Berry House is a beautiful Georgian property enjoying an idyllic location overlooking the scenic Batherm Valley on the edge of Exmoor. Here, traditional country house ambience blends perfectly with luxurious modern convenience to provide a stunning setting for any gathering of friends, family and colleagues, be it a short break or a longer holiday.
The approach is charming; up the sweeping driveway, past the pretty gatehouse, through typically English parkland, and on through a pillared entrance, to the top of the ha-ha. Behind the impressive Georgian frontage is a lovely big kitchen with a huge walk-in larder, a grand dining room, a billiard room, TV room and drawing room, and upstairs, 6 sumptuous bedrooms; in a separate building is a fantastic indoor heated pool, and two further ensuite bedrooms.
From the timber-clad pool house you can step out onto a lovely terrace overlooking a fenced pond, and down into one of the most beautiful valleys in the whole of Devon. You'd be hard pushed to find a more tranquil spot to idle the time away, and the surrounding countryside is just breath taking; wide open fields, wooded hillsides, and a network of footpaths to explore. If you go pootling about the narrow lanes sooner or later you'll wind up at some quaint watering hole where you can stop for a laid back pub lunch and a pint of the local ale, and only a few miles away is the varied landscape of Exmoor National Park; plunging cliffs, steeply rolling wooded valleys, and rugged moors where wild ponies roam free. Leave your worries behind and go and explore; go to Watersmeet and stroll along the shady riverside paths, cross the River Barle on the ancient clapperboard bridge at Tarr Steps, find a seat at Porlock Weir and watch the world go by, climb Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in the park and be astounded by the far reaching views. Have a ride on the cliff railway at Lynton and Lynmouth, walk up the wooded cliffs to Culbone Church, the tiniest still in use in England; it's all divine and honestly, you'll adore it.
Sometimes it's nice to have a mooch round the local towns, to browse the farmers markets and the independent shops, so spend a morning in Tiverton, Wellington, or even the county town of Taunton, where you can stroll around Vivary Park and visit the Museum of Somerset. If you fancy a day by the sea, the Somerset coast is within easy reach, but it depends what you want; Minehead is good for old-fashioned seaside fun, as are Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-Super-Mare further up; wide sandy beaches, ice creams, fish and chips, that sort of thing. In about an hour you can be on the World Heritage Site Jurassic coast where Charmouth is great for fossil hunting, Regency Sidmouth for family fun, and Lyme Regis has a bit of everything - there's a dear little aquarium, antique shops and amusements along the esplanade, a steep high street and narrow streets, and wide open public gardens where you can take in the views or play crazy golf, and if you want to escape the hustle and bustle just head down to the harbour and catch a mackerel fishing trip.
But to do those things and then return home to your own country house - what bliss, what joy! Do it all, have yourselves a large group stay to remember at Berry House.