EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Romantic holidays, short stays and weekend breaks for couples are very popular in North Devon and Exmoor because of the stunning coastline and countryside; the peace and quiet; slow pace of life and easy access from the motorway network, Cornwall, the Midlands and the South East.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays is ideal for couples wanting a romantic getaway holiday or short break in charming and peaceful surroundings. The five stone cottages, all with real log fires and private gardens, have been converted from a medieval farm and are characterful, comfortable, well-equipped, and surrounded by large enchanting grounds.
Romantic holidays for couples are stress free at Exmoor Cottage Holidays. The beds are made with fresh linen when you arrive and on colder days we will ensure that the cottage is warm and cosy. There is a welcome pack with some essentials (tea, coffee, milk, sugar, cleaning materials, dustbin bag and cloths) and some necessities that you might forget (soap, shampoo, conditioner and toilet roll). Our prices include electricity for lighting and heating, and a first basket of logs and kindling for the fire.
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 romantic 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 are happy to help light your log fire and show you how to keep it going, and can usually provide a BBQ, fire-guard or stair-gate, and a free laundry service so that you can enjoy your day to the full. Each cottage has its own picnic table and bird-feeder (filled daily) and there are delightful walks in the grounds with lovely views, a children’s play area and a wildflower meadow ideal for exercising your dogs.
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 businesses e.g. taxi, vehicle repairs, guided tours, horse-riding lessons, cycle hire, spa, restaurants, etc. and we always have some special deals arranged for our guests. We can provide towel and linen hire, self-cook evening meals (home-made by our local shop, who can also deliver groceries for your arrival) and other house-keeping services including full cottage cleaning, B&B and dog-sitting.
The cottages are in the peaceful village of Challacombe, within the Exmoor National Park. There are excellent walks in the village: to the local church through a delightful beech forest; to pretty Bray Reservoir, source of the river Bray; to atmospheric Pinkery Pond, source of the river Barle; to Chapmans Barrows and the quincunx, dating from the Bronze Age; and to Shoulsbury Castle, a large Iron-Age hillfort, where on a fine day you can see right over the Taw and Torridge estuary to Lundy Island, about 30 miles away. You can bring your dogs with you, rather than worry about them staying with friends, or in kennels.
Within 300 yards of the cottages is a traditional inn with award-winning home made food, good wines and real ales; and a friendly shop and Post Office with groceries, excellent cakes, wines, and lovely clotted cream teas. For serious pampering and together time there is a spa within 100 yards, with limited availability, for holistic treatments.
There are lots of interesting places to enjoy a romantic day out in Exmoor and North Devon, for example the attractive Victorian seaside town of Instow, where you can catch the ferry to Appledore which has charming winding narrow streets; the historic harbour of Ilfracombe, where there has been a lantern for over 1000 years, and where Damien Hirst's new sculpture Verity rivals the Angel of the North (and is slightly taller!); medieval Dunster with an impressive castle, C16th Yarn Market and C13th dovecote; the Valley of Rocks, with some spectacular rock formations and a large community of wild goats; and the privately owned fishing village Clovelly, which must be one of the steepest villages in the country.
You are spoilt for choice for special places to visit for a romantic dinner. Some examples are Broomhills in Muddiford, with magnificent Mediterranean food and a large sculpture park in the grounds; the Boathouse in Instow, with a good reputation for seafood and The Culbone near Porlock, with very good local and themed food, where we have arranged a discount of 10% for our guests. If you don't want to use your car there is a taxi service available in the village.
The cottages at Exmoor Cottage Holidays are ideal for romantic holidays for couples in Exmoor and North Devon being easy to reach, well-appointed, in peaceful charming surroundings, with a short walk to a local pub and in an excellent central position to explore Exmoor National Park and the spectacular North Devon & Somerset coastline.