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Limecombe

Simonsbath, Somerset (Ref. 951197)

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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • “The true meaning of location is everything”

    Limecombe Cottage, Near Simonsbath Somerset. ...

    Limecombe Cottage, Near Simonsbath Somerset. This cottage is located about a mile North West of Simonsbath in Somerset, close to the Devon boarder. Located more specifically in the ‘Exmoor Forest Estates’ in Exmoor it is described by the owners as the most ‘remote and unspoilt’ location and we could only agree, Perfect!!!. Almost self contained (by way of amenities) we think you’ll enjoy this location, we did, our age range was 2 to 70+ years and three dogs (by arrangement). Access to the cottage is through a working farm which had two different type of sheep and two different types of cattle. (The details of which was contained in the informative visitor book).The cottage itself is set in its own grounds, which I guess to be about an acre+ of natural hillside (all fenced off). Some of which is mowed so you can enjoy the outside furniture with ease. The views give you a little insight to what was right on your door step, Exmoor. There is a gate off towards a stream down a steepish path but we found crayfish, frog/toad spawn and small fish, even this high up in the hillside. (Smaller children will need to be supervised). If you wondered a little further on and up the hill opposite, and remembering your on a working farm you may be lucky enough to spot some Deer in those top fields too. The cottage has five bedrooms each en-suit with quality towels and hairdryers in each room, we all found the beds very comfortable with crisp white bedding. The ‘wing’ bedrooms had lovely showers and the upstairs bedroom had a large bath to sink into. Incidently we always had plenty of hot water. Extra bedding was stored in the airing cupboard, just in case it was chilly (but we didn’t need it the cottage was warm and comfortable). The bedrooms themselves were decorated in neutral colours with storage and bedside units and lighting to compliment the environment. (See the floor plan to see the layout in more detail, and note that two bedrooms can be made up so that the beds become Kingsize beds, as per your requirement). The sitting room has digital TV, DVD player, games and books and the seating, the wood burner for that cosy warm evening. Initial fuel is free but extra logs can be purchased and paid for in the honesty box. The kitchen/refectory can easily cope with a full house of people. We found it to be well equipped with lots of plates, bowls, cups, glasses, knives and forks etc. Frying pans, saucepans all there. The kitchen had a two gas ovens and hob, dishwasher (very handy) and washing machine and 80/20 fridge freezer. Plenty of storage for food too. An extra fridge was located in the outhouse/drying room with a tumble dryer, the drying room is also a good storage area for bicycles if you bring them, which incidentally had a supply of disposable Bar-B-Ques again at an extra cost paid for via the honesty box. Outside on the south facing garden area had three picnic benches, just perfect to gather around and enjoy the fresh air and utter peace, the front area had a bench too just in case you wanted to enjoy a different idyllic view. In summary, this cottage is clean, well presented, warm and comfortable and equipped to suit most needs but if all else fails the housekeeper is always a phone call away to help, which would be quite rare I feel given that most things are available and easily straight forward. Whilst this is just one opinion the visitor book was full of praise and positivity. Top tips: We had Tesco deliver our food but I met them on the road down by the farm (use the farms post code), our driver admitted he would have never found the cottage without help. There is no mobile signal at the cottage or in the village, drive up on the moor for signal but the cottage does have a landline phone for emergencies I guess, sensible reassurance. If your new to the area there are the obligatory information leaflets and some discount vouchers BUT the cottage does have a few maps to seek out those areas off the beaten track walks etc. if you haven’t down loaded the O/S maps to your phone for the area. Whilst I’m not allowed to add websites I know the cottage is on the very well know video channel under the title Limecombe Cottage, if that doesn’t wet the appetite not much will. Enjoy. As ever if this was helpful please hit the thumbs up. Thank you.

    - Danteontour, May 2018
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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

The property

Simonsbath 1 mile.

This stunning detached cottage is situated in a totally secluded position at the end of a mile-long private stone track in a combe in the middle of the 6000-acre Exmoor Forest Estate near Simonsbath.

The estate is a working hill farm, all within Exmoor National Park, with a large herd of beef cattle and several thousand sheep and offers stunning scenery, as well as sporting activities.

Situated up its own mile long track, this former shepherd’s cottage is in a most private spot with breathtaking views, where you can relax in the total silence at night and stargaze in the darkest non-polluted skies.

