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Smiddy Cottage

Hawkridge, Near Dulverton, Exmoor

Sleeps: 4
7 nights
£390 - £710
Available from a minimum of 2 nights


  • Sleeps four
  • Two bedrooms; one double, one twin/double
  • One bathroom
  • Suitable for a baby (travel cot, highchair and stairgates available on request)
  • Children are welcome
  • The cottage welcomes well-behaved dogs (small additional fee*)
  • Private patio area with garden furniture and barbecue on request
  • Shared lawned garden
  • Shared playground for children under 10
  • Stables, tack room and fields for ponies and horses on a DIY livery basis
  • Linen, towels and logs provided
  • Ample parking
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Property layout

  • Ground floor
    Spacious open plan living space which comprises a sitting area with a wood burning stove, a dining area and a fitted kitchen area.
    Twin bedroom with 3′ zip and link beds which can be converted to a 6′ double on request.
    Family bathroom with bath and separate shower.
  • First floor
    Spiral staircase from living area to a galleried double bedroom with 5′ bed.


  • Electric heating, wood burning stove in the sitting room
  • Electric cooker and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Communal utility room with coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer
  • An overspill fridge and freezer are located in the communal utility room
  • Digital TV with Freeview, DVD, digital radio with MP3/iPod dock and integrated CD
  • Large selection of books and games
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Barbecue and related tools on request
  • Four large stables, two pony stables, tack room and large paddock
  • Secure bicycle storage
  • Ample parking


  • A delightful stone barn conversion on a quiet farm in the beautiful Exmoor National Park.
  • The cottage, rated 4 stars by the AA, boasts charming original features including exposed beams.
  • Designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and tastefully furnished, with a sociable open plan living area.
  • Private large patio sitting area and shared use of a children’s activity play area and large enclosed lawned garden.
  • Flexible accommodation – the ground floor bedroom can be either a twin or double to suit your party.
  • Short and mid week breaks are available, with a minimum stay of two nights.
  • The farm's great eco credentials include solar energy as the primary source of water heating, a wind turbine and micro-bore electric generation via the privately owned, spring-fed streams and river.
  • Brilliant in all seasons and the ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks. The barn is warm and cosy with a wood burning stove and comfortable beds.
  • The three other holiday cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm, Jasper Cottage (sleeps 4), Kiri Cottage (sleeps 6) and Norton Cottage (sleeps 4), can be booked with Smiddy Cottage to create a large property for family get-togethers or groups of friends of up to 18 people. Cottages may be taken individually or in any combination.
  • Should you wish to bring your horse on holiday with you on a DIY livery basis, there are four large stables, two pony stables, tack room and large paddock with direct access to Exmoor.
  • There are outstanding walks straight from the front door including the Two Moors Way, as well as sixty acres of the owner’s fields and woodlands, part of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest with an abundance of wildlife.
  • Perfectly located for exploring stunning Exmoor National Park and the North Devon coast, plus a wealth of outdoor activities including riding, fishing and birdwatching.
  • Within easy reach of the beautiful beaches of Instow, Saunton Sands, Westward Ho!, Woolacombe Sands and Croyde Bay.
  • Just 10 minutes’ drive from Dulverton, a lively village with specialist shops selling local farm produce, antiques and gifts, character pubs and home to the Exmoor National Park visitor centre.

Floor Plan

Welcome to Smiddy Cottage, our delightful stone barn conversion with plenty of room for four plus pooch! Located in the glorious surroundings of Exmoor National Park on the Devon/Somerset border, it's just five miles from Dulverton and within easy reach of the coastal towns of Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth.

Our lovingly restored cottage is situated on West Hollowcombe Farm with three other character holiday cottages. Smiddy Cottage is set slightly away as it is tucked around the corner, abutting the rear of Kiri Cottage. Guests have shared access to sixty acres of the owner’s fields and woodlands, part of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The friendly owners live on site and guarantee a very warm welcome! Mini guests are well looked after with shared use of a well-established adventure playground as well as selection of ride-on toys. The cottage also offers a choice of books and games, as well as useful baby and toddler gear including a travel cot, highchair and stairgate if you have a little one in tow, although cot linen is not provided.

