7 (all year)
Beehive Cottage has a timeless charm that appeals to couples and families. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, the cottage was built in 1866 and enjoys stunning views of Worthy Coombe and Porlock Bay. When you stand in the front garden, there is nothing between you and the cliffs but dry-stone walls, some fields and a few friendly local Exmoor horn sheep and Ruby Red Devon cows.
If you want space and privacy without feeling isolated, Beehive Cottage is perfect for you. It sits back from a private lane, so there is no passing traffic, yet it is only 1.5 miles to Porlock Weir’s medieval harbour where there is the popular Bottom Ship pub which is a favourite place to stop and catch your breath while walking along the South West Coast Path. Porlock Weir also has several fantastic cafes and an excellent chip shop with a Thai twist and some of the best views in Somerset.
Porlock is only a couple of miles on from Porlock Weir. It has craft shops to browse, pubs and cafes which are adept at catering for visitors who come to explore Exmoor National Park. You can visit the Dovery Manor Museum to find out more about the local area, while those with a love of gardens and gardening will want to see Greencombe Gardens in the spring and summer. There are several activity centres based in Porlock so you can try coasteering, kayaking, guided mountain biking and even extreme tree-climbing!
Minehead is a popular seaside resort five miles beyond Porlock. Its magnificent late-Victorian pier has been a landmark for more than a century, and the beach is safe for swimming with lifeguards during the summer. There is a lot to do on a day in Minehead. Take a ride on the West Somerset Railway’s vintage steam or diesel engine, stroll through Blenheim Gardens, browsing the local museum and gallery, or walk the Culver Cliff stretch of the South West Coast Path which rewards the uphill effort with amazing views of the Bristol Channel and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Exmoor National Park is breathtaking in its beauty, and Beehive Cottage is ideally placed to give you good access to its beaches and cliffs, countryside and moorland, beaches like Lee Bay (25 minutes away), and towns and villages like Lynton and Dunster. There are cafes and country houses, gardens and golf courses. Whether you try something new every day or find a favourite spot and settle in for the duration, Beehive Cottage is a wonderful place to stay.
John Richards joined Independent Cottages in November 2017
Beehive Cottage is a Victorian worker's home that has been restored and upgraded to provide a very comfortable standard of accommodation for modern guests. It is all on one level and is suitable for wheelchair users.
Outside: Beehive Cottage has a spacious garden with incredible ocean views. A barbecue and garden table with benches provides the ideal place for outdoor meals in the summer, or just sitting and admiring the view. There is off-street parking for several cars. It is possible to walk a few minutes through surrounding fields to access the South West Coast Path.
Additional Information: The cottage has central heating throughout. All utilities and linen are included, including cot linen if requested. Well behaved dogs are welcome for a small charge and with prior agreement from the owner. Short breaks (three night minimum) are available from the end of October to mid March and flexible changeover days are possible depending on availability. No smoking.