Bossington Hall

Nestled on the slopes of Porlock Vale, Bossington Hall is barely noticeable as you pass through the valley as it blends so well into the surrounding landscape.
Quite how such a gigantic building can hide so well is unbelievable. The Hall belies its interior, as the vernacular building has been lovingly brought back to life by Guy, an ex-aerospace design engineer, with meticulous attention to detail.

Forget dated floral frilly edged bed spreads, with WiFi, 50” TVs, modern plumbing and Angel Strawbridge wallpaper, it is more like a makeover programme on a grand scale.


Bossington Hall is now a luxury Bed and Breakfast, with probably the best view in Somerset, if not the South West. Sumptuous breakfasts are served, after which many guests find they don’t even need lunch! Six rooms are currently open, with more coming in the new year, along with a Sauna and Wellness Suite, as well as a disabled accessible ground floor suite – quite a challenge in a Grade II listed 110 year old building.

Guy and his Staff are well known for their customer service level beyond all expectations.  Quality such as this comes at a price, but starting at £120 a night, it’s not as astronomical as their standards.

Website
Tel. 01643862800
Email: info@bossingtonhall.co.uk

The Jubilee Inn – A new place to stay and eat on Exmoor

The Jubilee Inn is a newly refurbished boutique Inn and restaurant with luxurious guest accommodation on the Somerset/Devon Border, under the internationally renowned Dark Skies Reserve above Exmoor National Park.  We offer fabulous fine dining or classic Inn food cooked to perfection, accompanied by fine wines and ales.  It’s a perfect place to relax with a warm welcome in beautiful, yet comfortable surroundings which are both elegant and a little bit quirky!

badgeThe Jubilee Inn is open for casual or fine dining from Tuesdays to Sundays. It is also possible to just pop in for a pint and enjoy the views.  You could even stay a little longer and explore Exmoor, the Two Moors Way, and Devon’s vast array of attractions which make this such a cherished part of the UK.

You find The Jubilee Inn just along the B3227, around 6 miles from South Molton service station and under 2 1/2 hours from London Paddington via Tiverton Parkway Mainline station (2 hour fast train).

The Elliott family along with their creative and outstanding Executive Chef Sam Salway look forward to welcoming you to this unique Inn nestled in the heart of the South West, under the first European Dark Skies Reserve – Exmoor National Park.

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Where to stay in Lynton: The Denes

The Denes Guest House – a charming Edwardian place to stay

Main imageOur attractive Edwardian house is situated in Lynton, a mere stone’s throw from the entrance to the Valley of Rocks. We offer immediate access to picturesque walks and cycling routes in Exmoor National Park, as well as a comfortable place of refuge at the end of a full day.

At The Denes, we focus on traditional, locally-sourced, high-quality food and comfort; yet we offer all the essentials of modern living, including en-suite bedrooms, free wi-fi and free parking. We have facilities to store and dry boots and waterproof clothing. You will find a selection of information leaflets about local attractions and Ordnance Survey maps, which may be borrowed. A range of books, DVDs and board games are available for a relaxing evening.

We are open from March until mid November each year. You can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Monday – Thursday 3 night discount available, phone for details.

Today, the natural beauty of the area attracts visitors from all corners of the world and there is much to see and do.  Walking along the plentiful footpaths is a great way to explore the dramatic senery, Watersmeet (NT tea room in a beautiful setting), Countisbury, Woody Bay or the Heddon Valley and we can show you the many route options.

What to see and do around Lynton

Cliff Railway, Valley of Rocks, Watersmeet, Arts and Crafts Centre, Lynton Candles, Lynton Cinema. The sky at night; Exmoor was Europes first Dark Sky Reserve.

A bit further away on Exmoor we have:

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, Exmoor Safari, Exmoor Zoo, Experience Exmoor – 4×4, Horse Riding, Bike Hire.

Contact Details:

Tel: 01598 753573

Post: 15 Longmead, Lynton Devon EX25 6DQ

E-mail enquiries@thedenes.com

Web: www.thedenes.com

Twitter:  The_Denes

FB: www.facebook.com/thedenesguesthouse

 

Where to stay in Minehead: Woodcombe Lodges & Cottages

Woodcombe Lodges & Cottages is a small four star family owned group of six Lodges and two cottages sleeping from 2 up to 10 in 3 acres of gardens with extensive views from  the sea to the slopes of Exmoor.

We are set on a quiet country lane on the boundary of the Exmoor National Park and yet are only a 20 minutes’ walk to the pubs, shops and restaurants of Minehead with its seafront and beach beyond.

