Set in the unspoilt Devonshire countryside, in peaceful Hawkchurch, this Edwardian country house hotel is just 4 miles from Axminster and 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.
The original Edwardian was built in 1900 as the home of Harrietta Briscoe, daughter of the rector of Hawkchurch. She bought the land from the Lord Bridport estate and designed her new home on the highest point to capture the magnificent views and wonderful sunsets. She named her new home “Fairwater Head”, the gathering ground for the Fairwater stream.
In February 1970 an engineer from Scotland and his wife, Peter and Margaret Fairfield, bought the house. At this point the Fairwater Head consisted of only 9 bedrooms. In 1972 they opened the house as a hotel and built the East Wing extension (adding 8 more bedrooms) and then the bar extension (this was to enable Margaret to have a living room in their private flat above). In 1976 they had the restaurant extension built. In 1984 the Fairfields sold the hotel to the Austin Family who subsequently build the Garden Wing bringing the hotel to 20 en suite bedrooms.
The hotel has changed ownership a couple of times since then with the current owners being Rob & Lauren, who welcome you to their hotel.
Rob & Lauren purchased Fairwater Head in November 2020 and have set about an extensive restoration that will cover all areas of the beautiful house and grounds.
Set in the unspoilt Devonshire countryside, the Edwardian country house hotel offers panoramic views, free Wi-Fi in public areas & ample free parking. Situated in peaceful Hawkchurch, the “Village of Roses”, the Fairwater Head is just 4 miles from Axminster and 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast.
The hotel has three distinct and different room types to suit all requirements, all of which have views over the hotel’s extensive gardens and some with views of the spectacular Axe Valley.
There are fabulous walks close by as well as stunning coastal walks a little further afield, so how could we not welcome dogs. There will even be a welcome treat waiting for them in their room and we can provide lots of information on dog friendly places to visit.