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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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                                  WOW ..What a fantastic weekend in a lovely house

                                  5 of 5
                                  We booked this weekend to celebrate my sons 18th birthday with the family. Six adults and six teenagers, and WOW such a well appointed beautiful house we could not have wished for a better place to create wonderful memories, Fiona the owner has thought of everthing to make you feel welcome. We knew we were going to have a fantastic time. From the convenience of a utility room with downstairs toilet and shower to the huge kitchen warmed by the fab AGA. Great place to congregate in morning or evening to chat, drink and prepare our meals. Everything had been thought of in respect of crockery, utensils, a huge fridge and freezer. We ordered a TESCO delivery which arrived at 5pm with all our provisions. No need to pack loads. Fiona, the owner arrived to greet us and welcome us to her lovely house, she was so hospitable through out the stay, with the house being next to the farm, we were welcomed to go next door to feed the orphan lambs each evening, see the new foals, kittens & dogs, an unexpected bonus. We did use the gas BBQ but sat inside, we'd love to return in warmer months, as in the beautiful large garden furniture and picnic tableware is avail for a BBQ on the lawn outside, there is a climbing frame for smaller kids. We had bought some bats and balls and the kids played tennis rounders outside ! The two spacious lounges both had log burners, plenty of logs, firefighters everything is thought through. We made good use of these and it created a comfy cosy evening for all. The teenagers used the large lounge next to the games room where they played games and watched TV, and we enjoyed the back lounge with 3 spacious comfy settees to drink, talk, laugh it was so relaxing. The decor is of a very high standard with lovely quirky accessories. The dining room seats up to 20 and was a great place to congregate for our family meals, a piano there for anyone musical! The bedrooms upstairs were spacious and beautifully decorated, the beds were so comfortable loved the quilts and pillows we all slept so well. There are enough bathrooms for all to get sorted in the morning.. Roll top bath went down a treat! There are two heating timers remember to switch on the one upstairs as well to ensure hot water upstairs. The location is beautiful we arranged a shooting party on the Saturday with Shalden Shooting School, which everyone enjoyed! The Notley Arms in Monksilver for Sunday lunch, great food great place. Tarr Steps recommended to visit. Lovely memories!
                                  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2016
                                  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                  Perfect!

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                                  Everything about our stay was perfect! James has always been super nice and helpful. North Huckham is such an idillic place, it's just the perfect location to explore the national park! The house itself is just beyond fantastic - the owners definitely paid a lot of attention to every single detail and they didn't go unnoticed! Everything was extremely clean and well maintained. The kitchen was so well set up, we had everything we needed, which is so rare in a self-catering accommodation. The was plenty of dry wood which was amazing considering how freezing the nights were during our stay, so the house was always warm and cozy! The hot water worked perfectly every time and we didn't have to wait around to take a shower. All the rooms are so tastefully decorated, beds are warm and comfortable. Also there are plenty of boardgames, good quality books, a piano and an organ and the internet works really well (that is also rare) so evening time entertainment was definitely not an issue. If you are looking for anywhere to stay in the Exmoor park don't look any further, I would reccomend this place to anyone. We all wished we could've stayed longer and we left a bit of our hearts there!
                                  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2016
                                  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                  Cosy, well equipped cottages with a helpful owner

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                                  Honeysuckle Cottage has a really cosy feel to it, with a well equipped kitchen and delightful bedrooms. My favourite room was the lounge with two comfortable sofas, lots of cushions and an effective coal-effect electric fire which added to the ambience. It was also immaculate. The location is superb (good views) with wonderful walks up into the Quantocks, also a shorter walk starting along the front of the property which was enjoyable to do at sunset and a great pub within 3 minutes walk. What really made my time special there was also how reactive Jenny, the owner, was to any query. I have already recommended Honeysuckle Cottage to friends, and family. The Mouse Hole is also really pleasant, open plan downstairs with a great mezzanine bedroom. Linen in both cottages good quality and super soft so I slept well in both cottages. I stayed in Mouse Hole the month before as I stayed in the cottages for several weeks between December 2014 and March 2015 following a 1yr sabbatical in Australia and a relocation from Oxfordshire. Bishops Lydeard is the nearest large village with a well-stocked Co-op, a cafe, two pubs, a butchers, paper shop and a very good community church (Kings). As you can tell by my review, I loved my time at the cottages and made the most of the location!
                                  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2015
                                  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015