Friday, July 27, 2012



It isn’t really clear whether Hawkchurch is in Dorset or Devon. I’ll settle for ‘astride’.  It is a pretty little village with thatched cottages, a church, and an inn – the Old Inn and an hotel restaurant - The Fairwater Head Hotel.  It is four miles from Lyme Regis with its world famous Cobb, where Meryl Streep risked life and limb flitting along it in her hooded cloak in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman.’

The Old Inn was built to accommodate masons who were working on the church in the 1540’s
It is said to be ten minutes from River Cottage where Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall did a TV series on cooking using local produce.

In February 2012 River Cottage’s event barn was largely destroyed by fire.   The River Cottage team has opened a Canteen and Deli in Axminster, a local produce shop and informal restaurant.  Axminster is a short distance from Hawkchurch.

With good reports of the meals served in the Old Inn and the restaurant at the Fairwater Hotel, and having enjoyed our time in June exploring the area just north of here it seemed a good choice for another break in September.

We went back to our favourite letting agents – Helpful Holidays – for the umpteenth time, and booked a week in Windwhistle cottage - three doors away from the Inn, the church in sight and the hotel restaurant just down the lane.
I await a phone call to confirm our booking.


Granny Annie said...

Hope you get your reservation:)

john.g. said...

My parents always stayed at The Fairwater Head hotel in the '90s and loved it!

Pat said...

Granny Annie: yes - all signed and sealed thank you:)

LL Cool Joe said...

Sounds perfect to me! Another break! You get away more than I do. ;)

mapstew said...

'Well Jel' as the kids say! Enjoy. :¬)


Rog said...

3 doors from a brilliant foodie pub - brilliant!

Pat said...

Joey: it's just 2 weeks a year these days. I bet you have more - and so you should.

Map: I always enjoy the anticipation:)

Rog:mind you I do a lot of research.

Pat said...

From John G:
Pat, Dad says you must visit Castle Lambert's hill. You can drive to a car park at the top and the views are stunning. x

Excellent advice John:)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

It sounds quite wonderful! I hope you take lots of pictures while you are there, and then share them with us! I love that you and your dear MTL take these respites now and again...Good for you both, and good for us too, because we get to see all sorts of special wonderful places some of us will not ever see....!

Pat said...

Naomi: usually it takes a while to persuade MTL that it is a good idea but it only took a couple of days. Hopefully I've done my research properly.

angryparsnip said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday and so close to the Inn, Church and Restaurant.
The Windwhistle Cottage looks wonderful.

cheers, parsnip

Macy said...

Looks lovely! You deserve some commission for this plug Pat!

Pat said...

Parsnip; I just hope the surrounding roads aren't the very long narrow ones. At least we can survive in the village.

Macy: I do get offfers but I like to remain independent and have the freedom to say what I think.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Pat, I think you can take a simple day and make it sound good. Joie de vivre and all that!

Put google ads on your blog and you can still write what you want to write.

Pat said...

GG: you should hear me sounding off on the bad days:)