Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight

Dunster by Candlelight 2016 is the 30th year of this special event paid for by the Traders of Dunster in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice here in Somerset.

Candlelight takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday of December when this remarkably preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights its streets with lanterns and where possible candles in the houses

Dunster_309640kEntertainers this year include Rimski’s Bicycle Piano, Kwabana Lindsay, The Greens – aka This and That Performance, Bowlore Flaming Swords, Fire Spinners, and Mr. Mommet Punch and Judy Show.  The atmosphere is both traditional and exciting, truly an event for all ages.

There is no parking or access to Dunster Village during candlelight but Park & Ride buses are available from Minehead, Williton, Porlock, Watchet and Wheddon Cross.  The West Somerset Railway (WSR)  also runs special trains each evening from Bishop’s Lydyeard to Minehead.

Why not experience this unique event by combining it with a stay at one of our nearby holiday homes located in the stunning West Country.

Pipistrelle CottagePipistrelle Cottage is situated off a quiet country lane, in the pretty hamlet of Kentisbury Ford near Lynmouth, and is an ideal base for exploring both the coast and nearby Exmoor.  Recently converted, this immaculate barn conversion has been finished to a high standard throughout.



Bramble CottageBramble Cottage at Shillingford near Tiverton is a barn conversion with a high-raftered ceiling, huge granite fireplace and a country style kitchen. Light floods in from the windows and doors, which afford fantastic country views. The bedroom is in the crog loft, traditionally the sleeping area. From the lounge, French windows open onto a small, enclosed patio.


The DovecoteThe Dovecote at Enmore is a delightful property; this former smithy has been cleverly designed in reverse style to take full advantage of the lovely countryside views. The spacious lounge features a high raftered ceiling, stripped pine floor and a woodburner.



Swallow's NestSwallows Nest at Kentisbury Ford, near Lynmouth is a perfectly formed barn conversion, On the ground floor is a smart open plan living/kitchen/dining area and a handsome half turn wooden staircase leads up to a bright and airy gallery bedroom and large en-suite shower room.



Surridge FarmhouseSurridge Farmhouse at Waterrow near Exmoor, is a handsome, detached Grade II listed farmhouse, dating back to the 17th century, and stylishly combines elegant modern living with original period features. The warm and homely character of this spacious, traditionally furnished property will embrace you the moment you cross the threshold.


The HayloftThe Hayloft is a beautiful newly converted barn, bounded by nine acres of mature gardens, and sits in the quadrangle of the well renowned Stable Cottage Tea Rooms in Triscombe, just outside Bishops Lydeard and only 10 miles from Taunton.  As you enter the grounds, prepare to be greeted with breathtaking views of the Great and Marrow Hills just beyond.


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Short Breaks All Year Round

West Country CottagesIts not always easy to take a full week out of our busy lives for a holiday but we all need a break from the pressures of everyday life at some point.  If you could manage just three or four nights away for a bit of R&R we have a handful of holiday homes which accept short breaks all year round.


The Garden Apartment, IvybridgeThe Garden Apartment in Ivybridge, South Devon, overlooks the beautiful lawned grounds of the striking, stone mansion house built  for the Governor of Ceylon. The spacious interior has high ceilings, comfortable furnishings and a Minster stone fireplace in the lounge. A bright conservatory opens onto the marvellous lawns and gardens, with a stunning variety of colourful plants, shrubs and flowers.


Stable CottageIn a wonderful location between the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels, Stable Cottage is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to explore this beautiful part of Somerset. Situated in the grounds of the owners’ public house and restaurant, The Burcott Inn (which offers free Wi-Fi), this single storey cottage is the end in a row of four.


Little HollbrookLittle Hollybrook, in the small village of Batcombe, Somerset, offers the perfect rural retreat for those looking for peace and tranquillity in beautiful surroundings. Whether you choose to lose yourself in the extensive gardens, relax in the summer house or simply sit back, and watch the abundant wildlife from the raised decking, you’re sure to while away the hours in complete calm.


