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The Gatehouse

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 12 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The Gatehouse is a stone-built two-storey cottage in the peaceful village of Challacombe within the Exmoor National Park. There is a large living room with exposed beams, a real log/coal fire and French doors out to a private enclosed garden which also has a large decked area and picnic table. The fully-equipped kitchen has an electric oven & hob, fridge (freezer box), microwave and dishwasher. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double bedroom and a triple (with a single bed and bunks) and a bathroom with bath (shower over), hand-basin & WC.

Beside the cottage are three acres of wildlife grounds, ideal for families and dogs. There are wild-flower meadows, several lawned and wooded areas, a fruit and vegetable garden, a wildlife pond, lots of birds and butterflies, and a delightful walk up and around Humphrey's Hill.

The cottages and grounds are very child friendly. We can provide a cot, high chair, fire guard and stair gate (if required) and within the grounds is a large play area with two towers linked with a bridge, including swings, a slide, climbing board, climbing ropes and fireman's pole.

The village of Challacombe is very friendly towards visitors. There are excellent local walks and Challacombe is in an ideal central location from which to explore Exmoor, the sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde, and the rocky coves of the North Devon & Somerset coast.

Within two minutes walk is a pub with award-winning food and real ales; and a shop and Post Office, with delicious cream teas and home-made cakes.

The Gatehouse is one of five holiday cottages at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, converted from a former farm (known as "Town Tenement Farm"). The Gatehouse has been recently renovated with new kitchen and bathroom, and the walls insulated.

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Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Combe Martin 16 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 300 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Parking

The Devon region

Challacombe is a peaceful friendly village within the Exmoor National Park. There is an award-winning pub in the village, and a shop and post office. Challacombe is surrounded by walks on all sides, perfect for dogs, and within 5 miles is a large lake (Wistlandpound), ideal for trout fishing and with an easy circular walk.


Challacombe is an ideal base from which to explore Exmoor and the north Devon and Somerset coast - within half-an-hours drive are the wide sandy beaches of Woolacombe & Croyde; the seaside resorts of Instow and Ilfracombe; the charming villages of Lynton and Porlock; the medieval towns of Dulverton and Dunster; scenic attractions Tarr Steps and The Valley of Rocks and the whole of Exmoor, with its amazing scenery and wildlife. With so little light pollution at night, Exmoor National Park is the first Dark Skies Reserve in Europe.

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Review 1-10 of 12

13 Oct 2014


"Two glorious weeks on Exmoor based at the Gatehouse"

This was our second visit to Town Tenement Farm - previously we were a larger group and stayed in the Farmhouse which was equally good.On this visit as there were only two of us plus two dogs we opted… More

Thank you for your review - it was nice to welcome you back to Exmoor Cottage Holidays.
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again.

(Again we apologise for the shower fail - and are glad that we were able to replace this quickly for you).

7 Oct 2014


"Home from home"

We enjoyed a truly lovely three night break here. The cottage is very homely and well equipped and was spotlessly clean. The best thing about the stay was John who was an absolute mine of informatio… More

Thank you for your review - we are really glad that you enjoyed your stay and found plenty to do - Exmoor really is an amazing place!
We look forward to welcoming you back for your return visit.

1 Oct 2014


"Home from home"

The owners of Town Tenement Farm, John & Melanie work hard to ensure that all the visitors to their cottages have comfortable and pleasant surroundings in which to relax. The Gatehouse is typical of t… More

Thank you for your comprehensive review, it was lovely to see you on your second visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the food in the local shop and pub - we are lucky to have them both so near. We look forward to welcoming you again.

3 Sep 2014


"A perfect holiday"

We spent two weeks at the Gatehouse in August, with 2 of our grandsons aged 6 and 4; it was an absolutely perfect holiday.Booking the cottage was very straightforward and Melanie was very helpful. On … More

Thank you so much for such a comprehensive and lovely review! It was a pleasure to meet you and your family (and of course Maddie the escapee! ;-) )
Town Tenement is very well placed for a family holiday - we are glad that you enjoyed our play area and pic-nic seating. The stream nearby is an endless source of entertainment for many of our guests.

We very much look forward to seeing you all again next year.

23 Jun 2014



We had a fantastic week here. The cottage was excellent, beautifully decorated, equipped with everything we needed. Even when we forgot our dog bowls they provided them! The grounds we lovely and the … More

Thank you for your lovely review and kind comments.
We are lucky to have such a good pub, just a short walk away and we are glad that you enjoyed our grounds.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

15 Jun 2014


"super holiday cottage"

Wonderful 3 day break in a fantastic location. Cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Owners were really friendly and helpful. I would recommend to anyone who wants a home from hom… More

Thank you for your great review.
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and found Gatehouse comfortable.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

22 Feb 2014


"Cosy retreat in a hidden valley"

We only had two nights at the Gatehouse, which was a real shame as the tranquil feel of Challacombe had really started to work its magic by the morning we left, and I wanted to stay longer! The Gateho… More

Thank you for your lovely review - you will have to stay longer next time! We like to encourage the wildlife - it is good to know our guests enjoy it all.
We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.

21 Feb 2014


"Loved it"

As a family with children (aged 14, 11 and 2), we loved our stay at the cottage. It was clean, tidy and very accommodating - definitely a home from home. I would definitely recommend a visit to the … More

Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased that you and your family 'loved it'.

We are sorry that we did not get to meet you - we usually try to meet each guest personally.
The dishwasher has been fixed - we apologise for any inconvenience.

Exmoor really is beautiful all year round, we hope that you manage another visit soon.

18 Feb 2014


"Peaceful respite in a lovely valley"

Stayed at the gatehouse in February , when most of the country and Devon was flooded..! Lovelŷ welcoming clean cottage . And our 2 dogs loved lying in front of the fire.
Cottage is well equipped , very clean, .local pub up the road and another one at Parracombe , which we preferred.
Had some some lovely walks , watched the sheep out of the longue window, listened to the birds tweeting, had all the seasons of snow, rain and sun. wonderful....
Owners supply wood for the fire so easy to put on.
Will be returning , esp as we only live in East Devon, so not far to travel...

Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you and your dogs enjoyed your stay - the weather certainly has been interesting!
We are sorry that your cottage was a bit chilly on your first night - we try to have all the heaters on for at least one day before guests arrive but sometimes previous guests turn the night storage off. We are glad that you soon got the fire going.
We look forward to welcoming you back.

5 Oct 2013


"Excellent pet friendly cottage"

16th Sept - 20th Sept 2013 This is our second stay at Gatehouse Cottage and it is absolutely lovely, well equipped and cosy, lovely wood burner with free logs. Excellent base to explore North Devon wi… More

Thank you for your good review - we look forward to welcoming you again, and your dogs of course!

Review 1-10 of 12

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