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Welcome to the Best of Exmoor! There aren't many of us, so it won't take long to get to know us! Born and bred on Exmoor, we love this place and take great pleasure in sharing it. Our aim is to help you find your dream holiday - we have a great selection of the best holiday cottages on Exmoor, so we can help you to find your perfect break. Having grown the business slowly from scratch, we know all our properties and their owners like family - so get in touch if your have any queries and we will be happy to help.


About us...



Chris Lister grew up in the beautiful Porlock Weir, from where the business is based to this day. A DIY project converting old stables into holiday cottages began his taste for holiday letting. Chris soon found himself helping others in the Weir and then across Exmoor to market their holiday cottages, setting up 'The Best of Exmoor' in around 2005. Since then, the business has continued to grow, with more families across Exmoor opting to join each year and Chris learning lots about the industry. We now have a fantastic selection of the best properties available to let across Exmoor, and are proud to support local businesses who have lots on offer for visitors.

Chris's wife Freya Lister helps with the business when not out and about as a Vet.

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Flossie & Mouse Lister

Very important members of the team that check out all the best walks

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Natalie and Bob checking out the Exmoor countryside



The most recent addition to the team, Harry joined the Best of Exmoor in 2015. With numbers of emails and enquiries becoming a rather large handful for Chris and Nat, Harry joined the team to help provide all our potential guests with all they need to know as quickly as possible. Harry looks out for your messages all hours of the day - his fantastic knowledge of the running of the business, cottages and friendly demeanor help all our potential guests with any questions.



Old family friend Natalie grew up on Exmoor and has known the Listers well for many years, with many childhood years spent riding across the moors with Lucie, Chris's sister. Natalie started at The Best of Exmoor in 2012, since then she has helped the business grow to where it is today.

Natalie is an invaluable asset to the business - she has fantastic local knowledge of Exmoor and knows all the cottages extremely well. Always smiling, her happy to help attitude has guided many people to find their ideal break away to Exmoor.


Special thanks to..
Caroline Lister

When Chris first started in the holiday letting industry, he took many notes from his mother and her wonderful ability to host. For many years Caroline took a very active part in helping guests feel at home, and often continues to do so behind the scenes - thank you Caroline!

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If we aren't around!

Occasionally, we can't make it to the phone! If we're out and about, our phone lines get directed through to a friendly answering service, who will take a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

For the best way to get in touch, see below..

So get in touch! We'd love to help you!

Try our live chat button - whenever we can, we'll help out in an instant on the live chat - it will always be one of us, Chris, Nat or Harry

Alternatively, send us a whatsApp message if you prefer. Just scan this code to start a new message:
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A little note from us!

Exmoor is a very special place, not just because of its breath-taking scenery and quaint, picturesque villages..

But also because of the people that live here and the rural communities that they form.

So - thank you for coming to us! Also - it would mean the world to us if you could support all our the lovely Exmoor folk when you come to visit.. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, shops, shows, events, adventure companies - they are all truly brilliant and grateful for your custom! Check out our Things to do and What's on pages for some inspiration.

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