Paddle and Picnic on The Lyn River in Brendon


The North Devon village of Brendon lies on the banks of the East Lyn River, in Exmoor National Park. It is a quiet, rural community where narrow lanes are dotted with thatched cottages and farm buildings. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Brendon, the Staghunters Inn is a traditional pub serving Exmoor ales and a menu of hearty classics, prepared with the finest ingredients from local farms. It is the perfect place to while away an evening at the end of a walk in the countryside, whether you are sitting in the sun, overlooking the water, or inside, by a roaring fire. Brendon is also home to the Wicked Wolf distillery, which has gained a reputation in recent years for producing some of the region’s finest gin.

Exterior of a stone-built riverside cottage on Exmoor

Riverside Cottage is a stone-built cottage in Brendon, Devon, which offers loads of character and access to the country and the coast. The pet-friendly cottage sleeps 4 and features a delightful furnished garden which catches the sun, plus country charm, contemporary styling & a wood-burning stove.

The tumbling East Lyn River is popular among anglers, thanks to its abundance of brown trout, salmon and sea trout. Just outside the village, toward Cheriton, the Church of St Brendon dates back to 1738. Holiday cottages in Brendon are popular among walkers, with many routes through high, heather moors and wooded combes on the village’s doorstep. Look out for wild ponies and deer as you explore the countryside. Brendon is on the Coleridge Way, a 51-mile footpath between Nether Stowey and Lynmouth, where there is a harbour, a rocky beach, and a variety of galleries, cafes and pubs. A Victorian cliff railway can be taken to neighbouring Lynton, perched high above a deep, wooded valley. Highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Brendon, the South West Coast Path can also be joined at Lynmouth, passing towering cliffs and hidden coves on its way westward to Combe Martin and Ilfracombe, and eastward to Porlock Weir. Walking at least a small stretch of this renowned route is highly recommended, with spectacular views across the Bristol Channel toward Wales, and the chance to spot seals and dolphins.