Smiddy Cottage is a comfortable and tastefully furnished cottage sleeping four, with original features including exposed beams. You're greeted with a spacious open plan living space which includes a dining and sitting area with a cosy wood burning stove and well-equipped kitchen which is set slightly apart. A twin/double bedroom and family bathroom with separate shower complete the ground floor.

Upstairs, a further galleried double bedroom is accessed via a spiral staircase.

Outside, your private patio is a delightful spot to sit and relax at any time of day and you have shared use of a well-established adventure playground and lawned garden.

Well-behaved dogs, other pets and horses are welcome, the latter being accommodated on a DIY livery basis.

Smiddy Cottage is a perfect base for exploring Exmoor, with easy access to its superb footpaths, bridleways and dramatic scenery. Or simply relax amongst magnificent views and wildlife and enjoy the absolute peace and quiet! Early risers may get a glimpse of the red deer which occasionally graze in an adjoining paddock. Numerous birds also frequent the feeder that can be viewed from the sitting room window. A wide variety of moorland birds and mammals such as hares and rabbits, stoats and weasels are regular visitors. Additionally Exmoor ponies are often to be seen grazing on adjoining common land.

The Two Moors Way passes the gate and, for the energetic, numerous other walks are accessible directly from the cottage. Dogs and horses are welcome, the latter being accommodated on a DIY livery basis. A host of other country pursuits within easy reach include watersports, fishing, pony trekking, shooting, bird watching and mountain biking.

The owners are very keen on the environment and help to manage the SSSI area of marsh and woodlands in their grounds with the help of Exmoor National Park. The marsh land next to the river, which has not been cultivated for hundreds of years, makes an ideal spot for many rare plants and wildlife, especially the Heath Fritillary, one of the rarest butterflies in this country. The SSSI extends off into the woodlands and the owners are sympathetically managing this to promote its flora and fauna, with rare lichens on some of the older trees and fallen trunks providing great homes for all sorts of creatures.

Smiddy Cottage is ideally situated to explore the North Devon coast and its picturesque villages including Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth. Dulverton, considered to be the southern gateway to Exmoor, is 10 minutes’ drive away. This pretty town is well stocked with quality boutiques, grocery shops, inns and restaurants as well as the Exmoor National Park visitor centre.

The other three holiday cottages at West Hollowcombe Farm, are Jasper Cottage (sleeps 4), Kiri Cottage (sleeps 6) and Norton Cottage (sleeps 4). All four cottages can be booked together for larger groups to accommodate up to 18. Please see the individual properties for more details.

West Hollowcombe Farm is a fabulous holiday destination for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, dramatic landscapes and wildlife.

2022-04-15 Natasha P, Corfe Mullen

"Excellent break away, remote and peaceful which was just what we wanted. Peter and Irene could not have made us feel more welcome. Definitely recommend."

2021-10-29 Daniel B, Salisbury

"The cottage was perfect for what we needed. The hosts were great and we look forward to visiting again."

2021-10-22 Deborah W, Yeovil

"Great location, quiet beautiful countryside."

2021-09-24 Yvonne S, Torquay

"My friend and I had a most enjoyable stay at Smiddy Cottage. We were lucky to have pleasant weather and made the most of lovely walks in the surrounding area. The owners were welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts. It was an ideal place to stay for anyone wanting a get-away peaceful, countryside holiday."

2021-07-16 Caroline P, Loughborough

"This off the beaten track cottage was the perfect stay for our summer break. We were welcomed on arrival by the owner and Peter and Irene were most helpful during our stay. We explored the local area and then due to the amazing weather headed to the Sandy beaches, about an hours drive. The cottage was perfect for our stay."

2021-06-11 Lesley O, Derry Hill

"Lovely cottage and great hosts. You can get out all over Exmoor from here and there is no shortage of walks directly from the accommodation. I would recommend to anyone with dogs, we were made very welcome and nothing was too much trouble! We will definitely go back again ☺️ Thank you for a lovely week!"

2020-10-23 S Carroll, Calne

"Beautiful countryside, surroundings and cottage."

2020-10-20 P Winser, Cambs

"Many thanks for a fantastic few days - thoroughly enjoyable. Idyllic location, close to local amenities and historic sites yet sufficiently secluded. Well appointed accommodation with very welcoming hosts. Definitely worth a visit!"

2020-08-07 G Hoskins, Worcester

"Lovely location, welcoming owners, "Smiddy" cottage was really cosy and had everything we needed."

2020-07-17 C Nye, London

"We had a wonderful time staying at this lovely cottage. Peter and Irene were really friendly and welcoming. All the covid arrangements were very organised and clear."

2020-01-19 H Robbins, Blandford Forum

"Amazing place to stay, beds were the comfiest beds ever and cream tea and flowers on arrival a lovely touch! Very very helpful hosts and a great place to stay with friends ."

2019-10-24 K Hibbert, Bedfordshire

"Great place, Great hosts, will stay again, perfect little get away."

2019-09-23 S Ray, London

"Lovely cosy cottage. Comfy beds and perfect night's sleep in the dark silence of Exmoor."

2019-08-30 W Sorrell, England

"A well earned rest, peace and quiet with some wonderful walks and scenery. No phone reception! Brilliant :) Pete and Irene were very warm and friendly. Pete had very good knowledge of the area and was able to offer some great walking tips. The cream tea on arrival was marvellous and very appreciated."

2019-08-15 P Verhoeff, Netherlands

"We had a great time in Smiddy Cottage. A cosy, fully equiped cottage in the great nature of Exmoor. Warm and friendly welcome from the owners and great recommendations on were to go. We absolutely loved it!"

2019-07-12 A Nathan, England

"Stunning Exmoor, not to be missed, Peter and Irene are wonderful hosts."

2019-04-19 S Doyle, West Moors, Dorset

"Perfect location for walking and exploring area. Easy to get to the moors and coast. We didn't need to use the car as there was enough to do within walking distance which was great. The cottage is comfortable an cosy with everything we needed. Peter and Irene are friendly, laid back and helpful. We felt looked after and relaxed. Although there are other families on the farm you still have enough privacy. We would like to return again one day."

2019-03-10 Fae Krakowska, Exeter

"Lovely thoughtful hosts, beautiful clean comfortable cottage in a great location. It was so nice to get away from the noise of traffic and see so many stars at night! Amenities are great, everything in good working order. Would certainly recommend."

2019-02-17 H Bayraktarov, Barnstaple

"Lovely warm and cosy cottage."

2018-04-03 Craig M, Kent

"Great little cottage. Awesome communications. The hosts had put fresh flowers, lit the log burner and provided a homemade Devon Cream tea on the table before we arrived. The cottage is great, loads of outside space, beautiful views and our kids played football with some of the other children staying in the other cottages. The cottage is lovely, more rustic than super sophisticated but that is exactly what you want on Exmoor. Would definitely recommend."

2017-11-03 David F, Swanage

”The Smiddy is an absolute delight! We stayed for a week in early November and made good use of the endless supply of logs, handily available a few steps away. The cottage is comfortable and roomy and, although we had no need for the gallery bedroom, everything was in very nice condition and is a quality conversion. Late autumn on Exmoor is very colourful as the predominant beech trees and hedges keep their leaves longer than most broad-leaves, and the larch were turning nicely. A russet heaven! Friendly and kind owners topped-off a lovely holiday and we have no hesitation in recommending this as a centre for your Exmoor stay – you can even bring your horse!”

2017-09-08 Laura C, Ramsbury

”We loved exploring Exmoor. Peter and Irene were great hosts and fantastic with the kids. They were in heaven with the playground and all the ride on toys. What a beautiful spot. We will be back!”

2016-06-17 Tina B, Kent

”Was great to not hear any traffic noise, just sound of the birds and being able to watch them on the bird feeders that were topped up everyday. The panorama at the front of the cottages was spectacular and being able to walk by the river offsite through the woods (albeit down a steep hill) was a bonus. Saw red deer and Exmoor ponies most days in the area. Excellent walks in the area and very well signposted. Cottage was well equipped and clean. Owners Peter and Irene were so friendly and welcoming always had time for guests even though they are always busy maintaining the site. Highly recommended.”


