Riscombe Farm , Somerset

Riscombe Farm
Exmoor National Park
TA24 7NH
Tel : 01643 831480
Website : http://www.riscombe.co.uk

Accreditations : 4 star
Sleeps :

Specialist breaks : Horse Riding, Pet Friendly, Fishing / Angling

Rate low season : £205 pw

Rate high season : £695 pw

Credit cards accepted ? : Y
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About Riscombe Farm - Self Catering Cottage Holidays

Riscombe Farm self catering holiday cottages offer quality accommodation with character and charm in the centre of Exmoor National Park. The farm is over 300 years old and whilst no longer a working farm there are ponies, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks etc. In a peaceful, relaxing location beside the River Exe, near the village of Exford, the cottages provide a very comfortable home to return to after your exploration of the nearby majestic coast, open moorland, wooded valleys, old villages, castles and lots more!

Whatever the season, whether you are walking, riding, fishing, cycling or touring, use Riscombe Farm as your base for exploring Exmoor.

Gorse Cottage
Sleeps 2 people upstairs in a double room adjacent to a bathroom with a power shower/bath. Downstairs is a cosy living/dining/kitchen room. There is a flat screen satellite tv with DVD/CD player and free WiFi. The cottage also has a fully enclosed stone porch … a good place to keep outdoor clothing and boots out of the cottage, and to wipe the dog down! There is a shared, separate small garden area looking down to the river.

Fern Cottage
This lovely cottage is all on one level. It sleeps 2 to 4 people in 2 bedrooms, comprising a double and a twin. There is a living/dining room with a wood burning stove, a well equipped kitchen and a bathroom with a bath and a separate shower. As well as the front door from the courtyard, there is a door which opens to the private, fenced garden looking down to the river. Being all on one level, Fern Cottage has no steps and parking is available outside the door – Fern is therefore suitable for the partially mobile. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided.

Bracken Cottage
An upside down character cottage, sleeping 2 to 5 people in 2 downstairs bedrooms, comprising one double and one room with 3 single beds. The bath and shower room is also downstairs. Upstairs, under the exposed beams, is the spacious living/dining room and a separate kitchen area. Steps up to the front door and an additional door to the courtyard from downstairs. There is a shared, separate garden seating area looking down to the river. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided.

Heather Cottage
An upside down character cottage with 3 bedrooms downstairs, comprising a double and 2 twins. Upstairs, under the exposed beams, is the spacious living/dining/kitchen room with a wood burning stove. There is a flat screen satellite tv, with a DVD/CD player and free WiFi. Upstairs there is also a bathroom with a bath and a separate shower. Steps up to the front door and downstairs one door leads into the courtyard and one into the private, fenced garden looking down to the river. Garden furniture and a barbecue are provided.

Dogs and other pets are welcome and we have stabling if you want to bring your horse.

Please see website for further details on short breaks, special offers and late availability.

Riscombe Farm Facilities

Washing machine
Tumble dryer
Games Room
Open Fire / Log Burner
Electricity included
Ensuite facilities
Sky TV
Towels provided
Bed linen provided
Disabled access
Ground floor bedrooms
Children welcome
High Chair
Baby Cot
Pets welcome
Swimming pool
Sauna / hot tub
Tennis court
Beaches nearby
Pub nearby

Places To Visit

Whilst staying in Riscombe Farm self catering holiday cottages, you will be in the centre of Exmoor National Park, situated in the northern part of Devon & West Somerset, covering an area of 267 sq. miles (692 sq. km) extending from the Brendon Hills in the east to Combe Martin in the west. Exmoor offers peaceful, open spaces, a spectacular coast, clean air, beautiful oak forests, glorious scenery and a friendly welcome. It has one of the finest stretches of unspoilt countryside in England. We have England’s tallest tree and four species of tree that are found nowhere else in the world.

Exmoor’s coast and countryside has so much to offer that you’ll want to return again and again to enjoy a unique Exmoor experience … it’s a very special place whatever the season!

Throughout the year, Exmoor offers variety … crisp winter days and roaring log fires; February’s drifts of snows; picnics in cool shady woods beside clear streams; rock pools on a hot summers day; rolling moors cloaked in purple heather and yellow gorse; the crescendo of Autumn colour from the beech trees and hedges.

Activities in and around Exmoor National Park

There are activities for young and old, active and less active! Whether it’s walking, cycling, horse riding, mountain biking, sailing, fishing, messing about in rock pools, lying on the beach, relaxing in a pub, refreshing yourself in a tea room or restaurant, shopping for local produce, visiting an historic castle or abbey, or a water mill, or pretty village or quayside.

Discover the abundant wildlife: Exmoor is home to the largest herd of wild red deer in England, as well as the unique, rugged Exmoor ponies and wonderful birdlife. These have been highlighted in several BBC TV series by local man Johnny Kingdom.

Walking: On the moors, in the valleys or along the coast, there are over 600 miles of way-marked paths to try. If you have a dog, then this is the place for you!

Riding: Exmoor offers some of the best riding in England, on the moors, in the valleys or along the coast. Either bring your horse on holiday with you or hire a horse locally..

Visit the many beautiful National Trust properties and gardens, including Dunster Castle, the Holnicote Estate, Watersmeet, Knightshayes Court, Arlington Court, Heddon Valley, Killerton and Morte Point … and even catch a ferry to Lundy Island.

Re-live Exmoor’s history: Prehistoric barrows, stone circles, hill forts, a medieval ‘clapper’ bridge at Tarr Steps, mines, museums, water mills and medieval villages, such as Dunster with its fine castle in a wonderful setting.

Cycling: Ride the Tarka Trail, or just tour the country lanes … but look out for Porlock Hill! Tour on the roads or do some mountain biking off-road. You can hire bicycles locally and can even hire electric bicycles – click here for more information.

Fishing: In the sea, rivers, reservoirs or stocked ponds. See more information here.

Just tour by car and explore the country lanes and coastal roads, visit the historic villages and their pubs and shops.

Travel back in time …… treat yourself to a ride on the West Somerset steam train which runs to and fro from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard (with eight stations en route). See the timetable and special events here. There is also the Victorian water-powered funicular railway on the cliff linking Lynton and Lynmouth.

Family attractions for all weathers. Spend a day at one of the wildlife & farm animal centres; experience heart-stopping displays of birds of prey; cuddle a tarantula or take a dawn or dusk safari to seek out the red deer. See more details here.

Food & Drink and Local Markets: There are many good (dog friendly) local pubs serving good, local food and drink. The nearest pubs are listed here. There is a farmer’s produce shop in Minehead (Stuart Lowen, TA24 5BZ, near Tesco) and a local farmer’s market on The Avenue in Minehead on Fridays between 8.30am and 2pm. There is also a local market in South Molton every Thursday and Saturday, 8am until 1pm.

Exploring Exmoor without a Car: The public transport for central Exmoor in particular is not extensive, but if you want to investigate what is available or get ideas for a car-free day please click here.