Exmoor – your perfect wellbeing retreat
By Sam Napthine
When you imagine a restorative retreat, you might have visions of flying out to far-flung destinations such as Bali or India. But there is no need for a long-haul flight when craving some rest and headspace. Beautiful Exmoor provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation and wellbeing, whilst our cottages are equipped to guarantee rejuvenation. Here are six ways to make your holiday at Exmoor Character Cottages a wellness staycation.
Wind down before bed.
After switching off your gadgets, use the opportunity to snuggle up and read a book, or sip on a green tea. Not only does adopting regular night-time routines relax you and give your body the cue that it is time for sleep, but it also offers a chance for your brain to switch off without the constant buzzing of technology
Stretch your legs.
This doesn’t have to mean a vigorous session at the gym, why not use up your energy for long walks in Exmoor? The beautiful national park lies right on our cottages’ doorsteps and provides an excellent opportunity to stretch those legs. So, exercise whilst also soaking up the beautiful scenery, you may even see a deer or two!
Make the cottage your own spa!
Our glorious bathrooms and en-suites are kitted out with super comfy towels to ensure a soothing and relaxing experience. The hot tubs in our three cottages in Minehead are the perfect opportunity to unwind in a beautiful setting, soak away stress and aching limbs in the hot tub under the stars.
Sleep on comfortable bedding.
We know that a good night’s sleep is paramount for your wellbeing, and to do that you need a good bed to lie in. Our cottages are custom designed to help all our guests enjoy a dreamy night’s sleep. We researched the best possible mattresses for both durability and luxury. Mattress toppers provide added sumptuousness. Snuggle up in our uber-luxurious and comfortable duvets. Whether you’re ending a day of relaxing in the sun or a tiring day of walking, our beds will promise a cosy respite. So, use your holiday as the chance to reset your sleep schedule and get some much-needed rest!
Indulge in a treatment in your cottage
Our experienced therapist Hannah offers a bespoke range of on-trend manicures, as well as sculpted extensions – all from the comfort of one of our cottages. Using premium beauty brands, she offers her vegan gel polish on natural nails and provides infilling. Whether you want to look glam for a romantic holiday dinner out or feel extra special for a night in, there’s nothing like a manicure to help you relax and chill out.
Put your feet and indulge in a pampering massage or facial with beauty therapist Jenny. She’s worked in some top spas, and as a make-up artist for TV, stage and film, and she’ll will come straight to your cottage door for all your pampering needs. Both Hannah and Jenny are available for our guests seven days a week and will be as flexible as possible to your party’s wishes – but please book as far in advance as you can.
Rediscover the natural world.
The natural world can provide the perfect pause from your busy life. A Swedish study found that the more city dwellers visited the countryside, the less they reported stress-related illnesses. Exmoor provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural world, whether that’s going for a hike or a relaxed drive around taking in the scenery. Take a look at our own ‘Little Book of Walks’ in the cottage for 12 great self-guided walks,, or if you are more of a stay-at-home type, our gardens are the perfect place to relax with a good book, a cup of tea or glass of wine!
We believe that local and friendly communities where our cottages sit are the perfect places to reconnect. Exmoor is a place full of chatty locals who will be delighted to share their knowledge with you when you enter the closest watering hole.
If you would like to re-set the balance in your life and improve your feeling of wellbeing, why not book one of our four luxury holiday cottages? Visit us online for availability and information, and find out more about our pampering options here.