EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Adventure holidays and activity holidays are very popular in North Devon and Exmoor which is more accessible than Cornwall, and less commercial than South Devon. You will be literally spoilt for choice, with many activities available nearby, including swimming, high ropes climbing, zorbing, kayaking, quad biking, coasteering, paint balling, horse riding, surfing, golfing, cycling, mountain biking, angling, fishing and clay pigeon shooting.
If you love adventure holidays and activity holidays, and would like to stay in a peaceful country cottage with a log fire and a private enclosed garden, then Exmoor Cottage Holidays is ideal for you. Our five stone cottages, in the enchanting village of Challacombe within the Exmoor National Park, all have charm and character, and are surrounded by three acres of amazing wildlife grounds.
We offer a beautiful place to stay and the personal attention you would normally receive in a B&B or hotel so that you get the very most from your adventure holiday. We are on site every day to help you with any enquiries and provide a chambermaid service (unless you don’t want to be disturbed!). We leave a free basket of logs and kindling in the cottage (and you can have more if available) and are happy to help you light your fire and show you how to keep it going. We can usually provide a BBQ, high-chair, cot, stair-gate and fire-guard, and a free laundry service so that you can enjoy your day to the full. There is a bird-feeder outside each cottage (filled daily), delightful walks in the grounds with lovely views, a children’s play area and a meadow ideal for exercising your dogs. We have some tame ducks on the pond, and you are welcome to help yourself to any of the fruits & herbs in the grounds (not everything is safe to eat, please ask if unsure).
We know Exmoor and North Devon well and can help you to plan your days out, show you the best walks and places to visit on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow) and help you make arrangements with local services e.g. taxi, vehicle repairs, horse-riding lessons, coasteering, fishing trips, massage & sports therapy, etc. – and we always have some special deals for our guests. We can provide towel and linen hire, self-cook evening meals (home-made by our local shop) and other house-keeping services including full cottage cleaning, B&B and dog-sitting.
Within just a couple of minutes walk is a friendly local shop which sells groceries, excellent home made cakes, snacks, alcohol, local guides and maps; (and can deliver shopping ready for your arrival); and a traditional Inn, the Black Venus, which provides award winning food, real ales and fine wines.
There are numerous adventure activities available in North Devon, including high-ropes, zorbing and climbing at Abbotsham near Bideford; quad-bike riding, shooting and zorbing at Southdown Adventure; paint-balling and laser games at Yarnscombe near Barnstaple; kayaking, archery and climbing at Skern Lodge near Appledore and coasteering (a mixture of cliff walking and swimming) organised by Active Escape.
There are loads of places that provide horse-riding, with riding lessons for all abilities and hacks available through the countryside, woodland and along sandy beaches. Surfing is available all year round at Woolacombe and Saunton Sands, said to have the best surfing beaches in the UK. There are several professional golf courses nearby, including two links courses at Saunton, and the oldest links course in England at the Royal North Devon in Westward Ho!
There are miles and miles of unclassified lanes ideal for cycling, and many bridleways and off-road paths across Exmoor and along the coast suitable for mountain biking. For gentle cycling the Tarka Trail follows the route of an old railway line. You are spoilt for choice for coarse, sea, fly and game fishing and angling, with lots of options nearby, including Wistlandpound Reservoir for Brown Trout, which is only a few miles away from the cottages.
If you love walking, there are miles and miles of amazing walks in North Devon & Exmoor. Some of the most spectacular are those around Morte Point in Morthoe; along the top of the glaciated hills at Heddons Mouth; around the spectacular Valley of Rocks near Lynton; along the ridge of Countisbury Hill between Lynmouth and Porlock; and down to the hidden rocky beaches at Hartland Point and Woody Bay.
After an exhilarating day, where better to relax than in a cosy character cottage in front of a log fire, or in a traditional inn serving real ales and award-winning home made food? Exmoor Cottage Holidays is perfect for your adventure holidays and activity holidays in Exmoor and North Devon and we are more than happy to help you to organise the activity or adventure of your choice.