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Quarme Coombe , Wheddon Cross, Exmoor National Park, Nr Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7BQ Call Us: 01643 841 238

Local Area:

All our cottages serve as wonderful bases for exploring the breath-taking countryside and local villages of Exmoor. Discover the unique and ever-changing combination of moorland, farmland, surfing beaches, secluded bays, trickling streams, fast-flowing rivers, wide expanses of wild heather, deep wooded valleys of ancient oak forest and a majestic coastline with the highest sea cliffs in the country! The moorland is scattered with herds of wild red deer and native Exmoor ponies, which can be easily accessed via some 600 miles of way-marked walks. Exmoor really does have something for everyone - whether you are a cpouple looking for a quiet romantic retreat, or a family looking to entertain the kids!

In the very close locality we definitely recommend a wander to the top of  Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor which is a must for anyone visiting! Also during the spring Snowdrop Valley is in full bloom with a magnificent array of snowdrops (February/March) and later bluebells, daffodils and more! (Traveller’s Rest is located in the heart of this wonderful wooded valley). The cottages are all just a short drive away from Wheddon Cross, which has a well-stocked convenience store and collection of pubs and tea rooms.

If you are looking for night-time activities, there is a wide assortment of restaurants, pubs and bars spread throughout Exmoor’s villages and in Minehead. Also as a designated Dark Skies Reserve, Exmoor by night  will unveil a spectacular sea of stars.

You can unwind with some stunning country walks through woodlands and the moors, go horse-riding, fishing or cycling in this unspoilt area, or visit the many attractions within easy driving. Exploring Exmoor on horse back is probably one of the best ways to see and hear Exmoor at its best. Being that much closer to nature you are more likely to see red deer, Exmoor ponies, birds and butterflies living on the moor. There are several Riding Stables in the area or you could bring your own horse and we could arrange livery for you in the village. Or maybe a day's hunting with one of the local fox or staghound packs. Hunters are available to hire in the nearby village of Timberscombe.

If horse riding isn't your scene there are local Land Rover Safaris from Porlock and Exford most days. The guide knows all the best places to show you Exmoor at its best.

Further Afield…

There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path, or inland on the moors. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (National Trust), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway, are within an hour’s drive.

Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy an ice cream whilst walking along, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (National Trust), with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Minehead, Dunster and Blue Anchor.

Fishing is also a great pastime on Exmoor. We have fishing in the local rivers and streams, fishing at Wimbleball Lake and being so close to the coast, as well as fresh water fishing, sea fishing trips are also very popular. Don't forget you need a fishing permit! If you don't want to fish but enjoy the sea try a trip on the Waverley or a boat trip to Lundy Island.

West Somerset and Devon has some excellent golf courses right beside the sea. Minehead, Taunton and Saunton Sands are probably the most well known locally.

We are lucky not being too far from the wonderful sandy surfing beaches of North Devon. Woolacombe Beach is with its golden sand and dunes and is a great family favourite. It is clean and safe beach with great surfing waves. Croyde Bay and Putsborough are favourite beaches with local families. Again lovely sandy beaches, surfing and sailing. Plus Croyde has rock pools which are popular with younger children. Saunton Sands has 3 miles of sandy beach and dunes - again with excellent surfing and is ideal for all water sports.