£88 / night
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Gatehouse. Log burner, enclosed garden, Free WiFi, free parking and pets welcome – Home 581833 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Gatehouse. Log burner, enclosed garden, Free WiFi, free parking and pets welcome – Home 581833

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min stay

Key Info

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

Description from owner


Relax at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, in front of the multi-fuel stove, or dine al fresco on the decking outside this charming cottage which is ideal for families, couples and pets. The Gatehouse is in a peaceful village location and is warm and comfortable with character features, private enclosed patio, large children's play area and just five minutes walk from a shop and pub.

The Gatehouse (part of "Town Tenement Farm") is cosy and snug, having recently been renovated with a modern kitchen and bathroom and insulated walls. There is a large living room with exposed beams, a multi-fuel stove, comfortable seating, Freeview TV and a dining area with dining table and chairs. There are French doors to a lovely private enclosed garden with large decked area and picnic table.

The fully-equipped kitchen has an electric oven & hob, fridge (freezer box), microwave and dishwasher. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double bedroom and a triple (with a single bed and large bunks) and a bathroom with a bath (shower over), hand-basin & WC.

No-one can get bored at the Gatehouse. 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 courtyard, or enjoy a family picnic in the grounds which has lovely views of Exmoor.

A cot, high chair, fire guard and stair gate are available free of charge, and towel sets available for hire (£5 per set comprising 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.

The Gatehouse 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 Gatehouse 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 also available, look under "Challacombe". The owners, John & Melanie Moore, like to greet all customers personally and are available 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: Bunk Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • 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 The Gatehouse 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 31 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
03 Apr 2021
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 12 Aug 2013. Located in Exmoor National Park, it has 43 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £523 to £1031.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 03 Apr 2021.


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Guest reviews

43 reviews

Very Good

“A truly lovely Cosy welcoming place to stay”

Reviewed 20 Jan 2021

Very clean and well equipped cottage and as myself and my sister were there for Christmas the cottage had even been decorated which was a lovely touch.Very helpful and friendly owners.Set in a peaceful location in the beautiful Exmoor National Park where there is so much to explore but also within a short drive to the coast and Somerset.Lovely walks from the door of the cottage,with a welcoming pub just a 2 minute walk,we would definitely recommend the Gatehouse and very much look forward to returning there one day.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. It was lovely chatting with you during your stay. Our location is ideal for exploring Exmoor - Devon and Somerset areas. And both coast and countryside too. We are glad that you enjoyed your Christmas stay and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes Melanie and John

“Excellent 10 stars!”

Reviewed 18 Oct 2020

What an absolute find! We stayed in the Gatehouse and it was perfect, cosy comfy full of charm and spotless clean! You walk in drop your bags and you instantly feel relaxed. Melanie there to greet us … More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great '10 star' review of our Gatehouse at Exmoor Cottage Holidays. We are glad to know that you had a perfect stay and that you were cosy and comfortable in the cottage. It was our pleasure to chat with you and advise you of things to see and do. It is great to know that we seem to have the balance right of being around but not being in the way - thank you. Challacombe is a lovely base for an Exmoor holiday, specially with the Black Venus a short walk away. We very much look forward to welcoming you back (and your adorable furbabies too, of course). Very best wishes Melanie and John

“Another perfect week at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, Town Tenement Farm, Challacombe.”

Reviewed 13 Sep 2020

This was our 5th visit to Town Tenement Farm and the third time in The Gatehouse. Having also stayed in Wisteria Cottage. We returned here knowing it would be spotlessely clean (particularly importa… More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. It was lovely to catch up with you again and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Challacombe is indeed a lovely quiet village and the Black Venus Inn is a real bonus. We will plan some more walks for your next visit! See you in December. Very best wishes Melanie and John

“Extremely wonderful peaceful holiday”

Reviewed 8 Jun 2019

I have just returned home from Gatehouse cottage. I cannot praise Melanie and John enough. The cottage was immaculate and fully equipped with everything you need plus extras. The quiet surroundings o… More

Owner's reply: Thank you so much for your great review. It was lovely chatting with you both and hearing of your fun days out, Duster in particular. We hope that the plants we gave to you, do well in your garden and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Melanie and John

“Lovely warm cottage”

Reviewed 26 Oct 2018

My husband and myself stayed here for 3 nights towards the end if October and we had a wonderful time! When we arrived the keys were already waiting for us so that we could let ourselves in and start … More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Gatehouse, the woodburner is brilliant for cosying down and the cottage is indeed very well insulated. We are happy with the return of the the bluetits - they have been missing for a year! There are so many wonderful walks on Exmoor and we are always willing to share details of the best ones. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes Melanie and John

“-Re-review: Home from home”

