8 miles SE of Exmoor


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Bedroom details

3 Bedrooms (Sleeps 6)

Bedroom 1

1 x double

Bedroom 2

1 x double

Bedroom 3

1 x double

Nestled right on the Two Moors Way and with far-reaching views of wild Exmoor, Elysium is a delightful cottage in Devon made for luxury seeking nature lovers.

Walk through the impressive gardens into Elysium's delightful interior, and you'll discover a home that's been exquisitely refurbished, combining the vintage charm of its 16th century heritage with modern touches sympathetic to the cottage aesthetic. Rich, jewel colours, exquisite antique furniture, wooden beams, and a cosy wood burner makes this a sumptuous stay, whilst outside the beautifully maintained gardens run to three quarters of an acre, so plenty of space to lose yourself on a sleepy summer's afternoon. It's also dog friendly, meaning there's room for everyone.

Set in the delightful village of West Anstey and in Europe's first Dark Sky Reserve, Elysium is a peaceful dwelling for those seeking to step away from the everyday for a while, to explore moorland paths such as the Two Moors Way. Discover pretty villages and sample wholesome local cuisine, and to get lost in the beauty of this extraordinary homestay.

Lower occupancy discount

A special 'Just for Two' rate applies outside of School holidays, Christmas, New Year and Easter, and other bank holidays. At Elysium the discount is 20%, this is on the basis that only the master bedroom is used during your stay. Please call the office on 01872 553491 if you have any questions or would like to book.


The impressive sitting room is oh so comfortable, complete with two large, sumptuous brown velvet sofas with eye-catching blue trim, lustrous wood burner, armchair and coffee table. We just adore the 17th century chinoiserie grandfather clock and beautiful antique furnishings and artwork that adorn the room. After a busy day out exploring, this is a wonderful spot to retire to after dinner to spend time with each other, preferably with a glass of something special in hand. Alternatively, there's a 50" Smart TV for catching up with your favourite box set or film.


The exquisite kitchen, in gorgeous tones of blue, boasts a fabulous Rayburn set into the original inglenook fireplace (turned off between Easter and October), plus a Belfast sink, central wooden topped island, separate induction hob, electric oven, American style fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and washer-dryer as well as the all-important Nespresso coffee machine to help you wake up in the morning. With all the equipment you could possibly need, even the most demanding chef will be satisfied. There's also a washer and dryer in a separate laundry room, opposite the downstairs cloakroom.

Leading from the kitchen lies the beautiful dining room, where the stunning oak dining table easily seats six in front of a wonderful wood burner, creating a soothing ambience on cooler days, and the perfect setting for Christmas! In addition, there's a lovely window seat for gazing out of, an impressive antique dresser and more of the owner's art collection.


There are three stunning double bedrooms, one with an adjoining single bed or dressing room, each beautifully decorated in subtle country palettes and soft floral designs, all found up the stairs on the first floor along the characterful hallway bedecked with Grade II listed cruck beams.

The master bedroom has a gorgeous bed knobs and broomsticks queen-sized bed with antique wardrobe, two windows, striking wooden floor, a sitting area with armchair for a peaceful moment with a morning cup of tea, television, radio and an en suite bathroom.

The second bedroom lies at the other end of the house and boasts a double bed, dual aspect windows and a television. The third bedroom has a delightful double bed, radio and sliding doors to a dressing area which is also home to a single bed, perfect for a little one.

Each of the beds come swathed in luxurious linen, super-comfy bedding and sumptuous cushions and throws to ensure a blissful nights' sleep and there's plenty of storage to stow away belongings.


As well as the en suite bathroom for the master bedroom which has a deep tub for long soaks and handheld shower, there is a first-floor family bathroom with bath and separate shower and a ground floor cloakroom. Heated rails ensure towels are kept warm and fluffy.

Outdoor space

The stunning south-facing garden overlooks the pretty village of West Anstey and extends to three quarters of an acre. Beautifully maintained with plentiful flowers, shrubs and trees, there's a large pond and a spring fed stream that runs through the garden, whilst seating is provided with a three-seat sofa, two arms and a coffee table - the perfect spot for afternoon tea - or the dining table and six chairs with Weber kettle barbeque - an idyllic setting for meals alfresco. At the lower level there are two steamer loungers with a fire pit plus a stream below. With views over this historic church of St Petrock and the countryside beyond, you'll never want to leave!


There is plenty of private parking for several cars on the long driveway.

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Babies and children

Children over the age of 10 are very welcome. The garden has a deep pond and a stream, so please always supervise children.


One well behaved dog is most welcome at Elysium. Please note, there is an additional fee per dog, per week or short break.

In the Area

Elysium is set in the pretty village of West Anstey close to South Molton, known as the gateway to Exmoor, set just one mile from the southern boundry. The village of Dulverton is just five miles away and has several good pubs with dining as well as catering to all your shopping needs.

