When staying at Exmoor Farmhouse a number of exciting extras can be provided, these include the following:
• Use of fishing rods
• Use of horse ring and cross country course for riders (subject to disclaimer)
• A 2 hour riding lesson with Philippa per week, extra lessons may be available for an small additional cost.
• Horse transport to hunt meets etc
• Assistance with organising access to hunting
• Use of telescope – perfect for seeing the stars in the Dark Skies Reserve
• Use of tractor tyres to go bobbing down the river (subject to disclaimer)
• Use of the DVD library
• Use of the book library
For more information please get in touch with the team at My Favourite Cottages via email or on 01271 377 432. Please note, many of the extras are subject to availability and need to be arranged prior to arrival at the house.
There are a plethora of tourist attractions to discover when staying on Exmoor from the National Trust managed estates to the child-friendly wildlife parks. Whether you are looking to stay close to home visiting Dunster Castle or Tropiquaria; or would like to venture further afield and see traditional shire horses pull barges along the Tiverton Canal or admire the rare animals that call Exmoor Zoo home, there really is something for everyone. To help you plan your stay we have provided details of just a few of the local attractions.
The magnificent Dunster Castle was gifted to the National Trust by the Luttrell family and is a wonderful family-friendly attraction that has some of the best views of Exmoor, it also houses a collection of rare leather hangings, a large library and a billiards room where you can challenge someone to a game of snooker.
The beautiful Selworthy can be found just outside Minehead and is part of the Holnicote Estate, which covers more than 12,000 acres of Exmoor. The small village, which is famous for its thatched cottages, medieval church and woodland walks is a nice place to stop off and see the views across to Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor’s highest point, or enjoy a cream team in the cosy Periwinkle Tea Room.
Within the vast expanse of the Holnicote Estate, there are rugged moors, shingle beaches, thatched villages and ancient woodlands. It is a stunning destination to go walking, cycling or horse riding. Enjoy a stroll up to Dunkery Beacon or admire the clear night's sky where you can see thousands of stars.
The National Trust managed Knightshayes is a large country estate situated near Tiverton in mid-Devon. At the heart of the estate is a Gothic Revival house, which is a real example of William Burges work and is packed full of quirks making it a house of many faces. Surrounding the house there are both formal and informal gardens, woods and parkland. Most of the estate is open to the public to explore with miles of footpaths to discover and various species of plants. Complete your visit with a meal in the Stables Café, where much of the seasonal produce is grown onsite in the walled kitchen garden.
The horse-drawn barge on the Grand Western Canal is one of the last of its kind in the UK. This memorable trip, which lasts for around two and a half hours begins and ends in Tiverton with the mid-way point being East Manley, where you can get off for a walk and see an aqueduct designed by Brunel’s team of railway engineers. Along the way the onboard staff will regale tales, anecdotes and historical facts, there is also a bar to purchase food and drinks.
Tropiquaria is one of Somerset’s best known indoor and outdoor wildlife parks based in a 1930’s art deco BBC radio transmitter hall, which is Grade 2 listed. Onsite guests can see snakes, lizards, birds, fish and other wild animals, there is also an outdoor play area and a café.
Watermouth Castle near Combe Martin is a fun themed park and castle suitable for all the family. Stroll around the Victorian castle, which features an eclectic mix of treasures and displays before heading out to the theme park where there are several rides, landscaped gardens and plenty of play areas. Also, onsite is Gnomeland.
Exmoor Zoo prides itself on being home to some of the animals that are now no longer seen in larger city zoos. There are enclosures for pumas, reindeer, meerkats and cheetahs, as well as singing dogs, sand cats and of course The Exmoor Beast! Every visit is guaranteed to be different.
Children will have fun following the onsite trail, collecting stamps along the way, plus there is a children’s play area near the excellent onsite café. Demonstrations and talks are held throughout the day to help you all get up close to the animals.
The West Somerset Railway is a country branch of the old Great Western Railway and still uses steam locomotives as it travels between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. The nostalgic ride takes in spectacular scenery and holds a number of seasonal events throughout the year, such as cream tea experiences, murder mystery specials and Santa express rides.
The Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre can be found near Porlock and is open to day visitors who can enjoy an afternoon flying display in either the field or barn. There are also pre-bookable activities available such as flying the birds yourself. This is definitely an experience you will never forget.
In South Molton, you will find Quince Honey Farm, one of the country’s leading honey farms and home to more than 1000 hives. This working farm is open to the public who can have a guided tour of BeeWorld where there are millions of bees producing honey that is then used in products sold in the onsite shop. There is also Critter Cabin and an indoor play area.
The gorgeous Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park is set in more than 28 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, woodland and parkland in North Devon. The independent wildlife park has plenty of things to keep all the family entertained, from its range of onsite wildlife such as lions, penguins, sea lions and wolves to its life-size animatronic dinosaurs, which you will find hidden around the park. There are also daily shows, talks and encounters, a large indoor soft play area and a critter cavern.