At-a-glance details

  • Guests 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Preferred changeover day Friday
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Number of dogs welcome 1
  • Acorn rating 1 What's this?
  • Reference 012049

About Kipscombe Cottage

A rustic and cosy bolthole tucked away in a pretty combe on a working farm in Exmoor, wonderful for walkers and fans of the outdoors.

This cute cottage on a working farm at the western corner of Exmoor is perfectly placed for exploring the rugged wilderness of the National Park with its wild ponies, moorland and birds of prey. With miles of footpaths all around, when you stay you can literally head out on walks or cycles from the door.

Once you’ve managed to pull yourself away from the sounds of nature outside, step through the front door and you’ll find a simply styled open plan living room, kitchen and dining area with a wood burning stove nestled into a traditional fireplace. The contemporary styling gives a clever nod to the outdoors too. Upstairs, there’s a double bedroom, single bedroom and shower room. Small, but perfectly formed, you’ll love coming back to this little retreat after a day exploring the area. Step out of the cottage, straight onto the moor and down to the wooded valley.

This western corner of Exmoor has narrow twisting lanes leading to incredible views, like the highest sea cliffs in England falling into the Bristol Channel below or wild open moors with red deer and Exmoor ponies and deep, steep-sided oak-lined combes. When you stay at Kipscombe the South West Coast Path is on your doorstep and you can explore the wild landscapes that inspired Wordsworth, Coleridge and Shelley on foot or by bike. Or ‘little Switzerland’ – the area around Lynmouth and Lynton, is around 3 miles away where the turrets of the Gothic architecture lend the area a very different feel. It’s also where you’ll find the nearest beach. And, just a short walk from the cottage you’ll find yourself at Countisbury with a pub, brilliant if you don’t fancy cooking.

Close to Foreland Point, Kipscombe is perfect for getting away from it all, but if you also need some time closer to civilisation, then both Minehead and Barnstaple are within 30 miles, with Taunton just over an hour away by car. Watersmeet with its crystal clear river tumbling down the gorge towards the sea is definitely worth a visit.

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Features and facilities

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


Not accessible


  • Ground floor

    Open plan sitting room, kitchen and dining area.

  • First floor

    One double bedroom, one single bedroom and a shower room.

Notes for guests

Access: If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the team on 0344 800 2070.

Heating: Oil fired central heating included.

Parking: There is a parking space opposite the cottage.

Garden: There is no garden at this cottage but on opening the farm gate, you will have the whole of Exmoor to explore.

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

Fly fishing: From 1st March to 30th September,a complementary day ticket for salmon and/or trout fishing on the East Lyn is available for guests, this can be collected at Watersmeet, open from 8am until 5pm daily, for more information call 01598 763556.

Logs: Watersmeet Estate's own logs can be purchased at the time of booking or whilst at the cottages for use on the fire. Eco kindling and eco firelighters are also available to purchase. A net of logs costs £6 and should last a day. A fire starter kit consists of 40 eco briquettes and 4 firelighters for £7.50 per bag, which will provide a base for approximately 4 fires.

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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, which are again clearly stated). 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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