Min 2 nights. Magnificent views & wildlife, DIY livery & easy access to Exmoor
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Highly recommended cottage
We had a great time in Smiddy Cottage. A cosy, fully equiped cottage in the great nature of Exmoor. Warm and friendly welcome from the owners and great recommendations on were to go. We absolutely loved it!
Quaint and cosy with stunning views.
We were given a warm welcome to the Smiddy, it was very cosy and the fire was on already. Set in a lovely rural location, perfect if you want to enjoy peace and quiet and amazing country walks. Stunning walks in Exmoor or the beach isn't too far either. Be prepared for lots of hill work!
This traditional stone barn conversion is located in the glorious surroundings of Exmoor National Park on the Devon/Somerset border, just five miles from Dulverton and within easy reach of the coastal towns of Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth.
The cottage is a perfect base for exploring Exmoor, with easy access to its superb footpaths, bridleways and dramatic scenery. Or simply relax amongst magnificent views and wildlife and enjoy the absolute peace and quiet! Early risers may get a glimpse of the red deer which occasionally graze in an adjoining paddock. Numerous birds also frequent the feeder that can be viewed from the sitting room window. A wide variety of moorland birds and mammals such as hares and rabbits, stoats and weasels are regular visitors. Additionally Exmoor ponies are often to be seen grazing on adjoining common land.
The Two Moors Way passes the gate and, for the energetic, numerous other walks are accessible directly from the cottage. Dogs and horses are welcome, the latter being accommodated on a DIY livery basis. A host of other country pursuits within easy reach include watersports, fishing, pony trekking, shooting, bird watching and mountain biking.
The owners are very keen on the environment and help to manage the SSSI area of marsh and woodlands in their grounds with the help of Exmoor National Park. The marsh land next to the river, which has not been cultivated for hundreds of years, makes an ideal spot for many rare plants and wildlife, especially the Heath Fritillary, one of the rarest butterflies in this country. The SSSI extends off into the woodlands and the owners are sympathetically managing this to promote its flora and fauna, with rare lichens on some of the older trees and fallen trunks providing great homes for all sorts of creatures.
Smiddy Cottage is an ideal base to explore the North Devon coast and its picturesque villages including Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth. Dulverton, considered to be the southern gateway to Exmoor, is 10 minutes’ drive away. This pretty town is well stocked with quality boutiques, grocery shops, inns and restaurants as well as the Exmoor National Park visitor centre.
The other three holiday cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm, are Jasper Cottage (sleeps 4), Kiri Cottage (sleeps 6) and Norton Cottage (sleeps 4). All four cottages can be booked together for larger groups to accommodate up to 18.
The surrounding area is perfect for golf, horse riding, watersports, quad biking, fishing and flying, which can all be enjoyed locally.
Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club, 18 hole pay and play (19 miles).
Chulmleigh Golf Course 18 hole par 3, pay and play (20 miles).
Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington, Umberleigh (23 miles).
Portmore Golf Park, Barnstaple (21 miles).
HORSE RIDING/PONY TREKKING
Horse riding allows you to venture off the conventional footpaths and experience the landscape and scenery like never before. Many of the riding stables in the area offer both coastal and countryside treks, and can cater for all levels of experience.
West Anstey Farm Stables, Waddicombe (3.7 miles).
Brendon Manor Riding Stables, Brendon Manor Farm, Brendon Manor, Lynton (16 miles). Ideal if you want to go horse riding over Exmoor.
Bold Try Riding Stables, Leigh Road, Chulmleigh (20.5 miles).
Dean Riding Stables, Lower Dean Farm, Dean, Parracombe (21.5 miles). Ride out on a quiet or adventurous hack around Exmoor.
North Devon Equestrian Centre, Shirwell, Barnstaple (27 miles).
The majestic lake at Wimblewall Country Park (11 miles) is also a premier trout fishing location, and provides tuition in numerous water sports, including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
At the reservoir at Wistlandpound (20 miles), there are the opportunities to try sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
World class beaches at Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde provide ideal opportunities for surfing, coasteering, kayaking and kite surfing:
Surfside Kayak, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe (25 miles).
North Devon Surf School, Westward Ho! (32 miles).
Surf South West, Croyde Bay (34 miles).
Rock and Rapid Adventures, South Molton (11.4 miles) has the largest indoor climbing wall in North Devon.
Exmoor Adventures, Porlock Weir (15.6 miles) provides a range of outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, hill walking and orienteering activities across North Devon and Somerset.
South Down Adventure Ltd, South Down Farm, Umberleigh (26 miles) offers quad biking, zorbing, clay shooting archery or air rifle shooting.
North Devon Karting, Barnstaple (24.5 miles).
Keypitts Stables ‘n’ Quads, Ilfracombe (28 miles).
The Ultimate Adventure Centre, near Bideford (32 miles) offers coasteering, mountain boarding, mountain biking, high ropes, climbing wall, kayaking and surfing.
West Somerset Adventures offer a variety of activities and day packages to suit those looking for an alternative Exmoor adventure. West Somerset Adventures is a local company based on the edge of Exmoor.
South Molton swimming pool (14 miles).
Tiverton swimming pool, Exe Valley Leisure Centre (16 miles).
Wivey Pool, The Recreation Ground, Wiveliscombe (18 miles) – outdoor open air swimming pool.
Aerosaurus Balloons & Virgin Hot Air Balloon Flights, Tiverton Rugby Club, Tiverton (16 miles).
Eaglescott Airfield (26 miles) – light aircraft, microlights, gliding, training, aerobatics and air experience flights.
South Molton Bowling Club (12.5 miles) has an outdoor bowling green for the summer and indoor short mat bowling during the winter.
Riverton House & Lakes, Coarse Angling Centre, Barnstaple, Swimbridge (17 miles).
Bellbrook Valley Trout Fishery, Oakford, Tiverton (10 miles).
Experience Exmoor offers a range of outdoor experiences in Exmoor. You can take part in a luxury 4×4 safari, where you can go off road, see the coast or explore Exmoor with a pub lunch to keep your energy levels up. Experience Exmoor also offers sea safaris, clay pigeon shooting and walks.
Red Stag Safari offer Safaris on Exmoor in a Land Rover Discovery with a local Somerset guide, see Red Deer on Exmoor and discover its fascinating past.