Foxhill Lodge used to be a barn on a busy working farm but has been sympathetically converted to offer gorgeously modern and well-equipped holiday accommodation for 10 people. The location, deep in the Blackdown Hills AONB on the Somerset and Devon border is absolutely stunning; the views are breathtaking and stretch for miles and miles, a rolling landscape of open fields and wooded hillsides. With a heated outdoor pool and breeze hut for use from Easter to November*, a hot tub, BBQ lodge and children's play area, you can't fail to be anything but relaxed when you stay here, whether it's a week long holiday or just a short break in the country.
The nearby market towns of Honiton, Tiverton and Wellington are great for a few hours spent browsing around the independent shops and stopping for a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, inns or teashops; catch the hustle and bustle of a farmer's market and buy some of the finest local produce - bread, eggs, meat, cheese, jams and pickles. If you go down to the canal basin in Tiverton you can board a horse drawn barge and enjoy a leisurely trip on the waters; when you get back have a cream tea at The Canal Tea Rooms and Garden, or have a drink on the Duck's Ditty Floating Cafe Bar. Nearby is Knightshayes Court, a beautiful Victorian country house set in quintessential English parkland, owned by the National Trust. If you fancy a stroll through traditional apple orchards and a look round a rural life museum, go to Sheppy's Cider at Bradford-on-Tone.
It's not far at all to Bishops Lydeard where you can visit the flour mill and museum with its working water wheel, or go to the West Somerset Railway station and catch a steam train to the coast. Make a day of it and alight at Watchet for a pootle about the harbour, or at Blue Anchor for a few hours on the sands and a paddle in the sea. Go on to Dunster and you can amble round the picture postcard village and discover the medieval castle perched high on the hill above the main street. Further along the coast at Minehead there's plenty to do; make sandcastles on the beach, go to Channel Adventure for watersports, have fish and chips on the promenade.
You could spend a day exploring the Quantock Hills, maybe see some of it on horseback with Quantock Trekking, or take a picnic and enjoy at the summit of Wills Neck, the highest point in the hills. Head to Exmoor and cross the ancient clapper birdge at Tarr Steps, walk up over the cliff to Culbone Church or along the river at Watersmeet; ride the Victorian cliff railway at Lynton and Lynmouth, take the kids to Exmoor Zoo. Summer holidays just aren't complete without a trip to the seaside and besides the Somerset Coast, the beaches of East Devon and West Dorset are within easy reach of Foxhill Lodge. Go fossil hunting at Charmouth, play on the sands at Sidmouth, visit the marine aquarium, play crazy golf, or try your hand at mackerel fishing at Lyme Regis.
Closer to home you can have a barrel of fun go-karting at Mansell Raceway, trampolining at Flip Out Wellington, or watching the banger racing at Smeatharpe Stadium. And of course, there are the Blackdown Hills to discover; amble up to Wellington Monument or Culm Beacon for panoramic views across the landscape, wander down to Culmstock for coffee at The Strand Stores. Wherever you go, it'll be such a delight to come back to Foxhill Lodge and spend unrustled hours with your kith and kin. With plenty of space and stylish, homely interiors, this fabulous property is equally good for when you want to celebrate those big occasions with family and friends, or when you just want a quiet get away. Book your stay today!
*The pool is available to use from Easter to November. It is shared with the owners though they only use it occasionally; note that you can book it for exclusive use at a small extra charge. Likewise, should you want it heated during November this can also be done at an additional cost.