Simonsbath 1 mile. This stunning detached cottage is situated in a totally secluded position at the end of a mile-long private stone track in a combe in the middle of the 6000-acre Exmoor Forest Estate near Simonsbath. The estate is a working hill farm, all within Exmoor National Park, with a large herd of beef cattle and several thousand sheep and offers stunning scenery, as well as sporting activities. Situated up its own mile long track, this former shepherd’s cottage is in a most private spot with breathtaking views, where you can relax in the total silence at night and stargaze in the darkest non-polluted skies. Elegantly furnished throughout, the cottage offers first-class accommodation for families or groups of friends looking to get away from it all and to enjoy the great outdoors. Though you would never know it the cottage runs off solar panels, batteries and a back-up generator. Set over two floors it offers a spacious, well-equipped kitchen with everything you need to rustle up delicious meals which can be enjoyed together around the large dining table as you chat over the day’s adventures. Afterwards relax in the comfortable sitting room with its warming woodburning stove and plan the next day’s activities. The cottage has five beautifully appointed bedrooms, four with en-suites and one with its own private bathroom. Four of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor, including one with the flexibility of zip/link beds, and two twin rooms in an annexe which can only be accessed externally; a great retreat for members of the family who want an extra bit of peace and quiet. On the first floor there is a further twin/double room (zip/link) with a separate well-appointed bathroom. On sunny days you can you can enjoy a BBQ (disposable BBQs are available in the cottage at a small cost) or dining alfresco in the front lawned garden while the children enjoy playing ball games, and relax as you listen to the stream and waterfalls that run through the nearby combe. There are front, rear and side gardens at the property that are all enclosed. If you fancy a night off from the cooking there is a warm welcome at the Exmoor Forest Inn in Simonsbath just over a mile away and several other reputable establishments in nearby villages. There is a wide range of wildlife on the estate with many different species of birds and wild animals for guests to spot including the famous Exmoor red deer. Pony-trekking is available nearby with a myriad of routes for riders to enjoy across the estate. You can even bring your own horses and stable them in the estate yard by arrangement. Fishing enthusiasts are able to make the most of the River Barle which flows through the middle of the estate and walkers will be spoilt for choice with walks to Pinkery Pond, Doone Valley and Cow Castle to name a few. Though situated in the heart of Exmoor, the coast at Lynton is only an eight mile drive away and the sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde can be easily reached. Discover secret coves along the South West Coast Path, or maybe take a trip to Lundy Island. There really is something for everyone from this well-located property.
Five bedrooms: 4 x ground floor twin (one is zip/link can be super king-size by request and two accessed externally via a separate door) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link can be super king-size on request). Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with woodburning stove. External utility.
Amenities for Rental
Oil central heating with woodburning stove
Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer in external utility, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books and games
Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
Off road parking for 5 cars
Front lawned garden with picnic tables and disposable BBQ stands
The front, rear and side gardens are enclosed
Two well-behaved pets welcome (living areas only)
Sorry, no smoking
Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile
Note: Access to two of the ground floor twin rooms is external to the property
Note: There is an open stream that runs alongside the property, children should be supervised
Note: Water supply is from a UV filtered spring
Note: Horse stabling available by prior arrangement with the owner
Note: Disposable BBQs can be purchased from the owner at a small cost.
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