House | 8 bedrooms | sleeps 28
* This is a wonderful Victorian (c1870) hunting lodge.
* Secluded, private, imposing, unique.
We are not overlooked yet you have all the facilities one could wish for on site or a few minutes' walk away. No more having to drive to restaurants or pubs, you're on holiday, take it easy! All the pleasure but, with The Cleeve's unique secluded position, convenience and privacy come together.
* Set in 266+ square miles of beautiful national park.
See nature at its best. Handy for the Quantocks and Brendon Hills too. Even Dartmoor isn't so far away.
* Trails straight from the property.
* Restaurants, pubs and shops: 2 minutes walk.
* Walking, biking, riding, sailing, site seeing... hang gliding
* Football / cricket pitches, tennis courts close by.
* Level lawned area. Landscaped garden.
|Size||Sleeps up to 28, 8 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Porlock 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Exeter 54 km, Nearest railway: Minehead 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (12), Double beds (8), Cots (2), Dining seats for 28, Lounge seats for 28|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
* Dining for 28.
Space for all to banquet together.
* 8+ comfy bedrooms.
Sleeping from 2 to 5 mostly en-suite plus another bedroom off room 3.
* 6 stylish bath/shower rooms.
A mixture of baths, Jacuzzi bath and/or power showers, (some double size). Refreshing.
* Huge lounge/dining room with great views of the hills.
Comfy seating, open fire, big flat screen TV, DVD player, games console etc.
* Second lounge and it's octagonal!
Big open fire, window seats, comfy seats, TV, DVD player, games console etc.
* Main kitchen.
A great place to cook, eat or chat. Complete with a lovely large AGA oven.
* Second kitchen.
We know what it's like when everyone in a group wants to cook at the same time so we've provided a second kitchen with conventional oven and hob.
We have libraries of books, videos, DVD films and games to choose from.
* Pantry and storage.
You want somewhere to put your food so we kept the big walk in pantry. There are also lots of cupboards in the kitchens to choose from.
* Appliances galore.
Washing machines, clothes dryer, freezer, several fridges, AGA, conventional oven and hob, microwave ovens, dishwashers, several TVs, DVD players, radio and more.
|Further details outdoors|
* Level lawned area.
About the size of a tennis court, wide open with views to the hills and the sea yet secluded and large enough for all sorts of fun and games.
* Landscaped garden.
We have 2 acres in total: lots of trees and terracing with a path winding down to our private footbridge.
* Summer house.
Now where did those kids go!
* Children's play area.
There is a large public children's play area just across the lane (and visible from The Cleeve) which is ideal for young children. Your children staying here can also play in our garden, just keep an eye on them especially smaller ones so you can find them! Remember that there's a lovely stream and some steep banks as well as the level lawned areas.
We have our own private parking for around 4-8 cars by The Cleeve and further free public parking can be found by our private footbridge.
The West Country region
Exmoor is a spectacular national park covering around 266 square miles. The scenery is varied with stream and ancient woodland to open heath. For all outdoor activities you can't really get much better that this.
If you don't want to get too active there's more than enough attractions. Here are just a small number of them:
* Horner is a National Trust village with many thatched cottages, water mill, tea rooms, ancient woods and the trickling Horner Water which form part of a National Nature Reserve which is renowned for red deer, rare lichens and ancient oaks. A walk beside Horner Water on a sunny day is simply magical.
* Allerford is another National Trust village within the Holnicote Estate and has a fifteenth century packhorse bridge over Aller Brook. The West Somerset Rural Life Museum is located in the old thatched school house.
* Culbone sits deep in a shaded valley, famous for having the smallest parish church in England and for inspiring Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'.
* Doone Country is the area around Badgworthy Water where R.G. Blackmore's novel 'Lorna Doone' was set. Attractions include Oare church which is mentioned in the novel.
* Dunkery Beacon is the highest point on Exmoor at 1705 feet (519m) from where on a clear day up to 13 counties can be seen together with the Bristol Channel and Welsh mountains many miles away.
* Dunster is a medieval village with its Yarn Market, Castle, Priory Church, Tithe Barn, various shops and places to eat.
