We were looking for a 5 day break somewhere quiet with access to good walking routes and this cottage popped up . After a long drive we arrived to a warm cosy space with some tea and biscuits.
The cottage is well equipped with a dishwasher, comfy sofas, a dining table and good WIFI (kind of important as there isn't much phone reception round the area). The beds were warm and comfortable and the bathroom clean. At night all we could hear was the river outside and on a clear night the stars were amazing. Absolute bliss and excellent value. The owners were also very friendly.
The tearoom, shop and pub are mostly closed for winter but that wasn't a problem and made everything quieter.
the directions the owner gave were perfect as the cottage is isolated and potentially hard to find. Id recommend a supermarket van delivery of food which we did and providing the instructions to the driver enabled him to find us as the nearest supermarkets are quite a distance away.
Just arrived home after a weeks holiday in this cottage. Found the cottage in definite need of some TLC. The main problem was with the shower (no bath), it was very temperamental either too hot or too cold, due to lack of water pressure. We eventually found it better to shower when the cafe was closed and wasn't using water, (normally open between 10am and 5pm). The shower cubicle door kept coming off of its runners and one of the door knobs kept falling off on the inside of the shower cubicle. The toilet roll holder came of the wall a couple of times and needed permanent fixing. There were a lot of signs of cracking paint and damp in the bathroom and in the bedrooms cracking paint and definite signs of rising damp downstairs which made everywhere look tired and tatty. The downstairs has an interesting layout with the dining room table in front of the lounge sofas and the tv on the wall on the other side of the dining room table. There is a lovely large fireplace in the cottage just filled with an electric woodburner style fire, such a shame it wasn't a real woodburner. The cottage was clean and comfortable and always warm as the heating was on twice a day, possibly to keep the cottage dry and stop the smell of damp!! The cottage shares the front garden with the cafe during opening hours and felt that both the front garden and the area behind the cottage were in need of some tidying up. There is no washing machine which didn't matter too much to us but for a family of four I imagine it could be a problem.
This little cottage is very special.. it's in a completely idyllic setting next to the river.. with a café and gift shop right beside you... sat each morning and ate my breakfast beside the river enjoying the peace and tranquillity... even after 4 nights it felt like home! Very pleased I was not camping in one of the nearby campsites as weather is never reliable and it's so cozy just to be indoors but have access to the beautiful Exmoor scenery and adventures!
Just come home from a short break here . First, the cottage , it is delightful , very roomy for the four of us plus two dogs , clean and cosy too . The location is wonderful , as long as you enjoy seclusion which we do , but remember to take what food you can , as the closest supermarket isn't close ! We had all we needed in the cottage , well equipped with good appliances . We didn't need a washing machine but I would imagine a family staying for a week or so, would really struggle without one . The garden is very pretty and shared with the café/pub next door but as the café closed every afternoon at 5 , the garden was then ours solely for the evening . However , whilst the café/pub closing at 5 didn't worry us at all , those arriving and expecting to have an evening meal could well be disappointed .There were lovely walks from the cottage , along the side of the river , it really was idyllic for those who enjoy the quiet life, but might not suit those who don't !
This is my first review guys, I hope you like it? I think I've started with a corker.
This is a wonderful little cottage is in a Hamlet called Malmsmead, a couple of buildings at the start of the Doone Valley. We stayed at the beginning of June and it was lovely. Two cosy bedrooms, a large sitting room/kitchen and a bathroom with shower upstairs.
We visited Exmoor for the walking, my husband and I love to walk! The walking in the area is excellent and Malmsmead couldn't be a better place to start so many of the walks in our guide book.
When we got back each afternoon there is a pub next door that sells good sized meals for what I thought was a reasonable price. Also they have a lovely local ale that my husband became thoroughly enamoured with!
He would sit out in the beer garden whilst I cleaned up and I really appreciated the power shower (we've stayed on Exmoor before and found the plumbing to be a bit touch and go, but here it was great).
We did have a problem with our car half way through the week (alternator apparently??) but the owners were so helpful and found us a mechanic to come out and help us get it sorted.
One thing to note is that the cottage is in a small hamlet right in the middle of Exmoor. There's single track roads with sheep on them and the odd tuft of grass. There are cows in the fields and ponies on the moors, you may get muddy! If this doesn't sound like fun to you, then maybe give it a miss.
For us? We'll be back next year, and the next...