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Garden Cottage single storey. Real fire. Wet-room. Walled garden. Pets welcome – Home 578980 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Garden Cottage single storey. Real fire. Wet-room. Walled garden. Pets welcome – Home 578980

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

Excellent Excellent – based on 42 reviews

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

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 13 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
13 Feb 2019
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 42 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £440 to £839.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 13 Feb 2019.


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Guest reviews

Excellent – based on 42 reviews Excellent
42 reviews

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“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

“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.

“Very comfortable and clean with everything I could have wished for.”

Reviewed 28 Sep 2017

The cottage was very comfortable and clean. John and Melanie were very friendly and helpful. I very much liked the consideration to minimising the carbon footprint and that there were no extra charges for firewood or use of the laundry facilities. The cottage and grounds were very well kept and the location was a delight. The Black Venus and the convenience were very friendly. Challacombe is convenient for the coast being just a few miles from the A39 yet there are Dark Skies recommended spots within very easy reach.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Garden Cottage, and that you liked our grounds and the village. We are lucky to be well placed for the coast and the countryside, with the dark skies being a real bonus. We look forward to welcoming you back.

“Re-reviewed - Bliss!!”

Reviewed 10 Jul 2017

Another blissfully quiet holiday flew past in Garden Cottage. From opening the curtains in the morning and finding yourself face-to-face with diverse bird life to winding down in the garden to watch the stars fill the sky at night, this place is perfect for putting your body and soul back together. No mobile phone signal? You won't care! There is internet but you won't be bothered to use it!. With a pub and a village shop that does home-made, proper food takeaways within easy walking distance you don't need to leave the village but you might. The roads are empty and the people calming and contented ; not rushing about like the rest of us jaded mortals. Give it a try. Yu won't regret it

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the birds - we try to encourage as much wildlife as possible, and the dark skies too!. The pace on Exmoor is great for relaxing and enjoying life. We certainly are lucky to have the pub and shop in the village - a short walk...over the ford - lovely. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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How do I find more info about the property?

You can get in touch with Melanie and John (the owner) through the contact form on this page.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to send the owner a message.

What if I have questions before I book?

Send Melanie and John (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Melanie and John (the owner)?

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.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online and send Melanie and John (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Melanie and John (the owner) an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

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Simply enter your holiday dates in the Book your stay form to calculate the cost of your stay.
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You can also request a quote from Melanie and John (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your holiday booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my holiday?

Use the Book your stay form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Melanie and John (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

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.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Melanie and John (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

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.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your holiday or cancel it if you need to.

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You can pay the remaining balance of your holiday at any point. Simply go to Manage my holiday booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Melanie and John (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your holiday booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Melanie and John (the owner) a message.

If Melanie and John (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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