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Make a holiday cottage in Exmoor your home away from home

Straddling the coastline of north Devon and Somerset, Exmoor National Park stretches for 267 square miles to encompass scenic moorland and ancient hunting forests. Rugged and rural, the park attracts visitors seeking a holiday close to nature. Hundreds of miles of trails traverse Exmoor, providing holidaymakers with an endless combination of routes to explore. This beautiful region of England is punctuated by charming towns and a myriad of options of places to stay such as holiday cottages in Porlock or holiday cabins tucked in a corner of the park. With several rivers in the area, fishing and canoeing are popular activities, among plenty of other outdoor activities.

HomeAway has an extensive selection of cottages in Exmoor National Park where visitors can feel right at home. There are rentals available throughout, from small coastal fishing villages to countryside retreats. Most Exmoor self catering cottages have one to four bedrooms. Small cabins start at just £230 per week, making the park an affordable holiday destination for budget travellers. Larger and more luxurious accommodation is available from £400 per week. All holiday accommodation comes fully furnished, but some offer added amenities such as a swimming pool or tennis court.

Things to do

-Outdoor activities: Hundreds of miles of trails crisscross Exmoor National Park, revealing a variety of different landscapes. Many visitors choose to explore the park on foot, whilst others opt for cycling and horse riding. Exmoor holiday homes often enjoy access to these trails. For a unique wildlife watching opportunity, try the Land Rover Safari tours that drive through the moorland and often encounter wild deer and Exmoor’s famous ponies. Visitors can also take to one of the many rivers in Exmoor for fishing and kayaking. The opportunity to canoe is available at Wimbleball Lake, located in the southern part of the park.

-Family attractions: There is lots of family fun to be had in Butlins, located just outside the border of the park in Minehead. Butlins is popular with visitors staying in Exmoor, just like Exmoor is popular for day trips for visitors staying in holiday homes in Minehead. The resort is home to its very own waterpark, fairground, and lake where families can ride bumper boats. The historic village of Dunster is also a great place to take children. Here holidaymakers can visit Dunster Castle and Dunster Water Mill, which are two excellent historic sites that are as educational as they are entertaining.

-Food and drink: Delicious fresh food is everywhere in Exmoor National Park. The region is famous for its dairy products, particularly its cream, ice cream and cheeses. Everyone will enjoy cream tea at the tearooms in Withypool and Wimbleball. Dishes containing local game are also featured regularly on pub menus; pheasant, rabbit, venison, and locally caught trout are all popular with visitors.

-Culture: The summer sees plenty of festivals and cultural events take place in Exmoor National Park. Top events include the Simonsbath Festival, which runs from May to June and offers a whole host of concerts and exhibitions. The Exmoor Pony Festival is also a local favourite. Outdoor lovers won’t want to miss the North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival, which runs from late April to early May.

Weather in Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park typically experiences cool winters and mild summers, with the rainiest part of the year from October to December. The weather is pleasant and warm for those staying in an Exmoor cottages from May to September. High temperatures peak at 21°C in July and August. It can get pretty cold in the winter, with average highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C.

Travel to Exmoor National Park

Because rail stations are few and far between in this region of the country, the best way to reach Exmoor National Park is by car. The A39 and A36 run through the north and south of the park, respectively. Exmoor is a 90-minute drive from Bristol Airport and a 75-minute drive from Exeter International Airport.

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                                                                                                      Exceeded our expectations

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This property really exceeded our expectations, we spent a great week there. The cottage is in fantastic condition, clean, everything works! Nothing has been forgotten. The cottage had a real charm about it, and we enjoyed relaxing in both the lounge and the kitchen area, both good spaces to relax. Bedrooms are both a good size and comfortable. The village and surrounding area are very quiet and very beautiful, but for a bit more action you're only 5 minutes from Dunster, and 10 from Minehead. In general it's a great area for a family holiday with a good mix of sights and tourist attractions. Overall one of the best holiday lets we've taken in the last 10 years. Thanks!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Splendid!

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                                                                                                      This is a splendid property suitable for the larger group if the two units are taken together. The downstairs flat is suitable for a couple if used on its own, but when the connecting door is open you have the run of the whole house so ideal for a family with grandparents or a separate couple staying with them. When we went in March it was just the two of us and we just had the downstairs flat, but in August there were eight of us so we just used the downstairs flat for sleeping in and spent the rest of the time upstairs with the rest of the family. The pub next door is handy for evening meals and they do an excellent local cider. We also had fish and chips from the village fish restaurant and found the Costcutters and Spar shops handy for local shopping. Otherwise we went to Morrisons when we were in Minehead. As for things to do, a week is nothing like long enough! We went up and down Porlock Hill a few times (low gear NOW!) and visited Exmoor, Lynmouth, the Valley of the Rocks, Watersmeet, Tarr Steps, Dunster Castle and Watchet. We went to Watchet on the train using the West Somerset Railway from Minehead so didn't have to worry about parking in Watchet. The beach at Minehead is good for the kids, although parking can be a problem in August. The loos for Minehead beach are a bit inadequate and leave a lot to be desired. I think that was our only gripe. Other than that it was a splendid week and I have no hesitation in recommending Maxwelton and Bracken, either together or individually, to anybody. I can also recommend Porlock as a place to stay for touring the area and visiting all the attractions that West Somerset and North Devon have to offer.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Idyllic, stylish, comfortable cottage

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                                                                                                      We had a fabulous stay for my mother's 80th in this tastefully refurbished, very well equipped, clean & cosy cottage. The beds were very comfortable and it is in a great central location but still quiet. We really appreciated the lovely touches of the delicious homemade carrot cake, fresh flowers, bread, milk, tea and coffee that were provided and made us feel welcome. Dunster and the surrounding area/villages are a delight with so much to do, that our long weekend wasn't enough. Dunster has many fab coffee shops which we tried to work our way through! Locks does a great cream tea. Also lots of choices of pubs & restaurants. We enjoyed the food in the Stag's head and the staff were really friendly. We wouldn't hesitate to go back and stay in this cottage.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016