Do you dream of riding out in wide open spaces or exploring woodlands and riverbanks? Exmoor is the place for you and your horse!
West Hollowcombe Farm has four large stables and two pony stables should you wish to bring your horse on holiday with you. The tack room is at your disposal and the owners provide a water bucket for each stable as well as one bale of dust extracted woodchips. However, as it is on a DIY basis, you do the mucking out yourselves.

There is also a large paddock on site for them to run around in. They will have wonderful views and can watch the Exmoor ponies on the moor opposite. You can ride out onto the moor from the farm gate.

Exmoor has over 625 miles of footpaths and bridleways so you can explore in all directions. You can ride directly from the stables onto the moor only using the lanes occasionally. Alternatively you can arrange riding for yourself at the local stables.


West Hollowcombe Farm is situated in the village of Hawkridge, just north-west of the picturesque town of Dulverton, on the Two Moors Way. The famous Tarr Steps is only 1.75 miles and you can also walk to Dulverton or Withypool or simply take a circular walk around the farm estate along Danes Brook, through West Hollowcombe Woods and back through the village.


There is a rich tradition of locally produced food on Exmoor. There are also a multitude of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms around Exmoor serving good food and drink. The closest being;

Tarr Farm Inn, TA22 9PY (1.7 miles) – 16th century inn above the River Barle’s medieval clapper bridge with good food using local produce, children and dogs are welcome.
Withypool Tea Room, Withypool (3.7 miles).
The Royal Oak, Withypool (3.8 miles)
Hinam Farm Tea Room, near Dulverton (4 miles).
The Sportmans Inn, Sandy Way (5.3 miles).
Woods Bar & Restaurant, Dulverton (5 miles).
The Bridge Inn, Dulverton (5 miles).
The Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford (6 miles).
The London Inn, Molland (6 miles).
The Royal Oak, Winsford (7.5 miles).
The Masons Arms, Knowstone (9 miles) – Michelin starred restaurant.


Exmoor National Park is the smallest of the National Parks covering around 267 square miles of stunningly beautiful scenery and wonderful views. There are over 625 miles of footpaths and bridleways. It is possible to ride, cycle, walk or even run all day only touching the roads to cross them. The highest point at 1704 feet (Dunkery Beacon) enjoys wonderful panoramic views over the moor, the Quantocks and across the Bristol Channel to Wales.

Uniquely there are thirty-four miles of coastline within the park; it has the highest cliffs and the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England. The North Devon section of the South West Coast Path passes through the remote coast of North Exmoor, through Combe Martin and the popular resort of Ilfracombe. Popular walks include the coastal path from Lynmouth to Watersmeet.

Exmoor is characterized by steep wooded combes and a very varied landscape that changes with the seasons. No matter when you visit it is not possible to be unmoved by its spectacular beauty. In the autumn the moor is covered in heather and you may even be lucky enough to find the local delicacy of whortleberries. The moor is dotted with wild Exmoor Ponies, the Heath Fritillary as well as the largest herd of wild Red Deer in the country.

This is Lorna Doone country – visit the church and village of Oare and the valley from where the dreaded Doones terrorized the neighbourhood.

The area of southern Exmoor is renowned for excellent walking, fishing and horse riding and you can even take an organised off-road trip by Land Rover around Exmoor to see red deer, rare birds and Exmoor ponies.

The National Trust has a number of interests in and around the park, notably Knightshayes, Arlington Court, Dunster Castle and Lundy. You can take a boat trip to Lundy Island, spend the day walking around this spectacular National Trust Island watching the seabirds, and even perhaps spot the basking sharks and puffins. Just as spectacular is the Valley of the Rocks and Watersmeet, just off Lynmouth and Lynton.

The large towns forming a triangle around Exmoor are Minehead, Barnstaple and Taunton. Within the Park there are a number of small towns and many villages; some of the best known being Dunster, with its lovely castle and grounds overlooking Minehead, Porlock, Selworthy, Allerford, Bossington and Exford.