Breaches BarnThe New Forest has something for everyone and whether you’re looking for a cosy retreat or somewhere bigger for the extended family, the holiday homes at West Park Farm, Rockbourne have it all.  West Park Farm is part of a working beef and arable farm. You welcome to explore the farm, which has a large pond and a bluebell wood, and occasionally you may be able to help the owner on the farm.  Pond View and The Little Granary are super little getaways for two; The Old Cart Shed, sleeps up to 6, is full of character and is traditionally furnished; and finally, Breaches Barn, reminiscent of a mediaeval great hall with a huge, wide open living space with high raftered ceilings, exposed brickwork and oak timbers sleeping up to 11.


Harbour View RetreatHarbour View Retreat in Brixham, South Devon is an idyllic, romantic hideaway with fantastic views of the harbour. This holiday home is situated above the owners’ home and benefits from private parking. Inside, the property is cosy and intimate with everything you need within easy reach.


BrooklynIn the centre of the village of Timberscombe on Exmoor is Brooklyn*. This traditional three bedroom cottage provides a real home-from-home. The spacious lounge is furnished with large comfy sofas and the superb well equipped kitchen, with huge range style cooker, overlooks a well tended patio garden filled with colourful flowers and fragrant herbs.

(* Short breaks are available all year at Brooklyn except during school summer holidays.)


Hidden TreasureBrixham in South Devon is a maze of narrow streets with a wonderful selection of shops and restaurants, where you will find the freshest fish straight off the trawler.  A short stroll from the harbour will take you Hidden Treasure, situated at the end of a charming terrace. This stylish, newly renovated holiday apartment is situated on the ground floor of the owners’ home and is a real delight.


Our holiday homes are located throughout the West Country in coastal and countryside locations, ideal for an active or relaxing break,
many are dog friendly too.

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Moor Walkies!

shutterstockdogsAs a nation of pet lovers, it’s no surprise that people are reluctant to be parted from their four-legged friends especially when planning holidays. Devon, Somerset and Cornwall are lucky to have stunning areas of moorland where there is an abundance of walks, from the relaxing to the challenging!

With 368 square miles of moorland and rivers to play with, it’s no surprise that the Dartmoor National Park is a hugely popular place for our four-legged friends. Whether you choose to follow old railway tracks, well-worn paths that lead to Dartmoor’s most iconic Tors, or grab a guided walk map and go exploring with your dog, you can be assured that a dog friendly day on the moors is fun and enjoyable for all the family.

DartmoorClick on the following link to see which walk will suit you best: Visit Dartmoor

And of course, you’ll need a dog friendly holiday cottage to stay in. Check out:

Thorn Cottage, ChagfordThorn Cottage is a charming detached cottage set in a quiet hamlet just outside Chagford, tucked away in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. This comfortable and delightful holiday home is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Larch View
Larch View
, a modern bungalow, situated in the contemporary village of Moorhaven on the southern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. This unusual village boasts 65 acres of landscaped gardens, tennis courts and a children’s playground, and the property benefits from direct access to the open moor from the rear garden.

Laurel Cottage, HorrabridgeOver 300 years old, Laurel Cottage at Horrabridge is the epitome of a traditional Devon cottage. Original beams, oak floors and an inglenook fireplace with woodburner all add to the ambience of the cottage, which is comfortable, welcoming and beautifully furnished throughout.

Teign View, Lower Ashton
Teign View
is a lovely detached bungalow situated in the small village of Lower Ashton within the beautiful Teign Valley.  To the side of the bungalow is a covered walkway, ideal for bicycles or muddy dogs, with steps leading down to the patio and fully enclosed garden.


Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, the Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. With over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through oak woodlands, alongside tumbling rivers and across open heather-covered moorland, the variety is endless.

exmoor_tarr_stepsClick Exmoor National Park for some ideas.