The Lodges are all south facing with verandas enjoying the sweeping views over the slopes of Exmoor with glimpses down to the sea. The Lodges and cottages are extremely cosy with space heating throughout and have fully fitted kitchens, dining and sitting areas, televisions and Dvd players. Wifi is available free of charge and in the Lodges but not the cottages.

There are children’s swings, a putting green and a games room onsite with laundry facilities and extensive visitor information. There are a range of walks from the site available for visitors for all abilities.

There are countless things to do around the area for walkers, cyclists, fishermen, golfers, birdwatchers, train enthusiasts and the glory of the Exmoor National Park and the North Devon coast to enjoy. Dunster with its castle are within 4 miles and the Exmoor Owl sanctuary, the West Somerset Steam railway, a day visit to Butlins and the beach are all closer.

We allow one dog per Lodge is most Lodges with two in our largest Lodge which sleeps up to ten. We have three Lodges specially prepared for wheelchair users with two enjoying the benefits of full size shower wet rooms with shower wheelchairs available.

We offer full week lettings from the May bank holiday to the end of September (Saturday changeover), and then short breaks can be taken preferably based on a three day weekend or four day mid-week break between October and the end of May except over Christmas and New year when we offer five night or seven night breaks.

Prices range from £190 in our one bedroom cottage for a short break to £1650 for a full week in our largest Lodge in peak season. We supply linen but not towels or tea towels that can be hired if necessary and have cots and high chairs available free of charge.

This is a family site so we do not normally accept single sex parties or parties where there is not an adult over 25 present without prior arrangement.

Web page www.woodcombelodges.co.uk

Email info@woodcombelodges.co.uk

Telephone 01643 702789

Where to stay on Exmoor: Go glamping at Longlands

Longlands – Five luxury safari lodges set in 17 acres of beautiful countryside, on the western border of Exmoor, overlooking the North Devon coast.  

PIC BY GUY HARROP  25/06/13. Longlands Luxury glamping, Devon From Shoot: Longlands ------------- © guy harrop 01271 850317 www.guyharrop.com info@guyharrop.com

Get close to nature. Immerse yourself in a simpler way of living. Unplug from the daily rush. Reconnect as a family. Bring the dog. Paddle around the lake. Go bug hunting along the stream. Spot deer amongst the ancient beech trees. Build a den. Learn to surf. Meet Exmoor ponies. Explore new places. Enjoy delicious local produce and meals from The Longlands Larder. Toast marshmallows over the fire. Gaze at star filled skies. Snuggle into a warm bed. Wake up Revived.

Unplug, Reconnect, Revive: Glamping at its very best.

Website longlandsdevon.co.uk
Tel 01271 882004

Longlands Farm, Coulsworthy, Combe Martin, North Devon EX34 0PD 

All photos: BY GUY HARROP
© guy harrop   01271 850317     http://www.guyharrop.com     info@guyharrop.com

Minehead: Oakfield B&B

Indulgent coastal B&B for grown-ups, with beautiful Edwardian interiors and fabulous breakfasts (and treats)
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For a tranquil Exmoor break with a chic seaside feel, our boutique B&B is the perfect base. Downstairs, the house is stylish and welcoming; quirky, but practical (a bit, we hope, like us). Upstairs, it’s unashamedly pampering, with crisp bedlinen, luxurious ensuite bathrooms (with both tubs and huge, walk-in rain-showers), Elemis Spa toiletries – and glorious, panoramic views of both Exmoor and the coast.
Driving up the gravel path to our grand-dame residence on the lower slopes of Minehead’s North Hill, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into a GK Chesterton novel. Our imperial oak, the handsome cream building and traditional gardens evoke period drama, but inside lies a cosy, contemporary retreat with a genuinely warm welcome.
 
Food is a highlight – you’ll be greeted with a tea tray while you check in, and you’ll come home to find a treat waiting for you in your suite  every afternoon. In case of midnight snack attacks, there’s a biscuit barrel on the landing for you to raid. We make our own bread, cakes, cookies and marmalade, and, wherever possible, all our ingredients are locally-sourced or home-grown, and 100% conscience-friendly. We have separate tables for guests in our sunny breakfast room, and a large menu of breakfast dishes which are all cooked to order. We can also cater for most diets (vegan, veggie, healthy, gluten-free) given a little warning.
 
