Visit Exmoor this year

‘Visit Exmoor’ has some great information available. Heres a recent bit of news about our wonderful area.

Time Out Magazine not only listed Exmoor in its ‘Top Places to Visit in the UK 2019’ feature – but made it their number one choice!

“Classed as a Dark Sky Reserve, the landscape is made up of moorland with nature reserves, ancient burial grounds, wild valleys and rugged sea cliffs. It’s a lush place to explore by daylight but at night head to Holdstone Hill, County Gate, Brendon Two Gates, Webbers Post, Anstey Gate, Haddon Hill or Wimbleball Lake for impressive astral views.” Thanks to journalists Ellie Walker-Arnott and Lucy Lovell for that glowing recommendation. More info on stargazing here:

Another Top Pick came from one of the UK’s best-loved magazines, Countryfile. Featuring a comprehensive guide on how to grow, recognise and see Snowdrops, writer Carys Matthews then went on to name our very own Snowdrop Valley in Wheddon Cross, Exmoor as her Top Snowdrop Walk in the UK; “Take a stroll in this picture-perfect valley carpeted in snowdrops.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. More info on Snowdrop Valley here:

The inews featured a story (originally from Boundless Magazine) which revealed The UK’s 50 Best Driving Roads – with Exmoor featuring not once, but twice in the Top 10! We all know this of course, but good to see it brought to the attention of the nations’ drivers. We were equally pleased to see that Richard Webber of The Telegraph celebrated lots of our great Exmoor routes with his feature Great British Drives: A Big Exmoor Adventure in a Mini Clubman (other cars are available). More great routes to try here:

So, if it’s driving, stargazing, exploring flora and fauna or just exploring, we’d love to see you all on Exmoor.


Along with the rest of the country we are really enjoying the lovely warm weather. Breakfast on the terrace is a regular thing. The guests all say it is like having breakfast on the Amalfi coast!

If it all gets too much, there are some wonderful shady walks to be found right from the house, just leave the car in the car park for your holiday!

The Maritime Festival in Lynmouth, last weekend was fun, messing about in boats and a swimming race in the harbour all added to the amusements! My friend and I wandered down with our two dogs for a walk on the beach, they loved it.

Not to be beaten Ian took his friends Kayaking the week before, plenty of sun screen was required.

The wonderful thing about our position is that we see the sunrise (if you are up that early) and the effects at sunset. there have been some fabulous skies  in the last few weeks.



Glorious weather in a perfect spot and a busy June

This morning I glanced at our new Visit Lynton and Lynmouth website from the local independent Tourist information office. It is a fantastic source of information and the Calendar page is bursting with events particularly for this month. This website is definitely worth a look if you are thinking about visiting Lynton and Lynmouth:

A wonderful entry on the calendar sums up an event this weekend: Lynton & Lynmouth will once again offer the most beautiful backdrop for some of the most stunning cars in the South West. Super Cars, Classics, Vintage and even Tractors – vehicles for everyone. With stalls and activities for the family and touring car clubs throughout the day this is not your typical Classic Car Show. A real family attraction and this year destined to be bigger and better again – visit one of the UK’s best classic car shows. Car displays in Lynton & Lynmouth: Static classics on the Manor. Tours of Ferraris, Astons, Healeys & Porsches from Lynton to Lynmouth.

So lets hope the weather continues to be good.

Our garden has exploded into a colourful palette with Rhododendrons , azaleas and a host of other shrubs at their best. The work on the garden is really beginning to show. Sadly the weeds are also enjoying the weather, so plenty to keep us busy!



Spring time at last.

After the snowy winter it is a joy to welcome the spring weather, it is a busy time of year with plenty of jobs in the garden, replanting shrubs and tidying up generally. The garden is taking shape and it has been lovely to welcome guests to our home again after our winter break visiting family in Colombia.

There are also other local jobs like herding the wild Goats in the Valley of Rocks for their spring check. I stayed at home looking after our guests, but Ian was up bright and early and in the valley at 6.30am. It was a stunning morning and a fun and useful opportunity for locals to get together, the bacon butties afterwards were worth all the chasing after goats!

