Syms Cottage in Cutcombe is a traditional characterful period cottage sleeping up to 4 guests in two double bedrooms. The property is suited for couples, and those wanting to take advantage of the amazing walks in the Exmoor National Park & at night wonderful stargazing. We are dog-friendly!
Syms Cottage is full of character, boasting a date stone marked 1831, and enjoys superb far-reaching views to the rear across the neighbouring farmland. There are fabulous walks direct from the door, particularly the slopes of the moor towards Dunkery Beacon and the lovely river valleys. Syms Cottage is also on the route of the famous Coleridge Way. The property is tasty decorated throughout. The front door leads into a small entrance porch providing useful space for boots and coats. The cottage-style kitchen has a small dining table to seat 4, and to the rear is a pantry where the fridge, toaster and microwave is situated. The sitting room features a large inglenook fireplace with exposed stone, bread oven and wood-burning stove. The John Lewis sofa converts to a bed if should guests prefer to sleep downstairs or have restricted mobility (please contact if you would like to book additional linen). The bathroom is situated on the ground floor (off the sitting room via a lobby area) and is comprised of a bath with electric shower over, hand basin, toilet, electric wall heater and a heated towel rail. The wooden steep stairs lead up to the two double bedrooms. The master bedroom has fabulous views across the valley and surrounding farmland to the rear of the property. There is a small courtyard to the front which enjoys the afternoon sun. There is not a garden to the rear, just wonderful views of the valley, where you can lose hours watching the sheep! Just across the road, private off road parking is suitable for up to two cars. Please note, this is a charming old cottage and some of the doorways, including the front door, are of limited height. The wooden floors are old and in places, not flat which provides character but please take care not to trip. The cottage is well maintained and tastefully furnished. Mobile phone signal on Exmoor can vary from good to non-existent. We cannot guarantee you will obtain a signal from any provider. However, if you have a smartphone (with app) you will be able to connect to the WiFi to make calls. Syms Cottage is dog friendly and welcome up to 2 by prior arrangement (maximum of one medium-size dog or two small dogs). A one off supplementary fee of £15 will be added to your invoice per stay. Please do not allow your dogs on the furniture or upstairs or leave them alone in the property at any time. Larger dogs may be considered (noting size of the cottage), please do not hesitate to ask. Syms Cottage is available for week-long bookings and short breaks. The property will be ready from 4 pm on the day of your arrival. Please depart by 10 am on the last day of your stay. Please leave the property clean and tidy so that we can guarantee it will be ready on time for our next guests. This property is strictly non-smoking. Local amenities Wheddon Cross is a thriving community and offers many local services for a small village. The village shop is a well-stocked mini-supermarket incorporating a Post Office counter, petrol pumps, cash point machine and has long opening hours. The Rest & Be Thankful Inn is the village pub which serves food and is child and dog-friendly. The village also has a first school, church, playing field, public conveniences, and various bus services. Minehead is the nearest town, approximately 9 miles away. Here you will find the larger supermarkets and petrol stations (Tesco and Morrison's are both situated on the outskirts of the town), most major high street banks with cash machines, plus a range of other shops throughout the town.
The kitchen appliances and equipment include fridge (small freezer compartment), electric oven with hob, microwave. 4 slice toaster, kettle, a variety of cookware, kitchen utensils, teapot, coffee pot, cutlery, crockery and plenty of glasses! The living room has a 4k television (40inch screen with wifi and Freesat), and BT Infinity broadband is available throughout the property at no extra cost. A hairdryer is also provided in the master bedroom for your convenience. There is also sensor night light in the master bedroom. Bed linen, duvets, and one set of towels per person are provided. Please bring your own beach towels if you wish to take towels with you on day trips. If you are bringing your dog/s please bring a towel or two as the moors can be very wet in the winter. There are hooks in the porch to help to dry the towels and wet clothing. There is also an airer on the master bedroom which can be used over the bath or outside). Electricity and heating costs are included in the price of the accommodation. Syms Cottage is fitted with electric heaters, a heated towel rail and fan in the bathroom, plus a wood-burner in the sitting room which can provide significant extra heat, if required. Some logs, kindling and matches will be provided to get you started, further logs can be purchased from the shop in Wheddon Cross. Tea, coffee, milk, and some biscuits or cake will be in the cottage for your arrival so you can enjoy a cuppa straight away. Some non-perishable items including salt, pepper etc will be provided. Cleaning materials such as washing-up liquid and surface cleaner will be present in the property (left hand side under sink) One or two toilet rolls will be provided (additional ones in the lobby area next to the bathroom).
To the front of the cottage is a small courtyard with a bistro table, two chairs and a wooden bench. Cushions for the bistro chairs are in the hall cupboard. In addition to the courtyard, Syms Cottage has a separate outdoor space with seating available for the convenience of guests. It is a space which is under development as you will see from the photographs and the virtual tour, but it will be a wonderful place for guests to relax. If you would like to use this we can provide details. An update will be added soon! Syms Cottage is a great place to take advantage of the stargazing opportunities as it's within the Exmoor Dark Skies Reserve. Note - Syms Cottage does not have a garden to the rear of the property but the living room has amazing open countryside views across the valley where you can spend hours watching sheep or goats or Exmoor ponies (dependent on what our neighbouring farmer decides to use the grazing for).
Wheddon Cross is a village in the parish of Cutcombe on Exmoor, based around the crossroads; the roads run from north to south between Minehead and Dulverton, and east to west between Taunton and North Devon. The village is argued to be the highest on Exmoor, standing at 980 feet... above sea level, and the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon (1704 feet above sea level) is the focal point of the village. Dunkery Beacon is about three miles from the village, there are fantastic panoramic views from Dunkery; wild moorland to the west, the Bristol Channel and Wales to the north, the rolling Brendon Hills to the east and the Quarme Valley to the south. In recent years the village has become famous for the abundance of snowdrops in the nearby valley which has become known as 'Snowdrop Valley'. The snowdrops bloom around February and a park and ride system operates from the village to enable visitors easy access to the "carpet of snowdrops". Wheddon Cross is surrounded by beautiful countryside; open moorland, wooded valleys and farmland. An abundance of wildlife can often be seen, including Exmoor ponies and red deer. There are a number of great walks along marked footpaths and bridleways, including the famous Coleridge Way which passes through. The beautiful local church is St. John's, it dates back to the Norman Conquest and was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086). St John has a 13th-century tower and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. Wheddon Cross is a thriving community and offers many local services for a small village. The village shop is a well-stocked mini-supermarket incorporating a Post Office counter, petrol pumps, cash point machine and has good opening hours. The Rest & Be Thankful Inn is the village pub which serves food and is child and dog friendly. The village also has a first school, church, playing field, public conveniences, and various bus services. Minehead is the nearest town, approximately 9 miles away. Here you will find the larger supermarkets and petrol stations (Tesco and Morrison's are both situated on the outskirts of the town), most major high street banks with cash machines, plus a range of other shops throughout the town.
Full arrival information and details of how to access the property will be sent after your booking is paid for in full. Further information about public transport can be found online at: www.travelinesw.com Bus travel - http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/travel/getting-around
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4 Guests maximum. Infants don't count toward the number of guests.
4 Guests maximum. Infants don't count toward the number of guests.
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