Chardstock is a thriving village in Devon. It is four miles from Chard in Somerset and the same distance from Axminster in Devon. It has two inns, a church, school, shop/post office and a community hall. The parish also includes Bewley Down, Burridge, Tytherleigh, Birchill and Holy City, which are smaller communities. It is close to the Lyme Bay Jurassic Coast heritage site and the seaside towns of Seaton, Branscombe, Beer, Sidmouth, and Lyme Regis.
Chardstock is a popular destination for short breaks and holidays and there are a number of cheap hotels in this part of England. However the most popular type of holiday accommodation is Devon cottages and other types of self-catering holidays. Holiday cottages are perfect for family holidays as they offer much more space than a hotel room, often have a garden and some allow you to bring your pet dog.
A holiday home or cottage in Chardstock is convenient to explore the county towns of Exeter and Taunton and those in between such as Axminster, Dorchester, Exmouth, Yeovil, Chard, Bridport, Honiton and Weymouth. Accommodation in a cottage also leaves you free from mealtime restrictions generally found in hotels and with the choice to cook for yourself, buy a takeaway or eat out in one of the many restaurants and pubs in the area, like the thatched cottage style George Inn.
Rural cottages are perfectly situated for walking, cycling, fishing horse riding and nature or birdwatching holidays in the Blackdown Hills and along the coastal paths, not forgetting its proximity to Glastonbury. There are local golf clubs at Windwhistle and Honiton. As there are many festivals and events in the area, which means holiday rentals will need booking earlier to avoid disappointment.
Chardstock has a bowls club, amateur dramatic society, cricket club and a horticultural society that puts on an annual flower and vegetable show in the community hall each August. St Andrew's Church is situated at the heart of the village and often has lunchtime concerts and Chardstock has its annual street fair with many events, at the beginning of September. Other festivals and events during the summer months include the Devon County Antiques Fair at WestPoint, the Croquet Association Tournament at Budleigh Salterton who also put on a Gala Week in June, Exmouth Festival, Devon County Show, Budleigh Salterton Jazz Weekend and loads more.
Beer is a quaint fishing village with cafes and beach huts, a real suntrap. Lyme Regis is famous for fossil hunting and Seaton is a more traditional resort. English country cottages in Chardstock are convenient for the National Trust properties of Loughwood Meeting House, Shute Barton, Barrington Court, Branscombe, The Old Bakery, Manor Mill & Forge, Montacute House, Tintinhull Garden, and Stembridge Tower Mill.
Historic properties in the area include Loughwood Meeting House, Branscombe Manor Mill, Clapton Mill and Forde Abbey. If you are a keen gardener you will enjoy Sand in Sidmouth, Mapperton Gardens in Beaminster, Barrington Court in Ilminster and Lower Severalls in Crewkerne.
On the whole Chardstock's climate is mild and can be warmer than the weather in much of the UK, but it is also unpredictable.
Exeter and Plymouth airports serve Chardstock as does the Port of Plymouth and the ferry at Weymouth. The nearest railway station is at Axminster. Badgerline and Cooks buses operate in the area.