* Lynton and Lynmouth was once referred to as 'Little Switzerland' and is famous for its spectacular coastal scenery. Lynmouth is linked to Lynton by a water powered cliff railway.
* Watersmeet is where the Hoar Water meets the East Lyn. It is a lovely beauty spot and Site of Special Scientific Interest and has a welcoming tea garden and visitor centre.
* Valley of the Rocks offers spectacular sea cliffs rising to nearly 1000 feet (300m) and is also home to some very agile goats.
* Selworthy is unsurpassed as a chocolate-box village, with its picture postcard green surrounded by thatched cottages, National Trust shop and splendid tearoom. Prominent for all to see is the newly refurbished Selworthy church which stands out as a land mark from miles away.
* Wimbleball Lake was formed by damming the Haddeo and now acts as a reservoir. It is also the home of the South West Lakes Trust Water Sports Centre and offers various water sports activities.
Porlock is a beautiful coastal village in South West England, situated in a deep hollow on Exmoor. It adjoins a Porlock Ridge and Saltmarsh nature reserve which has now been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
A picturesque, wooded combe called Hawkcombe leads about three miles from the village up to high open moorland. The stream from Hawkcombe runs past an interesting Victorian hunting lodge, called The Cleeve, then underground beneath a hotel in the centre of the village.
The South West Coast Path goes through Porlock, many walkers stopping rather than continuing on the gargantuan walk to Lynton. There is also a Coleridge Way walk.
Culbone church is said to be the smallest church in England. The main structure is 12th century. Services are still held there, despite the lack of road access - it is a two-mile walk from Porlock Weir, and some 3-4 miles from Porlock itself.
A new toll road bypasses the 1-in-4 gradient on Porlock Hill. There is an ancient stone circle on the hill.
The area has links with several Romantic poets, and R. D. Blackmore the author of Lorna Doone.
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8 Aug 2014
"Needs more outside seating and a closer watch kept by management"
Our family of 18 from 3 generations stayed at The Cleeve for a week. The bedrooms, reception rooms are nicely decorated, with lots of crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. Once we got the trick of usin… More
We are very sorry that you were unhappy with some aspects of your stay. However, this is a country house in Exmoor that accommodates large groups who inevitably sometimes break things and not a 5 star hotel with on site staff, or indeed 5 star per night prices. Most guests who give us feedback appreciate this and will will temper any negatives with all the positives they experience and give a balanced review taking everything into account. We stayed at the Cleeve ourselves 2 weeks before your stay with a large group in order to check everything was working (which it was) so we would ask you to bear in mind the following:
We didn't claim to have outside seating for everyone - we have a quantity that fits comfortably on our terrace - or to have seating on the lawn; we said we were happy for you to take inside chairs outside when you mentioned it (so there were enough chairs for your group).
Other means of making coffee were available; cafetieres provided.
The fridge was replaced as soon as possible and there was another working fridge.
There are 6 showers and 3 baths in the house and as you booked as a group something being out of action temporarily probably wasn't an absolute disaster as using the other ones was always an option.
18 Oct 2013
"Great fun with loads of family and friends"
Just returned from a holiday to The Cleeve for a 60th birthday celebration. Had a wonderful week away, the accommodation worked well for us as we have a baby under 1 year. Lots of space in the house,… More
Thank you for your kind comments. We hope that you can return to The Cleeve again soon.
13 Jun 2013
"AN EXCELLENT BASE"
There were 21 of us that stayed for the week, the house is fantastic there is everything you need for a great time. The house is lovely and large so you can loose yourself if you want to .It has every… More
Thank you for your kind review. We hope that you can make it back to stay at The Cleeve soon.
We love the house & the village too, they are just so lovely!
3 Jul 2012
"Amazing property, great for a large group of friends and family."
I've just celebrated my daughter's 30th birthday at The Cleeve, with a group of friends and family consisiting of 13 adults and 7 children aged 2-9 years. Every family group had their own be… More
Thank you for your lovely comments. We are always delighted to hear the nice things that people say.
Sorry that the rolling pin had gone missing, we'll get a new one!
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