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Gatehouse. Log burner, enclosed garden, Free WiFi, free parking and pets welcome

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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
3 nights minimum
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Relax at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, in front of the multi-fuel stove, or dine al fresco on the decking outside this charming cottage which is ideal for families, couples and pets. The Gatehouse is in a peaceful village location and is warm and comfortable with character features, private enclosed patio, large children's play area and just five minutes walk from a shop and pub. The Gatehouse (part of 'Town Tenement Farm') is cosy and snug, having recently been renovated with a modern kitchen and bathroom and insulated walls. There is a large living room with exposed beams, a multi-fuel stove, comfortable seating, Freeview TV and a dining area with dining table and chairs. There are French doors to a lovely private enclosed garden with large decked area and picnic table. The fully-equipped...Relax at Exmoor Cottage Holidays, in front of the multi-fuel stove, or dine al fresco on the decking outside this charming cottage which is ideal for families, couples and pets. The Gatehouse is in a peaceful village location and is warm and comfortable with character features, private enclosed patio, large children's play area and just five minutes walk from a shop and pub. The Gatehouse (part of 'Town Tenement Farm') is cosy and snug, having recently been renovated with a modern kitchen and bathroom and insulated walls. There is a large living room with exposed beams, a multi-fuel stove, comfortable seating, Freeview TV and a dining area with dining table and chairs. There are French doors to a lovely private enclosed garden with large decked area and picnic table. The fully-equipped kitchen has an electric oven & hob, fridge (freezer box), microwave and dishwasher. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double bedroom and a triple (with a single bed and large bunks) and a bathroom with a bath (shower over), hand-basin & WC. No-one can get bored at the Gatehouse. If the WiFi and 100 or so Freeview TV channels aren't enough there are many books, games & DVD's, and three acres of grounds to explore (with wild-flower meadow, wildlife pond, and large children's play area with two towers, bridge, swing, slide, climbing board & net, fireman's pole, etc). Watch the birds in the courtyard, or enjoy a family picnic in the grounds which has lovely views of Exmoor. A cot, high chair, fire guard and stair gate are available free of charge, and towel sets available for hire (£5 per set comprising bath towel and hand towel). Dogs are very welcome (£18 per stay for each dog) and there is a lovely walk through the grounds where they can run off-lead. Hand-soap, cleaning materials and tea towels are provided, and a welcome pack with many essentials (until you can get to a shop) including a basket of logs & kindling, tea, coffee, sugar, fresh milk, bin bag, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner & matches. The Gatehouse is in the quiet and peaceful village of Challacombe and within the Exmoor National Park. Within 300 yards is an excellent pub with award-winning food and real ales, and a handy general shop and Post Office with delicious home-made cakes. Challacombe has excellent local walks and is an ideal central location from which to explore Exmoor, the sandy beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde, and the spectacular coastline of North Devon & Somerset. The Gatehouse is one of five holiday cottages (known as 'Exmoor Cottage Holidays') converted from a former farm. The cottages form a 'U' shape around a charming courtyard and each has a log burning stove and a private enclosed garden. The other four cottages (sleeping 1-6 people) are also available, look under 'Challacombe'. The owners, John & Melanie Moore, like to greet all customers personally and are available at the cottages most days to feed the birds and help you plan your day.More
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About the Owner
Melanie and John M
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2013
Interaction with guests
John & Melanie welcome each guest personally and are usually on-site to help you get the very most from your stay (and to feed the birds!). We have lived in the area since 1997 and can advise the best walks, places to visit, restaurants, local attractions, etc. and show you them on an Ordnance Survey map (which you may borrow). We can help light the fire in your cottage, show you how to keep it going, and liaise with local businesses - and we usually have some special offers just for our guests.
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Reviewed 9 June 2019

I have just returned home from Gatehouse cottage. I cannot praise Melanie and John enough. The cottage was immaculate and fully equipped with everything you need plus extras. The quiet surroundings only broken by the bleating of the lambs in the field opposite the cottages....More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Mwhit80
LightPacker486715, VR Owner at Gatehouse. Log burner, enclosed garden, Free WiFi, free parking and pets welcome, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2019

Thank you so much for your great review. It was lovely chatting with you both and hearing of your fun days out, Duster in particular. We hope that the plants we gave to you, do well in your garden and we look forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed 26 October 2018

My husband and myself stayed here for 3 nights towards the end if October and we had a wonderful time! When we arrived the keys were already waiting for us so that we could let ourselves in and start packing away, we were able to...More

Date of stay: October 2018
Thank lollyandpip
LightPacker486715, VR Owner at Gatehouse. Log burner, enclosed garden, Free WiFi, free parking and pets welcome, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in our Gatehouse, the woodburner is brilliant for cosying down and the cottage is indeed very well insulated. We are happy with the return of the the bluetits - they have...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

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Date of stay: June 2018
Management response:Responded 1 July 2018

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Reviewed 22 June 2018

John and Melanie were very helpful but the description of the property did not match! There is practically no garden as it is all overgrown which makes it very difficult with children and dogs. You’re led to believe it set in acres of beautiful countryside...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Navigate764676
Management response:Responded 29 June 2018

We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your holiday, but we strongly disagree that our Trip Advisor advert is at all misleading. Some of your comments are demonstrably untrue: a glance at Google Earth shows that we are indeed set in 'acres of beautiful countryside';...More

Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We had the most wonderful stay from the friendly welcome on arrival from Melanie to the very homely & comfortable Gatehouse cottage. It was the most dog friendly accommodation we have been too and the dogs loved the cottage and the local walk up the...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank caldicutt
Management response:Responded 7 May 2018

Thank you for your great review. It was lovely meeting you and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We are glad that you were comfortable in our Gatehouse cottage (and your dogs too). Best wishes Melanie and John

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Swingset
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
Central Heating
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Housekeeping Optional
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Fireplace
Deck
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About the neighbourhood
Challacombe is an ideal base from which to explore Exmoor and the north Devon and Somerset coast - within half-an-hours drive are the wide sandy beaches of Woolacombe & Croyde; the seaside resorts of Instow and Ilfracombe; the charming villages of Lynton and Porlock; the medieval towns of Dulverton and Dunster; scenic attractions Tarr Steps and The Valley of Rocks and the whole of Exmoor, with its amazing scenery and wildlife. With so little light pollution at night, Exmoor National Park is the first Dark Skies Reserve in Europe.
Getting around
Car drives offer the best flexibility for seeing the sights and getting around in our area. There is a taxi company in the village for tours. Alternatively there are many walks from the cottage door - including a short walk to the shop/Post Office and local pub (with award winning food).
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