Foxcombe is tucked away in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Quantock Hills in Somerset; one of 5 purpose-built holiday lodges, it's light and airy and spacious with a games area, play equipment and a private indoor heated pool that’s all yours for the whole of your stay. This is a great choice for any large group holiday, whether it's a big family holiday or celebration, a happy reunion with friends, or a refined and relaxed hen weekend.
On the doorstep is the Quantock Hills AONB where Romantic poets Wordsworth and Coleridge tramped for hours, finding the inspiration to write some of their most famous works. Walk up through one of the wooded combes and you'll come out on high bracken-clad heaths with views that stretch out over the Bristol Channel to Wales. Take a stroll around the nature reserve at Fyne Court, pack a picnic and climb to the top of Wills Neck, the highest point in the hills, or stroll from Ramscombe Great Wood to Cothelstone Hill;
Exmoor National Park is great for a day out; pootle around and discover a very differing landscape of dramatic clifftops, rugged moors, and densely wooded valleys with rivers running through. Walk across the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps, amble along the river at Horner Woods or Watersmeet, then treat yourselves to a cream tea. Stroll around the Medieval village of Dunster and visit the National Trust castle high on the hill; have a ride on Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, go to the Valley of the Rocks to see wild goats grazing, take the family to Exmoor Zoo or Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park.
If a day beside the sea is calling, a lovely way to get there is by old-fashioned steam train with the West Somerset Railway; climb on board at Bishops Lydeard and alight at Blue Anchor or Minehead for time on the sands. See the quirky award-winning arts quarter at the end of Watchet harbour, hunt for fossils and explore the rockpools at Kilve before heading back up the lane for cake at Chantry Tea Gardens.
Take the youngsters to Doniford Farm Park or Tropiquaria Wildlife Park, get behind the wheel of some big earth movers at Diggerland Devon. If you like historic houses and beautiful gardens go to Hestercombe or Barrington Court; if mooching around a town is more your thing go to Wellington on market day, or to Taunton where you can stroll through Vivary Park, have a go on the high ropes, or visit the Museum of Somerset.
Stop on the way back for dinner at one of the pubs just a few minutes’ drive from Foxcombe - the Rising Sun at West Bagborough and the Farmers Arms at Combe Florey are both recommended. Then it’s back to base to gather together for a movie night or a splash in the pool before you settle down for a restful night’s sleep. Time to dream, time to be happy, book today!