EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
At Exmoor Cottage Holidays we provide much more than just accommodation - we offer a delightful place to stay with unique services normally only available in hotels and B&B’s so that you can get the very most from your stay. We don’t live at the cottages, but we are on site most days from 9am to 5pm and are very happy to help with your enquiries. A free basket of logs and kindling is left in your cottage (more is usually available), and we are happy to light your log fire for you and show you how to keep it going, and can usually provide a BBQ, high-chair, stair-gate, fire-guard or cot (please bring your own cot bedding).
We’re sure you will enjoy watching the many the wild birds in the grounds (there are many nesting boxes, a dovecote, and each cottage has a bird-feeder filled daily) and your dogs will love the walk up and around Humphrey’s Hill and the wildflower meadows. Children like to explore the Delve, build dens, climb on the play equipment (inspected daily for safety), meet our tame ducks Colin and the ‘girls’ (who lay lovely eggs in the summer) and search for wildlife in the pond. There are several picnic tables and benches in the grounds to enjoy the views and alfresco dining, and you may help yourself to any of our seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables (not everything growing in the grounds is edible, if unsure please ask).
We know Exmoor and North Devon well and can advise you of things to see and do, the best walks and places to eat, and show you them on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow). We are happy to help you arrange your days out and recommend local businesses such as taxi, guided tours, vehicle repairs, fishing trips, restaurants, etc. and we always have some special deals that we have arranged for our guests. There are laundry facilities on site (in your cottage or laundry room) but if you want to make the most of the day we can can usually provide a service wash and dry. There is a telephone in the laundry room (free for local calls) and lots of information in the black book and leaflets left in your cottage, and many useful links on our website which you can access through the free WiFi. We can pass on your telephone messages and post, and take delivery of shopping from Tesco & Sainsburys in Barnstaple, or from our local Challacombe Stores.
We also offer many other house-keeping services (charged extra) such as towel hire and additional bed linen, and a full chambermaid service to clean your cottage daily, weekly, or at the end of your stay (including cleaning kitchens & living rooms, vacuum cleaning, change of bed linen if required) so that you don’t have to do a thing while you are here. We can usually provide a self-cook evening meal (home-made by the local shop). With a little notice, we can supply a breakfast pack of good quality local produce (English breakfast – sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, small loaf, butter & marmalade) and even cook it for you and clean up afterwards. We can also arrange baby and dog-sitting so that you can enjoy the theatre and some of the fabulous restaurants nearby – but if you just want self-catering and don’t need our help, then that’s OK too!
“The accommodation was first class and to a high standard. Owners were on site every day and were very friendly and helpful”
“We arrived to a welcome pack with fresh milk, tea & coffee which was much appreciated after our long journey. There is a lovely walk set within the cottage grounds and John and Melanie were very kind and allowed us to help ourselves to the apples and blackberries. The cottage had a woodburner and wood and kindling is provided, very welcoming on a cold October evening”
“I enjoyed watching all the different birds, even a pheasant, that came to the bird feeder in the garden which was filled every day by the owners. The grounds surrounding the cottages were lovely and we had several walks round Humphry’s Hill, there is also play equipment for children... A really lovely cottage in a perfect location and very welcoming owners”
“The owners are very friendly and helpful. The children (aged 5 and 7) loved Humphrey's Hill and the play area”
“It had all you needed for a relaxing break in beautiful surroundings. 'Humphreys Hill' was a delight for our dog and the welcome we all received, (four-footed and two-footed), was warm and friendly. John gave us helpful advice on places to visit and even lent us a map which was invaluable”
“The children loved catching things in the pond and feeding Colin and the ducks”
“This was our second visit to The Gatehouse and we chose to spend Christmas there. We were not disappointed. Always warmly welcomed and John met us to help show us how to light the wood burner. Cottage warm and welcoming with a Christmas tree lit and decorated.... thank you for making our Christmas amazing!”
“This is our third stay in this cottage. The owners have thought of everything, the cottage is well appointed and very comfortable. You don't even need to cook”
“We also used the garden for stargazing which is superb around there. Thanks for a fab stay”
“We pre-order groceries which are delivered to our cottage, ready for our arrival. Melanie and John are excellent hosts, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and will do anything to help. This is an excellent base for exploring North Devon, we can’t recommend it more highly. The countryside is breath-taking and the coast is a mere 20 minutes away. We want to move here!!!”
“The cottage was excellent, beautifully decorated, equipped with everything we needed. Even when we forgot our dog bowls they provided them! The grounds were lovely and the location of the cottage within the village was great. A very short stroll to an excellent pub”
“John and Melanie are fantastic owners and have created a lovely rural retreat. Also very knowledgeable re places to go etc, and it's so nice to find somewhere where we can take our dogs”
“From walking in the front door you know that John and Melanie have taken great care and pride in their business, all the little touches are there to make you feel at home (heating on, tea, milk etc.) the owners are lovely with extra ideas if you find yourself short of things to do and explore (they have an excellent knowledge of the areas close by)”
“Melanie and John are lovely hosts and are very accommodating at all times, nothing is too much for them to make your stay even more enjoyable. This is a must place if you want to explore the North Devon countryside and beaches, we love it!!!”
“Melanie and John were very friendly and approachable and obviously work very hard to maintain standards in and around the properties. It is so peaceful, yet within easy reach of the coast and the moorland's spectacular scenery. The cottage is very conveniently laid out for those who have mobility problems”
“The information supplied at the cottage is extensive suggesting walks and attractions within the surrounding area, there are even details of dog sitters should you not be able to take your furry friend out for the day. The owners John & Melanie are always cheerful they are on site each day more than happy to advise and help out as required”
“Our cottage was perfect and we had everything we could possibly have wanted. The setting is stunning and from living in a city we really appreciated the wonderful peace and quiet. The owners couldn't have been more helpful and gave us really useful suggestions for wonderful walks. I cant wait to go back again and I can’t recommend Exmoor Cottage Holidays highly enough”
“Amazing!! These wonderful people went way above & beyond & truly saved our trip”