three bed holiday cottage, situated in the small parish of Woodbury just outside Axminster, Devon. It provides accomodation for upto six people (not including infants), it is pet friendly, so well behaved dogs are welcome. It has a beautiful garden, that has stunning views over the Axe Valley & surrounding countryside.The cottage has a wealth of period features & provides excellent accomodation. To see for your self, all that Old School House offers, please visit their web site.

www.oldschoolhouse.eu

Local Attractions

Seaton Tramway

Narrow gauge heritage trams that runs between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley,travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life & countryside. www.tram.co.uk

Pecorama

Overlooking Beer and Lyme Bay is the celebrated Pecorama gardens, narrow gauge railway and indoor model railway exhibition. www.pecorama.info

The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary is a UK based charity. Set in beautiful countryside, this is a lovely local attraction, it is well worth a visit, the children will adore being able too feed & pet these lovely animals. www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Local Websites

Seaton View

A good website promoting Seaton & the local area, providing a wealth of information

www.seatonbay.com

Another good website, showing seaton & the area in the past, with a cosiderable amount of local history as well as as pages on the local wildlife.

www.seatonmuseeum.co.uk