An Exmoor staycation is just around the corner
By Lynne Scott, Exmoor Character Cottages
The holiday season is upon us and the trend for the staycation is on the up. It’s hardly surprising as why bother with all the fuss of planning a hefty (and expensive) trip abroad when you can find bliss at home? And, when it’s on your doorstep, what’s not to love? Avoid the stress and all the hassle that goes with packing, long queues at airports, putting the dog in kennels and spending hours on the M5, just take the easier route to a relaxing staycation in a remote corner of England instead. Exit at junction 24 or 25 to enjoy the scenic route through the Quantock Hills towards Exmoor, and before the kids have had time to say, “are we nearly there yet?” you’ll be stepping into one of four idyllic cottage retreats with all the little extras you’ve been promising yourself and never got round to. The award-winning Exmoor Character Cottages makes it special for a romantic weekend for two, chilling out with the kids, or that long overdue family get-together. This is the perfect English Staycation and it is just around the corner.
The appeal of Exmoor Character Cottages is that they are indeed full of character, charm and old-fashioned delightfulness, so much so that you won’t want to leave. Because, why go out when you can sink down into the warm hot tub with a glass (or two) cook supper on the range, or just hang out in the garden under the stars? We make it extra-special by sourcing some of the best places to eat and drink and provide guides to what’s on and where to go, that is if you want to venture out.
There is plenty to see and do if you want. At 267 square miles, Exmoor is one of Britain’s smallest national parks, so you won’t need to go far to find stunning landscapes, beaches and 15th century harbours, the highest cliffs and the darkest skies. A day trip out to Porlock, the Holnicote Estate, and the bustling harbour of Lynton and Lynmouth are worth getting the car out for. Or just meander along the road to Selworthy Green for one of the best cream teas anywhere at Periwinkle Cottage, and a stroll around the picturesque thatched cottages before heading back for an evening in by the log fire.
Look at our cottages, The Oval in the medieval village of Dunster, The Old Sweet Shop, Pilgrim Corner and the Stone Barn in Minehead. Dogs, kids and muddy wellies are welcome at all our cottages. We are open all year round. To find out more and check availability right now at www.exmoorcharactercottages.co.uk