£81 / night
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Garden Cottage. Log fire, walled garden, Free WiFi, free parking, pets welcome – Home 578980 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Garden Cottage. Log fire, walled garden, Free WiFi, free parking, pets welcome – Home 578980

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 16 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Relax in front of the multi-fuel stove, or dine al fresco on the patio outside this charming cottage which is all on one level, ideal for families, couples & pets, and anyone who may have difficulty with stairs. Garden Cottage, at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, is in a peaceful village location and is warm & comfortable with a private enclosed patio, large children's play area and just five minutes walk from a shop & pub.

Garden Cottage (part of "Town Tenement Farm") is cosy and snug, having recently been renovated with a modern kitchen & wet-room and part double-glazed. There is a large living room with exposed beams, a multi-fuel stove, leather seating and Freeview TV and a dining area with dining table and chairs. There are French doors to a lovely private enclosed patio garden with a passionflower, virginia creeper and a picnic table.

The fully-equipped kitchen has an electric oven & hob, fridge (freezer box) and microwave. There are two small bedrooms, a double bedroom and a twin, and a wetroom with shower, hand-basin & WC.

No-one can be bored at Garden Cottage. If the WiFi and 100 or so Freeview TV channels aren't enough there are many books, games & DVD's, and three acres of grounds to explore (with wild-flower meadow, wildlife pond, and large children's play area with two towers, bridge, swing, slide, climbing board & net, fireman's pole, etc). Watch the birds in the patio garden or enjoy a family picnic in the grounds which has lovely views of Exmoor.

A cot, high chair & fire guard are available free of charge, and towel sets are available for hire (£5 per set of bath towel and hand towel). Dogs are very welcome (£18 per stay for each dog) and there is a lovely walk through the grounds where they can run off-lead. Hand-soap, cleaning materials and tea towels are provided, and a welcome pack with many essentials (until you can get to a shop) including a basket of logs & kindling, tea, coffee, sugar, fresh milk, bin bag, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner & matches.

Garden Cottage is in the quiet and peaceful village of Challacombe and within the Exmoor National Park. Within 300 yards is an excellent pub with award-winning food and real ales, and a handy general shop and Post Office with delicious home-made cakes. Challacombe has excellent local walks and is an ideal central location from which to explore Exmoor, the sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde, and the spectacular coastline of North Devon & Somerset.

The Garden Cottage is one of five holiday cottages (known as "Exmoor Cottage Holidays") converted from a former farm. The cottages form a 'U' shape around a charming courtyard and each has a log burning stove and a private enclosed garden. The other four cottages (sleeping 1-6 people) are available separately, look under "Challacombe". The owners, John & Melanie Moore, like to greet all customers personally and are at the cottages most days to feed the birds and help you plan your day.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Car drives offer the best flexibility for seeing the sights and getting around in our area. There is a taxi company in the village for tours. Alternatively there are many walks from the cottage door - including a short walk to the shop/Post Office and local pub (with award winning food).

Interaction with guest

John & Melanie welcome each guest personally and are usually on-site to help you get the very most from your stay (and to feed the birds!). We have lived in the area since 1997 and can advise the best walks, places to visit, restaurants, local attractions, etc. and show you them on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow). We can help light the fire in your cottage, show you how to keep it going, and liaise with local businesses - and we usually have some special offers just for our guests.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: £100.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

Please note that all bookings of Garden Cottage are subject to Exmoor Cottage Holidays terms and conditions (shown below the availability calendar and in the rental agreement made available on the booking page). Prices given do not include pets (£18 each per stay) or towel hire (£5 for a bath & hand towel).


About the owner

Melanie And John M.
Average reply time:
1 hour 30 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
08 May 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 09 Aug 2013. Located in Exmoor National Park, it has 46 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £481 to £955.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 08 May 2021.


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Guest reviews

46 reviews

Very Good

“Pleasant cottage in a lovely location.”

Reviewed 28 Aug 2020

We had a very pleasant stay in Garden Cottage. It is well equipped and comfortable. It was good to have fast internet access, there really was no phone signal! Melanie was very attentive, quickly producing replacements for 2 lightbulbs that failed. We enjoyed the peace and tranquillity, the only traffic we ever heard was an occasional tractor, usually with a sheepdog on the back. We were fascinated watching the birds on the feeders outside the garden door. We had two enjoyable meals in the Black Venus. It was essential to book in advance. This was true of most things. On the days we couldn’t book a restaurant, we ate in, one BBQ, one curry. The weather wasn’t particularly good considering it was mid-August, so we didn’t do much local walking. We did explore some of North Devon – RHS Rosemoor garden at Great Torrington was very impressive, and we did a pleasant 3 mile walk in the grounds of Arlington Court (NT). Both needed to be booked in advance. We also visited Watersmeet, a very impressive place. The walk down from the carpark and back is a bit strenuous, but well worth it. Woolacombe on Sunday in pleasant weather was ram packed, but the locals said it was less busy than some days! We walked from Tarr Steps upstream to the footbridge and back, really beautiful. We parked at Lynton, took the Cliff Railway down to Lynmouth, but when we saw the size of the queues to go back up we walked! We visited Clovelly, which was not that impressive. Yes, a lovely setting, but lots of people, and the walk down and back up is a bit taxing. Covid-19 social distancing: a bit mixed. Some people were very good, others didn’t seem bothered. The pubs were very well organised. All in all we enjoyed ourselves, but it would have been good to have had better weather.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review of Garden Cottage. We are glad that you had a pleasant stay but are sorry that the weather was not better for you. We look forward to welcoming you back. Best wishes Melanie and John

