' 1' miles west of Minehead, above Bratton hamlet, is this classic Exmoor cottage, detached and set in 150 acres of mixed-leaf woodland (red deer, birdsong, walks, whortleberries). Enclosed orchard for you to enjoy. No other houses visible (nearest neighbour, ' mile), so wonderful night skies free of light pollution. Along 200 yards of private, uneven drive from the road and set in a clearing, the cottage is comfortable, light and contemporary with tiled floors downstairs, original artwork and long views from all rooms across the valley to fields and heather moorland. Big 'heart of house' fitted kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer) with sofa, big windows and woodburner. Living room (open fire, VDU/DVD - no TV reception). Downstairs shower-room and separate loo. Upstairs, three bedrooms ' a double (5' bed), a twin, and a single; bathroom (suite) with separate shower, all accessed by steep stairs from either the kitchen or living room. The original wash house (washing machine, butler sink) has plenty of space for wet coats, boots, bicycles and dogs. Small suntrap courtyard (table/chairs) and, up steep steps, more seating with views. Spring water. A unique place to stay: great for walkers, mountain biking and those looking for accessible solitude.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1)|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3.5 star.
Exmoor: exquisite National Park beside the sea: beech trees, sheep, wheeling buzzards and heather hills, from many of which you look over the sea to Wales and its mountains. Below are the most gracefully carved of steep oak-filled valleys where rushing, bouldered little rivers are paddleable and the red deer spend the winters, and perhaps the most dream-like rose-covered cottage villages of them all, where the pace of life is leisurely. At night, marvellously unpolluted skies for stargazing (recently designated an International Dark Sky Reserve).
Porlock Vale is one of the most beautiful farmed bits of England, Dunkery must be ascended, the area of The Chains is wild and wonderful for walking or riding; the Oare valley (Lorna Doone country) is an excellent place to take Granny for a visit to tiny, fascinating Oare church, a cream tea in Malmsmead and a sunset drive afterwards through the Valley of the Rocks to Woody Bay (if you drive well). Minehead, the main town, is good for sandcastles, has a Butlins (and a good golf course and a harbour) and isn't too big. Medieval Dunster is very pretty and has a fine castle (inhabited, National Trust); Dulverton, on the southern edge of the moor and popular with artists, has interesting shops and galleries; Culbone church, one of England's smallest, is worth walking to. Lots of good food pubs in 'hidden' villages, like Luxborough, where the welcome is warm and the atmosphere relaxed.
Bratton: tiny farming hamlet below the A39 Minehead to Porlock road and on the edge of the beautiful Vale of Porlock. Minehead (Exmoor's seaside resort, sandy beach, harbour, unobtrusive Butlins, golf, tennis, swimming pool), 1½ miles; Selworthy (pretty Nat. Trust village) and Selworthy Beacon (one of the highest points on Exmoor, terrific views), 2 miles; Porlock, 4.