Holiday in a Victorian hunting lodge
sleeping up to 28 people in style.

♦ Enquiries.

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♦ or just Email us

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♦ Places to Visit:

♦ Porlock, (it will be hard to miss), once a thriving port until the sea receded hundreds of years ago, now one of the few remaining working villages on Exmoor and has an attractive mix of thatched cottages, shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants to cover all tastes. Sitting in the natural bowl known as Porlock Vale it is surrounded on three sides by hills, with the notoriously steep Porlock Hill to the west and the sea to the north. Porlock Visitor Centre is unmatched for local knowledge, the ancient parish church of St. Dubricius with its distinctive truncated spire, sits in the centre of the village with the Dovery museum and the Ship Inn, visited by the poet Robert Southey at opposite ends of Porlock village.


♦ Porlock Weir was once a small working harbour enclosed by lock gates. The shingle ridge, groynes and views across Porlock Bay to Hurlstone Point are much loved by artists and visitors alike.


♦ Horner is a National Trust village with many thatched cottages, water mill, tea rooms, ancient woods and the trickling Horner Water which form part of a National Nature Reserve which is renowned for red deer, rare lichens and ancient oaks. A walk beside Horner Water on a sunny day is simply magical.


♦ Allerford is another National Trust village within the Holnicote Estate and has a fifteenth century packhorse bridge over Aller Brook. The West Somerset Rural Life Museum is located in the old thatched school house.


♦ Culbone sits deep in a shaded valley, famous for having the smallest parish church in England and for inspiring Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'.


♦ Doone Country is the area around Badgworthy Water where R.G. Blackmore's novel 'Lorna Doone' was set. Attractions include Oare church which is mentioned in the novel.


♦ Dunkery Beacon is the highest point on Exmoor at 1705 feet (519m) from where on a clear day up to 13 counties can be seen together with the Bristol Channel and Welsh mountains many miles away.


♦ Dunster is a medieval village with its Yarn Market, Castle, Priory Church, Tithe Barn, various shops and places to eat.


♦ Lynton and Lynmouth was once referred to as 'Little Switzerland' and is famous for its spectacular coastal scenery. Lynmouth is linked to Lynton by a water powered cliff railway.


♦ Watersmeet is where the Hoar Water meets the East Lyn. It is a lovely beauty spot and Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a welcoming tea garden and visitor centre.


♦ Valley of the Rocks offers spectacular sea cliffs rising to nearly 1000 feet (300m) and is also home to some very agile goats.


♦ Selworthy is unsurpassed as a chocolate-box village, with its picture postcard green surrounded by thatched cottages, National Trust shop and splendid tearoom. Prominent for all to see is the newly refurbished Selworthy church which stands out as a land mark from miles away.


♦ Wimbleball Lake was formed by damming the Haddeo and now acts as a reservoir. It is also the home of the South West Lakes Trust Water Sports Centre and offers various water sports activities.


♦ A small number of the places for specific interests, with links:

♦ Somerset walks to download & print

♦ Exmoor National Park

♦ Oil painting art workshops by a local artist - Porlock

♦ Exmoor Falconry and Animal Farm. Also for horse riding (for adults, preferably experienced!) - Bossington

♦ Discovery Safaris - Porlock

♦ Bushcraft, tracking or survival courses - Exmoor

♦ Dunster Castle and medieval village

♦ Sailing and fishing

♦ West Somerset Steam Railway

♦ Active Exmoor outdoor sports and more.

Badminton, canoeing, cricket, fly fishing, nordic walking, riding, rowing, sailing, surfing, tennis, bowling.


♦ For mountain bikers Exmoor has so much to offer

and was expertly described by Nick Cotton in his book 'South West Mountain Biking' where he said. "Exmoor is surely the best National Park in Britain for mountain biking can anywhere else boast such a quantity, quality and variety of trials?" He then continues by saying "there really is something to suite every taste."

You can download a PDF sample mountain bike route.

Dulverton to Wisford (640 Kbytes).


♦ Bikes sales, events info and hire (with delivery). Located in Minehead.

♦ from Pompy's Cycles

♦ Guided running and coaching around Exmoor.

♦ Fly fishing lessons.

♦ Clay Pigeon Shooting

♦ More Clay Pigeon Shooting

♦ Archery, pistol shooting, laser and conventional clay pigeon Shooting

♦ Live Battlefield.

♦ Cleeve Abbey - Washford

♦ Historic harbour, Watchet

♦ Torre Cider Farm - Washford

♦ Golf - Minehead

♦ Hang gliding and paragliding - Bossington Hill

♦ Horse riding - Burrowhayes Farm

♦ Tropiquaria - Washford Cross, Watchet

♦ Horse racing

♦ The Ship Inn - Porlocks oldest pub, nice play area for younger kids.

There are two other good pubs in Porlock, The Royal Oak and The Castle. All the pubs do food and are child friendly at most times!

♦ Millers Bistro and Hotel - Great for food and close too.

♦ The Royal Oak, Porlock - Another fine place for a pint.

♦ The Royal Oak Inn - Luxborough - Great for food and the Coleridge Way.

♦ Woods - Dulverton - A place Prince William took a fancy to once!

♦ Everything Exmoor

♦ The Somerset Guide - Somerset holiday information, towns, photos, beaches and more.

♦ Lundy Island - A place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.

♦ West Country Walks - Self guided walking and cycling leaflets.

♦ Organised outdoor adventures - Kayaking, canoeing, navigation, MTB skills etc.

♦ Treasure Trails - Get out and about and explore!


♦ Art Links

We have started a collection of local and national (or just interesting) art links for you.

♦ Everything else.

Terms and conditions apply as with all holiday lets, we'll send you a copy when you book.