Exmoor and Somerset Cottages
Named after the River Exe which flows through Devon and Somerset, Exmoor offers miles and miles of hilly moorland to hike over, quintessential English villages to explore and some of the most spectacular coastline you'll find in the whole of the country.
Exmoor isn’t the UK’s largest National Park but at 270 square miles it’s got plenty of scope to discover something new every time you visit. From wonderful windswept moorland, native ponies roaming free, dense green forests, steep sided valleys, stunning coastal cliffs to tumbling rivers full of trout.
Drive, cycle or walk, the choice is yours, but you won’t be disappointed with the scenery on offer. When it’s time to take a break, you’ll find plenty of historic buildings and churches to explore, pretty pubs to enjoy a pint in or cozy tea room to have a cuppa and cake.
Don’t miss out on seeing the ancient clapper bridge Tarr Steps, which crosses over the River Barle near Dulverton. Dating back to the Bronze age it’s reported to be the oldest bridge in the country. From here there is a lovely circular walk you can do which follows the river upstream and is relatively easy for all ages to enjoy.
If you are feeling adventurous climb up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point of the National Park at 519m above sea level. Enjoy the far-reaching views across the Bristol Channel or to neighbouring Dartmoor. Or head to the coast and walk the South West Coast path and explore the Valley of the Rocks near Lynton. The valley runs parallel with the coast and has the most spectacular rock formations and a herd of friendly feral goats, very popular with children.
Somerset is famous for cider and cheese as well as its historic stories and buildings as well as it's quaint villages. Enjoy wending your way through the countryside, seek out the famous hillside chalk White Horses, take in all the charming fruit orchards and be delighted by the fields of wildflowers.
The historic City of Wells is well worth a visit. It’s the smallest city in England,and yet has a magnificent cathedral which is well worth a visit! Browse the traditional marketplace or drink in the atmosphere of one of the many festivals that take place in and around the city annually. Or, just enjoy discovering hidden-away eateries and browsing local independent shops before putting your feet up in one of our lovely Somerset holiday cottages.
Or, head to the city of Bath for a some impressive architecture and a dip in the naturally warm, mineral waters of the Thermae Bath Spa. Wander through the town for a spot of window-shopping and treat yourself to a delicious lunch in one of the many trendy restaurants or, go back in time and head to the Roman Baths: one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe.