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Foxlair Cottage

(Ref. 983861)

Withypool, Somerset Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely time at foxlair, it's a lovely cosy cottage."

    Everything you need is there,the only thing I would point out is there is no Icebox in the fridge,apart from that brilliant.Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Mar 2024

  • "Some people, urban dwellers perhaps, might find the approach to the cottage a trifle daunting."

    The better part of a mile of narrow single track winding and rising and falling across a barren, uninhabited moor. In failing light and rain one tends to keep a lookout for the Baskerville hound ! The cottage itself, a beautifully converted farm building was nigh on perfect and the owners were unobtrusively welcoming. If you seek solitude, silence and scenery this is for you.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.4Feb 2024

  • "Lovey little property."

    had everything we needed and more.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very comfortable and clean with everything you could need. Owners were lovely and helpful. Garden was great even for my greyhounds. Very enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Nov 2023

  • "Perfect cottage in gorgeous surroundings with all amenities including a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer."

    The garden was perfect for our 2 Springer Spaniels and fully enclosed. Withypool itself is a lovely little village with a dog friendly and gorgeous pub and tearoom. Be aware though that there is no phone signal and very limited wifi but is perfect for a total break from reality.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.7Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need from fresh bedding a welcome gift of wine ,milk ,bread and butter ."

    There is a good range of cooking equipment. Amazing views and walks and very secure garden for dogs and lots of wildlife to see. The hosts were very friendly and made are stay very welcome.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was a really lovely cottage perfect for exploring North Somerset and north Devon."

    It had everything we needed to make our stay a great one. The enclosed garden area for our dog was an added bonus for us and our pet. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage and hosts."

    Lovely to arrive to homemade bread and essentials (inc. a bottle of wine) Stunning location, remote, quiet and surrounded by moorland. Its over 20 years since we last stayed at this farm and its still as beautiful as ever!

    Reviewed by Clive4.7Jan 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Cottage was cosy and spacious. Stunning views and our dogs loved the garden and such bonus that it was enclosed. On arrival we had all the basics such as milk, bread, butter, tea, coffee, biscuits & a lovely bottle of wine.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Nov 2022

  • "We had previously enjoyed a stay on this site in Creenaghs Cottage and decided to book the Fox Lair."

    Both the lettings had been significantly upgraded since our last visit. Indeed, the Fox Lair was one of the best holiday lettings we had ever rented. We would wholeheartedly recommend this property to anyone who was looking for a peaceful stay. Indeed, the break was made even more enjoyable by Geof and Bev, our two hosts, who were helpful and supportive.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Nov 2022

  • "Extremely comfortable and roomy cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Very welcoming and friendly hosts. Excellent base for visiting both coast and country and enjoying the peace and beauty of the countryside.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "The photos of the lounge do not do justice to the property as it has been refurbished."

    A stunning location with peace and quiet top of the agenda, all you can hear is birdsong and manic sheep, with Babs joining in with the occasional bark! Alpacas in the field next to the garden. The friendly welcome from Geoff & Bev was lovely. As an aside the Withypool shop is well stocked and you can pre order

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Jul 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing the cottage was first class, with a lovely breakfast pack ..."

    Absolutely amazing the cottage was first class, with a lovely breakfast pack supplied, the location was so relaxing and peaceful, on the Moor, loads of narrow roads that at times a bit hair-raising, Nothing bad to say at all

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely setting all on its own in a quiet peaceful valley, a mile off the local road."

    The only noise I could hear was the birds. Very friendly obliging hosts who helped me out when I accidentally flattened the battery on my truck. . It was a last minute booking and was all I could find, but turned out to be just what I was looking for. Would certainly go back

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, great views, fantastic owners."

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great holiday property if you are looking for something quiet and away from any towns."

    The property is very spacious clean and has everything yiu could want views are amazing and rabbits frequented the garden. The pub was not walking distance unless you are used to long hikes or it is dry enough to go across a few fields. The owners were friendly and around as their house is just across the driveway. Only thing I would be aware of is that the roads are very thin and windy so not for drivers who may be wary on country roads so trips out a little daunting. Glad I had taken the 4 x 4 as with my small car would have struggled . On the whole though a fantastic stay and the owners had left us prosecco eggs bread butter and some biscuits which was great

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Jul 2021

  • "Off the beaten track, need to be a good walker and vehicle driver."

    Views fabulous

    Reviewed by James4.1Jul 2021

  • "One of the reasons we booked the cottage was because of the numerous animals on the farm and the short walk to the pub?"

    We only saw 3 Alpacas during our stay and the walk to the pub seemed to be non existant. We couldn't find any path and if we had I'm sure it would have been much more than 6 minutes walk, as stated in the description. Whilst the cottage itself was comfortable and had everything we needed, it did need cleaning. Particularly between the kitchen unit and the fridge and behind the bath. The mirrors were all smeared, I had to clean them to be able to see properly. Beware of the decking outside the patio door, it's very slippery when wet. All that said, it was a beautiful location and the village was lovely and had some beautiful walks. The locals were very welcoming and helpful. The owners of the cottage had been very thoughtful and left us a bottle of wine, fresh bread, milk and biscuits. Excellent clothes washing facilities and thankyou for the added touch of a hair dryer. I would suggest some leaflets at Foxlair, suggesting places to visit as there is no Internet connection for online searching. There are some books in the cottage with historical information on Withypool. The local post office is very helpful with tourist information. We would definately come again as its an ideal location for visiting Lynmouth, Dunster and Porlock and we enjoyed our fury friends in the garden along with the beautiful scenery. Thankyou Jo

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8May 2021

  • "We were dissapointed that the two bedroom windows looked out into a sort of 'lean to' small utility area, which wasn't very nice."

