Hurstone is a charming country house set in a beautiful location on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Surrounded by the most breathtaking countryside, this was originally an ancient farmhouse - the oldest part of it dates back to the 14th century. Over the years Hurstone has been sympathetically restored and improved to become what it is today - a spacious and charming self catering holiday home with all the mod cons you need for a relaxing stay. The house sleeps 14 people in 7 bedrooms, with 5 bathrooms; most of the rooms are south facing, taking in those far reaching views. (2 Z beds for children and an Annexe for 2 available at an extra charge).
Set amidst rolling hills and verdant pastures, Hurstone enjoys a tranquil and picturesque setting, yet London is only 3 hours by road and less than 2 hours by train. There's much to see and do in the local area - for starters there's all that glorious countryside to explore - right from your doorstep! A network of tiny footpaths and bridleways will take you up and down the hills, through ancient copses, across open fields, and who knows - you might find yourself at a lovely country inn where you can tuck into a leisurely pub lunch, or sample the local brew. You could pack a picnic (with lashings of lemonade, of course!) and head to the Quantock Hills; climb the combes, roam the bracken-clad hill tops, get out on horseback with Quantock Trekking, one of the best way to see the scenery. Go off to Exmoor for the day; the landscape is so diverse- rugged wind blown moors, heather topped heaths where wild ponies roam free, dramatic cliff tops, steep wooded hillsides, and scenic river valleys. Go to Watersmeet for a stroll along the river, to the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps, or the awesome Valley of Rocks at Lynton. Take the family to Exmoor Zoo, to Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, or to Tropiquaria Zoo Animals & Fun.
If you venture over to the Somerset coast you'll find some varied beaches and some can be reached by steam train on the West Somerset Railway; there's Minehead for traditional seaside fun, the wide sands at Blue Anchor, the quiet little harbour town of Watchet where you can sit on the quay and watch the world go by, and there's Kilve, which is great for fossil hunting and rockpooling. Catch surf with a day at Croyde on the North Devon Coast, or head over to the Jurassic Coast for a stroll around historic Lyme Regis and a trip out to sea on a mackerel fishing boat. If you're in need of retail therapy, head to the Somerset county town of Taunton, with it's range of high street and independent shops and eateries, or to Clarks Village on the edge of the Somerset Levels. If you crave the excitement of a city, Bath and Bristol are within easy reach and both offer plenty of sightseeing opportunities. For something more sedate potter around some of the historic houses like Dunster Castle, Hestercombe House & Gardens, or Knightshayes near Tiverton. Whatever you choose to do, at the end of a wonderful day out you can get back to Hurstone, shut the world outside the door and just relax and enjoy the views of those softly rolling hills.
Hurstone is the perfect country retreat anytime of year; in warmer months you can idle the hours away in the garden, sit in the hot tub and watch the little fluffy clouds drift by in a big blue sky, have afternoon tea on the terrace beneath the fragrant wisteria that scrambles up the front of the house. If you're feeling inspired to put pen to paper, there's a delightful summerhouse where it's so quiet that all you'll hear is the birdsong; release your inner poet. At night sit outside and chat beneath the stars; you'll be astounded at how many there are. In the colder months come back and light the fire after a country walk, snuggle round with toast and mugs of steaming hot chocolate, settle down for an evening of board games or a movie night.
Come to Hurstone for unforgettable short breaks and longer holidays; come for happy get-togethers with family and friends, exciting re-unions, corporate stays, and for all manner of joyful celebrations - birthdays, anniversaries, hen weekends; make it extra special.