Cosy 300 yr. old Yeoman’s cottage in historic village conservation area, close to Exmoor National Park and North Devon beaches, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Location offers space for guests to explore safely - in lanes, footpaths and woods, as well as a cosy environment inside the cottage to relax. With thatched roof, oak beams, Inglenook fireplace, log stacked woodburner, comfy sofas & modern amenities. Perfect for romantic getaways or countryside adventures. TV. Wi-fi. Dog friendly.
One of a group of traditional thatched cottages located in the heart of the conservation area of the quiet Westcountry village of Kings Nympton, Huxleigh offers an authentic English countryside experience with all modern amenities. The interior of the 2 bedroom cottage is surprisingly spacious, with attractively furnished rooms in which to relax and enjoy your stay. Entering via a glazed porch, ideal for storing walking sticks and dog leads, the living/dining room is light and airy and has an inglenook fireplace and wood burner to gather round on chilly evenings. For all lets a complimentary supply of bedding and towels and logs will be provided. ( If required, there is an additional basket of firewood available for £5. Any fees for dogs or logs can be left as cash end of your visit). The sunny dining area seats 4 easily. The well equipped kitchen, with oven, electric induction hob, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher, is located just off the main room and has a handy stable door to allow you to talk to your fellow guests seated outside. Also downstairs in the cottage is a good size bathroom with bath and shower. Upstairs are two lovely bedrooms -a spacious king size bedroom and a stylish twin. Outside is a small cobbled courtyard with table and chairs where you can relax with your cocktail after a day walking or visiting the countryside, or have your morning coffee before setting off on your next trip.
Ground floor: Porch. Open plan living/dining room with wood burner. Kitchen with induction hob, grill and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge/freezer. Bathroom with bath with fitted shower over bath WC, basin and heated towel rail. First floor: Master Bedroom with King and own wash basin and chest of drawers. Second Bedroom 2 single stylish antique beds and chest of drawers .
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
Check-in: Anytime after 3PM
Linen and Towels provided. Electric central heating. Wi-Fi Broadband. TV/DVD with freeview. Complimentary basket of logs. Patio furniture. Highchair. No travel cot provided, please bring your own. Parking is in the Square or on the street just outside the cottage.
Short 3 day breaks available. Changeover for weekly bookings is preferably Saturday.
FOOD AND DRINK
The Grove Inn, a few steps away from Huxleigh Cottage, is a wonderful old village pub, said to have been frequented by authors Henry Williamson, the author of Tarka the Otter, and R.D Blackmore famous for the Exmoor based story of Lorna Doone. Robert, who runs the pub with his wife Deborah, is very friendly and knowledgable about the area. There are wood fires in both bar and restaurant and is the ideal spot to settle in with the locals for a traditional Devon supper or local beverage at the end of a long day out in the countryside. You can meet more of the local community and buy their produce at several traditional weekly markets in the surrounding towns. South Molton (Thursdays and Saturdays) still has a cattle market in the centre of the town where you can buy local fish from Dan The Fish Man; Barnstaple ( Fridays) in the grade 2 listed Pannier Market and the small town of Chulmleigh - your closest town - has a good variety of shops, including a baker, butcher, delicatessen, several pubs and restaurants. There are lots of country pubs in the area, most of which serve both pub lunches and full lunch and dinner menus: The Bell Inn at Chittlehampton, The Red Lion in Chulmleigh and the (recently rethatched) Kings Arms in Winkleigh. The Rising Sun, by the river Taw at Umberleigh, is a famous fishing pub with an excellent and inexpensive menu and a good place to talk 'fishing'. For an authentic Exmoor experience try The London Inn at Molland, The Sportsmans Inn or the Royal Oak at Withypool. There is fine dining available at the the Michelin Star Masons Arms which serves both pub lunches and full lunch and dinner menus with modern take on British and French classics, and for restaurants with a country house setting you can try the nearby High Bullen Golf and Country Club or the 18th century Northcott Manor.
When night falls, the darkness in Exmoor is "absolute"
"In London you can only see about 200 stars," says Simon Ould, a science teacher and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. "On Exmoor you can see thousands."
Huxleigh cottage and Kings Nympton village is set in a timeless landscape of rolling hills, steep river valleys and ancient woodland, set well off the tourist track and perfect for exploring. Public footpaths and empty farm roads take you deep into the countryside and to the neighboroughing villages and beyond. The area was considered by early Celtic settlers to have special sacred significance and the names of their many “Nymets” or sacred groves still appear on the map and give Kings Nympton and the nearby villages their name.
At the heart of North Devon's exciting new UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Huxleigh is the perfect base from which to explore a varied and spectacular landscape of cliff top walks, sandy beaches and rugged moorland - all a short car journey away. Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are both visible from the hillsides surrounding the cottage. Exmoor is the closest and is designated an International Dark Sky Reserve – the first place in Europe to receive this accolade. The low levels of light pollution allow visitors to enjoy night skies that have long since disappeared from view elsewhere in England. Dartmoor to the south offers stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces. it is ideal for a day out walking or for sitting in the heather having a stream-side picnic. Other outdoor experiences available from Huxleigh include, hiking along the many footpaths and woodland trails, horse riding, fishing, cycling the Tarka trail and golf at Chulmleigh and the nearby Highbullen Country Hotel which also has a first class leisure complex and restaurant.
In the valleys below the village a network of rivers provides habitat for a wide range of animals and plants alike, resulting in many stretches of the river being protected as sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). Deer are plentiful and Otters are once again numerous and can be seen most summer evenings by anglers or nature lovers willing to remain quiet and unseen on the river bank. The Taw estuary, below Barnstaple, forms part of the UNESCO Biosphere reserve and is a fantastic place to spend the day watching the many different types of wading birds that can be found there. The number of wading birds, including lapwings, curlews and redshanks, can reach over 20,000! There are excellent opportunities for salmon, sea trout and trout fishing along the Rivers Taw and Mole, either nearby at the Fox and Hounds Hotel in Eggesford or the Rising Sun at Umberleigh, or on a variety of beats along the Taw and Mole valley. Owner has fishing one of the best beats of the middle Taw and a program of fishing can be arranged on a variety stretches of the local rivers. Please allow at least two weeks for us to arrange sporting trips and guided walks. There are also fisheries nearby for the amateur fisherman or for the family.
Belstone on Dartmoor and Tarr Steps on Exmoor are great places to have a picnic in rugged and unspoiled countryside and are only a half an hour away. Nearby National Trust properties – Filleigh Estate, Arlington Court, Castle Drogo. For miles of sandy beaches for bathing and surfing go to Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde Bay. The Devon Coastal Path takes the intrepid walker along miles of beaches and cliffs in areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Braunton Burrows, the largest dune system in England, is a National Nature Reserve and borders the Taw estuary, within the core of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve . (URL HIDDEN)
Tipus de propietat
North Devon, Anglaterra, Regne Unit