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THE RETREAT for short breaks with breakfast basket

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 40 reviews

Brass Bed - overlooks gardens - ensuite rainfall shower with underfloor heating.

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Retreat for short breaks or longer includes a "Breakfast Basket"- perfect for romantic short breaks and is exclusively for adults.

Stylish, comfortable, airy, spacious, immaculately maintained, eco friendly, detached, fully equipped, private one bedroom cottage on level ground floor accommodation for adults with private garden, patio and ample parking.

Ideal for uninterrupted privacy and peace, walking distance of Inn that serves food, shop and bus stop. 5 minutes drive to the coast at Lyme Regis, TVs River Cottage and superb Millers Farm shop nearby to stock up on fresh local produce and provisions.

See on the map on this page how close we are to River Cottage HQ and the sea side town of Lyme Regis.

The Retreat is a detached cottage all on one level with patio and private garden in pretty rural surroundings overlooking a wooded copse that has bluebells in springtime and fields where deer can be spotted.

Lovingly owner managed with personal welcome on arrival from your host Joy who can tell you of all the best places to eat, visit and park.

All linen, 2 dressing gowns, slippers, towels plus "Breakfast Basket" (see photo) also useful items included i.e. dishwasher tabs, loo rolls and assortment of useful kitchen condiments.

Patio with mosaic bistro table and chairs, 2 garden chairs, 2 adjustable sun chairs, BBQ area large garden with shrubbery of fresh mint for you to pick with summer heather & lavender.

Good well lit parking space and private entrance with sensor lighting.

A spacious light airy property: sitting area with 32" TV/DVD, feature wall fire with mood lighting, excellent cool air fan, leather sofa with reclining seats and matching tub chair. Looking out on to gardens with plenty of space for a BBQ (collect a disposable one when shopping at our local Farm Shop, Millers in Kilmington).

The large open plan kitchen comes fully equipped with Dualit and Joseph Joseph utensils, dishwasher, oven, hob, washer drier, fridge freezer and built in microwave, large breakfast bar and bar stools.

Bathroom: quality toiletries,rainfall with hand held shower, sensor lit mirror, shaver point, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.

The Bedroom, with pretty yellow blinds and a black out blind, catches the morning sun, brass bed, TV, Smart Phone charger alarm clock radio and hair drier.

The "Breakfast Basket" comes with one of Joy's home made fresh loaves, farm house butter, free range eggs, selection of cereals, Hedgehog Corner preserves, Yarty Valley milk, Lyme Bay Coffee, Clipper refreshments, orange juice, Four Elms apple juice, Moore's biscuits - a generous supply for the duration of your stay.

All linen, towels, tea towels and other useful items such as: torch, some loo rolls, kitchen roll, kitchen foil, matches, condiments etc.

We even have an electric car charging point for your use with reserved parking bay.

Wii fi use at the main house in the Reception Porch available 24/7, just a minutes walk from The Retreat.

The Retreat Cottage is level ground floor accommodation with some easy riser steps from car park to Cottage, good outdoor sensor lighting.

Instant ONLINE availability, tariff, booking and more information about the Retreat and area please see home web site - link at bottom of this advert - or just call Joy for a chat.

See our Acorns Apartment for Couples also listed here or visit our home web site or see our family friendly bungalow Goodlands listed here on this directory - ideal for children and seniors - excellent wi fi in both. Just phone Joy.

Be reassured on booking - your host Joy, a true local, lovingly manages The Retreat, is a font of local information.

See our family friendly property Goodlands also on this directory that sleeps 6.

Joy is a multiple tourism award winner: Winner Best Guest Accommodation Devon Tourism 2013, Winner UK Green Tourism GoldStar 2013 and Winner 2013 Best Guest Accommodation in South West Taste of the West.

Regret no pets. Full directions given on booking. The Retreat is based at Hedgehog Corner.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lyme Regis 4 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Exeter 35 km, Nearest railway: Axminster 5 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking

The West Country region

The Retreat (at Hedgehog Corner) tucked away for privacy and peace in the grounds of Hedgehog Corner is set in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty here on the Devon Dorset border in the middle of the Jurassic World Heritage Coast which stretches for 95 miles recording 180 million years in time.