    We also found that two frying pans were dirty and a saucepan had to be washed before we were able to use it, this would be down to the previous occupants of the cottage. While generally the cottage was clean and very tidy, the skirting boards needed a good clean and when we arrived there were cobwebs in the bedroom and the bathroom, the window frame in the living room area also needed a good clean. If I was paying the greatly inflated prices for next years holiday breaks I would certainly expect a higher level of cleanliness for my money!

    Reviewed by Mark3.4Oct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay ."

    Beautiful location and comfortable and well equipped. Thank you for the trouble you took to find us somewhere for a few days. Wished we could have had longer. Anne Scott.

    Reviewed by L5.0Sep 2020

  • "Quiet excellent location for walkers"

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2020

  • "We enjoyed the week very much."

    The cottage was spacious, very comfortable, well equipped and off the beaten track a peach for wildlife lovers like ourselves. We had several foxes, rabbits, little owls and many more interesting fauna visit the garden during the week. Ben and Geoff were super hosts. Withypool 2 miles away was an attractive old village of only approx 250 inhabitants but still supported a cafe, shop, and a pub which served very good evening meals. Would we return? MOST DEFINITEL

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2020

  • "Geoff and Bev really good hosts, with the freshly home baked bread a winner."

    Really nice place to have a quiet week away. Ideal for walkers with walks on the doorstep. A well enclosed garden just the job for Marley (our dog). A well stocked shop in the village and a friendly cafe across the road from there. The Royal oak pub offers a wide range of food with a friendly welcome

    Reviewed by Kim3.8Mar 2020

  • "Had a friendly welcome when we arrived from the owners."

    Had everything in the cottage you need plus little extras. Very quiet cosy cottage.Would recommend this cottage to any one who loves the countryside and lovely views. Sat nav takes you to wrong farm so ask at the pub. Its only about mile out of village. If you like watching the stars this is the place to be.Its not to far to bigger towns,so once again would recommend to any one,

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jan 2020

  • "Great cottage for walkers, everything here that we needed."

    The setting is lovely with walks from the door.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0Nov 2019

  • "What a delightful area, the cottage has all you would need and the owners were more than helpful."

    A lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Aug 2019

  • "The peace and quiet at this holiday was second to none and the hosts Bev & Geoff were extremely welcoming, we even had home made goodies left for our stay."

    All in all a very welcoming break from the busy routine of working, scenery is great and we were lucky with the weather.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2019

  • "A lovely homely comfortable cottage, in a most picturesque part of the world!"

    really enjoyed our short break. The fully enclosed garden was a great bonus for our dogs, as that is our main priority! Hope to return sometime, Lorraine Finch.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen/diner
  • Utility/ boot room
  • Biomass heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice-box
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Enclosed garden at the rear with patio and furniture
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome, sorry no smoking
  • Shop 6 minute walk and pub 20 minute walk
  • Note: Mobile phone signal is limited
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on leads around the farm, due to cows, pigs, goats sheep, geese, alpacas on site.

The property

Homely cottage situated on a working farm in Withypool, Somerset.

The property offers stunning views of the nearby town of Withypool and it’s perfect for a couple or young family wishing to explore the South West of England.

On entering the property, guests will find a very comfortable king-size bed, as well as a stylish bathroom.

The open plan kitchen/dining area contains breakfast bar seating, along with two sofas which enable the guests to unwind in front of the TV following a busy day visiting the local area.

There’s also a set of French doors which open out to the garden and stunning views of the local area.

Outside of the property there’s plenty for guests to enjoy, with a barbecue along with seating area, so why not top off summer evenings surrounded by green and pleasant land with a burger or two along with your favourite drink?

The garden’s also plenty big enough for man’s best friend to roam around, with a well behaved dog welcome.

Though guests must ensure that the dog is kept on a leash around the farm animals.

Speaking of farm animals, the farm plays host to cows, goats, pigs, sheep, geese and Alpacas, and guests are welcome to explore the 50+ acres of farm land.

Just a six minute walk, is the Royal Oak Inn, which offers good food and drink.

It’s a pub steeped in tradition, with links to the James Bond character M, and where some of the D-Day landings were planned during the Second World War!

With the village of Withypool located within Exmoor National Park, there are plenty of breath-taking walks and cycle paths in the area.

Guests can also enjoy kayaking, paddleboard and rock climbing in the National Park.

Further afield is the town of Barnstaple, while fans of surfing should visit the sandy beach of Woolacoombe, which is just 22 miles away.

With plenty of stunning scenery and activities all within the vicinity of the property, it really is a fabulous location from which to base your holiday in Somerset.

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

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About the location


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. 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas