About the Exmoor coast and country area of North Devon
The west coast of Exmoor is the highest coastline in Great Britain. Many of the hills are over 1,000 feet high. The National Trust owns and maintains 20 miles of this glorious coastline and in several cases miles inland up wooded valleys. This is some of England's finest walking country. Wooded combes with rushing rivers, mossy boulders and waterfalls, with wild flowers in abundance, herds of red deer and Exmoor ponies, heather, gorse, ferns and lichens, and unpolluted airs. Whatever the weather, whichever the season, this is a treasury of natural splendour - a joy even in the snows of winter. Gentle drives along unfenced moorland roads, occasionally stopping for a stroll, picturesque villages with cricket greens and cream teas, country hotels offering stabling for horses, countrymen's pubs sporting hunting trophies beside blazing log fires. This is the West Country at its best.
A walk from Woody Bay (free carpark) via the lower coast path westwards to Hunters Inn, for a ploughman's lunch and half a cider, then back on the higher path, once a road for horse-drawn coaches - you may see a horse trough or two - past the old roman signal station is an enjoyable and relatively easy introduction to the glories of this part of the world. The walk totals four and a half miles, and should take about an hour and a quarter each way. Don't do it in strong or gusting winds.
GAMES BARN and TENNIS COURT.
Beachborough Country House
Kentisbury, Barnstaple, EX31 4NH. Tel: 01271 882487.
* Newly restored rambling Georgian Rectory in 4 acres of gardens and woodland; offering style and informality - flagstoned floors, huge sash windows, shutters rather than curtains - whether to enjoy summer sun or winter gales and log fires. Perfect for private parties, self-indulgent walkers or simply getting away from it all. Tennis court. Prices vary according to length of stay and which room is taken. Also Self-Catering Apartment (the old servants quarters). 8½ miles north-east of Barnstaple.
Bed & Breakfast per night: single occupancy £50.00; double/twin room from £75.00. Dinner: £15.00-£19.00.
Bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 family(4). Bathrooms: 3 en-suite.
Parking for 20. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 624 429.
Hill, Loxhore, Barnstaple, EX31 4SU. Tel: 01271 850415.
Newly restored detached barn in the grounds of a 15th Century Grade II* listed Open-Hall House. The ground-floor guest accommodation comprises a king-size double bedroom, en-suite bath and shower room (including a jacuzzi bath) and own spacious sitting room. Lovely views over a wooded valley. Garden furniture. There are some superb walks in the woods and lanes around Loxhore - so this is a perfect place for a quiet, yet comfortable, break in the countryside of North Devon. 7 miles north-east of Barnstaple.
Bed & Breakfast per night: single occupancy £60.00; double room £75.00-£85.00.
Bedrooms: 1 double. Bathrooms: 1 en-suite.
Parking for 1. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 623 375.
The Round House
Lower Loxhore, Barnstaple, EX31 4SY. Tel: 01271 850386.
Lovely Country House of great character, with 16th Century roundhouse barn, set in terraced gardens and paddocks, in a peaceful, part-wooded valley, in the foothills of Exmoor. Lovely hilly country of small fields, woods and streams - excellent for walks, wildlife, wildflowers: no need to drive to distant moors when you've got this on your doorstep. 5½ miles north-east of Barnstaple.
Bed & Breakfast per night: single room £27.50; double room £55.00-£60.00. Dinner: £8.00-£12.00.
Bedrooms: 1 single, 3 twin. Bathrooms: 1 en-suite, 1 private, 1 public.
Parking for 6. Open: All year round. OS grid ref: SS 615 376.
Little Bray House
Brayford, Barnstaple, EX32 7QG. Tel: 01598 710295.
Large country house with two holiday cottages, offering B&B accommodation in an apartment (twin-bedded room with private bathroom) or in a cottage if vacant. Extensive views to the south. Within Exmoor National Park. 11 miles east of Barnstaple.
Bed & Breakfast per night: single occupancy from £30.00; double room £60.00.
Bedrooms: 1 twin, - or 2 cottages. Bathrooms: en-suite bathroom.
Parking for 7. Open: April-October. OS grid ref: SS 687 357.
Current availability can be found on website.
West Buckland, Barnstaple, EX32 0SR. Tel: 01598 760254.
Award winning Medieval Devon longhouse, offering quality en-suite B&B accommodation, with original oak screen, beamed ceilings, uneven floors and fireplaces with bread ovens! Situated off the beaten track, on an 80 acre sheep farm (lambing in spring), with wonderful farm walks, abundant wildlife and panoramic views. Delicious freshly cooked breakfasts using farm or local produce, including homemade bread & jams! Past winner of 'The Taste of Exmoor Award'. 7 miles east of Barnstaple.
Bed & Breakfast per night: single occupancy £55.00; double room £80.00-£88.00 (reduced rates in winter).
Bedrooms: 3 double, 3 family (3,4,4+cot). Bathrooms: 5 en-suite, 1 private.
Parking for 10. Open: February-November and New Year. OS grid ref: SS 665 308.