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Creenagh's Cottage

Withypool, Somerset (Ref. 983857)

4.4

Very good

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable except for the bed-lumpy and with noisy springs."

    Apart from this ,lovely property with lovely hosts. Great welcome goodies. Dog made very welcome. Super peaceful location with walks and beautiful scenery from the door. Loved meeting the alpacas.

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 2021

  • "Lovely quiet spot"

    Reviewed by ChrisOct 2021

  • "Sykes details describing the Farm, Directions to the Farm and Proximity to the Village/Amenities are not accurate and misleading."

    THESE DETAILS NEED TO BE AMENDED. The Farm is not a working Farm. It is a holiday let business with several Alpacas in a field. There is no walking route to the village of Withypool and the drive to the village is 1.9 miles via the private road and B road neither of which have a path to walk upon. The Private road (not a driveway) contains many potholes and is problematic for a standard car to navigate. The cottage has NO mobile phone reception. Description of "limited" mobile phone reception is incorrect. Cleanliness throughout needs to be improved. Removal of numerous spiders webs and dead spiders is needed. The Kitchen area needs a good clean and degrease. The spices and herbs in the Kitchen cupboard were out of date. The Microwave is dirty and rusty. The Toaster is dirty and old. The frying pans were all dirty and scratched with coating peeling off. All these items need to be replaced. There was no roasting tray of reasonable size to use. We had to buy one to cook a roast diner for two. The bathroom has very little storage. The space under the basin should contain a small cupboard or shelving to improve storage in the area. Decoration throughout the cottage is very tired and in desperate need of a refresh. These points are my observations and recommendations for improvement. Positive points is that the heating and shower worked well. The area within which the farm and cottage is located is beautiful and the owners were friendly and helpful. Would recommend Sykes work with the owners to address the items listed for improvement.

    Reviewed by GiuseppeJul 2021

  • "We adore remote places and and beautiful scenery and that’s what Creenagh’s Cottage offers."

    It is not luxury but it provides everything you need and is a wonderful base for walkers or for anyone wishing to explore Exmoor. There is a cosy sitting room, a spacious bedroom, a well equipped kitchen with an excellent oven & hob and a sweet and very sunny little private garden which was lovely to sit and have a beer in after a hard day walking! Our hosts Geoff and Bev the farm owners were lovely people, and kindly provided some bread, butter, biscuits, milk and wine to arrive to which we much appreciated. We met the 3 Alpacas one day who seem characters! In the garden we were deafened by the sound of the birds and bees but nothing else. Heaven! Wonderful to hear the owls at night too. We are lucky to have been blessed with amazing weather for our stay and have much enjoyed it. I recommend popping in some insect repellent as we encountered few pockets of horseflies but only when out walking. For people to whom location is important in terms of using the village shop or pub, please note that the location of the cottage on the Sykes website map plus some of the information they give about its location is incorrect. Find Knighton Farm on the OS map and that is where it is (NOT Waterhouse Farm which is much closer to the village of Withypool and where it is incorrectly positioned). Strolling to the pub in the evening is not an option. Knighton Farm lies across a valley about a mile to the west. It's a shame that visitors arrive at this beautiful spot are disappointed to realise it's not where they thought it would be! If you take your own provisions as we always do, it is an ideal and beautiful location and we had a fabulous time. Thank you Geoff and Bev. (There is Wifi at the cottage but no mobile signal so we made our necessary calls using Whatsapp which worked fine.)

    Reviewed by SallyJul 2021

  • "1. The directions to the property need to be more specific - they give the impression that the property is located just outside Withypool when in fact it is a long drive out of town before you take the 'sharp turn right' and find the start of the very long driveway."