Reviewed 28 Jun 2018

We never go anywhere twice if we don't like everything about the place we stay, (we can be very picky) but we have returned here for a number of years now. Challacombe is a great little village, with friendly people, quiet lanes, a Post Office (that does home-made take-aways on Tuesdays: we had a lovely roast chicken dinner but the previous week was pork in cider) and a pub with great food. I was far too relaxed to cook every night and could just about manage the 3 minute walk; though with so much to look at it usually took 10 . You can tell it's a safe place for dogs and children because the ducks from the stream were laying their eggs in the road and soft verges. These charming lanes come with an abundance of wildflowers rather than white lines and if you like walking you'll love the footpaths that lead off the lanes and all within a 2 minute walk from the cottage door. We still haven't got round to all of them! The cottage itself is roomy and well-equipped.Being out in the National Park the cottages have a septic tank but that doesn't cause any issues unless you're daft enough to flush baby wipes down the loo and bung up the pipes, which only causes a back-up and a pong in the cottage where it was done. There are no phones in the cottages and a mobile signal is a bit hit-and-miss but you can always log on to the wi-fi and make the folks you left behind jealous, like we did. The wi-fi isn't fast enough for streaming but who has time for that anyway? We also found it so much better to wake up to the sounds of birds than the noise of traffic. (Rush hour in the village consists of a car and a quad-bike at around 7.30am & again at 4.30pm as far as we could tell. Each cottage here has it's own garden but they all vary in size. The Gatehouse garden is like the Secret Garden. It's not manicured into a green desert and devoid of life. There is no lawn, the plants are exuberant and so is the wildlife. In half an hour we counted 12 different species of birds, a couple of (now rare) hedgehogs and loads of butterflies. There are two other areas in the grounds to loll about in. On the flat, and across the car-park, is a wildlife area. Obviously this is "managed wild" and there is a largish pond so children and dogs should be supervised. It might get a bit squishy underfoot sometimes too so not somewhere to wear your Jimmy Choos. The other area is up the hill. Kids and dogs love running through the long grass to the play frame whilst I prefer to use the mown paths to sneak a peek over the wall at the Alpacas in the adjoining field. If you and your children would like something a little more exotic the Exmoor Zoo is just a ten minute drive up the road; where you can get really close to all the exhibits and their keepers. If you like to relax on holiday, connect with nature, recharge your batteries and see the night sky covered in twinkling stars, this is the place to come. If you just want to move your life to a different location for a while, go somewhere else.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your very lovely review, it made us feel very humble and a little bit emotional. It is really good to know how much our cottages and grounds (and hard work) are appreciated (we don't often have negative comments but when we do, it is difficult not to take them personally). Challacombe is indeed a beautiful place to visit, with lots of wildlife and country walks, and excellent local facilities - pub and shop. We are also well placed for getting to lots of attractions (Exmoor Zoo, Combe Martin Dinosaur Park, NT houses, RHS gardens to name a few....), beaches, towns and villages. We look forward to welcoming you again for your next stay.

“Very misleading”

Reviewed 22 Jun 2018

John and Melanie were very helpful but the description of the property did not match! There is practically no garden as it is all overgrown which makes it very difficult with children and dogs. You&rs… More

Owner's reply: We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your holiday, but we strongly disagree that our Trip Advisor advert is at all misleading. Some of your comments are demonstrably untrue: a glance at Google Earth shows that we are indeed set in 'acres of beautiful countryside'; any OS map (such as the one we lent you) shows the many local footpaths and hundreds of acres of open access land where you can roam at will; there is free wifi available in the cottage; and whilst the pond is fully enclosed (for safety) it is easily accessed through a gate, and there is a bench beside the pond where you are welcome to sit and contemplate the pond life. The Gatehouse garden doesn't have a lawn, but does have a large decking with a picnic table as described in our advert (and shown in photographs) and although the play area isn't Butlins, it is usually very appreciated, and just as described (and shown in a photograph). We do agree that there was a very bad smell in the cottage after you left (but not when you arrived). This was not caused by the septic tank, but by a wet-wipe that you had put down the toilet, although we did ask you on arrival not to flush wet-wipes as they can cause blockages. We are pleased you found us 'very helpful', but regret you didn't mention your problems during your stay, although we spoke to you several times. You did however say that you didn't like the drizzle on two days, and some of the narrow country roads, which no doubt contributed to your negative experience. That our descriptions are accurate can be judged from our other reviews. All of our cottages have been visited and verified by Trip Advisor, and all have been awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence.

“Perfect visit to Exmoor”

Reviewed 6 May 2018

We had the most wonderful stay from the friendly welcome on arrival from Melanie to the very homely & comfortable Gatehouse cottage. It was the most dog friendly accommodation we have been too and… More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. It was lovely meeting you and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We are glad that you were comfortable in our Gatehouse cottage (and your dogs too). Best wishes Melanie and John

“Perfect Holiday Retreat”

Reviewed 23 Feb 2018

Exmoor Cottage Holidays is a true gem of a place, from it's stunning surroundings to its cozy comfy cottages. We have stayed on several occasions now and have never been disappointed. John & Melanie's (the owners) knowledge of the area and advice makes staying here extra special. The cottages are very well equipped and spotless. A truly perfect setting for those who seek comfort and restful vacations and the activity seeking vacations. One big added bonus for us is that pets are allowed. Thank you once again for a perfect get away see you next year !

Owner's reply: Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Gatehouse ( your most recent visit). We are always happy to advise our guests of things to see and do in the area. We look forward to welcoming you (and your dog) again soon.

“Wonderful as usual”

Reviewed 7 Oct 2017

Another visor to the Gatehouse cottage As usual immaculate, everything you need, Mel an Jon great hosts We will be back next year for or c10 visit Counting the weeks down

Owner's reply: Thank you for your lovely review. It is always nice to see you and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Review 1-10 of 43


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