Mulberry Cottage, DunsterMulberry Cottage, an attractive former stone barn, is set in a secluded coastal location on the edge of Exmoor, just one mile from beautiful medieval Dunster.  The cottage has a cosy and inviting open plan lounge/kitchen/diner, with the lounge area featuring original beams from the mid 19th century.

Station Cottage, MineheadStation Cottage, a sympathetically renovated mid terrace cottage, was built in the late 1880’s for the railway workers of that time. Situated in the heart of Minehead, surrounded by a vast variety of attractions, shops and restaurants, this delightful property makes an ideal base for families to enjoy all that this popular seaside resort has to offer.

Surridge FarmhouseVisitors to Surridge Farm at Waterrow near Exmoor will be stepping back in time when they stay at this wonderful Grade II listed detached farmhouse, dating back to the 17th century. The warm and homely character of this spacious, traditionally furnished property will embrace you the moment you cross the threshold.

Brooklyn, TimberscombeBrooklyn is a delightful cosy cottage in the quiet village of Timberscombe, which means wooded valley. The village lies within the Exmoor National Park, not far from the mediaeval village of Dunster, and is an ideal location to enjoy country walks as well as the beautiful North Somerset coast.

Bodmin Moor
The granite tors and rugged landscape of Bodmin Moor lends itself beautifully to walking and rambling and there is something for everyone.

There are family friendly walks which also make good cycling routes, and also the traffic free Camel Trail spurs just outside of Bodmin and goes to the edge of Bodmin Moor.  For the more adventurous there’s a 60 mile route – The Copper Trail – that circumnavigates Bodmin Moor and the tors of Rough Tor and Brown Willy.

Bodmin MoorClick Bodmin Live for more details.

Chyandour, PensilvaChyandour is Cornish for ‘house by the water’ and is the perfect rural retreat for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday on the edge of the Caradon World Heritage Site. This detached barn conversion is set in four acres of grounds, which includes the owners’ farmhouse, a bluebell wood, a wildlife pond and stream.

Briar Cottage, TregadilletBriar Cottage dates back to 1850 and is a charming, detached Gamekeeper’s cottage brimming with character. Situated on the outskirts of the village of Tregadillet, nestled between Bodmin Moor and the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor, Briar Cottage is a perfect base from which to explore the stunning rural landscape of Cornwall and Devon.

Owl Cottage near LauncestonOwl Cottage is situated in a quiet, rural village just outside Launceston within a few miles of the Devon and Cornwall border. This attractive holiday home features a blend of traditional and modern styles and offers facilities for guests with limited mobility, including access for wheelchairs at the front door and onto a patio overlooking the landscaped garden.

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Perfect Picnic Spot!

picnic 2To celebrate National Picnic Week, the National Trust has handpicked some of the UK’s most beautiful and breathtaking coastal spots for you and the family to enjoy a sarnie, a scotch egg and a slice of cake.  Lundy Island, undisturbed by cars and cut off from the mainland by the Bristol Channel, has been listed in the Top 5.

Lundy IslandThis 400ft-long island is home to a small village and the thirteenth-century Marisco Castle. For a picnic with stunning views over the British coastline, it’s well worth a climb up to the disused lighthouse. Called the Old Light, it offers a panorama over the north part of the island. Nature-lovers can discover the variety of seabirds, wildlife and flowers coating this rocky island, as well as seals basking on the rocks.

Ferries go from Bideford or Ilfracombe up to 4 days a week (dependant on tide times) from mid-March to end of October.


Why not combine a visit to this delightful island with a stay in a holiday cottage?

The Old ParlourThe Old Parlour, Higher Clovelly is situated in the peaceful rural setting of Highford Farm, a former working farm once part of the Clovelly Manor Estate.  This former farm building has been carefully converted into a charming holiday home and retains many original features including arched windows and beamed ceilings. All on one level, this ground floor apartment has a cosy open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with electric woodburner style fire, a spacious double bedroom and an en-suite bathroom.


