Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Set high on the hill above Dulverton, at the end of a lane leading to the steep drive (shared with one other neighbouring property) and with fabulous views over the town and the surrounding wooded hills of the Barle valley, a beautifully and recently completely renovated, elegant, detached Victorian house. To the front, gravelled parking and beyond this a level lawn (table/chairs) that makes the most of the wonderful views. From here, private footpaths lead off and crisscross the dense and steep 5 acres of mixed leaf woodland behind the house (brilliant for den building - small children must be supervised; remember your wellies). Inside, generously proportioned with lots of space and extremely well finished with good colours, fabrics and interesting original artwork. Elegant main hall off which lovely living room with woodburner in marble fireplace, chaise longue, sofas and TV/DVD. Family room (sofas, comfy chairs, woodburner, iPod dock) with arch to dining room. Newly fitted kitchen (dishwasher, larder fridge, induction hob/double oven) with large pantry (microwave, freezer). Study with desk. Loo (washbasin). Bright high-ceilinged cellar with utility room (washing machine, tumble drier, sink) and playroom with TV, Wii and table tennis. Up graceful stairs with bespoke stained glass window panels, five bedrooms – two double (5' beds, views over Dulverton), one with en suite shower-room, another double with en suite shower-room (suite), and two twin. Family bathroom (suite plus bath-shower). Spring water. Damages Deposit £250. A fabulous, spacious and comfortable house, brilliant for families whatever the weather.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|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 4.5 star.
The West Country region
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.
Dulverton: attractive, busy, tiny town (good shops, pubs including Wine Pub of the Year 2009, restaurant, galleries, church) on the beautiful river Barle. HQ of Exmoor National Park. Beautiful drive through ancient oak woods to heather moorland, 3 miles; riverside walks; Tarr Steps (famous ancient clapper bridge), about 5 miles; sea/sandy beach at Minehead, 15.