Where to Stay When You Go to River Cottage

On Tuesday evening, I travelled from London to Axminster to attend yet another amazing BlogCamp event organised by Foodies100, at River Cottage HQ.

The train journey was an eventful one. As always, I left home way too late and ended up walking briskly (OK, running) to the station, having 14 seconds to spare before my train left when I tapped my Oyster card (I did check the exact time as I entered the station). Needless to say, my run down the stairs was everything but gracious.

It took me a good 20 minutes to recover, by which time I had to change trains and I remembered I had booked my tickets and should not have used my Oyster card. The train to Axminster, on which I had not been able to reserve a seat, only had 3 carriages (really?) and it was already full when I got on at Clapham junction. An hour later and I had a seat, thank goodness.

Only a couple of people came off the train at the same time as me in Axminster, and they headed straight to their cars, which were parked there. There was no taxi in sight, but luckily, a large sign was advertising the local taxi company. After several attempts, it dawned on me that nobody would answer. 9.20 p.m. might have been too late. Thanks to the map app on my phone, I started the mile-long walk to Prestoller House, where I had booked a room for the two nights to come. The hill was steep and I was cursing myself for wearing heels (what was I thinking?) and carrying so much stuff, but I got there eventually, out of breath and sweaty (recurring theme on that day).

I knocked shyly, as it was rather late and I did not want to wake anyone up. Caroline opened the door with a big smile on her face, asking me: “Are you Mel?” When she found out I had walked, Caroline reprimanded me, insisting I should have rung her and she would have picked me up. I felt at home already!

After a tour of my room, Caroline asked me whether I would have a croissant made by her other half in the morning (would I ever?). I would also have cooked breakfast in the morning and we parted, Caroline promising she would wake me up if I did not appear in the house by 8.15 a.m.

When you are rarely away from your family, the prospect of a night or two on your own seems like a treat, but the reality of it is despite the noise and the mess at home, I missed Hubby and the little ones.

I was glad I had booked my two nights away from my family at Prestoller House. My cosy room, coupled with Caroline making me feel completely at home, really eased the guilt of being away from my family.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House

My room had its private entrance.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - My own private entrance

It was spacious and clean, with everything a guest could wish for: a comfortable bed, nice, powerful shower, cosy armchairs and fluffy towels.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - My Bed for 2 Nights

This is what you expect when you book a room, but Caroline and Adrian have really thought about everything. Small details made all the difference.

Shower gel and conditioner, hand wash, sewing kit and small toiletries were of high quality.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Bathroom

On one of the bedside tables, freshly cut flowers were brightening up the room.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Flowers

A bottle of filtered water straight from the fridge was ready by the side of the bed.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Love my Bed

The promise of a good cup of coffee was there too in the form of a Nespresso machine.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Nespresso Machine in my room

A kettle, fresh milk, biscuits, sweets and teabags were also… the WiFi signal was strong.

Under the large flat screen TV, magazines and books offered temptation to relax and unwind.
Inside the wardrobe, two dressing gowns and slippers made me feel even more welcome.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - It's all in the details

I had intended to work when I got there. Instead, I had a cup of coffee, followed by a bath at midnight!

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Coffee & Biscuits in my Room

Breakfast was out of this world.

Adrian and Caroline had an impressive range of breakfast options to tickle my taste buds, and I have to say I was a happy guest, starting with cereal

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Cereal

delicious strawberry jam and marmalade

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Jam

homemade croissants, fruit salad

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Continental Breakfast

and scrumptious cooked breakfast, with all the trimmings: scrambled eggs cooked to perfection, mushrooms, bacon, black pudding, sausages served with fresh bread.

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage - Prestoller House - Cooked Breakfast

My friend Vicki came for coffee before we headed to River Cottage HQ, and as we were chatting to Adrian, we found out he had intolerances to gluten and dairy. There is no doubt Caroline and Adrian would try their very best to cater for those with allergies or intolerances.

Would I stay at Prestoller House again? Yes, yes, ten times yes!

Where to Stay When you go to River Cottage

Here is where you can find this lovely Bed & Breakfast:
Prestoller House, Beavor Lane, Axminster, EX13 5EQ, United Kingdom
Phone: 01297639403
Website: click here

One of my lucky readers could win a night for two with breakfast at Prestoller House.

