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    West Hollowcombe Farm self catering holiday cottages in Exmoor

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    4 family friendly holiday cottages with 2 or 3 bedrooms

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west hollowcombe farm, hawkridge, exmoor, devon

Holiday Cottage Accommodation Summary (EN016) (click here for map)

Sleeps Bedrooms Bathrooms Pets RFH rating Other facilities Price Guide
up to 6
2 to 3
up to 2
pets welcome not yet dishwasherwashing machineDVD playerwifi internet
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Our four self catering cottages are spacious and well appointed; located in the glorious surroundings of Exmoor National Park within sixty acres of fields and woodlands. You can walk the Two Moors Way which passes our gate, bring your dogs and even your horses and make use of our stables or simply sit quietly fishing and watching for the rare Exmoor Ponies or red deer or the birds of prey. If you wish to explore the area, we are within easy reach of the coastal towns of Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth and close to Lorna Doone country. The pretty town of Dulverton is close for shopping and browsing the art galleries. There is a purpose built playground in front of the cottages as well as a selection of ride-on toys and the possibility of baby-sitting. We also have cots and highchairs available for your use.
All of the self catering cottages are stone barn conversions. The fully equipped kitchens also include a dishwasher, microwave and freezer. Each cottage has a wood burning stove and conventional electric heating including heated towel rails, making them snug and warm during the winter. As well as radio, television and DVD or video, depending on the cottage, there is an extensive range of books and games to borrow. An adventure playground is a recent addition for all children up to ten years old. The communal Laundry Room is equipped with coin operated washing and drying machines. There is also a payphone and fax in the main house.

Self catering holiday accommodation is as follows:

Kiri Cottage (sleeps 6, 3 beds): three bedroom holiday cottage with two bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms are galleried, the double being curtained, the twin up a spiral staircase; both look down onto the living area and both have scissor beamed ceilings to the apex. The second twin is downstairs and has an en-suite bathroom. There is a DVD player in this cottage.
Smiddy Cottage (sleeps 4, 2 beds): used to be the old "roundhouse" and sleeps four in two bedrooms (double galleried upstairs via a steep spiral staircase, the twin downstairs); there is one bathroom. This is a cosy cottage tucked round the corner from the others. There are views across the paddock to the village. Video available.
Jasper Cottage (sleeps 4, 2 en suite bedrooms): is "upside down" with the large living area upstairs and the bedrooms down. It sleeps four, in two bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. There are views across the lawns to the Moor. DVD in this cottage.
Norton Cottage (sleeps 4, 2 beds): is another "upside down" cottage with the bedrooms downstairs. It sleeps four, in two bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. There are beautiful views to the Moor, West Hollowcombe Wood and the Barle Valley. DVD in this cottage.

Things to do on your self catering holiday on Exmoor:

Exmoor National Park in Devon is the smallest of the National Parks covering approximately 267 square miles with stunning scenery and wonderful views. Acroos the park there are over 625 miles of footpaths and bridleways so that's just one very good reason to bring your horse or dog on holiday with you to Devon! You can ride, cycle, walk or even run all day whilst avoiding roads & people if you like! The highest point on Exmoor is Dunkery Beacons and from there you can enjoy panoramic views over the moor, the Quantocks and across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Less well known is that there is also 34 miles of coastline within Exmoor and this stretch of coast has the highest cliffs and the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England.
The National Trust has a number of places you can visit both in and around the park, notably Knightshayes, Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Lundy. If you enjoy boat trips, why not pay a visit to to Lundy Island, a spectacular National Trust Island, and spend the day watching the seabirds, and even perhaps spot the basking sharks and puffins. Equally as spectacular is the Valley of the Rocks and Watersmeet; just off Lynmouth and Lynton.
The large towns that form a triangle around Exmoor are Minehead, Barnstaple and Taunton that are all within easy reach of our self catering cottages and certainly worth a visit. However many of our guests prefer to explore the smaller villages such as Dunster, with its lovely castle and grounds overlooking Minehead, Porlock, Selworthy, Allerford and Exford. Whilst in the area why not try a safari to see the famous Red Deer and ponies amongst numerous other wildlife that freely roam the park.
If you don't fancy cooking every day, there are a number of local places to eat out. Exmoor has a rich tradition of using locally produced food so you are never short of places to try: The Royal Oak either at Withypool or Winsford; Woods or The Bridge in Dulverton, The Masons Arms in Knowstone, The White Horse in Exford and The Sportsman in Sandy Way are all recommended.
Lots of people visit Exmoor not just for the natural beauty of the area but also to join in with the local sports on offer. For example, why not take a trip to Wimbleball Lake, where there are water sports, walking, cycling, boating and fishing available. The Ironman competition is held there on an annual basis. The nearby North Devon Leisure Centre has a swimming pool and a fitness gym. Further afield there are lots of options for the golfers amongst you such as the Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington, Portmore Golf Park at Barnstaple and Saunton Sands near Braunton. However, we are also lucky enough to offer numerous walks direct from our doorstep, either through West Hollowcombe woods or along the Two Moors Way. Not to mention local opportunities to go fishing, just ask for more details.
Family days out in north Devon are in abundance such as The Big Sheep, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, The Milky Way, Tropiquaria, Quince Honey Farm & the West Somerset Railway. You could also choose to go ten pin bowling or go karting for the more adventurous amongst you. Alternatively, we can recommend the Mill Climbing Centre who offer a number of high adrenalin activities whilst you are on holiday.