Within walking distance of Oakfield B&B are the traditional seaside shops, pubs and cafes in Minehead (and the West Somerset Steam Railway station), yet the Moor beckons too. Good walkers can be hiking through the heather and gorse within ten minutes; or drive up and take a leisurely stroll atop the hill to find ponies, deer, and even Banded Galloways. The South West Coast Path starts just two minutes away from our B&B, and the Coleridge Way and Tarka trails are both easily reached by car. We’ll happily help you plan the best routes to discover Exmoor’s nicest tea-rooms, stately homes, galleries, wildlife havens and stunning views of the West Country.
 
We sadly can’t accept pets or children under 16.
 
We have complimentary WiFi and parking; can arrange packed lunches for picnickers, and have a whole host of games, dvd’s, books and maps for you to borrow. With just two suites, we can afford to be generous with our time and we look forward to helping you make the very most of your holiday on Exmoor. 
FB:             /pages/Oakfield-BB/
Email:        Oakfield.BandB@yahoo.co.uk
Tel:           +44 (0) 1643  706047
Web:          www.oakfieldb-and-b.co.uk
Address:
Oakfield B&B
Northfield Road
Minehead
Somerset
TA24 5QH

 

Exmoor Club: Stay another night at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster

50% discount on second night stay for club members

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THE LUTTRELL ARMS IS A 3 STAR, 28 ROOM HOTEL IN SOMERSET
Situated in the heart of Dunster, this famous landmark Exmoor hotel, dates from the 13th century and has spectacular medieval features and picturesque gardens. Today’s atmosphere is relaxed, informal and unique and the comfortable bars are open all day serving local ales, carefully chosen wines and a selection of tempting menu items for breakfast, lunches and dinners.

This much loved Exmoor hotel at the top of the High Street directly overlooks Dunsters famous Yarn Market.  The Luttrell Arms Hotel Exmoor has remained mostly unchanged having been lovingly restored with the aim of retaining the unique and charming features of bygone days and carefully combining these with the essential contemporary comforts required by 21 century guests.

28 en suite bedrooms are all furnished and equipped to the highest standards providing the comfort and ambiance that guests would expect from this famous Exmoor Hotel bearing the aristocratic name of the Luttrell family whose imposing castle defines Dunster and the surrounding area. Within the ancient building there are many interesting architectural features and antiques including 5 fine four poster bedrooms.

The Head Chef leads an enthusiastic team of chefs in our Dunster Restaurant who pride themselves in providing menus to suit all occasions whether it be a hearty breakfast, swift and light lunchtime snack or a special dining occasion. The aim being that finest local ingredients are sourced and used to create memorable food and the standards of service to ensure that our customers are eager to return on future occasions.

 

South West Tourism Excellence Awards Success for Calvert Trust Exmoor

FB-aCalvert Trust Exmoor are very pleased to have won two Gold awards and Winner of Winners at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2013-14, which took place in Plymouth on 30 January 2014.

Calvert Trust Exmoor runs the only 5 star activity centre in the country, and caters for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities of all ages and levels of ability, together with their families, friends & carers. Activities on offer include sailing, horse riding, wheelchair abseiling, accessible cycling and archery. Over 3,700 guests had a residential break with Calvert Trust Exmoor last year.

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The two Gold awards were in the “Access for All” and “Tourism Sport and Experience of the Year” categories.

Tony Potter, Chief Executive of Calvert Trust Exmoor; “This is fantastic news that rewards all the hard work that the Calvert Trust Exmoor team consistently put in;  we are so pleased to be recognised for delivering an excellent experience for anyone and everyone,  of any ability or age. Going on to win the Winner of Winners award was the icing on the cake; I was delighted to be able to accept these awards on behalf of our whole team. ”

Regarding the Winner of Winners award The Judges said:0096

“There are no criteria for this award. At the end of the judging panel meeting its members are asked to identify any entrant which, in their view, has shone out as an exemplar in its field. On this occasion the debate was short. This year’s Winner of Winners was visited independently by two mystery visitors. Both of them came away declared themselves “inspired” by a business that is doing things that others regard as impossible, or simply hadn’t thought of.  It is a genuine exemplar to all tourism businesses on how to widen their audience, be accessible, and deliver excellence.”

With Gold in both the Devon and South West Awards this year Calvert Trust Exmoor are now looking forward to the prospect of represent the region in the National Visit England Awards for Excellence 2014 in May.


Calvert Trust Exmoor is the South West’s premier holiday destination for people with disabilities, and the only 5 star accredited activity accommodation in the country. We welcome over 3,500 residential guests and 5000 day visitors a year with the philosophy of “At Calvert Trust Exmoor it’s what you CAN do that counts”. This sums up our approach to what we do, we help people of all levels of ability to fulfill their potential and be all that they can be.