How to enter the giveaway:

Check the instructions in the form below. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment on this blog post for your entry to be valid.

Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 27 October 2015. Good luck!

One Night at Prestoller House

– The prize will be supplied directly by Prestoller House.
– The giveaway is open worldwide. You must be over 18.
– I spent two nights as Prestoller House and was given a discount for sharing photographs with the owners. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.

I have listed this giveaway on ThePrizeFinder, SuperLucky and Loquax.


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  1. Wow, looks like a great place. Breakfast is the top of my ‘must be good list’ when I look for a place to stay and this one looks amazeballs!

  2. What a gorgeous place to stay – so many lovely touches that make staying a way from home that much nicer! x

  3. Victoria Prince says:

    I love a nice warm bowl of porridge in the cold weather, and fruit & nut muesli when it’s warmer 🙂

  4. OMG Mel! It looks amazing, just my kind of mini break place 🙂 I really want to enter your amazing giveaways!!! So unfair!! 🙂 (PS I am always running late too. Sigh. And I like to think I’m an organised person!!!)

    • This one is open worldwide so you can definitely enter it! I was thinking about you when I decided to open it to the whole world! Fancy a break in England?

  5. Margaret says:

    a very clear and comprehensive blog

  6. Kelly West says:

    The breakfast sounds great 🙂

  7. Simon G says:

    Full english with extra crispy bacon and sausage

  8. Carolynn Woodland says:

    Porridge in winter, branflakes in summer and a lovely fry-up when I go away in the UK

  9. Elisa Trueman says:

    Full English with yummy crispy bacon sausages eggs and tomatoes….I only ever eat it when I go away but that’s what makes it so good! Fabulous prize it looks gorgeous ?

  10. Ian White says:

    Has to be Sausage Egg & Bacon with toast.

  11. charlotte clavier says:

    Scrambled eggs on toast 🙂

  12. jayne hall says:

    2 toast 2 pikelets 2 crumpets 2 potato cakes with cuppa and oj

  13. Kevin McGovern says:

    Full English

  14. Julie D says:

    everything looks lovely including that great brekkie!

  15. JUDITH STANLEY says:

    Just toast and Jam

  16. Paula Barker says:

    Toast and crunchy peanut butter

  17. Claire D says:

    Sausage sandwiches

  18. I hardly ever get it but i really love a Full English Breakfast

  19. Jan Johnson says:

    Porridge with milk and cinnamon

  20. A greasy English fry-up combined with a healthy smoothie & fruit!

  21. louise asekokhai says:

    I like pancakes, bacon and maple syrup

  22. Full English

  23. Emma Pollard says:

    As a once in a while treat It has to be the FULL English, so naughty but so tasty and satisfying!

  24. Paul Scotland says:

    Big breakfast with black pudding

  25. emmaellams says:

    A full English with fresh and local ingredients. Nothing better for me!

  26. I love a full English x

  27. Kevin Honey says:

    Full English (but only once in a while!)

  28. Toast with raspberry jam and English breakfast tea.

  29. Natalie Crossan says:

    The breakfast sounds lovely x

  30. lisa tebbutt says:

    yougurt and bagels

  31. Lynn Heath says:

    Mmmmm a Bacon, Cheese and Mushroom sandwich!!!!

    Ps I feel your pain with that Axminster train, I took the kids to Lyme Regis in the summer and we should have gone straight to Exeter from Birmingham, but due to major problems on the tracks up north somewhere we were told to go via Basingstoke, we spent a wonderful couple of hours standing next to the toilet all the way to Axminster!

    • Nice way to travel, isn’t it? I just don’t get why they don’t let you book a seat… maybe because they are trying to cram in as many people as possible, whether they fit in or not.

  32. With no dietary restrictions? Then my favourite breakfast has to be danish pastries. Followed by fruit and yoghurt!!! Mel…it might also be worth adding into your post that they would happily cater for those with dietary restrictions, given the owners’ own… Just a thought 🙂

    • Oh I love an apricot danish! So, so true about Adrian being more than happy to cater for exclusion diets. Will add that now! xx

  33. lugworm says:

    Kippers and bread and butter

  34. ParagGhanekar says:


  35. claire mchugh says:

    Vegetarian cooked brekkie!

