Our village

We hope you enjoy using this website to find out about the people and places of Offwell, a small parish of about 2,250 acres in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) of East Devon.Clive pic

Offwell is bisected by the A35 about 3 miles East-South-East of Honiton and 6 miles West-North-West of Axminster. The village lies at the top of a valley of woods and pasture and is about 8 miles from the sea at Lyme Bay. For most of its history it has been home to just a few hundred people and its population remains constant to this day.

If you live in Offwell, please take time to see what’s going on … and if we’ve missed anything, do let us know using the contact us tab in the navigation bar. If you’re planning to visit or coming to live in the village then we offer you a warm welcome.

Village

 

 

The village lies at the top of a valley of woods and pasture and is about 8 miles from the sea at Lyme Bay. For most of its history it has been home to just a few hundred people and its population remains constant to this day.

Offwell Village Hall

 

The village has three spaces for events all of which are available for hire; Offwell Village Hall, Social Club and Jubilee Room benefit from a large car park with a capacity of up to 70 vehicles.

Offwell village has a beautiful old church (c. 1200), a voluntary aided church primary school, a sports field and children’s play area, a social club, and a large village hall.

The wider parish of Offwell has a garage & petrol station and shop, a plant nursery, the East Devon Business Park and Mount Pleasant Workshops as well as nine farms and award winning holiday accommodation (see business pages).

It is also home to the Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust, once Bishop Copleston’s pleasure garden. With 50 acres of wetland wildlife habitats it now provides a valuable educational resource both locally and internationally via its website.

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 and in 2013 “Best Kept Small Village” and in 2014 runner-up in the Small Village (past winners)  CPRE Devon

In 2016 The Offwell Haycart won first prize in the “Most Creative and Distinctive planted outdoor space” category of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) ‘Our Outdoors Competition’

A representative from (CPRE) attended the Offwell School weekly assembly on Friday 20th January 2017, to present the Parish Council with their first place award. Mr Ivan Buxton made the presentation and spoke briefly to the children about the importance of looking after their surroundings. He also encouraged the school to take part in the competition for 2017.

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