CalvertTrust Exmoor is the third Calvert Trust Centre. It was opened in 1996 to offer people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities – and their friends and families – the chance to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure.

www.calvert-trust.org.uk/exmoor

www.facebook.com/CTExmoor

www.twitter.com/calvertexmoor

www.youtube.com/CalvertTrustExmoorUK

 

The Calvert Trust helps armed forces families

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The Calvert Trust’s three  centres in Exmoor, the Lake District and Kielder are gearing up to help armed forces families from across the UK, following George Osborne’s  announcement yesterday that they are one of the twenty four  projects to receive funding from the third tranche of the MOD’s Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) Fund.

Over the next two years the three Calvert Trust centres will assist 240 serving, reserve and veteran armed forces families with a disabled service person, partner or a child in the family.

Tony Potter, CEO of Calvert Trust Exmoor and LIBOR project leader for The Calvert Trust; “we feel privileged that our project ‘Uniting Service families with disabilities’ has been selected by the MOD.  The Calvert Trust already has a proven track record cooperating with many Armed Forces Charities; we are relishing the opportunity to help and support as many families as we can through our programme of adventurous activity breaks at our 3 Centres’.

One of the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant is to overcome disadvantage faced by members of the armed forces, especially those injured in service.  The Calvert Trust has over 40 years’ experience in helping members of the disabled community to overcome obstacles and discover “it’s what you can do that counts”.

If you are a serving, reserve or veteran armed forces family and want to find out more about accessing this support please contact one of the three centres.

Exmoor; 01598 763221, Kielder; 01434 250232 or Lake District: 01768 772255.

The Chancellor’s announcement can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/libor-fines-fund-a-further-twenty-four-armed-forces-charities-and-good-causes

The Armed Forces Covenant sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the armed forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.

The Armed Forces Covenant (LIBOR) fund is £35 million of funding, taken from fines levied on banks for attempting to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The Government allocated this money to the Covenant Reference Group to support the Armed Forces Covenant. The remaining funds will be allocated over the next two years.

The intention of the Libor Fund is to support the two key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are that the Armed Forces Community should not face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services, and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.

The Calvert Trust comprises three independent, not-for-profit, charities that each share the same Vision and Mission (which can be found on their website here:  http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/about-us/vision). The three centres are Calvert Trust Kielder, Lake District Calvert Trust and Calvert Trust Exmoor.
The Calvert Trust has 40 years’ experience in providing adventurous breaks to the disabled community. We pioneered access to challenging outdoor activities and our staff advise local authorities and sports governing bodies on access issues. Since 1974 we have helped over 200,000 people with disabilities to become more active and adventurous.

 

 

For more information about The Calvert Trust please contact Rob Lott, Head of Communications on rob@calvert-trust.org.uk or 01598 763221 

 

Web:             www.calvert-trust.org.uk/

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/CTExmoor, www.facebook.com/calverttrustkielder, www.facebook.com/pages/Calvert-Trust-Lakes/249894035066697

Twitter:        @CalvertExmoor, @Calvert_Kielder, @CalvertLakes

YouTube:     www.youtube.com/CalvertTrustExmoorUK

Where to stay: Streamcombe Farm near Dulverton

Streamcombe Farm is a small, boutique bed and breakfast 1.5 miles from Dulverton, situated on the southern border of Exmoor National Park. The setting is very rural and wild, tranquil and relaxing.

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A beautiful stone barn was converted in 2009 to create unusual and contemporary guest accommodation. The barn annexe is private and separate from the main house, having its own entrance, lounge, wood burner and conservatory. There are three double bedrooms, each having a lovely en-suite bath or shower room.

Streamcombe offers excellent candlelit evening dinners and a superb breakfast menu, utilising the very best of local Exmoor farms and its wild produce.

Streamcombe Cookery is owned and run by Ian Jarmarkier. The one day cookery courses are held in beautiful rustic stone barn and have a maximum of six places. In addition to bread making, fish, game, desserts, taste & techniques and seasonal inspiration,  bespoke courses are also available for special celebrations, friend reunions and team building.

Please visit the web site or call Karen and Ian for more information on dinner bed and breakfast packages and cookery course availability.  Gift vouchers are also available and bespoke enquiries are always welcome. Thank you.

Streamcombe Farm B&B and Cookery School

Dulverton

Somerset

TA22 9SA

www.streamcombefarm.co.uk

www.streamcombecookery.co.uk

01398 323775

Find us on facebook, follow us on twitter @StreamcombeFarm