Carver Cottage

Oare, Devon
The sitting and dining room at Carver Cottage, Devon
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The kitchen at Carver Cottage, Devon
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At-a-glance details

  • Guests 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Preferred changeover day Wednesday
  • Minimum stay 3 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 2
  • Acorn rating 2 What's this?
  • Reference 012054

About Carver Cottage

Explore the wilds of Exmoor with a stay at Carver Cottage, deep in the heart of the Doone Valley.

Exmoor, remote and rugged, has changed little since RD Blackmore chronicled its tumbling rivers, ancient woodland and deep valleys in his 1869 classic novel, Lorna Doone. Situated in the Doone Valley, Carver Cottage now provides a warm and inviting spot from which to explore this dramatic landscape.

This cottage sits in a private section of Cloud Farm Campsite, a stone’s throw from the broad stream of Badgworthy Water that rushes along the narrow valley’s floor. Surrounded by tall hills populated by buzzards, ponies and deer, the place feels hidden from the modern world. Pitch-dark nights, perfect for stargazing, and a lack of signal add to this feeling, making Carver Cottage a true escape.

Accessible via a track that also services the campsite, with outdoor seating in the gated entrance area. Downstairs, the cottage has an open-plan lounge and diner with a partitioned kitchen off to one corner. This cottage has been recently refurbished yet retains a traditional feel with wood burners and wooden beams. Upstairs there is a bathroom and three bedrooms, one twin, one double, and third that can be made into either two singles or a double, with the west facing windows looking onto the hills and river. It’s child and dog friendly, but unfortunately not suitable for those with accessibility needs. It’s also important to note that the nearby campsite can get busy in summer.

The cottage makes a great base for hikers and energetic families discovering the Doone Valley. Fans of the book will enjoy roaming the expanse of Exmoor, hunting out places featured in the novel. These include a ruined medieval village near Cloud Farm, allegedly the inspiration for the Doone clan’s hideaway. Others will enjoy relaxing by the river, wildlife spotting or strolling down to the tea-room at Lorna Doone in Malmsmead hamlet, just under a mile away.

For a longer walk, Watersmeet is an 11-mile round trip from the front door. The South West Coast Path is accessible 3 miles to the north of the cottage, and an hour’s walk south down the Doone Valley will lead you out onto Exmoor. Lynton, Lynmouth and Porlock are all approximately seven miles away, where you’ll find independent shops and eateries. Lynmouth also has a vernacular cliff railway, joining it to Lynton. The wildlife rich Heddon Valley is roughly 30 minutes west. Holnicote Estate, where you may be lucky enough to spot the resident beavers, recently reintroduced, is a 25-minute drive east.

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  • Help us care for nature, beauty and history

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Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair available
  • Microwave available
  • Fridge available
  • Freezer available
  • Dishwasher available
  • Washing machine available
  • Tumble dryer available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* available
  • Open fire / wood burner available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


Not accessible

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  • Ground floor

    Open plan sitting room, dining room (with a wood burning stove) and kitchen and a downstairs WC.

  • First floor

    Three bedrooms: One twin room which is located halfway up the stairs; one double room with a 4’ft 6" bed and one superking room with a zip & link bed which can be made into two singles upon request prior to arrival.

    Bathroom with shower over bath. 

Notes for guests

Access: The accessibility guide is for guidance only. For up to date photos, please see the images on the webpage.

Heating: Air source heating included. There is a wood burning stove in the sitting and dining room.

The fire will be laid for you on arrival with enough fuel to get you started. When the campsite is open, logs and starter kit are available for purchase from the reception.

WiFi: We are pleased to provide free WiFi at this cottage which is supported by BT. Please note that intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and should not be relied upon.

Parking: There is off road parking approximately 10ft from the front of the cottage and will have reserved parking sign for one car. There is room for additional parking close by in the campsite reception car park.

Garden: There is outside seating to the front of the cottage within the gated entrance area to the cottages. Guests may also use campsite seating in the nearby enclosed grassed area next to Reception.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.

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About the Acorn rating

To help find the best cottage for you, we have created our own quality rating system for our holiday cottages called the Acorn rating. Ranging from 1-5 Acorns, the rating gives you an indication of a property’s facilities, fixtures and fittings, with five being the highest quality level.

The Acorn rating is not connected to any other industry rating system that may be used for holiday cottages and is only to be used as a guide that covers location, style of interior and the facilities you may be looking for. We do not set our cottage pricing based on the Acorn rating we have given a cottage as all our cottages are of an individual nature. Therefore, we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice. In addition, some of our cottages are curated to be sympathetic to their time period. This means that they might not have all of the aspects of modern living, but impress in so many other ways.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose and clean. Running water and a toilet are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities – details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied with a few exceptions (stated on the cottage's webpage). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. In general, a 1 Acorn cottage does not have WiFi.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high number of guests to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 Acorn cottages have WiFi and the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic. Bedding, linen and towels are supplied in all 2-5 Acorn cottages.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage.

4 Acorn: these cottages have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally the ratio of bathrooms to guests is likely to be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers instead of showers over baths.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. This is the highest offer available. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage or is set within an extraordinary location or building. The furniture is of a high standard, and has real comfort for modern living.

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