Deer's Leap is the perfect location for a relaxing stay amongst the most stunning of the UK's landscapes. Situated on the very edge of the Exmoor national park in North Devon. This large, self catering house is very comfortable and spacious & the only problem you're likely to have is leaving. The property is set in a secluded area giving you all the peace & privacy you need. The private back garden has an 8 Seater Hot Tub and Sauna, a large gas BBQ, wooden garden furniture & a chimnea. The houses 9 bedrooms can be arranged to accommodate most parties, being 2 doubles, 4 superking or twin and 3 kingsize or twin rooms. The Snug also has a comfortable sofa bed and most of the bedrooms are large enough to accommodate a cot or child's bed. The house has a number of wood burners in inglenook fireplaces as well as large HD TV,Sky and WiFi. The large Farm house kitchen with a friendly aga is very well equipped. There is a lake, a tennis court and a 18m x 9m games room with table tennis and pool table. The house is set in 2 acres of gardens and surrounded by nearly 30 acres of fields, so there's lots of space indoors and out. You can take stunning walks straight from the house. Including the two moors way. There's horse riding, hiking & shooting on the doorstep. Canoeing on the Barle river & sailing, fishing & windsurfing at the nearby Wimbleball lake. Surrounded by wildlife, a bird watcher's paradise. Whether you're here curled up on a sumptuous sofa by one of the fires, watching the sun set from the decking over the lake with a glass of wine or star gazing in the hot tub, It's the ideal place to get together with friends or family.
Deer's Leap is a family run business, everyone who lives and works here loves Deer's Leap and Exmoor. My name is Heather and I live in the largest cottage other than the farmhouse, with my family, James, my partner and our children, Ben, Jacob, Emily and Alfie. My parents, Lily & Ashley live in the cottage next door, they moved here when my Dad retired a couple of years ago. Although they're are supposed to have retired, they help with cleaning, gardening and the laundry. Our children's Godfather, Dan & his lovely girlfriend, Rosie live in another cottage. Dan keeps cows in the fields and occasionally sheep. Rosie is brilliant with horses. She teaches our children to ride and generally looks after the welfare of the horses. In addition to their animal interests, both Dan & Rosie help run the business, looking after guests and the up keep of the house and grounds, not to mention playing with our children and being huge contributors to their education as our children are all home schooled. As well as all this family onsite, we have Attila who is our au pair from Romainia. He is learning english and helps out with animals, gardens and children. We have a number of horses here, chickens, cows and sometimes ducks, pigs and sheep. We all believe that whether people are here on holiday or taking part in a retreat or workshop they should feel at home, relaxed and able to make the most of the time they've taken out of their busy lives to be together and enjoy the healing effect of Exmoor.
Heather Fuidge purchased this farmhouse in 2005
People say when they come here that they were able to immediately relax and felt at home and comfortable. People are always amazed at how peaceful it is here and how beautiful. I'm pleased to say that when our guests arrive, the house and surroundings always exceed their expectations. That's our aim, to make the settling in process as short as possible so that you can enjoy every moment of your stay. With this in mind, we try to provide everything we can to make that happen. The house itself is a very friendly house, it's spacious but in a very cosy way. It likes people and is everything a house can possibly be to facilitate good times. There's lots for children to do, so most people having planned to spend a lot of days out end up staying here more than they expected, usually because the children are asking to stay here and play. When all grown up parties come here they enjoy the space and time to catch up and chill out in the Hot Tub. Most parents say it's the most relaxing holiday they've ever had as their children were relaxed and happy. They also love the fact that that usually doesn't have anything to do with electronics. Instead of being in watching tv or playing on consoles the children are out finding newts or running around. You cannot help experiencing the best of nature here because you feel part of it.
People often say that they feel like they've been away from home here a lot longer than they have. They say that it usually tkes them a few days to begin to unwind on holiday, but here they began to wind down within hours. I can't claim any credit for that I'm convinced it's to do with our location. The house is in a little dip of it's own that makes you feel miles from the madding crowd. Even though we're not far from civilisation, this unique environment creates a distance from everyday life that allows you to leave your worries about work or whatever bothers you behind and gives you the space to enjoy and actually experience being with your friends and family. This is Deer's Leap's amazing gift to the people who come here.
Deer's Leap is 1 mile from Exmoor National Park. 6 Miles from the beautiful town of Dulverton in Somerset & 8 Miles from the bustling market town of South Molton in Devon. Dulverton is home to Exmoor pony society & the town itself is full of boutiques & coffee shops, not to mention pubs & restaurants. In fact Exmoor is full of great places to eat out & the Exmoor food festival held every year in Oct is testament to that. Nth Devon has plenty to offer any time of year, whether you enjoy outdoor or indoor pursuits. Placed 6 miles from the famous Tarr steps there is always a stunning walk, drive or ride to take you out into the country side which surrounds you & beckons you out. 30 min away is the historic town of Barnstable & the theatre, shopping & wonderful pannier market. A 40 min drive will take you to all the North Devon Beaches, famous for their great surf. Sauton, Woolacoombe & Lee. Ilfracombe & Coombe Martin are less that an hr away & beautiful Dunster castle is 40 min. Knightshayes NT house is 30 min.
There is both fly and course fishing available within a few miles and lots of people enjoy horse riding across the moor, a great way to see the wild ponies, deer and buzzards Exmoor is famous for. OUr nearest riding stables is 2 miles away. We are also only 28 miles from Lynton & Lynmouth, lovely local coastal fishing villages with the Valley of the rocks, the Victorian cliff railway and Watersmeet.
If you're interested in watersports, you can sail or windsurf at Wimbleball lake, surf or sail on the sea or Kayak down the river all easily accessible.
There's plenty of oppotunities to be close to nature here on site and see lots of wildlife, but to see the best of Exmoor with an expert Guide take an Exmoor Safari across the moor. At any time of year, they know where the Deer and Wild pony herds are and will show you the Moors hidden treasures. Exmoor is criss crossed with walk, bile tracks and bridle paths so however you choose to travel, you can go wild on Exmoor.
Other Activities: Clay shooting, Exmoor safari
Short Breaks charged at 75% for 3 nights 85% for 4 nights of weekly charge.
Prices include use of all facilities, elec, oil for heating. Linen. towels 1st basket of logs for the fire & 1st toilet roll in each bathroom. Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, dish cloths & tea towels & gas for outdoor BBQ.
We require a £500 non refundable deposit on booking and balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival, except Christmas and New year when balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.