  36. Iain Wood says:

    A BLT on whole grain bread

  37. Sean Downer says:

    Full english with all the trimmings

  38. Michelle lintern says:

    Bacon sandwich

  39. Bagels.

  40. Chris Andrews says:

    What is your favourite breakfast? . . . .. . . . . the works – a full English oh yum

  41. Dawn McBride says:

    Pancakes & Maple Syrup!! What an amazing giveaway xx

  42. full english with hollumi

  43. Ruth Harwood says:

    I do love a full english xx

  44. Rey Chunara says:

    I love croissants

  45. home-made granola, porridge or toast with peanut butter & banana

  46. Naomi says:

    Good old (free range) scrambled eggs on doorstep toast!

  47. When I am away I love a cooked breakfast but when at home I really like to have fruit and yogurt with a coffee 🙂

  48. tracy baines says:

    full English for me bacon, egg, toast, baked beans and hash browns

  49. David Fuentes says:

    a trip to heaven and back

  50. Zoe tudor says:

    I love eggs Benedict ( toasted muffin, butter, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce with smoked salmon)

  51. Lisa Mack says:

    Has to be a full english x

  52. looks amazing hope i win!

  53. Jennifer Potter says:

    It looks lovely. I love egg and soldiers 🙂

  54. Maria P says:

    yoghurt with fruits

  55. michelle harris says:

    separate entrance makes all the difference

  56. Amy B says:

    Porridge and honey

  57. Aimee Leigh says:

    Cheese on toast!

  58. Quelle jolie cottage! C’est une rêve! Le petit déjeuner est génial et j’aime bien la vaisselle! You are a Lucky girl!

  59. firstinthepot says:

    Wow. Breakfast looks amazing

  60. Samantha Atherton says:

    I love a poached egg white and toast.

  61. A warm croissant with Nutella! Mmmm.

  62. Lorraine Daniel says:

    Looks great.

  63. I do love a good full english

  64. looks great…lovely part of the world, and yoyu are making me hungry with the breakfast!

  65. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    Full English – Sausage, bacon, scrambled egg, mushrooms, tomato & black pudding with fried bread!

  66. david cavender says:

    Full English

  67. Julieanne Seaman says:

    A full English x

  68. victoria langley says:

    Smoked salmon bagel 🙂

  69. simon benson says:

    The full English, always with the black pudding

  70. Diana Webb says:

    A full English sets me up for the day.


    I like porridge as a treat

  72. Christine Caple says:

    I love a full English, but only when I’m on holiday.

  73. if im not gonna feel any guilt then the full english it must be, looks a fabulous place x

  74. A full English with crispy bacon and dippy eggx x x

  75. Betony Bennett says:

    Scrambled egg on toast with bacon 🙂

  76. helen booth says:

    Got to be a good old English Breakfast!

  77. Kristyn Harris says:

    My favourite breakfast is full english

  78. Allan Wilson says:

    I like a granola in a coconut yoghurt

  79. Cheryl Kean says:

    i love eggs Benedict x

  80. Maureen Moss says:

    orange juice,corn flakes, Full English, toast and mandarin marmalade, with tea and coffee

  81. Ann Skamarauskas says:

    eggs benedict and a latte

  82. Tam B says:

    Full English with black pudding and mushrooms – yum

  83. Mandi Davison says:

    eggs benedict with a cheese twist!

  84. Robby Price says:

    A full English

  85. I love a croissant

  86. scrambled eggs

  87. Jeremy Andrews says:

    Eggs Benedict

  88. caroline cordery says:

    My best breakfast is a green smoothie and a black coffee.

  89. Nothing can beat a bacon buttie in my opinion

  90. Julia Linsley says:

    Eggs Benedict

  91. Ioana Cristina Popescu says:

    I love to have for breakfast a good tea and an omlette.