“Cosy cottage in peaceful Exmoor”

Reviewed 16 Oct 2019

A very homey and cosy cottage in the middle of lovely countryside. The cottage still maintains some old-world charm with wooden beams and the wood burning stove in the living room but also has modern … More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. We enjoyed meeting you and your family and are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Garden Cottage. We always enjoy being able to advise of things to see and do locally - if required. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes Melanie and John

“Boomerang visits”

Reviewed 15 Sep 2019

How many times can I say what a great little place this is? We've been back here on numerous occasions and at different times of year and the place never disappoints. The pluses for us are; no mobile coverage (but superfast broadband in the cottage area), no traffic (even at peak times), no noisey neighbours (on-site kids playground at the top of the hill), no dogs left howling in the cottages whilst owners walk to the excellent gastro-pub 2 mins away, tasty "home cooked" take-aways from the village shop 2 mins away and countless footpaths to wander the local countryside on. Be mindful that "footpaths" do NOT mean tarmac pavements and that country lanes (without pavements) can be winding (hairpin bends) and steep at times. That's why there are some fantastic views from the road as you drive along the A39. What traffic you do meet tends not to be pushy or inconsiderate. Be prepared for a slower pace of life when you get here and for exceptionally friendly natives.

Owner's reply: Thank you for another great review. It was lovely to welcome you again and chatting with you. We are really glad that you enjoy the, cottage, the area, the peace & quiet and the locals too. See you again soon.

“Lovely cottage!!”

Reviewed 2 Apr 2019

Home from home stay in the beautiful ‘Garden Cottage’. Very cosy, absolutely spotless and kitted out with everything you need. The garden is lovely and the pond is a beautiful spot to re… More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. We are very happy that you were cosy in the Garden Cottage and that you like the garden - a sun trap in the afternoon. The pond is bursting with Spring life at the moment - how lucky! We do our best to help our guests get the most from their stay and are glad that would like to return. We look forward to catching up with you soon. Melanie and John

“Cottage in perfect location”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2019

Cottage set in a very convenient location for visiting all of Exmoor’s sights. Beautiful setting with ford nearby and an excellent pub serving great food 2 minutes walk away. We took our 3 well… More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that you and your dogs enjoyed your stay. We're sorry you found the cottage a little cold, and surprised as most guests comment about how cosy Garden Cottage is - perhaps the previous guests over Xmas had turned the storage radiators down? However, we are pleased that you enjoyed the log fire, the local pub and exploring Exmoor, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

“Great little cottage”

Reviewed 4 Nov 2018

This was a great little cottage, the kitchen was well equipped. The location was lovely and Melanie was really friendly and helpful. The parking was plentiful on site and it was as quiet as you could hope for, the only problem for us and it’s nothing that can be changed, is the size of the bedrooms, we have 2 dogs, which Melanie was more than happy to have in the cottage but they like to sleep on the floor in the bedroom with us, but there wasn’t enough room for the both of them. The local pub has a fantastic menu and is only a 2 minute walk away. We would definitely stay here again!

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that you were comfortable in our Garden cottage and that you found it to be well equipped. We are sorry to hear that the bedroom was a bit small for you - our other cottages have more space in the bedrooms - please take a look at the options for your return visit....or give us a call and we will chat through each cottage. We like our guests to be happy (human and canine) Looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Melanie and John

“Enjoyable stay pet friendly Ecco friendly”

Reviewed 14 Oct 2018

Just returned from staying at Garden Cottage with husband and our springer spaniel had a lovely time. Cottage was all you wanted it to be cosy ,comfortable and well equipped .owners perfect hosts fr… More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review - we are very grateful. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Garden Cottage. Challacombe is indeed a friendly village and Exmoor has so much to do, places to visit, lovely walks and great places to eat (including the Black Venus). Our local shop is a good facility too. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Melanie and John

“Beautifull Exmoor”

Reviewed 2 Oct 2018

Challacombe is a very quiet place to stay, with The Black Venus Pub serving very good Food. We stayed in Garden Cottage, which was perfect for a week relaxing or exploring Exmoor. The hosts Meliene &a… More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. It was lovely meeting and chatting with you - specially about your links with the locality. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.


Reviewed 7 Sep 2018

First time at the garden cottage with my partner. We absolutely loved it. Beautiful place. Defiantly will be returning. Thanks to Mel and John. A++

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay. It was nice chatting with you and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Melanie and John

“Great location, cosy cottage, all you need”

Reviewed 12 Jul 2018

Lovely cottage in an idyllic position, and just right for our short break. The owners of this well equipped and comfortable place are very friendly and helpful. There are beautiful walks straight from the door, which we and our dogs, enjoyed. The location is great - an easy drive to the dramatic coastline and other beautiful Exmoor scenery. And with a good pub and well stocked village store just a few minute's stroll up the lane, what more could you want?

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad that you and your dogs had a good stay, and enjoyed visiting Exmoor, the local walks, and the shop & pub in the village. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Very best wishes, Melanie & John.

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Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view Melanie and John the owner's contact details or send them a message.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

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Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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