The NuthatchThe Nuthatch is also situated in the peaceful, rural village of Higher Clovell.  Beautifully finished throughout, this charming cottage is situated in a courtyard opposite the owners’ farmhouse and set within eight acres of grounds, which includes a small natural lake. There is a neat kitchen/diner and from the lounge a door leads to a private raised terraced garden where you can sit, take in the scenery and enjoy the abundant bird and wildlife, and two spacious attractive bedrooms.


Rose CottageRose Cottage is located in a quiet country lane about one and a half miles from Hartland Quay.  This warm and cosy detached holiday home with open plan living, is traditionally furnished in pine, and nestled in the garden opposite the owner’s house.  The cottage has its own private garden area, bordered by a high hedge and colourful roses. Those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy life will love this delightful holiday retreat, where the peace and tranquillity are tangible


Pipistrelle & Swallows NestPipistrelle Cottage and Swallow’s Nest, in Kentisbury Ford near Lynmouth are adjoining barn conversions situated in the owners’ grounds. Both have private patios with garden furniture and barbecues, overlooking a shared lawn and with far reaching views to Exmoor, only a mile away.  Designed to a high standard, the cottages have open plan living areas and are comfortably furnished. All rooms have attractive beamed ceilings and both cottages have wooden staircases which lead up to the bright bedrooms which are crisp and fresh.


Old Lyn CottageOld Lyn Cottage is in a wonderful location right next to the River Lyn in Lynmouth. This stylish apartment is on two floors – the open plan living area is bright and spacious with wonderful views; and the bedrooms situated on the second floor both have access to the balcony which offers elevated views of the river and pretty harbour. With a bathroom and a shower room, and zip and link beds in the twin room, this apartment offers flexible accommodation for families or couples.

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“World Class” Westcountry

dorset0001We all know the Westcountry is spectacular in so many ways; from the superb vast wild spaces of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor to beautiful sweeps of majestic sandy beaches but there is so much more which makes this stunning peninsula stand out.  The Westcountry is a fabulous holiday experience, perhaps its something to do with the little things (or not so little) this area has become well known for – a place so special our guests just keep coming back for more.

Here’s just a few “world class” reasons to visit the Westcountry

The Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site (185 million years of geological history) covering 95 miles of unspoilt coastline.

Jurassic-coast-Charmouth-001Cheddar Cheese – there are many stories (some more believable than others) about how Cheddar cheese originally came into being, but some facts are not in doubt. The land around the village of Cheddar in Somerset has been at the centre of England’s dairy industry since at least the 15th Century with the earliest references to Cheddar Cheese dating from 1170.

The National Trust – whether you want battlements, dungeons and moats, historic houses, gardens and mills, or forests, farmland and moorland, the National Trust looks after it all and its available for us to visit and enjoy.

The Cream Tea – depending where you are it could be cream first or jam first, but nobody does it better than the Westcountry.

slideshow_4Granite Tors – Dartmoor – a landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys with fast flowing rivers, and rugged, wide open spaces.

Haytor-sliderThe Cornish Pasty – delicious Cornish pasties are guaranteed to put a smile on your face but they are only the real deal if made in Cornwall.

The New Forest – a unique area of historical, ecological and recreational significance.  This area retains many of the rural practices conceded by the Crown to local people in medieval times – including the right to graze animals.

The South West Coast Path – it’s rated one of the best walks in the world by Lonely Planet. Where else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

southwestcoastpath 2Cider – the process of making cider hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years; pick the apples, mill, press and ferment.  Generations of producers pass on their knowledge, perhaps adding their own special touches, to make the cider that we know and love today.

The Red Deer – found on Exmoor and the Quantocks.  Nowhere in the UK do stags grow so large and nowhere can you see them in such stunning countryside.

stag-dave-webProduce – meat, fish, vegetables and other products, such as clotted cream, are sourced from specialist suppliers throughout the South West by world renowned chefs.

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