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Simonsbath, Somerset (Ref. 951197)


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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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30 Customer Review(s)

  • Auberon

    “It would be hard to find a more perfect house in more idyllic surroundings.”

    All of us , of very different ages, really loved it- red deer in front of and behind the property; a fox sauntering and a hare running behind the house; and plenty of birds, including willow warbler and blackcap singing, a cuckoo calling further down the combe and plenty of skylarks singing up on the down. Great access to the river Barle; the Exmoor Forest Inn; and places further afield if wanted.

    All of us , of very different ages, really loved it- red deer in front of and behind the property; a fox sauntering and a hare running behind the house; and plenty of birds, including willow warbler and blackcap singing, a cuckoo calling further down the combe and plenty of skylarks singing up on the down. Great access to the river Barle; the Exmoor Forest Inn; and places further afield if wanted.

    - Auberon, May 2023


  • 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.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer in external utility, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, WIFI, 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
  • Note: Livestock may be present in fields on approach to the property and you may be required to open and close a series of 3 or 4 gates
  • Note: The master bedroom is access via very steep stairs, please take care
  • Note: The track leading to the property is bumpy and uneven, drive carefully
  • Please note: This property only accepts Friday check ins.

The property

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.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Exford 6 miles; Lynmouth 8 miles; Minehead 19 miles.

The small village of Simonsbath stands on the junction in the centre of Exmoor where the East-West, Exford to Challacombe road crosses the North-South, Lynton to South Molton road. The village consists of a number of properties scattered along the lanes from this junction. It is also home to the church of St Lukes, a hotel and a pub. The area has several lovely walks especially down the River Barle which passes the southern edge of the village. The village of Exford is a short drive away which boasts a village green, tea rooms, a shop, Post Office and two traditional inns serving excellent food and drinks. Exmoor National Park is a walkers' paradise with many miles of waymarked paths down the Exe and River Barle valleys and up to the nearby hills, including Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, with outstanding views over 17 counties. The area is renowned for fishing and riding. The largest herd of wild red deer in England and Exmoor’s unique wild ponies roam the moors, as they have done since the time of the Domesday Book. Guided walks with a National Park Ranger take place throughout the summer, and Exmoor is home to Lorna Doone and Tarka the otter, it is a place of rolling hills, medieval villages, such as Dunster with its castle, wild moors and a dramatic coastline. The coastal towns of Lynmouth, Porlock and Minehead are only a short drive from Simonsbath and there are a variety of beaches along the coast, consisting of sandy and shingle beaches, plus some are ideal for surfing and body boarding. In 2011 Exmoor National Park was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first place in Europe to achieve this prestigious award and only the second in the world. Simonsbath is a wonderful location with plenty of things to do for everyone.

Please note: a full floor plan of the property is available on request.
Please note: This property only accepts Friday check ins