    It then says 'follow the drive down to the property' - this should be more specific - it is a very long driveway - a mile long and it should say this! On the Sykes website this drive is described as 'a well-kept mile long track'. (& you only get this information AFTER you book the property). I'm sorry to tell you but this is the opposite of a well-kept track - it is severely pot holed and has to be taken at a very low speed to avoid any damage to the car. 2. The property fell below our standards of cleanliness - there were huge/old cobwebs/tissues behind the bed head and bedroom cupboard and the windows looked like they had never ever been cleaned. 3. The bed was like lying on a slab of stone (I ended up sleeping on 4 pillows!). 4. The shower was so loud that you couldn't hear the television even when at full volume. 5. The fridge has no shelves! This was very inconvenient meaning you had to take everything out of the fridge every time you needed something. 6. The oven took an hour to reach 150 degrees temperature! 7. On Sykes website it says 'shop & pub 20 mins' - well we tried walking several routes from the cottage and couldn't get to the pub or shop in under 40 minutes - so this is misleading! 8. On the Sykes website it says 'mobile reception is very limited' when in fact there is NO mobile reception! So this is misleading! 9. You need to ask for the BBQ as there is not one at the property. Again on the Sykes website it says there is one so this is misleading. 10. On the Sykes website the cottage is described as 'a beautifully refurbished annexe'. This is misleading...this property has not be refurbished for years! 11. In the Sykes website it says 1 bedroom - 1 x king size.'. This is VERY misleading - yes its a king size room (if one can describe a room in this way!) but, it is certainly NOT a king size bed! This is misleading! 12. If you are planning on leaving your car and walking from this property to one of the many walk routes on the Moors or to Tarr Steps then you need to add 2 miles to your journey time as the property is quite remote and not immediately withing walking distance of more than one public footpath (this path brings you to Lanacre or to Withypool in the other direction). Even this footpath is only accessible from the cottage along a private road and into a field (which is not part of the public footpath). 13. On the Sykes website it says 'Pub/shop <1 mile . This is misleading - it might have been less than 1 mile when the footpath was open from the cottage but it certainly has not been open for a very long time and we tried and failed to get to the pub in under 40 minutes! As the crow flies it might be <1 mile!!! 14. We did not see a single pig, alpaca, goat, geese or chickens 'roaming the working farmland' as described on the Sykes website and I suspect these animals have not been anywhere near this property for a very long time so it is misleading to describe them at all on the Sykes website as some people may book this property based on this information. We did see two cats! 15. Its a shame that the listing for this property isn't more honest because for a lot of people i'm sure that its remoteness and distance from Withypool would not be an issue. We booked the property, as seasoned walkers, but even for us we had to take into consideration that to get onto a public footpath from the property added at least an extra 2 miles to our overall planned journey time. 16. Having said all this, the property has a lovely little garden which I'm sure is perfect for dog owners and we did see rabbits and birds in it and the owners did allow us to enter the property an hour earlier. We did miss a pair of scissors but otherwise the property was well provided for. The shower, although sounding like it was going to explode, was actually very effective! Despite the owners giving us replacement TV remote control batteries, the remote still only worked intermittently!

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2021

  • "Really enjoyable quiet stay, for us and our 2 dogs."

    The perfect base to explore Exmoor. Lovely cottage, well stocked with everything we required. We loved the peace of the countryside, waking up to the dawn chorus, rabbits playing in the garden, and the sounds of owls at night. We would definitely recommend this little holiday cottage, and hope to return soon.

    Reviewed by WendyJun 2021

  • "Wonderful quiet secluded cottage."

    Very comfortable with all facilities. Great place to just get away from it all and also a great base for exploring the county. Great place for dog walking. Lovely hosts. Well recommended. Phil,Mick and Lady

    Reviewed by PhilipMay 2021

  • "We can highly recommend this superb Exmoor location, particularly if you want tranquillity."

    You can forget using your car because there are plenty of walks out from the cottage. Geoff and Bev, the caring owners, allow you to enjoy your stay without interference but are always there if if you need help. Enjoy a gentle 30 minute walk along the River Barle to the Royal Oak (offering a sensible priced menu), pick up groceries from the Village Store and relax at the Tea Room, all in nearby Withypool. Alternatively, purchase some excellent cuts of beef and goat meat (do try it - great in either a curry or stew) from the owners.

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2021

  • "This was a lovely cosy cottage in a secluded location but with relatively easy access to Exmoor as a whole."

    The owners were exceptionally supportive and friendly. Us and dogs had a great holiday and would recommend this property to would be visitors. The only issue, and nothing to do with the holiday accommodation itself, was that the directions contained in the Sykes joining instructions need to be a little more accurate. The turn off quoted for the location of the property is almost one mile further down the road from the reference point stated and needs a fuller explained. Apart from that the break was idyllic.

    Reviewed by AdrianApr 2021

  • "A great location."

    Well placed for easy access to nearby places of interest yet rural. Lovely hosts with an added bonus for me of home grown alpaca wool for sale. The cottage had its own space at the rear to sit outside and is perfect for 2. It's spacious and adequately equipped. It literally sits on the moor.

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2020

  • "Our hosts were wonderful."

    They were friendly, helpful and extremely accommodating. The area was stunning, with lovely walks from the farm. The cows, goats and alpacas on the farm were very well cared for and happy to see a friendly face with a camera! The cottage was perfect and we arrived to find bread, milk, butter, etc. plus a lovely bottle of wine waiting for us in the kitchen. The rear garden was very secure so our dog could enjoy it safely. Plenty of safe parking. Exmoor ponies and deer were seen close by. Local pubs excellent. Local shop very well stocked. Tea room served delicious hot and cold food. Highly recommend. The perfect place for a holiday.

