|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
A wonderful house in a spectacular setting with beautiful views ideal for larger groups.
* Secluded, private, imposing, unique
* Restaurants, pubs and shops: 2 minutes' walk
* Trails straight from the property
* Set in 266+ square miles of breathtakingly beautiful Exmoor national park
* 7000 years of human history
* Fabulous ancient Hawkcombe woodland
* Located in what is probably Exmoor's loveliest village
* Children's play area over the lane
* Ideal luxury Somerset-Devon border location
* Walking, biking (road & mountain), riding, sailing, sightseeing and so much more
* Sports facilities of Porlock & childrens play area on the doorstep
* Huge lounge/dining room with great views of the hills.
* Second lounge and it's octagonal (also with great views of the hills).
* Second kitchen.
* Level lawned area.
* Landscaped garden.
* Summer house.
* and more, much more...
Porlock: * Once a thriving port until the sea receded hundreds of years ago, now one of the few remaining working villages on Exmoor and has an attractive mix of thatched cottages, shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants to cover all tastes. Sitting in the natural bowl known as Porlock Vale it is surrounded on three sides by hills, with the notoriously steep Porlock Hill to the west and the sea to the north. Porlock Visitor Centre is unmatched for local knowledge, the ancient parish church of St. Dubricius with its distinctive truncated spire, sits in the centre of the village with the Dovery museum and the Ship Inn, visited by the poet Robert Southey at opposite ends of Porlock village.
* Porlock Weir was once a small working harbour enclosed by lock gates. The shingle ridge, groynes and views across Porlock Bay to Hurlstone Point are much loved by artists and visitors alike.
* Culbone, famous for having the smallest parish church in England and for inspiring Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'.
Some other places: * Horner is a National Trust village with many thatched cottages, water mill, tea rooms, ancient woods and the trickling Horner Water which form part of a National Nature Reserve which is renowned for red deer, rare lichens and ancient oaks. A walk beside Horner Water on a sunny day is simply magical.
* Allerford is another National Trust village within the Holnicote Estate and has a fifteenth century packhorse bridge over Aller Brook. The West Somerset Rural Life Museum is located in the old thatched school house.
* Doone Country is the area around Badgworthy Water where R.G. Blackmore's novel 'Lorna Doone' was set. Attractions include Oare church which is mentioned in the novel.
* Dunkery Beacon is the highest point on Exmoor at 1705 feet (519m) from where on a clear day up to 13 counties can be seen together with the Bristol Channel and Welsh mountains many miles away.
* Dunster is a medieval village with its Yarn Market, Castle, Priory Church, Tithe Barn, various shops.
Just a few more of the many many other places: * Lynton and Lynmouth was once referred to as 'Little Switzerland' and is famous for its spectacular coastal scenery. Lynmouth is linked to Lynton by a water powered cliff railway.
* Watersmeet is where the Hoar Water meets the East Lyn. It is a lovely beauty spot and Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a welcoming tea garden and visitor centre.
* Valley of the Rocks offers spectacular sea cliffs rising to nearly 1000 feet (300m) and is also home to some very agile goats.
* Selworthy is unsurpassed as a chocolate-box village, with its picture postcard green surrounded by thatched cottages, National Trust shop and splendid tearoom. Prominent for all to see is the newly refurbished Selworthy church which stands out as a land mark from miles away.
* Wimbleball Lake was formed by damming the Haddeo and now acts as a reservoir. It is also the home of the South West Lakes Trust Water Sports Centre and offers various water sports activities.
