‘Woodlands’ is a comfortable, well equipped, light and spacious detached holiday home in an enviable position on the coast just above Porlock Weir's small picturesque harbour in Exmoor. Sleeping up to ten guests, (but still cosy for two), it has the most incredible open views of the sea from virtually all of the rooms, and from the large private terrace where you can dine in peace and enjoy the clean air. New for 2017, Woodlands has it's own 3m x 10m bouledrome within the garden.
Set in a large private garden with mature camellias, rhododendrons and three small lawns, this is a perfect place to relax and unwind by the sea. Ideal for family get-togethers, but also popular with walkers, the house is traditional in style and homely with no minimalism. There are two sitting rooms, one with open fire; the farmhouse style kitchen has a wood burning stove, and the bathrooms are fully up to date with power showers.
Woodlands provides an idyllic ‘away from it all’ haven and to stay here is to step back to a time when the pace of life was more leisurely. Stroll down to Porlock Weir (five minutes’ walk) and enjoy a meal at the 14th century Ship Inn, or one of the other venues which can be found here. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach and watch the seabirds and boats bobbing on the water; soak up the enchanting atmosphere that is ever changing with the seasons. Follow the South West Coastal Path to Culbone Church, England's smallest parish church only accessible by foot.
Serious walkers will find many walks from the house and there is a regular bus service from Porlock Weir. Attractive Porlock village is a fairly easy walk away, either via the beach or the woods, or a five minute drive. Here you will find a good selection of shops, traditional butcher, good pubs, restaurants, tea room and museums.
‘Woodlands’ is well situated for visiting every part of Exmoor National Park. There are plenty of places to visit, including: Porlock Ridge (salt marsh), one mile - a sight of Special Scientific Interest, well known for birdlife; Greencombe Gardens, one mile - famous woodland garden with several National Collections; Selworthy Village, four miles - lovely thatched cottages and cream teas; Bossington, three miles - a pretty village with walks and a Falconry and Animal Farm; Dunster, ten miles - with its castle and historic village with old Yarn Market; Minehead, seven miles - a traditional sea side town with sandy beach, parks, golf, the West Somerset Steam Railway and pleasant walks up North Hill; Lynmouth, ten miles - a Cliff Railway driven by water, putting green, Valley of the Rocks and a nice walk to Watersmeet; Tarr Steps, ten miles - with an ancient ‘clapper’ bridge, lovely walks by River Barle and a tea room; Dunkery Beacon, seven miles - the highest point on the moor, with great views; Woolacombe thirty four miles - with its huge sandy beach, surfing and golf and RHS Rosemoor thirty nine miles - Royal Horticultural Society Gardens.
Exmoor National Park has plenty to offer, with its panoramic moorland, dramatic coastline, and six hundred miles of waymarked walks. There are historic buildings, beaches, beautiful gardens, local crafts and a steam railway. Picturesque villages and wooded river valleys to explore, and horse riding, boat trips, fishing, wildlife safaris, cycling, hang gliding, canoeing and sailing are all available. Exmoor is home to the largest herd of native wild red deer in England, and to the Exmoor Pony, an ancient rare breed living in herds on the heather-clad moor. This is 'Lorna Doone' country and the varied scenery has to be seen to be appreciated - as well as the moor itself there are charming woodland walks and Exmoor's coastline includes the highest cliffs in England.
Anita & Peter Gantlett joined Independent Cottages in March 2010
Outside: There is a BBQ, garden seat, chairs and tables. Parking for four to five cars, including two lockable garages. The large garden has three small lawns and many paths running through areas of mature shrubs and is only suitable for toddlers if closely supervised due to its terraced nature, however it is great for hide and seek for older ones!
Additional information: Bed linen included, towels can be provided if required for an extra charge. There is a freezer. Cot and highchair available free of charge upon request. Full oil fired central heating included in the tariff, along with electricity and a supply of logs. Telephone for incoming calls and emergency outgoing calls. No smoking please. Well-behaved pets by arrangement (two normally but may accept more by arrangement depending on size etc). Flexible changeover day offered. Short breaks available.
Some guest comments the owner would like to share with you:
"We very much enjoyed our stay in your delightful cottage. We have been regular and enthusiastic visitors to Exmoor for years, but have never been so pleased with our accommodation".
“Our first impression was that the photos of the view just didn’t do it justice. Can’t think of a more lovely setting, with such a magnificent outlook; the charms of Porlock Weir in such easy reach and so much to explore round and about. The house itself is kitted out superbly and we lacked nothing, whilst the kids played endless games of hide and seek outside. Thank you for a lovely ten days.” M.C.
“A wonderful Christmas in a lovely warm house. Now we have experienced ‘Woodlands’ in the snow, we all want to return in warmer weather! Thank you for such a well-equipped property. The best I have ever rented.” M.S.
**13th-21st October**Two Moors Classical Music Festival Comment by guest Feb 2016: The whole family have enjoyed the house, location and of course the views - during the daylight and night time to.
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