F32 - Horner Farm
Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Take the road east from Porlock for about ¾ mile and you come to the farming hamlet of Horner sheltering in the lee of Dunkery Hill. In Horner is a lovely Grade II listed, detached farmhouse originating from the 14th cent.; lived in and loved by the same family for generations. From it, footpaths and bridleways fan in all directions. Horner Wood is a nature reserve (red deer) and popular with walkers/horse riders at any time of year. To the front is a garden (trampoline, table/chairs, barbecue). At the back, the friendly owner lives in an annexe and runs an extensive riding stables business, offering wonderful rides for all abilities on to the surrounding moors and woods (reduced rates); stabling/livery also available for your own horse(s).
Inside is comfy, homely, full of character and meant for relaxing in after being in the fresh air all day. From the garden, door to hall; 2 steps down to living room with huge ox-roasting inglenook (woodburner - logs included), TV/Sky/DVD/video and view of the stables; dining room (piano) looking to the garden; fitted kitchen (dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier, microwave) with table/chairs in the middle. Downstairs shower-room (suite). From the hall, stairs up to five bedrooms – a twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) with lovely long rural views (5'9" lintel), a double plus two single beds with washbasin, a room with two sets of twin beds (one set linkable) with en suite shower, a twin with washbasin, and a bunk room plus single; bathroom (suite plus bath-shower); down 2 steps, a separate loo (washbasin). Second set of stairs. Dogs permitted in kitchen only. Best for maximum of 10 adults. Just right for true country-lovers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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, Video player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Other||Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|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 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.
Porlock: large village (shops, restaurants, pubs) between Exmoor and the sea, at the foot of the marvellous Vale of Porlock. The sea (pebble beach) is a mile away across fields or, by car, 2 at Porlock Weir (harbour, pub, pebble beach); sand at Minehead (small resort, good golf, Butlins), 6 miles. Cookery school/restaurant, 4½ miles. Excellent base for Exmoor, popular with riders (stables).
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Calendar last updated:24 Sep 2014
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