We never would have thought of Porlock, but will be back.. My large extended family took over the Cleeve for Christmas and we could not have had a better time - OK snow and sunny weather made it perfect, but the house itself was the heart of it - brand new en suite bathrooms in almost every bedroom, massive Aga, 2 kitchens a huge dining room - and the location - walking out of the garden up through the woods to Exmoor, or down to the coast at Porlock Weir ...(or.. into the village to the pub)... just brilliant. There are loads of great longer walks and fantastic pubs up on the moor that you can do with a short drive... (or bike - I am determined to be back some time in the summer with cycling mates).. When we arrived the house was warm and spotlessly clean with masses of hot water and plenty of towels.. Plus we had Red Deer and Woodcock in the garden, not things we normally see at home...With 17 people inc. the kids, was never crowded, so I would definitely recommend it for big parties.
Just returned from a brilliant walking weekend at the Cleeve with 7 other women and everyone was amazed at just how great this house is! It's perched on a wooded hillside above the lovely village of Porlock, has great views and is only 5 minutes walk to the centre of the village. It's such a tranquil and beautiful spot to stay and right behind the house is a footpath directly leading to Exmoor (deer are frequently seen in the garden, although we weren't lucky this time!) . The house overlooks a recreation field and so it would also be great for kids to come here, with a playground and also tennis courts/football, etc. (plus the Cleeve grounds would be fantastic to explore)
The house itself is very stylishly decorated (I wish my house looked like this!) - everything is very tasteful and coordinating. It is also equipped so well, you'll never run out of anything, even at full capacity. We were amazed at the amount of crockery, cutlery and glasses! Plus there's an industrial dishwasher which makes washing it all very easy (only takes a few minutes each cycle!)
We only had 8 in the house and so were very spoilt with a bedroom each and a choice of sitting room every evening! However, I have stayed previously with 25 of us and even then it never felt crowded. I think there are 6 bathrooms/shower rooms (some ensuite) and 7 loos (all newly fitted) and so we never had to queue and there was a plentiful supply of hot water.
Each sitting room had a large flat screen TV and dvd etc and there was also a play station in one of the sitting rooms, so this would be good for the kids!
Everyone in my party commented on the beds which were extremely comfortable, with high quality pillows and duvets and lovely fresh white bed linen.
There's lots to do in this area: whilst we were there we did 2 great circular walks - one up to Dunkery Beacon (we saw Exmoor ponies and red deer) and one from the house to Porlock Weir and then onto Culbourne Church. This is an incredibly beautiful and unspoilt area and we found that the paths weren't at all busy (last year we went to the Peak District which was very crowded!). We also enjoyed a visit to the pictureseque National Trust village of Selworthy and had a cream tea in the cafe there!
I'll highly recommend this house and will definitely be back and many of my friends (none of whom had visited before) were also planning to arrange family get togethers at the Cleeve!
Spectacular comfortable house, setting to die for, with great walks, pubs and restaurants really are just a few minutes walk away.
We are not overlooked yet you have all the facilities one could wish for on site or a few minutes' walk away. No more having to drive to restaurants or pubs, you're on holiday, take it easy! All the pleasure but, with The Cleeve's unique secluded position, convenience and privacy come together.
* Exmoor is among the UK's greatest areas of outstanding beauty.
Ideal for all sorts of adventures!
* You can go directly from the huge lawn to a bridleway. Or you could take the winding garden path over our private bridge across the stream and saunter up the quiet country lane deeper into our spectacular setting. You could spend weeks without the need to drive anywhere to start and end your treks.
* There are 3 pubs, one dating back to the 12th century, several restaurants and plenty of shops for everyday needs. We've stayed in places where facilities like this are miles away but when you're on holiday you just want things to be convenient and, at The Cleeve, they are.
* Enjoy it all.
Other Activities: Football, cricket, sailing, site seeing.
Golf: There are plenty of golf courses around, with the nearest probably being at Minehead.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£1,500|
Change over day is normally a Friday (on weekly bookings) but we are flexible off peak.
Most prices shown are for a maximum of 16 guests. Just ask if you would like a price for more people.
Festive season prices are for up to full capacity (maximum 20 adults, maximum 28 including children).
All prices are subject to change at any time until you book. The most up to date prices are on our own
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.