Wellhayes is situated at the epicentre of an incredible movement centred on organic farming and sustainable land management, fairtrade, rural crafts and handmade, healthy local food. Spearheaded by The Peasant Evolution Cooperative their, and others, produce can be purchased at Bridport Market, Axminster Market, and Miller's Farm Shop (which also has an incredible selection of French produce and wine). Beer Fisheries, a little beyond Seaton on the coast is great for wet fish. A visit to any of these is a day out in itself, and enough to work up an all consuming appetite.


Mobile by Shezad Dawood at  Hix Oyster and Fish House , Lyme Regis.

Mobile by Shezad Dawood at Hix Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis.

With its proximity to the sea, and with the plethora of extraordinary food producers in the local area, it is no wonder that one is spoilt for choice when comes to dining near Wellhayes. In Lyme Regis Hix Oyster and Fish House is fantastic for seasonal produce and fresh seafood while Tierra Kitchen, a local secret, is unsurpassed for vegetarian cuisine using seasonal, local produce. in Axminster the River Cottage Canteen is great value for money, while a little further afield The Seaside Boarding House offers cocktails, lunches and dinners in a the relaxed sophisticated environment you would expect from the founders of the Groucho Club.


It goes without saying that you can't beat a good walk or a day on the beach. However, barely a day goes by without a local event to amuse, interest or inspire wonder. Depending on the time of year, try one of the following: The Charmouth Christmas Day Fancy Dress Swim, Skills of the Hills, Dorset Art Weeks, Green Scythe Fair, Axe Vale Festival, Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week, Sidmouth Folk Week, Melplash Show, Great Dorset Steam Fair, Devon Open Studios, Somerset Open Studios, Axminster Carnival, Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, Ottery Tar Barrels, Bridport Literary Festival