    Reviewed by BarbaraMar 2020

  • "This cottage was very homely and comfortable,everything you would expect to need was supplied and it was a lovely surprise to find a bottle of wine,some freshly made butter and a loaf of bread plus some delicious homemade shortbread waiting for you ."

    .Bev and Geoff were on hand if there were any problems that needed sorting and also you can pay for evening meals for a very reasonable price .A total relaxing and enjoyable holiday ,just wish we could of stayed longer

    Reviewed by PennyOct 2019

  • "Great location with lovely friendly owners."

    Cottage was great, and very dog friendly. All in all a really enjoyable week. Would happily recommend this holiday cottage

    Reviewed by DianeSep 2019

  • "Lovely welcome pack of wine butter bread eggs sausages and shortbread buscuits greatly appreciated."

    The cottage had everything we needed, and was very peaceful. The only traffic we saw was the herd of goats passing the wndow each morning and evening which was a delight. We arrived in the dark, and found the directions after Withypool could have been more precise (distances for example). We had no Satnav, and we turned back before we reached the turn off, not realising how far out of the village it was. But once we found the cottage the location was perfect. The enclosed garden was great as we didn't have to worry about letting our 2 little dogs out in the morning while we had reakfast. Bev the owner was very friendly and helpful, and just next door if we needed anything. We thoroughly recommend Creenagh's Cottage. Lovely.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage, beautiful surroundings, perfect base to visit both Somerset and Devon."

    .. EXCELLENT..

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2019

  • "The owners are exceptionally helpful and friendly."

    Reviewed by TimothyMar 2019

  • "What a joy it was to stay at this cottage especially after the finding out before we went, that the village pub was closed and the post code not the same location when we looked it up on google map and thank goodness because we would have truely missed out on this little piece of heaven on earth, just wished we could live there permanently."

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2019

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Summary

  • One bedroom: 1 x king-size
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Open-plan lounge/diner with woodburner.
  • Biomass central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable storage
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and BBQ
  • 50 acres of land
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 20 mins walk
  • Note: Mobile reception is very limited
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on leads around the farm, due to cows, pigs, goats sheep, geese, alpacas on site.

The property

Tucked into a sheltered valley of Knighton Farm, yet surrounded by the dramatic scenery and charm of Exmoor, you will find Creenagh's Cottage.

his traditional farmstead has fishing rights on the River Barle and is home to cows, pigs sheep, alpacas, goats, geese and chickens all roaming the working farmland.

A well-kept mile-long track leads up to the retreat, a beautifully refurbished annexe to the owners’ farmhouse, with a quirky set-up and woodburning stove.

There is a lovely lounge overseeing the farmyard, with two steps up to a characterful dining area, whilst the delightful kitchen looks out over the heart-warming garden.

From morning through to night time, you can appreciate this home-away-from-home, somewhere unique for you and your loved one to relax in style.

Continue through the property where you will also discover a shower room located on the ground floor.

The upper level is your own little space to enjoy in the evening, a king-size bedroom with lovely features, including a dressing table, sloping ceiling, and exposed beams to the side, encompassing the whole first floor.

Outside is a sheltered patio and large enclosed garden ideal for dog owners, or just some peace and quiet amidst the peaceful surround.

Within moments you can be in the midst of the wonderful wide open space above the farm taking in the panoramic views.

For outings further afield why not try the market town of Dulverton?

the medieval town of Dunster with its castle, and Porlock where Exmoor meets the sea and where you will have to experience the famous Porlock Hill.

Delicious home-cooked meals and produce from the farm can be purchased from the Owners.

A precious retreat for two.

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About the location

WITHYPOOL

Exford 3.3 miles; Minehead 14.4 miles.

The village of Withypool has a remote, upland character and is surrounded by open moorland. Most of the village lies on the north side of the river and follows the narrow roads along the valley contours. The traditional buildings are wrapped in lime washed rendered stonewalls with slate roofs, adding to the sense of character. Within Withypool, there are the local general stores/Post Office, and tearooms. The nearest pub is The Sportsman approximately 3 miles away. There are excellent short and long walks in and around this destination, including the Two Moors Way that passes through the village. One of the most popular walks is a four mile riverside stroll to Tarr Steps, with wonderful scenery. Close by, the picturesque village of Exford is situated in the heart of the Exmoor National Park. In a charming setting by the River Exe, Exford boasts a village green, tea rooms, a shop, Post Office and two traditional inns serving excellent food and drinks.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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