Boutique Cottages in Exmoor

Out & About

Visit Exmoor and you’ll be spoilt by glorious scenery and the peace and quiet you thought had disappeared from Britain a long time ago. Straddling west Somerset and north Devon, Exmoor’s rich and varied landscape boasts the highest cliffs and the tallest tree in England and a jaw-dropping natural tapestry. Made up of expansive swathes of open moorland, the tumbling Quantock Hills, ancient woodland and rivers wending their way to the sea, it is a truly magical place.

Not only that, Exmoor is also proud to be Europe’s very first International Dark Sky Reserve and is a haven for wildlife, welcoming over 250 species of bird and 1,000 plant species, as well as beautiful red deer and ethereal moorland ponies. Ideal for those with a little bit of wild running through their veins, Exmoor is the ultimate destination for getting back to nature, enjoying complete rest, relaxation and, of course, play. Take a browse through our luxury cottages in Exmoor and enjoy unfettered access to this enchanting place surrounded by the sumptuous comforts of 5-star accommodation. 

At Boutique Retreats, all our luxury self-catering cottages come luxuriously equipped with everything you could need for delicious meals at home. Fortunately, Exmoor prides itself on its producers and there is a plethora of local farmers’ markets and independent shops where you can stock up on organic meats, fresh fruit and veg and scrummy baked goods (to name but a few). That said, sometimes it’s nice to be treated and there are countless establishments offering top-quality nosh, from quintessentially English tea rooms to proper pub grub.

In Dulverton you’ll find the fabulous Woods which serves the best of British (with a certain French je ne sais quoi) in a cosy pub setting. Meanwhile in Bampton, the famous Swan is recognised as one of the country’s top gastropubs. Another name to regularly crop up amongst those in the know is Tarr Farm. Making full use of the abundance of excellent local produce on its doorstep including Exmoor lamb, Devon Red Ruby beef and locally grown veggies, you can enjoy the real tastes of Exmoor. Another Dulverton favourite is the Bridge Inn, particularly popular for its river-view terrace.

With two breweries, a vineyard and a huge number of inns and pubs, there’s no shortage of places to have a drink whilst out exploring. The Ship Inn in Porlock is one of the oldest in Exmoor and offers fab pub grub as well, whilst the Rising Sun, a traditional inn in the heart of the Quantock Hills, pairs old-world charm with tasty meals.  The Poltimore Arms in South Molton is a traditional 13th century inn which is well worth a visit, as is the London Inn in the same village. Finally, the Royal Oak in Withypool is a must after a hard days’ walking.

If you’re after a cosy café to perk up with a morning brew or revive after a walk in the countryside, there are plenty of options too. In Selworthy, Periwinkle Cottage is one of the country’s most famous tea rooms and affords wonderful views of over the nearby villages, fields and over Exmoor towards Dunkery Beacon. Tuck into a homemade scone with dollops of jam and cream and sup English tea, before heading out again. In Minehead, Apple Tree Tea Rooms are definitely worth a visit, as is the Copper Kettle in Dulverton.

For outdoor lovers, you’re spoilt for choice. Whether you’re walking, cycling or horse riding the many, many trails that criss-cross the moors, valleys, hills and woodlands, there are no end of opportunities for getting out and absorbing the sites and sights. If you love wildlife, make sure you pick up some binoculars and keep your eyes peeled for the deer, moorland ponies and countless species of birds who call Exmoor home. Or, head to the coast where lucky onlookers can catch sight of seals, dolphins and even whales.

If you are bit of a night owl, Exmoor boasts the enviable title of being Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve; tear yourself away from your luxury retreat, wrap up in layers and watch out for shooting stars whoosh across the sky. For something a little more sedate, you can also take your time exploring the many villages and towns that are scattered over Exmoor. Featuring lots of markets, independent shops and of course the odd tearoom or two to sample, you can amble along at your own pace before heading to your home from home and kicking back with a bottle of fizz.

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