Wheddon Cross, Exmoor Cottages
Lower Goosemoor is an idyllic hideaway situated in a private valley at the end of a track in Exmoor National Park. It lies within 4 miles of the hilltop village of Wheddon Cross and close to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor. The property, a former pair of miner's cottages, has surprisingly large and light rooms and has been modernised with flair and sensitivity. Warm and welcoming, it has been thoughtfully equipped and is perfectly complemented by its enchanting grounds, through which guests can roam.
This cottage and its location really do leave guests awestruck and proves a perfect place in which to relax and recharge the batteries. A real favourite for families and small groups looking to get away from it all.
Entrance porch leading to small, flagged hall.
Living Room with large, comfortable sofa (converts to sofa bed for alternative sleeping), two armchairs, TV, original beams and wood burning stove.
Kitchen/Dining Area with cream Aga, hand-built 'ash' kitchen and dining table seating six.
(via steep and narrow stairs)
Bedroom One with king size bed (5ft), wardrobe, dressing table,TV and view to nearby lake.
Bedroom Two with double bed (4ft 6).
Family Bathroom/WC with separate power shower over bath and large basin.
Extensive and enchanting private grounds with stream, arbour, seats, grassed areas and small wood. Barbecue. (NB small children should be supervised).
Sorry no pets. Space for guest's own cot. No smoking. Pub and well stocked shop 10 minutes drive. Sorry, weekly bookings only , Saturday to Saturday.
Set within a small valley with an idyllic stream running by, the property is located in an utterly peaceful and apparently remote location on northern Exmoor yet is only ten minutes from a well-stocked village shop and within easy reach of a wide variety of interesting places to explore.
For the active visitor, walks with fine views are all around, whilst Exmoor's well-known landmarks such as Dunkery Beacon, Tarr Steps and the valleys of the Exe, Barle and East Lyn (setting for Blackmore's famous novel Lorna Doone) are all easily reached.
Slightly further afield is the North Devon and Somerset coast with pretty villages in steep combes such as Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth or for a more traditional seaside experience, you can head to Minehead which is only ten miles away.
The medieval village of Dunster is only six miles away, with its 11th century castle (National Trust), old Yarn Market and interesting shops, pubs and restaurants.
Other towns to visit in the area are Tiverton to the south, with plenty of shops and facilities, and the county town of Taunton, which can be combined with a day exploring the beautiful and little-known Quantock Hills to the east.
"As we got out of our car when we arrived at Lower Goosemoor cottage we were both totally in awe of the cottage and it's garden's beauty. The garden is breathtaking and is a haven of tranquillity. The only sounds are bird song, the breeze through the trees and the trickle of water from the stream. The cottage has been decorated and furnished to the highest standards. We arrived to cake, wine, bacon, eggs, butter, milk and other supplies such as tea, coffee, sugar, washing up liquid, etc. There was even a draw in the bathroom full of items in case we had forgotten to pack anything! We had an amazing week and will definitely be staying again."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-08-28
"This review echoes the sentiments of earlier ones. The photos (which are impressive) don't do this place justice! It is a beautiful setting, with a wonderful garden/grounds to explore, lots of places to sit and have tea/lunch/play games/read etc. If you are quiet enough, there is plenty of wildlife to observe too. A pair of lesser spotted woodpeckers were regular visitors to the bird seed holder on the tree close to the house. Inside the house are lots of lovely messages clearly explaining the set up, and the cleanliness was sublime. A nice touch was the bread, eggs, and other food already in the fridge! The WiFi was a bit temperamental, but that's rural broadband for you! Not that it was a detriment since it was nice to get away! The track running from the road to the cottage is a bit narrow, but manageable for most vehicles. A picturesque location for a getaway. Definitely worth booking! Thank you :)"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-07-31
"We had a four night break in May, my husband and me, our daughter and her partner. We were totally amazed at the beautiful house and garden. The photos really don't do it justice, it is absolutely spectacular. We would all certainly go back and now our other daughter wants to bring her family down too. Totally perfect in every way."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-06-09