Riverside CottageExmoor, North Devon
- Guests 4
- Bedrooms 2
- Preferred changeover day Saturday
- Minimum stay 2 nights
- Number of dogs welcome 2
- Acorn rating 1 What's this?
- Reference 012051
About Riverside CottageExplore the wilds of Exmoor from this cosy cottage in the heart of Lorna Doone country.
Surrounded by rugged moorland, deep green valleys and just a stone’s throw from the North Devon coast, Riverside Cottage is the perfect location for a walking holiday. While 17th-century outlaws roamed these hills within the pages of Lorna Doone, today this part of Exmoor makes for a far more tranquil escape.
Tucked away in the pretty Exmoor hamlet of Malmsmead, this recently refurbished two-bedroom cottage offers everything you need for a relaxed family getaway. Compact yet comfortable, the cottage features an open-plan living space that retains a traditional feel thanks to exposed wooden beams and recessed windows. To the front is a garden with a patio and lawn area, which is shared with the tearoom next door but offers sole use for guests during the evenings and in winter. To the front of the garden lies Badgworthy Water – a small river with a picturesque 17th-century bridge and a ford that makes a popular spot for paddling in the summer.
The surrounding scenic landscape offers plenty for keen walkers, and was famously immortalised as the ‘Doone Valley’ by author R.D. Blackmore. The many varied trails take in sheltered combes, tranquil woods and high moorland. Fans of Lorna Doone can seek out local landmarks with connections to the novel, such as the medieval village of Hoccombe Combe and the secret waterfall at Lank Combe. The cottage accommodates one dog, so your faithful friend can join your adventure too. Depending on the time of the year, refresh yourself with a cuppa and cake at The Buttery tearoom next to the cottage.
Further afield (20 minute drive or a full day’s there-and-back walk) you’ll find the National Trust café at Watersmeet, where the specialty is cream tea served with local whortleberry jam. Nearby are the picturesque villages of Lynton and Lynmouth where you’ll find the world’s steepest water-powered funicular railway, along with a shingle beach which can be explored at low tide. Porlock village is also worth a visit with its array of characterful cottages, shops, pubs and tea rooms. Nearby National Trust properties include Dunster Castle and Arlington Court, both offering plenty of adventures for all the family, while sandy beaches can be found at Minehead, Combe Martin and Ilfracombe.
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- Extensive additional cleaning
Features and facilities
- Cot & high chair available
- Microwave available
- Fridge available
- Freezer available
- Dishwasher not available
- Washing machine available
- Tumble dryer available
- Telephone not available
- Television available
- DVD not available
- WiFi* not available
- Open fire / wood burner not available
- Garden not available
- BBQ not available
Not accessibleView accessibility guide (PDF 920 KB)
Open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room.View Floor plan (PDF 286 KB)
One king-size double bedroom, one twin bedroom and a shower room.
Notes for guests
Access: If you would like a copy of the accessibility guide please call 0344 800 2070.
Heating: Oil fired central heating included.
Garden: There is a shared outdoor seating area for guests and visitors to The Buttery. When the buttery is closed in the evenings and during the winter (see property webpage for tea room and shop opening times), the garden is available to guests for their sole use.
There is a river that runs next to the garden. This is not enclosed so please be aware if you have children in your party.
Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm.
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