  92. Karen Dixon says:

    Tea and crumpets

  93. Sarah P says:

    Mashed Avocado on toast with lots of black pepper

  94. Anneka Hulse says:

    porridge with pecans and maple syrup

  95. georgie p says:

    one of those ones you get at a good hotel that includes EVERYTHING….trouble is, i’m usually so hungover that i only want toast….

  96. Charmian Filewood says:

    Normally porridge or shreddies, but I do love a good full English Breakfast as a treat 🙂

  97. claire little says:

    full english 🙂

  98. Kate Phillips says:

    An ‘FEB’ (without eggs) is a real holiday treat.

  99. Cara Bemrose-williams says:

    I love warm croissants with Nutella- naughty but nice 🙂

  100. Samantha Scivier says:

    How beautiful

  101. Full English for me

  102. Lauren Tourle says:

    Scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast, with a sausage on the side 🙂

  103. Full English for me please

  104. elaine stokes says:

    a full English……………. well anything if someone cooks it for me, and does the washing up!!!!

  105. zoe g says:

    porridge with fruit

  106. It looks great – all those little touches. I like some fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and museli.

  107. has to be muesli

  108. Jill fairbank says:

    Always the full English

  109. Irene Murdoch says:

    For a treat, it has to be a full English.

  110. It looks great – all those little touches. I like some fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and museli. (@PeanutHog)

  111. Anthea Holloway says:

    I love porridge – nice and hot with some raisins on top!

  112. Toast and marmalade

  113. Cerys John says:

    I loooove eggs benedict! Delicious 🙂

  114. Andrew Grange says:

    Full English!!!! Nom nom

  115. christine westlake says:

    love continental breakfast

  116. Ruth Wollerton says:

    eggs Benedict – breakfast heaven

  117. Chris Fletcher says:

    I do love the occasional full english breakfast!

  118. Hayley Louise Colburn says:

    I love weekend breakfast – bacon, sausage and eggs

  119. Caroline S says:

    Poached eggs and buttery toast!

  120. tina edwards says:

    i love a full english breakfast

  121. Ppoached or scrambled eggs with salmon followed by a little pot of granola. At least 2 cups of coffee is a must.

  122. I like pancakes for breakfast with fresh fruit

  123. Lynsie Lynn says:

    A full english, you can’t beat it! 🙂

  124. Emma Whittaker says:

    Poached Eggs on Toast 🙂

  125. moanymike says:

    Full English Breakfast or a poached Egg on Crumpet ….. close call 🙂

  126. Karen Painter says:

    Bacon and Egg Muffin

  127. dawn thompson says:

    Eggs Benedict!

  128. Wendy Mann says:

    Fresh fruit is the best start to the day, and a smile from hubby x

  129. Full English for me.

  130. Susan Williams says:

    This looks such a lovely place to stay at. I like poached egg on toast for breakfast.

  131. Rennene Hartland says:

    Eggs Benedict and Croissants

  132. Geoff Hibbert says:

    Poached eggs on toast

  133. A full English

  134. Lynn Bright says:

    When I’m away from home it has to be a full English! 🙂

  135. julie perry says:

    If I am away I love a Full English Breakfast but at home I have porridge 🙂

  136. lynn neal says:

    I love a vegetarian full English!

  137. Victoria Dixon says:

    For me its got to be a full english breakfast – sets you right up for the day!

  138. Lyndsey Jones says:

    I love Eggs Benedict – thats a Sunday treat in our house x

  139. trevor linvell says:

    Frosties with cold milk

  140. nomow says:

    Bacon and Eggs please!

  141. sue mcdermott says:

    This looks amazing, can’t beat a full English

  142. lesley doodnath says:

    i love a full english breakfast. yum yum

  143. Emma Price says:

    Poached egg, hollandaise sauce on granary toast and crispy bacon

  144. Chloe Ellis says:

    Love a full english!

  145. karen Howden says:

    a full English with all the trimmings

  146. Minnie15 says:

    Full English! 🙂 x

  147. jemima bradshaw says:

    Toast and lots of butter and homemade jam

  148. Eleanor Powell says:

    A full English

  149. Lauren Chaplin says:

    I like a good old pop tart

  150. contiental so I can think I am in Paris

  151. I love omelettes 🙂 x

  152. Full English .. or a veggie version

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