Stop press! We have some fantastic late availability deals for self catering holiday houses on Exmoor! We’re not just talking any old holiday houses here either – we’re talking Bossington Hall, one of the biggest houses in the whole of Exmoor National Park, and its gorgeous Gate Cottage, close to the sea, all yours for 10-16 people at great prices. Heaps of style, substance and space, plenty to keep you occupied, and 6 acres of perfectly private grounds.
Bossington Hall was built as an Edwardian gentleman’s country residence, so as you can imagine it positively oozes splendour and character. The views are breathtaking, stretching almost endlessly across the Exmoor landscape, with Dunkery Beacon and the spectacular Porlock Vale in your sights. The backdrop is the densely wooded Holnicote Estate and heather-topped rufty-tufty heaths where butterflies dance and wild ponies contentedly graze.
Even if the attractions aren’t running at full capacity, it doesn’t matter, at Bossington Hall you’ve got a world of your own, a secluded haven away from the crowds, away from the chaos we’ve all had to live with of late. There are vast sweeping lawns, shady woodlands, and meandering paths to discover; bring your fishing rods and have a go at fly fishing in the mill pond; catch a trout and have it fried for breakfast. While away a morning with a few games of tennis rounded off with ice cold lemonade in the shade of the thatched pavilion, wander over the stone bridge and lie down with a book in the meadow, enjoy a lazy family picnic, a game of French cricket or rounders. Run around with the kids, play chase, do handstands and cartwheels on the grass, watch them having a whale of a time in the play area. The perfect summer holiday.
Oh but hang on - the weather. Not that reliable in England. Bah! Don’t give it a thought because there’s so much to do at Bossington Hall. For starters there’s a superb Cinema Room with a 10ft wide projection and it works with streaming and casting, so get in there, cheer on your favourite team in that big match, snuggle together for movie nights with enormous bowls of popcorn. Bring board games and cards for a games night in the Card Room, bash out a few merry old tunes on the piano in the baronial Big Room, have a good old sing song, a bit of a knees up. Wey hey.
Take your cue in the Pool Room, whip up some healthy in-house competition on the baize or with a spot of table football, slay your enemies and bring dragons to life in the Gaming Room. Spend an evening sat around the huge dining table putting the world to rights over a scrumptious feast. Up behind the house there’s a squash court – one of the oldest in the world, with original stripped maple walls. Thrash it out with a game of doubles, cheered on by your very own spectators in the viewing gallery.
If the sun has got his hat on you might fancy exploring, and who could blame you when you have the whole of Exmoor spread out before you? Have an adventure, go and discover all the little nooks and crannies like Culbone Church, Porlock Weir, the chocolate box world of Selworthy where heavy thatched cottages encircle the village green and the chalky white church stands on the hillside; it’s hard to imagine places like this still exist amongst the push and shove of modern life. Ah but they do, you just have to find them. Roll down the hill to Bossington village where the lanes are lined with tall chimneyed cottages with flowers tumbling over the garden walls; go to Kitnors Tea Room for cream tea in the gardens, big fat homemade scones with lashings of thick clotted cream and the sweetest strawberry jam; heavenly.
Then there’s the beach, just a ten minute stroll from the house, pebbly but nice – and so peaceful, and perfect for soaking up the rays or for a swim. Stride out for a clifftop walk, bracing sea air, the wind in your hair. It’s a walker’s paradise in these parts, and you don’t have to go far to stretch your legs; there’s gated access from the grounds at Bossington Hall into the woods of the Holnicote estate where you can look out for the follies and the wildlife. Wander up to North Hill and take a breather gazing out over a landscape that seems to roll on and on forever.
Venture slightly further afield and you’ll find delights like the picturesque village of Dunster where a medieval castle stands high above the streets, and the utter tranquility of Cleeve Abbey. Stroll along the lush river valley at Tarr Steps, take the kids to Tropiquaria, and if you fancy a bit of good old fashioned seaside fun head to Minehead or Blue Anchor and spend the day making sandcastles. When you get back to Bossington Hall, fire up the barbecue on the terrace, have a sundowner, be completely in your happy.
So, those late availability deals for a dream of an Exmoor holiday. There are two considerably well priced packages; the 5-5-5 offers 5 bedrooms and five nights for £5000. That’s snooze space for 10, in light and airy first floor bedrooms* that all have kingsize beds and run along the front of the house with those beautiful far reaching views. £100 per night per person. Think about it. You wouldn't get that in a decent hotel, especially not with everything else you get at Bossington Hall - the house to yourself, the grounds, and those marvellous views. Opt for the Combo deal and you get Gate Cottage too, giving you another three bedrooms and room for 6 more people for not much more money. Don’t forget that you can bring your four legged friends too as Bossington Hall is dog friendly (2 dogs, charged extra).
If you’re organised you can arrange a grocery delivery for your arrival, or it’s worth bearing in mind that some of our recommended caterers (see Extras) can drop off pre-cooked meals for you – delicious lasagne, Shepherd’s pie like Grandma used to make, and the yummiest, gooiest puddings.
Book now to take advantage of our late availability deals for these wonderful self catering holiday houses on Exmoor. Come and lord it up in your own country manor; it’s a haven, far, far away from the madness, a place to let go, to relax and unwind, and if you think it all sounds just a little bit too perfect, well, you’d better believe it, because that’s exactly what it is.
*Bedrooms D-H on the Floorplans.