The barn previously formed the original milking parlour and dairy, plus two attached stables with a long feed store above. It is believed to have been built between 1840 and 1890, with stone walls that are two feet thick, pillars and attractive arch windows.
The popular Coleridge Way runs through the farm and nearby is the West Coastal Path which is ideal for walkers, cyclists and riders. During your stay we hope you will experience the wonderful dark night skies of Exmoor and maybe explore the beautiful rugged coastline of Somerset and the surfing beaches of North Devon.
The self catering barn sleeps up to 12 people in 3 rooms, Coleridge, Dunkery and Snowdrop. There is a well equipped shared kitchen/dining area, drying room and two shower rooms/WCs.
In the village of Wheddon Cross, three quarters of a mile away, there is a petrol station and well stocked shop with a Post Office. The shop supplies fresh bread, milk, meat, fish, papers and fruit & vegetables. It also serves a selection of alcohol. Open daily 6.30am – 9pm. The local pub in the village ‘The Rest & Be Thankful’ is a friendly pub serving good food.
Places to see and things to do in the local area
The farm is set in the heart of the Exmoor National Park which covers 265 miles of Somerset & Dorset, on a 25 acre farm off a quiet country lane. We are close to open moorland and overlook Snowdrop Valley and the River Avill. Directly from the Coleridge Way on the farm is a network of 600 miles of public footpaths and bridleways. Exmoor has the largest herd of wild red deer in England and the popular native Exmoor Ponies can be seen roaming freely on the moor.
There is an abundance of wildlife especially for bird enthusiasts and those who love the dark night skies. We are a short distance from Dunkery Beacon (standing at 1702ft) which enjoys some of the finest rural views over the Bristol Channel, Wales and up to 86 miles away.
Nearby is the beautiful medieval village of Dunster, with its famous castle and yarn market where there is also a good selection of shops and places to eat. Dunster also provides the nearest beach.
The well-known Victorian town of Minehead is within easy reach and offers a wide range of attractions, beach, picturesque harbor, public gardens and good shopping. The West Somerset Steam Railway which runs between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard is a great way to spend a few hours travelling through stunning countryside.
Explore the northern edge of Exmoor and the rugged coastline which continues on to Lynton & Lynmouth. Enjoy the wild and unspoilt landscapes, steep cliffs, hidden river valleys and the open moorland.
Tarr Steps, a clapper bridge which crosses over the river Barle, and the Grade II* listed Landacre Bridge which carries traffic over the river are near Withypool, a wonderful village offering pub and tearoom.
Also nearby is the village of Dulverton with great places to eat and shop and the Dulverton Heritage Centre offering a wealth of information and the popular Exmoor Pony Centre. Also, Porlock and Porlock Weir offering great places to eat, beautiful scenic walks, outdoor activities and the delicacy of local Porlock Oysters.
Though the neighboring county of Dorset is better known for its fossils, Somerset also has some fantastic locations. The coastline of Watchet, Blue Anchor and Kilve are within a 40-minute drive and hold particular geological interest, with a variety of fossils being found along the coastline.
This event is officially open every year at the end of January/beginning of February, and requires only a walk down the lane. See the beautiful snowdrops and walk through the wonderful woodland alongside the river Avill. Enjoy the tea, cakes and more made available in the village after your walk.
Ideal for stargazers, weather permitting, look to the night skies above Dunkery Beacon as Exmoor offers Europe’s first international dark sky reserve. Recognised in 2011 by the International Dark Skies Assocation for its low levels of light pollution, we have a festival of activities for two weeks during October/November every year.
On Exmoor you will find rolling farm land, ancient woodlands, moors, hills and secluded river valleys. From Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in Exmoor National park, on a clear night you can see up to 3000 stars with the nake eye. Star-gazing here is an all year around activity, but the winter months provide greater darkness, giving you the best chance to see the Orion constellation which is visible in the Northern Hemisphere night sky between November and February.
With an hour’s drive you can find both Woolacombe and Croyde, infamous for providing surf all year round.
This is a lovely place to find peace and tranquility, and a wonderful place to explore!