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My wife, daughter and I spent four nights here this week. The cottage was perfect - comfortable and well-equipped, and in the midst of the most beautiful countryside imaginable. Wonderful walks in all directions, with good places to eat within 30 minutes' drive. We took two horses and a dog with us, and humans and animals alike had a superb time. For an amateur astronomer like me, the dark skies were fabulous - we even had a lunar eclipse! September 2015.
The sort of place you would quite like to keep a secret !! . Just the best place for a riding holiday - you can devise your own short/ long ride by getting a really good map of all the local bridleways but there will be gates to open!. This wonderful place is also amazing for walking and sightseeing - so many deer, ponies and other wildlife. The heather in early September is truly beautiful. The good sized stables are great and really secure. Abundance of grazing available. The cottages are lovely, have great lawns, places to sit and superb views. If your going to stay on exmoor this is the place to go but leave room for our return visits ! September 2015
Recently returned from West Hollowcombe, what can I say!!! From the moment we arrived Pete and Irene were the perfect hosts, greeting us with a cream tea and Irene's delicious scones. My sister and I wanted somewhere to take Mum and her dog. the extensive walks around the farm were well suited for dog walking and Mac loved swimming in the river! As far as he was concerned it was brilliant because he never had to go on the lead. The accommodation was spotless and there was not one thing missing, dish-cloths, rubber gloves, salt and pepper etc etc. Everything had been thought of. The beds were equivalent to those in a 5* hotel, comfortable, luxury linen, all ensuring a good nights sleep. Plenty of room for clothes storage. Each bedroom had en-suite facilies, plus a further wc in the hall. The lounge area was cosy with a beautiful view. Kitchen fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, although we tended to eat out most evenings and Pete has extensive knowledge of the local hostelries!!! The inn at Tarr Steps is definitely worth a visit!! My only complaint .......... we must have had the wettest week in August on record!!! Pete did his utmost to rectify this and the sun did make an occasional appearance, well I suppose there are just some things which are out of his hands!!! A superb place to visit, England at its best. August 2015
Just returned from a weeks holiday at West Hollowcombe, stayed with three friends in "Jasper" with our four dogs. First visit but hopefully not our last. Welcoming cream tea, very comfortable and well equipped accomodation. The location is amazing, perfect for exploring Exmoor, great for walking and riding. Lovely stable block and good turnout for the horses, very tidy and well maintained. Peter and Irene are wonderful hosts. September 2015.
We have stayed on Exmoor many times and yet this is by far the best location we have found for horse riding and dog walking and in fact you could ride without ever having to go on the road . The facilities were great including a perfect paddock for turnout and stabling for the horses and Pete and Irene went out of there way to accommodate all our horse requirements . The cottage and gardens were beautiful but most of all we were made to feel so welcome and nothing seemed to be to much trouble for Pete and Irene with those extra personal touches that made a perfect holiday . September 2015
Just had a lovely few days in smiddy.On arrival greeted by Peter and Irene and a cream tea, anything we needed to know Peter was more than helpful.Very dog friendly lots of fields and woods to walk in.Home from home thank you. September 2015
This was our first visit to West Hollowcombe. We stayed in 'Jasper' which was a lovely spacious cottage with all the home comforts you need. We had a very warm welcome from Peter & Irene. The cream tea on arrival was delicious! The views from the cottage were beautiful & a great base to explore Exmoor! We are looking forward to returning to this lovely place next year with our dog! We thoroughly recommend staying here! August 2015
Lovely cottages, we have been a few times and absolutely love the place. If you are lucky enough you can see the Deer and Stags roaming the gardens. Great for the dogs as well, loads of lovely places to walk and explore. Tarr Steps is a great walk to combine with a lovely pub meal, or nearby Withypool which has another great pub! Already planning next years visit. August 2015
Our third visit to West Hollowcombe and hopefully it won't be our last. We stayed in Jasper again and love it. The views over East Anstey Common are tremendous and we saw plenty of wildlife - red deer every day was a plus! The accommodation is dog friendly, very comfortable - truly a home away from home. With Tarr Steps just down the hill (a strenuous walk back though!) and many other walks from West Hollowcombe it would be possible to forget the car all week. August 2015