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Porlock Weir, a jewel in the Somerset crown
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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Porlock

Pretty as a picture, the friendly village of Porlock has a timeless appeal. Many of the cottages to rent follow the old Somerset style with thick stone walls that keep the occupants cool in summer and cosy in winter. The village and the surrounding area is a favourite with holidaymakers not only for its excellent amenities but also for its location in the Exmoor National Park that is close to the coast with easy access to the beautiful countryside. Staying in or near to the village gives visitors a valuable sense of living like a local, which is an experience a day-tripper has no way of enjoying. Read more

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51.208314, -3.599219

A spacious property in Somerset with sea views and plenty of space to accommodate up to eight people in four bedrooms. The flexible layout makes this holiday home a favourite with extended or multi-generational families as it enables everyone to spend time together without sacrificing their personal space. Porlock and the popular Ship Inn pub are within walking distance, and there are wonderful footpaths and cycling trails from the door. Lynton, Lynmouth and Dunster are all nearby, as are wonderful beaches and the vast expanse of the Exmoor National Park. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£660 to £1750
Short breaks from £165 per night

8  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.208029, -3.600378

Redway Lodge is a comfortable house in a great location with four ensuite bedrooms sleeping up to 12 people, and a layout that makes it as good for extended families and friends as it is for smaller families. Its elevated position above Porlock gives fantastic views over the village towards the sea, with three of the four bedrooms as well as the deck and garden enjoying beautiful water views. The village shop and pub are a five-minute walk away, with the coast and Porlock Weir around a mile from the house.

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1875

12  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.204454, -3.600212

Beautifully presented, this welcoming self-catering holiday cottage sits in an idyllic position in Porlock within the Exmoor National Park in Somerset. Porlock beach is within walking distance of Rencott, as are the many amenities of Porlock village (including pubs and restaurants). Lovely moorland, riverside and coastal walks from the front door and a host of attractions for all ages.

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £960
Short breaks from £125 per night

5  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.218332, -3.630468

The coastal location and exceptional view from this well presented detached holiday home never fails to please. The light spacious accommodation set within large terraced gardens provides everything for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in a particularly beautiful and tranquil area of Exmoor. A great place for memorable stays with friends and family. Visit England 'We're Good to Go'.

Weekly guide price:
£950 to £2495

10  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.208314, -3.599219

A perfect holiday retreat in the heart of Exmoor's picturesque National Park with breathtaking sea views, where two to eight guests can enjoy a relaxing holiday in the picturesque coastal village of Porlock in West Somerset. A haven for wildlife, the local area offers fantastic opportunities for walkers as well as restaurants for a meal out and plenty of attractions. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£499 to £1250

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.208314, -3.599219

Perfectly placed in the Somerset village of Porlock, this holiday apartment just for two provides the ideal place for couples to enjoy a relaxing break and discover the many attractions of West Somerset and Exmoor National Park. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£295 to £595

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

51.208779, -3.602400

Little Hanger is a comfy first floor holiday apartment in a coastal position within Exmoor's spectacular National Park. Affording beautiful views over Porlock Bay, this is a peaceful haven to relax and unwind with the only sounds of birds and waves breaking on the beach below to disturb the tranquility.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £775

5-6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.209681, -3.665250

Beehive Cottage has arguably the best views in the entire Exmoor National Park. The cottage, which was built in 1866 and sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, sits in a private location down a private lane, surrounded by fields with uninterrupted views down to Worthy Coombe and Porlock Bay. The South West Coast Path is only a few minutes' walk from the front door, while Porlock Weir and the Bottom Ship pub are just 1.5 miles away. Beehive Cottage is ideal for exploring Exmoor National Park's coast and country, giving easy access to beautiful attractions like the beaches at Lee Bay and Minehead, charming towns and villages such as Lynton and Dunster, and miles of paths, roads and trails for walking and cycling.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £900

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.208779, -3.602400

A self-catering holiday apartment in Exmoor National Park with fantastic views over Porlock Bay. High Hanger affords a lovely quiet location to enjoy a relaxing holiday by the sea - the only sounds are the waves breaking on the beach!

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £700

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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Holidays in Porlock

Porlock may be small, but it has excellent amenities, and the thriving village centre is a great place to buy locally produced food and drink. Doing a food shop here, with independent retailers who know the provenance of the items they sell and who are enthusiastic about the quality of local cheeses, meats, ciders and other treats, is a foodie's delight. Porlock boasts four pubs, four tea rooms, a deli and cheesemonger that attracts gastronomes from around the region, and a butcher, so there is absolutely no reason you can't eat well at every meal. There are also shops selling clothing, homewares, art, antiques and gifts.

Some of the most beautiful walking routes in the Exmoor National Park are close to Porlock. Start by walking the mile and a half to the historic fishing village of Porlock Weir before heading inland through the woods to the tiny St Bueno's Church in Culbone. Walkers will pass the ruins of the mansion once owned by Lord Byron's daughter, Lady Lovelace. Wanting to avoid the gaze of visiting traders and the general public, the privacy hungry Lady Lovelace brought over mountaineers from Switzerland to build tunnels in the hillside that allowed her undetected access to the beach. Dunkery Beacon is another favourite destination with far-reaching views, or you could stroll along the Watersmeet Trail, beside the Tiverton Canal, or across the famous and much-photographed Tarr Steps.

There are miles of footpaths leading from and through Porlock, including the magnificent long-distance South West Coast Path and Coleridge Way. The area is also popular with mountain bikers for the variety and quality of off-road routes, and many cyclists are aware of the punishing reputation of Porlock Hill, whose 1:4 gradient makes it the steepest A-road in England.

Walking and cycling are only two ways to explore this beautiful landscape. Visitors have the choice of pony trekking, taking a 4WD Exmoor Safari, or kayaking or sailing in Porlock Bay.

Somerset is a favourite holiday destination with beach lovers. Visitors staying in Porlock have easy access to some of the best beaches in the Exmoor National Park including the dog-friendly pebble beach at Porlock Weir, Bossington Bay, Combe Martin, and Bossington Bay. The resort town of Minehead is five miles away with two lovely beaches, surf schools and board hire, and the usual seaside resort entertainments. Those who prefer a more secluded spot can walk to the sheltered cove of Heddon's Mouth.

Visitors are not limited when it comes to fun and memorable days out. Whatever the weather or the season, there is something here for everyone. Nearby Dunster is full of listed buildings with a castle, watermill, shops and a beach. Railway lovers can choose from two historic railways - the West Somerset Railway and the Somerset and Dorset Railway, as well as the cliff railway that carries passengers up and down the cliff between Lynton and Lynmouth. Other nearby attractions include the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, Dartmoor Zoo, the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Quantock Hills AONB, and the market town of Taunton.

While Cornwall and Devon can feel like a long way to go for a holiday, particularly if you only have time for a short break, Somerset's proximity to the M5 and excellent train links make it a fantastic choice for a holiday that is fun and relaxing all year round.