This year brings plenty of activity and things to do in the area, apart from just enjoying the stunning scenery and slow pace of life. Here are just a few events in the next couple of months. May 12th the Cliff Railway Day should be lots of fun: Victorian street games, Lynmouth beach clean, Music, Food, Crafts and much more. June 10th for the weekend Lynton and Lynmouth will once again offer the most stunning backdrop for some of the most interesting cars including super cars, classic, vintage and even tractors!! If beer and music are your thing The Fat Belly Craft Beer and Music Festival on the weekend of June 15th will be returning to The Cottage Inn in Lynbridge. Otherwise you can always rely on the Lynton cinema to provide an evenings entertainment.

Lynton and Lynmouth are however just magical for a quiet getaway. I am pleased to say we continue to offer organic food and wild fish whenever possible. We are also endeavouring to reduce our plastic usage dramatically, whilst encouraging others to do the same. I am now involved with a local group involved with getting Plastic Free status for lovely Lynton and Lynmouth. Every little bit counts.

I failed to enter enough stuff on our blog last year, things always seemed to get in the way. So this year I am aiming to enter something on the blog every few weeks, so watch this space!


Winter on Exmoor

My goodness we have had so much rain this winter, but fortunately not too cold so far! In fact the snowdrops and daffodils are blooming together.

Lynton and Lynmouth have been busier than usual this winter with guests enjoying a variety of activities from surfing to winter walks and our self catering accommodation has been providing a cosy retreat.

Theatre in the Valley of Rocks

There has been much excitement at the Valley of Rocks with the outdoor theatre during August. The Importance of being Ernest followed by Lorna Doone, were very well worth attending and great fun. The acting was superb and the venue out of this world!


Both Lynmouth and Lynton have been buzzing with visitors enjoying the area. It is wonderful to see new events coming together, and everyone enjoying themselves. We hope very much that the outdoor theatre will be back next year, fingers crossed!

The Colours of Exmoor

Firstly an apology for such a long break such the last blog, due to mainly to a busy time of year and not enough hours in the day! However I have now settled down with a bit of time to update you all. Despite being busy we have been managing quite a few walks in this glorious part of the world and a wonderful picnic at Valley of Rocks at sunset.

The colours on Exmoor never cease to amaze us at this time of year. Just minutes from our house the walks provide surprises around every corner. It is at this time of year that walking our spaniel Rosie is such a delight, especially amongst the patchwork of gorse and heather.

We are lucky enough to be able to walk onto Hollerday Hill from our garden behind the house. The garden is a challenging project being on a very steep hill. However this year some of our hard work with a great deal of help from our gardener is paying off!

With all the rain we have had the hydrangeas are at their best…..


On those rare occasions when we have time and the weather is just right we head off to the Valley of Rocks for the sunset, after all it is only 5 minutes away!

On this particular evening the weather was wonderful and we all enjoyed it. Some of you may have read in the press about the goats there, they were enjoying it too!





Summer has arrived



We have been really enjoying the sunshine and wonderful weather recently.

There are so many events in Lynton and Lynmouth at the moment, it is hard to catch our breath! Last weekend we were treated to the classic car weekend which saw an amazing number of old and new cars, millions of pounds worth of vehicles headed to the Lyn Valley for a great weekend of fun, music and people/car watching. Blue skies and sunshine made it a perfect weekend.

Local beer making is now well and truly established here with Fat Belly and the Madrigal brewery. Next weekend is the Fat Belly Festival hosted by the Cottage Inn where Gary brews his very own Fat Belly ales. Lots of merriment, music and beer drinking will be the order of the day.

Ian nd Rosie have been finding time to explore more of the coastal path, such a joy to walk out of the front door straight into beautiful scenery and see such a variety of wildlife.


Spring has brought wonderful dry weather for the last three weeks, providing an opportunity to really appreciate where we live, and make the most of the beautiful landscape. It was lovely to see so many visitors having the same idea.

The yellow gorse lights up the cliffs and wild flowers including orchids and bluebells decorate the valley floor, with plenty to entertain from cricket to goats!

Despite a chill in the air there were plenty of chances to sit in the sun and enjoy a pint of local brew at one of the pubs, or a cup of tea/coffee with a cream tea of course! Our guests are enjoying Ian’s well loved breakfast on the terrace again with that special view across the sea…….


Sunshine and Flowers!

Rosie our spaniel has been basking in the sunshine this morning






So good to see the sun on the terrace and buds on the trees bursting into life.

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