Elegantly furnished throughout, the cottage offers first-class accommodation for families or groups of friends looking to get away from it all and to enjoy the great outdoors.

Though you would never know it the cottage runs off solar panels, batteries and a back-up generator.

Set over two floors it offers a spacious, well-equipped kitchen with everything you need to rustle up delicious meals which can be enjoyed together around the large dining table as you chat over the day’s adventures.

Afterwards relax in the comfortable sitting room with its warming woodburning stove and plan the next day’s activities.

The cottage has five beautifully appointed bedrooms, four with en-suites and one with its own private bathroom.

Four of the bedrooms are located on the ground floor, including one with the flexibility of zip/link beds, and two twin rooms in an annexe which can only be accessed externally; a great retreat for members of the family who want an extra bit of peace and quiet.

On the first floor there is a further twin/double room (zip/link) with a separate well-appointed bathroom.

On sunny days you can you can enjoy a BBQ (disposable BBQs are available in the cottage at a small cost) or dining alfresco in the front lawned garden while the children enjoy playing ball games, and relax as you listen to the stream and waterfalls that run through the nearby combe.

There are front, rear and side gardens at the property that are all enclosed.

If you fancy a night off from the cooking there is a warm welcome at the Exmoor Forest Inn in Simonsbath just over a mile away and several other reputable establishments in nearby villages.

There is a wide range of wildlife on the estate with many different species of birds and wild animals for guests to spot including the famous Exmoor red deer.

Pony-trekking is available nearby with a myriad of routes for riders to enjoy across the estate.

You can even bring your own horses and stable them in the estate yard by arrangement.

Fishing enthusiasts are able to make the most of the River Barle which flows through the middle of the estate and walkers will be spoilt for choice with walks to Pinkery Pond, Doone Valley and Cow Castle to name a few.

Though situated in the heart of Exmoor, the coast at Lynton is only an eight mile drive away and the sandy beaches of Woolacombe, Saunton and Croyde can be easily reached.

Discover secret coves along the South West Coast Path, or maybe take a trip to Lundy Island.

There really is something for everyone from this well-located property.

Accommodation

Five bedrooms: 4 x ground floor twin (one is zip/link can be super king-size by request and two accessed externally via a separate door) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (zip/link can be super king-size on request). Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with woodburning stove. External utility.

Amenities

  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer in external utility, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 5 cars
  • Front lawned garden with picnic tables and disposable BBQ stands
  • The front, rear and side gardens are enclosed
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome (living areas only)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Access to two of the ground floor twin rooms is external to the property
  • Note: There is an open stream that runs alongside the property, children should be supervised
  • Note: Water supply is from a UV filtered spring
  • Note: Horse stabling available by prior arrangement with the owner
  • Note: Disposable BBQs can be purchased from the owner at a small cost.

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About the location

SIMONSBATH

Exford 6 miles; Lynmouth 8 miles; Minehead 19 miles.

The small village of Simonsbath stands on the junction in the centre of Exmoor where the East-West, Exford to Challacombe road crosses the North-South, Lynton to South Molton road. The village consists of a number of properties scattered along the lanes from this junction. It is also home to the church of St Lukes, a hotel and a pub. The area has several lovely walks especially down the River Barle which passes the southern edge of the village. The village of Exford is a short drive away which boasts a village green, tea rooms, a shop, Post Office and two traditional inns serving excellent food and drinks. Exmoor National Park is a walkers' paradise with many miles of waymarked paths down the Exe and River Barle valleys and up to the nearby hills, including Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, with outstanding views over 17 counties. The area is renowned for fishing and riding. The largest herd of wild red deer in England and Exmoor’s unique wild ponies roam the moors, as they have done since the time of the Domesday Book. Guided walks with a National Park Ranger take place throughout the summer, and Exmoor is home to Lorna Doone and Tarka the otter, it is a place of rolling hills, medieval villages, such as Dunster with its castle, wild moors and a dramatic coastline. The coastal towns of Lynmouth, Porlock and Minehead are only a short drive from Simonsbath and there are a variety of beaches along the coast, consisting of sandy and shingle beaches, plus some are ideal for surfing and body boarding. In 2011 Exmoor National Park was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first place in Europe to achieve this prestigious award and only the second in the world. Simonsbath is a wonderful location with plenty of things to do for everyone.

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  • Christmas
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