DULVERTON (5 miles) is the southern gateway to the Exmoor National Park, a small town standing between the rivers Barle and Exe, which meet further down the valley. Dulverton has some quaint narrow streets weaving between fine Victorian buildings and a three arched bridge crossing the river leading to riverside walks. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs in Dulverton and in the square is the Exmoor National Park visitor centre and art gallery, offering plenty of inspiration for exploring the vast expanse of the moor on foot, on horseback or from behind the wheel.

PORLOCK (14.5 miles) is a quaint village with plenty of gift shops along with pubs, cafes and restaurants. The picturesque harbour of Porlock Weir offers wonderful views across the Bristol Channel. Porlock offers the choice of sea fishing from the weir.

TIVERTON market town (17 miles) is famed for its Heathcote lace. One of the principal attractions is Tiverton Castle, a beautiful habited property dating from the twelfth century revealing a number of contrasting architectural styles and some delightful gardens, including a romantic walled garden and kitchen garden.

DUNSTER (17.5 miles) is a medieval village with many old buildings and winding cobbled streets. The whole village is dominated by the Dunster Castle on its hill and the focal point of the High Street is the picturesque Yarn Market, a covered area built in 1609. Dunster is well served with traditional inns, individual shops and interesting places to explore including the working 18th century watermill.

MINEHEAD (18 miles) has golden sandy beaches, a pretty harbour and plenty of cafes, shops and bistros. Enjoy a nostalgic steam train journey from the seafront on the West Somerset Railway, or visit Blenheim Gardens, winner of many awards for its beautiful floral displays.

LYNTON & LYNMOUTH (19 miles) in the Exmoor National Park are connected by a fascinating Cliff Railway, with fabulous walks to Watersmeet and the stunning coastline at the Valley of the Rocks.

BICKLEIGH (21 miles) is one of Devon’s most photographed villages with its thatched cottages, lovingly tended gardens and beautiful riverside setting. Bickleigh Mill offers a rural retail experience. Here you will find shopping opportunities, craft centre, farm shop, restaurant, coffee shop and waterside tea garden together with picnic areas and trout lakes. Nearby, Bickleigh Castle was once a Royal stronghold and boasts a picturesque moated garden, armoury, ancient chapel and much more. Yearlstone Vineyard is another popular attraction, where the silty clay loam and naturally protected slopes provide ideal conditions for grapes to thrive. The vineyard now has a shop and a café overlooking the river Exe, ideal for those yearning to learn more about wine production right here in the UK.

BARNSTAPLE (22 miles) is a lively traditional coastal town with a pannier market, shops, restaurants and bars, along with two fabulous sandy beaches, which are popular with surfers and families. Barnstaple is also home to a multi-screen cinema, the Queen’s Theatre, leisure and tennis centre and a bowling alley. The town is renowned for its floral displays having won a Britain in Bloom award and flowers are found around every corner of the town in the most unusual places. Barnstaple lies at the end of the magnificent Tarka Line railway, which takes you through the spectacular North Devon countryside of wooded river valleys, rugged moorland and a stretch of coastline.

GREAT TORRINGTON (27.5 miles) is an unspoilt town built on high ground above the River Torridge. A leading tourist attraction is Dartington Crystal where visitors can see craftsmen blowing and shaping glass, follow the history of glassmaking and buy some beautiful pieces. The town has a good selection of individual shops, a friendly atmosphere, and some good inns. About a mile from Great Torrington is the spectacular RHS garden at Rosemoor, splendid with colourful roses in summer and in a breathtaking setting by the River Torridge.

BIDEFORD (31 miles) is a quaint town with various shops, restaurants and galleries. Running alongside the river, the town has a lovely country feel. Attractions include the quirky shops, pannier market and the Tarka Trail pedestrian and cycle way. Take a boat trip to Lundy Island, a unique and unspoilt island, undisturbed by cars, and home to a fascinating array of wildlife amidst dramatic scenery: deer, seals, ponies, dolphins and rare birds. On the edge of Bideford is the Atlantic Village, a large shopping outlet housing more than 30 retailers.

ILFRACOMBE (31 miles) is a beautiful Victorian seaside town, home to artist Damien Hirst and his statue ‘Verity,’ which stands proudly above the pretty harbour. Fresh seafood can be enjoyed in several of the restaurants and tea rooms, and there are lovely galleries and shops to peruse. Attractions include Ilfracombe Aquarium. From Ilfracombe Pier you can set sail for Lundy Island. Tunnels Beaches are a network of beautiful sheltered beaches and tidal Victorian bathing pool accessed via four tunnels hand carved in the 1820’s. Located alongside the blue flag beach is a café.

APPLEDORE (32 miles) is a quaint fishing village whose only connection to the mainland is a wonderful peninsular surrounded by salt marshes, which are part of a world biosphere site, and a stunning coastline. Home to shipbuilders and Hocking’s ice cream, which is only sold in North Devon, there are Ferry links to Instow. Attractions include The North Devon Maritime Museum & Victorian Schoolroom.

CLOVELLY (42 miles) is set into a steep hillside that drops more than 400ft down to Clovelly Pier. One of the most famous villages in the world, the car-free cobbled streets have made it a wonderful place for visitors to walk. Home to a cluster of shops, café and public house, attractions include Hobby Drive Walk and Clovelly Court Gardens.


Knightshayes Court (National Trust), Tiverton (16.5 miles) is a Victorian country house surrounded by acres of glorious gardens and parkland.

Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles) is an ancient castle with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens, set above the medieval village of Dunster. Dating back over 1,000 years, Dunster Castle is now run by the National Trust as a tourist attraction with events and activities held during the year.

Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles). The Regency house holds an impressive collection of horse drawn vehicles and beautiful gardens. Arlington has over 20 miles of footpaths, trailing around lakes and bridges.

Broomhill Sculpture Garden, Barnstaple (25.5 miles). Surrounded by woodland and streams, the garden features a number of international and local sculpture projects, as well as an excellent restaurant.

Castle Hill Gardens, Filleigh, Torrington (28 miles).

Marwood Hill Gardens, Marwood, Barnstaple (28 miles).

Tapeley Park Stately Home and Gardens, Westleigh, Bideford (28 miles).

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington (29 miles).

Clovelly Court Gardens, Clovelly (42 miles).

Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter (45 miles).

Hartland Abbey & Gardens, Hartland, Bideford (45 miles).

Barrington Court, Ilminster TA19 0NQ (49 miles).


North Devon beaches are well known around the world for their clean water, golden sands and excellent waves. All these beaches are located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are situated along the South West Coast Path.

Instow beach and pretty village (28 miles), home of the Royal North Devon Yacht Club.

Tunnels Beach, Ilfracombe (30.5 miles).

Saunton Sands (31.5 miles). Saunton is an ideal surfing beach for beginners, providing a more smooth ride.

Westward Ho! (32 miles) has a gorgeous beach, which is popular for surfing and swimming. The clean sands are protected by a large pebble ridge and grasslands, which lie within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Woolacombe (32.5 miles). Putsborough, located in the southern corner of Woolacombe, will tend to have clean surf when nowhere else does, due to the high cliffs protecting it from the gales.

Croyde Bay (33 miles) has one of the best beach breaks in the UK and therefore attracts the more experienced surfers.


North Devon Hawk Walks, Withypool, Exmoor (4 miles).

Quince Honey Farm in South Molton (12.4 miles) is a family run working honey farm with 1,000 hives. Visit the world’s largest Honeybee exhibition; BeeWorld! There is a large indoor soft play area, an outdoor play area and a Critter cabin. Cafe and shop, dog friendly.

Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, West Lynch Farm, Allerford, near Porlock (15.5 miles). Visit the Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre to see their collection of owls, birds of prey and other friendly animals plus the opportunity to participate in full or half-day bird of prey experiences.

Dunster Working Watermill (National Trust), Dunster (17.5 miles), an 18th century mill set in the peaceful surroundings of Dunster Castle.

Dunster Castle (National Trust), Dunster (17.5 miles).

Exmoor Zoo, Bratton Fleming (18 miles).

Cobbaton Combat Collection of military vehicles, Cobbaton, Chittlehampton (20 miles).

West Somerset Railway is a 20 mile steam railway running through stunning countryside between Minehead (20 miles) and Bishop’s Lydeard, near Taunton.

Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust, near Watchet (22 miles). A charming and atmospheric collection of railway memorabilia and real vintage engines and cars.

Tropiquaria Wildlife Park, Watchet (22 miles) – a small tropical house and zoo. Puppet theatre and 2 life-size pirate adventure ships. Also new indoor play castle.

The Tarka Trail (22 miles) is the former Barnstaple to Bideford railway line, one of the country’s longest continuous traffic-free walking and cycling paths, and forms part of the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route. Providing excellent views of the Taw estuary the route is relatively level.

Wildlife & Dinosaur Park, Combe Martin (23 miles).

Watermouth Castle and Family Theme Park, Berrynarbor, near Ilfracombe (27 miles).

Dartington Crystal, Great Torrington (28 miles).

The Big Sheep is an amusement farm park located in Abbotsham, near Bideford (32 miles).

The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly (39 miles).

Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Road, Exeter (40 miles) – Roller coasters, drop slides and water flumes plus lots more.


The surrounding area is perfect for golf, horse riding, watersports, quad biking, fishing and flying, which can all be enjoyed locally.


Highbullen Hotel Golf and Country Club, 18 hole pay and play (19 miles).
Chulmleigh Golf Course 18 hole par 3, pay and play (20 miles).
Libbaton Golf Club, High Bickington, Umberleigh (23 miles).
Portmore Golf Park, Barnstaple (21 miles).


Horse riding allows you to venture off the conventional footpaths and experience the landscape and scenery like never before. Many of the riding stables in the area offer both coastal and countryside treks, and can cater for all levels of experience.

West Anstey Farm Stables, Waddicombe (3.7 miles).
Brendon Manor Riding Stables, Brendon Manor Farm, Brendon Manor, Lynton (16 miles). Ideal if you want to go horse riding over Exmoor.
Bold Try Riding Stables, Leigh Road, Chulmleigh (20.5 miles).
Dean Riding Stables, Lower Dean Farm, Dean, Parracombe (21.5 miles). Ride out on a quiet or adventurous hack around Exmoor.
North Devon Equestrian Centre, Shirwell, Barnstaple (27 miles).


The majestic lake at Wimbleball Country Park (11 miles) is also a premier trout fishing location, and provides tuition in numerous water sports, including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
At the reservoir at Wistlandpound (20 miles), there are the opportunities to try sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.


World class beaches at Saunton, Woolacombe and Croyde provide ideal opportunities for surfing, coasteering, kayaking and kite surfing:
Surfside Kayak, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe (25 miles).
North Devon Surf School, Westward Ho! (32 miles).
Surf South West, Croyde Bay (34 miles).


Rock and Rapid Adventures, South Molton (11.4 miles) has the largest indoor climbing wall in North Devon.
Exmoor Adventures, Porlock Weir (15.6 miles) provides a range of outdoor activities including coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, raft building, archery, hill walking and orienteering activities across North Devon and Somerset.
South Down Adventure Ltd, South Down Farm, Umberleigh (26 miles) offers quad biking, zorbing, clay shooting archery or air rifle shooting.
North Devon Karting, Barnstaple (24.5 miles).
Keypitts Stables ‘n’ Quads, Ilfracombe (28 miles).
The Ultimate Adventure Centre, near Bideford (32 miles) offers coasteering, mountain boarding, mountain biking, high ropes, climbing wall, kayaking and surfing.
West Somerset Adventures offer a variety of activities and day packages to suit those looking for an alternative Exmoor adventure. West Somerset Adventures is a local company based on the edge of Exmoor.


South Molton swimming pool (14 miles).
Tiverton swimming pool, Exe Valley Leisure Centre (16 miles).
Wivey Pool, The Recreation Ground, Wiveliscombe (18 miles) – outdoor open air swimming pool.


Aerosaurus Balloons & Virgin Hot Air Balloon Flights, Tiverton Rugby Club, Tiverton (16 miles).
Eaglescott Airfield (26 miles) – light aircraft, microlights, gliding, training, aerobatics and air experience flights.


South Molton Bowling Club (12.5 miles) has an outdoor bowling green for the summer and indoor short mat bowling during the winter.


