|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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Ball Cottage has all the character you would expect from a 17th century cottage and the comforts you need today. The sitting room has an open fire and a disused bread oven; upstairs there's a very old leaded window; and the floors are mainly wood or tile. The cottage has roses climbing up the wall and is set in a large garden. At the back is a beautiful spot where you can sit beside the River Exe near an old packhorse bridge. When the river is low, children have a great time paddling and exploring. The cottage sleeps up to 5 guests in three bedrooms.
We stayed at Ball Cottage, Winsford for one week and enjoyed the beautiful countryside as well as the charming cottage very much.
Especially the garden stretching down to the river where we could enjoy the evening sun was really wonderful.
The cottage was tidy and clean, the beds comfortable and everything we needed was there. The description to the cottage was sufficient. The small village shop is open in the morning for bread, milk, newspapers, etc. which is very convenient.
We would definitely go there again.
Exmoor is situated in South West Britain, specifically across West Somerset and North Devon. Often referred to as England's best kept secret, Exmoor is a wonderful holiday destination for anyone looking for a holiday in the great outdoors! There's so much to see and do, from short walks to long expeditions across the moors or horse riding, taking in a safari or sight-seeing at your own pace around the 'picture postcard' villages and hamlets.
Winsford is one of the prettiest villages in the Exmoor National Park. Deer and wild ponies roam the moor above. Many birds live along the River Exe, which winds through the village (a neighbour has counted 41 species). On clear nights you can see a world of stars; Exmoor National Park has been designated England's first Dark-Sky Reserve. Winsford is an ideal centre for exploring Exmoor on foot or in the car, and there are opportunities for horse riding and fishing too.
The centre of Winsford is a 5 minute stroll from Ball Cottage. Here you'll find the famous 12th century thatched Royal Oak Inn, which serves great food and is family friendly. The Bridge Cottage Tearoom serves home-made cakes, cream teas, cooked breakfasts and Sunday lunches. A small shop run from the Royal Oak pub sells newspapers, milk, bread, and other basic supplies. There is also a village green with swings and a stream.
Wheddon Cross, a small village about 4 miles from Winsford, has a Budgens mini-supermarket (open 7 am to 8 pm), post office, ATM and petrol station. Dulverton, the nearest small town, around 7 miles away, has a Co-op mini-supermarket, butcher, two delis, chemist, post office, some lovely restaurants and independent shops. Minehead is the main town in West Somerset, about 14 miles from Ball Cottage. Here you will find the larger supermarkets and petrol stations (Tesco, Morrisons and Lidl are both on the outskirts of the town), most major high street banks with cash machines, plus a range of other shops.
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