Rainsbury House Exmoor
Cottage | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 13
A little piece of heaven nestling in 16 acres of hills and woodland in a secluded corner of Wimbleball Lake in Exmoor National Park; perfect for activity holidays or simply exploring the wild beauty of Exmoor, the stunning North Devon coast and the Quantock and Blackdown Hills.
Our Four Star Gold eco-friendly centrally-heated accommodation is ideal for larger groups, friends or families, sleeping up to 13 + two cots. The Barn has 4 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms, sleeping 8+cot. Barn Owl Cottage, attached to The Barn, has 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, sleeping 5+cot. We spent all of 2013 renovating both properties to a high standard. This included two new kitchens with granite worktops and five new bathrooms sumptuously appointed with new walk-in showers, baths, travertine flooring (with underfloor heating in the larger bathrooms).
After an active day, our hot tub is a real hit with guests wanting to relax, gazing up at the stars, soaking up the atmosphere, a glass of wine in hand (Exmoor National Park is Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve and our land, adjoining the most secluded corner of Wimbleball Lake, is the prime place on Exmoor to watch the heavens ... and for meteor spotting).
We are situated on the secluded tip of the Upton Arm of Wimbleball Lake, surrounded by breathtaking hills, woods and river valleys full of wildlife, a true rural idyll. If you love outdoor activity, we have that, too, at the opposite end of Wimbleball where there are opportunities for fly fishing, sailing, kayaking, indoor climbing walls, zip wires, zorba balls on the lake and cycling. We also have stunning beaches and coastal walks just a short drive (11 miles) away.
Exmoor National Park is exquisitely beautiful and a magnet for artists and photographers. We have converted the stables (the original 250-year-old farmhouse) into a stunning centrally-heated artists studio for hire and from which we will be running courses with professional tutors.
To boost our Eco credentials, we installed a large, Austrian wood pellet boiler which provides central heating & hot water for our home, the self catering accommodation and the studio.
DURING PERIODS OF PEAK DEMAND (school holidays, Christmas, New Year etc), we can only accept short stay bookings 2 weeks prior to arrival. Please contact us directly for details.
We look forward to welcoming you.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Blue Anchor Bay 17 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, 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||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 13, Lounge seats for 13|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The West Country region
Rainsbury House sits in 16 acres on the edge of Wimbleball Lake and within Exmoor National Park. While we live in a very rural area on the Somerset/Devon boarder, we are easily accessible, 45 minutes off the M5. We are 6 miles east of the very pretty Devon market town of Dulverton and 22 miles west of Taunton in Somerset. We are surrounded by hills and woodland with stunning rivers cutting through exquisitely beautiful valleys. The Haddeo River runs through our land. This is perfect country for outdoor pursuits. Wimbleball Lake on our doorstep has wonderful native woodland packed with a stunning variety of native and migrating birds as well as birds of prey, deer, badgers, foxes and otters. It is idyllic country for hiking, cycling and horse riding. The lake also offers a wealth of activities including sailing, kayaking, fly fishing, zip wires/assault course, zorba balls on the lake itself and raft building.
Also close by are a plethora of other activities such as golfing, quad biking, shooting (We offer combined fly fishing and clay shooting courses on request) coastal walks and surfing on astonishingly beautiful beaches. There is also a host of local attractions and places to visit. We recommend the National Trust Dunster Castle and the village of Dunster itself which is a delight. Also, worth visiting are the very pretty seaside villages of Porlock, Linton and Lynmouth. The West Somerset Steam Train from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead is a wonderful day out for adults and children.
While we are just 11 miles from the wild and rugged North Somerset/Devon coast, we are also close enough for a visit to the South Devon and Dorset coastlines. The cathedral city of Exeter is just an hours drive away.
Our nearest pub, the Lowtrow Cross Inn, is just a mile away. It is friendly and offers good pub grub, as does The George in Brompton Regis, 2 miles away. Dulverton has a number of great restaurants, pubs and tea rooms, the best including Woods Bar, Tantivity, The Bridge and the Thai restaurant, Tongdam. For shopping for provisions, Dulverton has a good Co-Op, but Tiverton, 11 miles away, has big Morrisons and Tesco stores. Tescos will deliver online orders, as will Sainsburys and Waitrose from Taunton (we are happy to unpack your shopping for your before you arrive). While we are definitely far from the madding crowd here, there is a great deal to see, do and explore; certainly enough for one lifetime.
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18 Aug 2014
"What a welcome, what a place"
What a fantastic place to stay, took the girls (7&9) and the grandparents (old&older) without exception we all loved it. Mostly helped by the resident black Lab called Raffy - I have two heart broken… More
12 Aug 2014
"A great place for New Year"
Our group of friends were in need of a new venue for our annual get-together after Christmas. We were lucky to find Rainsbury House, with its charm and it's excellent facilities. We had a wonderf… More
5 Jul 2014
"Blissful relaxation in a glorious location."
We were looking for a week away from the rat race and we found it here at Rainsbury House. The recently refurbished Barn was beautifully appointed and the location on the edge of Exmoor was superb. T… More
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