Riverton House & Lakes, Coarse Angling Centre, Barnstaple, Swimbridge (17 miles).


Bellbrook Valley Trout Fishery, Oakford, Tiverton (10 miles).


Experience Exmoor offers a range of outdoor experiences in Exmoor. You can take part in a luxury 4×4 safari, where you can go off road, see the coast or explore Exmoor with a pub lunch to keep your energy levels up. Experience Exmoor also offers sea safaris, clay pigeon shooting and walks.

Red Stag Safari offer Safaris on Exmoor in a Land Rover Discovery with a local Somerset guide, see Red Deer on Exmoor and discover its fascinating past.



Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Lunchtime Fish and Chip Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival
Dunster Castle events, Dunster (17.5 miles).


Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
North Devon & Exmoor Walking Festival
Lunchtime Fish and Chip Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Murder Mystery Special, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Dunster Castle events, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Events at Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).


Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Cheese & Cider Lunchtime Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Steam & Cream Tea Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Seaweed Festival, Clovelly (41 miles).
Ilfracombe Victorian Celebration, Ilfracombe (31 miles).
GoldCoast Oceanfest, Croyde (33 miles).
Events at Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
Outdoor Theatre, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).


Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Days out with Thomas, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Yarn-Bombing, Clovelly (41 miles).
Cheese & Cider Lunchtime Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Steam & Cream Tea Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Murder Mystery Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Clovelly Gig Regatta, Clovelly (41 miles).
Clovelly Maritime Festival, Clovelly (41 miles).
World War I Assault Course, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Summer events at Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Woolsery Agricultural Show, Clovelly (41 miles).
Victorian Explorers with Exmoor Zoo, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Somersault Festival, Castle Hill Gardens, Filleigh (28 miles).


Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Victorian Falconry, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Outdoor Theatre, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
North Devon Show, South Molton (12.5 miles).
Victorian Explorers with Exmoor Zoo, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Exmoor Rail, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Clovelly Lifeboat Weekend, Clovelly (41 miles).
Civil War Weekend, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Lunchtime Fish and Chip Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Events at Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
National Sandcastle Competition, Croyde Beach (33 miles).


Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Events at Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
Cheese & Cider Lunchtime Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Steam & Cream Tea Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Sea Ilfracombe Festival, Ilfracombe (31 miles).
Late Summer Weekend, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Lobster and Crab Feast, Clovelly (41 miles).
Events at Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Barnstaple Carnival, Barnstaple (22 miles).
The Appledore Book Festival, Appledore (32 miles).


Dunster Castle Express, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
The Appledore Book Festival, Appledore (32 miles).
Events at Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Autumn Steam Gala, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Morning Deer Walks, Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
North Devon Foodfest, Barnstaple Pannier Market (22 miles).
Spooky Pumpkin Trail, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
After Dark, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Spooky Night Walk, Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
Murder Mystery Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Steam & Scream, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).


Christmas Fair Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
Clovelly Herring Festival, Clovelly (41 miles).
Minehead Station Christmas Market (20 miles).


Dunster by Candlelight, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Santa Express Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Sherry & Mince Pie Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Christmas through the ages and illuminated trail, Dunster Castle, Dunster (17.5 miles).
Christmas Lights, Clovelly (41 miles).
Murder Mystery Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Father Christmas, Arlington Court (National Trust), Arlington, near Barnstaple (23 miles).
Carol Trains, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Winter Steam Festival, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).
Lunchtime Fish and Chip Specials, West Somerset Railway, Minehead (20 miles).

Things you need to know about Smiddy Cottage if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • This cottage welcomes dogs and other pets, providing they are well behaved. Pets are charged at £3.00 per day per pet, or £20 per week per pet
  • Reception for mobiles, although currently limited, is showing signs of improvement. However there is a pay phone and fax in the main house
  • Barbecues and related tools are available on request
  • “Pay as you go” meters have been installed in each cottage and these are pre-loaded with a £10 credit for every week that guests propose to stay. The meters accept £1 & £2 coins
  • Additional beds in the cottages are priced at £30.00 per week
  • Horses and ponies on a DIY basis, with stable, use of tack room and grazing at £40.00 per week or £7.00 per night
  • Minimum stay 2 nights in off peak periods. Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.

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