The Retreat is just a 5 minute drive to Lyme Regis an historic seaside town famous for its fossils with a sandy beach as well. Excellent walking inland and along the Coastal Path.

To the west are the seaside towns of Seaton, Beer, Branscombe, Exmouth & Sidmouth and travelling to the east along the South Dorset coast we have the nearby Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury, Portland with its new Olympic Marina and Weymouth. Inland Exmoor and Dartmoor can be visited in a day trip. For those who enjoy visiting National Trust locations and castles there is nearby Montecute Hous, Forde Abbey, Sherborne and Powderham Castles.

Lyme Regis

On our doorstep is the sea side town of Lyme Regis is famous for fossil hunting. Experts take out fossil hunting walks from Lyme Regis and nearby Charmouth. Pretty beach huts on the historic Monmouth Beach at Lyme and an area of sandy beach by the historic Cobb. You can while away the hours in the old town of Lyme with its Mill and enchanting back streets full of fascinating shops from the Micro Brewery and Cheesemonger to the art Galleries. Lyme Regis is the perfect place for a family holiday. The area is a foodies paradise with Mark Hix's Oyster and Fish House also in Lyme Regis and just 3 minutes drive away and TV chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's River Cottage for meals and events is just 3 minutes drive from Goodlands. At nearby Burton Bradstock a glorious beach with well known The Hive Beach Cafe.

Lots to see and do for children several nearby seaside towns, the Dinosaur Museum, Beer Caves, Pecorama, Cricket St. Thomas Wildlife Park, Sidmouth Donkey Sanctury and Seaton Tram are just an example of the nearby local attractions. Plenty of holiday information at the property. Joy, your Host who greets you personally on arrival, is a true local and font of information.

A congenial climate all year round and a great place for visiting with plenty to see and do all year around.

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19 Sep 2014


"Hard to beat."

We stayed at The Retreat for 4 nights and were very happy with everything. The facilities and cleanliness of the apartment were excellent and the breakfast hamper was all that one could wish for.We lo… More

14 Sep 2014


"What a Joy ! (pun intended)"

Imagine arriving in a beautiful location, being met by a lovely, friendly lady who presents you with a freshly baked, home made, loaf of bread (still warm) - then leads you down a Lavender scented pathway to a luxurious apartment, equipped with literally everything you need, including a large comfortable bed, rainfall shower and a lovely breakfast basket full of goodies, all locally sourced. Imagine no more - welcome to The Retreat at Hedgehog Corner. A fantastic weekend celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary and so glad we came here. Will be looking to book again for a week's holiday.

Absolutely delighted to read your lines.

So glad the weekend was such a success for your 30th Anniversary.


8 Sep 2014


"Absolutely Wonderful"

We spent 2 nights at The Retreat at Hedgehog Corner and it was wonderful. Joy was fab giving advice in advance of our arrival and was always friendly and fun to talk to.

The Retreat itself is gorgeous - it has everything you need for a luxurious break - kitchen equipment is lovely for if you want to do any self catering and the breakfast basket was delicious - the homemade breads and jams were so yummy and there was plenty of it so we didn't feel like we needed to ration it across our stay! Extra thoughtful bits included a couple of pints of milk and a selection of tea's so after a 5 hour journey we could just sit down with a cuppa on arrival!

The living area is great and the reclining sofa is very comfy. Brilliant little seating area out the front and because the Retreat is tucked away it was private enough for us to sit out in the sun and enjoy our dinner.

The bedroom was extremely comfortable and it was a lovely extra thought for Joy to provide dressing gowns and slippers. Towels were also provided which was a real positive - we were in the area for a wedding so already had lots of luggage with our outfits etc so it saved having to transport them and then wash them all when we got home!

The bathroom was also lovely - underfloor heating and heated towel rail with a great shower.

Only thing that could have improved the stay was WiFi in the Retreat - you can get it by going round to reception which isn't far, but we did want to check a few things online in the evening, so only a very minor thing!

Dedicated parking spot is great - it wasn't too busy when we stayed but I can imagine that when it is busy the knowledge that you have a dedicated spot right by the cottage is good to know!

