EXMOOR COTTAGE HOLIDAYS
Short breaks and weekend stays are very popular in North Devon and Exmoor because of the spectacular countryside, peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, and easy access from the Midlands and the South East. But many self catering cottages have limited local facilities and do not accept short breaks, or allow pets.
Exmoor Cottage Holidays are happy to accept short stays and weekend breaks (although there may be some restrictions in the summer, please enquire) and you are welcome to bring your dog. The cottages are easy to reach, being less than an hours drive from the M5, and have excellent local facilities, with a traditional pub and a general store only two minutes walk away.
The five character stone cottages sleep from two to six people, and all have log fires and private enclosed gardens with a picnic table and bird-feeder (filled daily). They are very well-equipped for short stays: the beds are made with fresh linen; electricity for cooking, heating and lighting is included (no meters); there is a basket of logs and kindling for the fire (and more is usually available); the kitchens have everything you need including a microwave and coffee maker; a handy welcome pack is provided with tea, coffee, sugar, milk, cleaning materials, dustbin bag, dishcloths, tea towels, toilet roll, shampoo, soap, and conditioner; and we will ensure that in cold weather your cottage is warm and cosy when you arrive.
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 short break. 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 light your fire and show you how to keep it going and can usually provide a BBQ, high-chair, cot, stair-gate and fire-guard. Although there are laundry facilities on site you can use, we offer a free laundry service so that you can enjoy your short break to the full. There are delightful walks in the grounds with lovely views, a wildlife pond, children’s play area and 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 services e.g. taxi, vehicle repairs, guided tours, horse-riding lessons, restaurants, fishing trips 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, 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 surrounded by amazing wildlife grounds in the peaceful village of Challacombe within the Exmoor National Park. There are lots of excellent walks in the village and on the surrounding hills and you can enjoy a traditional clotted cream tea at the local shop, and award winning home made food, with fine wines and real ales, at the local Black Venus Inn. For serious pampering there is a spa within 100 yards, available at limited times for holistic treatments.
The cottages are in an ideal central location to explore North Devon and Exmoor, most of which is within half an hours drive, including the wide sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde; the pretty coastal villages of Lynmouth and Porlock; historic Ilfracombe harbour (with Damien Hirst's controversial sculpture of Verity) and the spectacular countryside of the Exmoor National Park, including the Valley of Rocks, the Doone Valley, Watersmeet, Heddons Mouth, Dunkery Beacon, Tarr Steps and Horners Wood.
Exmoor is well-known for its unique wildlife, and in particular the Exmoor ponies and Red deer, which originate on Exmoor and are not found elsewhere in the wild. They are both fairly shy and secretive, but there are places on the moor where they can usually be seen, please ask. Goats have also lived on Exmoor since prehistoric times, but they died out and the present herd, in the Valley of Rocks outside Lynton, was introduced in the 1970's.
In 2011 Exmoor was the first place in Europe to be designated as an International Dark Skies Reserve, it being recognised that when considering light pollution and cloud cover together, Exmoor was the best place in the UK for stargazing.
There are many fabulous places to eat nearby including the Oak Room in Lynton for Spanish tapas; Giovanni's in Barnstaple for Italian food; the Boathouse in Instow for seafood; and the Culbone near Porlock for fine locally sourced, seasonal food and themed evenings (where we have arranged a 10% discount for our guests).
If you are thinking of a self catering short break or weekend stay in Exmoor or North Devon then please consider Exmoor Cottage Holidays, which is easy to reach from the M5, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall; well-equipped for short breaks; in a peaceful location with lots of wildlife; near a pub and a shop; and in a good central location to explore the whole region.