Our guide to self-catering Exmoor & Country holidays

Exmoor holidays have it all; from the beauty and contrasts of Exmoor National Park, to pretty surrounding towns and villages. A break in Exmoor is ideal for quality time as a family, or a quiet break for two. Exmoor National Park is bordered by the counties of Devon and Somerset, and whichever location you choose for your holiday – you will have an unforgettable stay. Although smaller in size than Dartmoor, the experience of Exmoor is just as special.

Things to do in Exmoor

The National Park lends itself perfectly to walking, hiking, fishing, horse riding and mountain biking – so there is plenty of opportunity to try something new during your getaway! Although much of Exmoor is privately owned, there are hundreds of rights of way so that visitors can make the most of the spectacular natural sights within the Park.

For those who love walking, visiting the North Devon Exmoor Walking Festival is a must on your itinerary. This ten day festival at the end of April to the beginning of May takes you through the beautiful landscapes of the National Park, the Quantock Hills and North Devon. With 30 guided walks, this is the perfect way to get up close to the fauna and flora of the area.

Another highlight for those who enjoy long walks is the Drone Valley. Starting in Malmsmead, continuing over the moors and through valleys, this 8.5 mile walk includes some sites mentioned in the famous novel Lorna Doone. Fans of the book will be excited to see the places depicted in the novel as well as seeing some of the prettiest sites in the area.

Exmoor Attractions

Exmoor has many attractions that’ll give you an insight into the history of the area. Dunster Castle overlooks the beautiful Exmoor landscape and allows guests to get a glimpse of the medieval gatehouse, mysterious tower and costume guided tours. The alluring castle grounds contain tropical gardens and bluebells. Take a riverside walk and explore the mesmerising grounds in all their glory.

If spending the day unwinding in the outdoors is more your thing, we’re sure that you’ll enjoy Park Mill Farm Fishing. The river is open to the public for fishing while guests can get a day’s pass for the private fishing lake. Fly and coarse fishing in the Little Dart river is your chance to catch salmon, carp and sea trout. You’ll need a fishing license to access the lake along with your own equipment but you’ll highly enjoy getting a few catches in this idyllic part of the Devonshire countryside.

Spending time getting up close to nature is one of the best ways to spend to spend a holiday in the countryside. Exmoor Zoo is the ideal animal park for those of all ages to enjoy. Children will love seeing the many cats, wolves and smaller animals that the zoo has to offer. Those feeling brave can take part in an animal handling session while those who prefer to stand back from the crowd will adore attending a show or talk.

Restaurants in Exmoor

Exmoor has a real mix of international cuisine. Tongdam Thai is a surprise to visitors in the countryside. This eatery has authentic Thai food on its menu and alongside a friendly welcome, it’s somewhere you’ll want to visit again and again.

For food with a little character, why not stop by Podshavers. Located in a former milking shed, this eatery set within a barn gives you the perfect taste of Devon. Choose from a menu bursting with local produce and get your appetite going with a delicious meal. The stunning dining room opens out onto an original courtyard to give a beautiful evening view or dine inside for a cosy dinner.

If you want to enjoy a meal beside the sea, head to Sashes. Overlooking the sea front in the town of Minehead, this family friendly restaurant offers home cooked meals in a soothing, fire lit setting. If you fancy local pub grub, go to the Mason Arms. Providing Michelin Star meals in a 13th century cottage, this pub has an historic feel that’ll give you a taste of Devon’s past. Whether you choose a meal from the A La Carte menu or relish a glass of champagne, this eatery is one of our favourite spots.

Park Mill Farm Fishing

When was the last time you packed up your fishing tackle and spent a day seeing what you could catch? Well, you’ll find Park Mill Farm in the pretty Devon village of Chulmleigh, and there's good news for fishermen - day passes for the estate’s private fishing lake are available for guests and the river is open to the public...

Podshavers

Uniquely-named after a cricketing term (because the barn beside the restaurant was once used for making cricket bats), Podshavers is found close to Bishops Lydeard and is set in a former milking shed which still retains its character throughout. The quirkiness doesn’t stop at the restaurant’s name, as it is housed in a traditional barn that makes an ideal setting...
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