Being in such a beautiful, unspoilt spot, you have a host of places to visit and things to do. Walkers can don their boots and take to the many paths, trails and tracks that traverse Exmoor, where rolling hills and wide vistas abound, or for the brave why not try a spot of wild swimming?

Alternatively, pack a picnic and head for the delightful North Devon coastline, where pretty sandy beaches abound, perfect for a day's swimming and relaxing, followed by a barbeque and watching the stars blanket the skies above.

Exmoor is dotted with lovely villages to explore, many pubs and tea rooms to tempt you and a host of activities to keep you entertained all day, before returning tired but happy to Elysium - just perfect.

Uncover a luxury 16th century cottage nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park, welcoming up to six guests with idyllic interiors and majestic gardens.

At a glance

From £1,325 for a long weekend or mid week break.

Sleeps 6 | 3 Bedrooms | Dogs welcome (1 only)

Key features


Al Fresco eating

Autumnal escapes

Celebratory stays

Extensive gardens and ponds

Multi Generational Holidays

Picturesque village setting

Rolling countryside


Dog friendly

Wood Burner


Boutique country chic

check in / check out days

Short breaks:

  • Mid Week Breaks (Mon to Fri) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Long Weekends (Fri to Mon) cost 75% of the weekly rate.
  • Short breaks are not available at Christmas and New Year.


  • A 13 deposit & £40 booking fee secures your dates.
  • Payment of balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday starts.
  • There is a charge of £38 per pet per week or short break
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We know how gorgeous our retreats are, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what previous guests say about Elysium:

WOW. The most incredible cottage - faultless. Absolutely perfect, incredibly well appointed, beautiful interiors - just amazing. Our Christmas couldn’t have been better. We can’t recommend enough.

A luxurious retreat in a very peaceful and idyllic location.

It was more than we expected. Having stayed in luxury hotels all over the world and having very high standards, this was on par. The garden was beautiful, the house had everything we could possibly have wanted and it was obvious a lot of thought had gone into making sure we had everything and more that we required. Thoroughly recommend and hoping to rebook later on this year. The owner could not have been more accommodating in answering my questions and recommended some great restaurants.

Excellent -on the ground support!

This house was beautiful.

Stunning cottage next to charming church which is incredibly quiet. Excellent for dark skies astronomy.

Lovely place to stay - very quiet and peaceful. Beautiful interior and the garden is stunning.

We spent a glorious long weekend at this gorgeous property and loved it. Tucked away in rural Devon, it's quiet and peaceful and the starry night sky is something to behold. The beds are super comfortable, as is the whole house, the gardens are enchanting, the views are lovely and the south facing patio is perfect for sitting outside for coffee, drinks or as we did, brunch. I would highly recommend for anyone seeking a truly boutique luxury getaway.

This is an absolutely beautiful property in an idyllic situation. Perfect place to unwind. Very peaceful.

It’s beautiful! Every detail is well thought out and it was extremely well equipped. Gardens are sensational and dog secure. Housekeeper and owner very helpful.

A wonderful 16th century cottage with a beautiful peaceful garden. The kitchen catered for all our needs and the house is spacious and comfortable. The garden is full of birds and butterflies and really lovely to spend time in. We especially loved the chance to sit by a fire pit and gaze up at the star-scape once dark, given that the house is situated in a designated dark sky area.

Incredibly tranquil stay in a gorgeous part of rural north Devon. Beautifully decorated house and absolutely stunning garden. Heavenly!

A beautiful cottage, finished to a high standard with lovely views across the fields. The property was stylish, very well equipped, immaculately clean, with a stunning garden that fully lived up to our expectations. Bliss!

Elysium is an incredible retreat, tucked away in the countryside. From the moment we arrived, we fell in love with the stunning garden, whilst the house was simply magnificent; spotlessly clean, a fabulous welcome and cosy and warm on arrival. The beds were super-comfy, and sitting outside with a drink, watching the swallows dip and dive, simply a joy. We had a wonderful time exploring the area, with the Tarr Steps, Dulverton, Dunster Castle and Holnicote a short drive away. Such a peaceful place too, with just the sound of the sheep and birds keeping us company. We didn't want to leave! A gorgeous home, and a perfect base from which to explore magnificent Exmoor - thank you so much for a wonderful holiday!

We had a wonderful few days away. it was the perfect getaway. The house was very comfortable, beautifully decorated and I can find no fault. well recommended for a break away from the city. Very quiet in beautiful countryside.

We have finally arrived at your beautiful cottage! It is completely glorious. Thank you for giving us such a special place to recover from another challenging year.

Thank you for arranging for us to spend Christmas in your lovely home. We had a fantastic time. The house was warm and cosy. The countryside was stunning even in the wet. We would love to visit again once we can get some time off. Have a very Happy New Year!

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