A family member was staying nearby in alternative accommodation and popped in for a cup of tea, and commented on how lovely it was at the retreat, and how she wished she was staying there too!

Overall, we can't wait to go back!! Thanks so much Joy for having us, and making our stay so comfortable.

Thank you so much for such lovely lines.

So glad you had such terrific weather for the wedding you attended at nearby River Cottage.

A lovely weekend for all of us! Delighted you are hoping to come back!


1 Sep 2014


"An Excellent Stay"

An excellent stay at the Retreat, sadly it was only for the one night. Hopefully we will go back in the future and would certainly recommend to others.The Retreat is very well equipped with everything… More

Thank you for your kind words.

Hope to see you again for a longer stay next time.

(If there is a one night gap between bookings we are happy to accommodate but usually it is a minimum stay of 2 nights).

Many thanks,


23 Aug 2014


"Aptly named the Retreat"

We enjoyed a short break at the Retreat and would certainly recommend to others. The property is very well equipped (I think it is newly done), comfortable and spotlessly clean. Joy made us feel very welcome and had time to chat. She provides a generous breakfast hamper as well as milk, tea bags and real coffee, so if you eat out during the day, you really need bring very little with you in the way of food and provisions.
Outside there is a small private garden with chairs and a table - really enjoyed a few hours in the afternoon sunshine with the perfume from lavender beds wafting over.
Our experience was that the property was easy to find, being a few miles from Lyme Regis you don't have to negotiate traffic and narrow streets. Another plus is that the Retreat was quiet and peaceful, and with good parking.

Thank you for a review which succinctly sums up The Retreat.

Very kind of you to take the time and trouble to write a line for me.


18 Aug 2014


"Amazing 1st anniversary getaway!"

I booked this gorgeous accommodation from a River Cottage recommended accommodation list having booked for dinner at River Cottage on the Friday evening. Right from minute one Joy - the owner - could … More

Wow, I am simply delighted that your special first anniversary celebratory stay went so well for you both.

Your kind words are so appreciated!

See you for another anniversary I hope!


12 Aug 2014


"Simply the best!"

Undoubtedly the best accommodation we have ever stayed in! Just everything you could wish for in a self catering let - equipped to the highest standard, comfortable, spotless and a wonderful breakfast… More

Just delighted these words. What was particularly pleasant about this visit is that their son recommended us - just the ticket!

Many many thanks indeed - I will continue to do my bestest!


25 Jul 2014


"Superb high quality contemporary property close to Jurassic coast."

We spent six days enjoying The Retreat as the perfect base from which to explore the Jurassic coast, beaches and excellent local food. We enjoyed out time in the cottage as much as our forays to the local area. The property was spotless and fully equipped with high quality tasteful contemporary furnishings. We had our own patio and garden area even spotting the occasional rabbit! We have no hesitation in recommending a stay at The Retreat whatever the season.

Many thanks for such a wonderful review.

With The World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Coastal Footpath, Farmers Markets and nearby River Cottage, there is indeed a time in all seasons for our guests.

See you again, I hope.


13 Jul 2014



We were staying in the acorns apartment for 3 nights which was absolutely fabulous, the apartment was very large and had everything you could possibly think of needing. The hamper full of breakfast go… More

Thank you for your review - so glad the breakfast basket was appreciated.
The local apple juice is from Four Elms Fruit Farm at Newton Poppleford and they regularly win Gold in the Taste of the West producers Awards.

I have since added some rather nice Frobisher Orange Juice instead of the supermarket stuff. Frobisher select and bottle in Exeter, shame it's not this hot weather wise all year round or we could grow the oranges too!

A hot tub!! Well, there's a thought to ponder!

Many thanks indeed, very kind of you to write such lovely lines.


6 Jul 2014


"Perfect retreat, perfectly equipped and in a perfect peaceful location for exploring the area sound Lyme Regis!"

Well equipped cottage with a great breakfast basket! A perfect base for attending either a course or meal at River Cottage HQ or having a picturesque walk into Lyme Regis.

Delighted you enjoyed your visit to The Retreat Cottage for Couples.

Many thanks indeed for your comments.


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