If you like the idea of waking up on Christmas morning in a luxuriously cosy cottage with log fires and a Christmas dinner that only needs heating, while outside lie a choice of beautiful winter walks, then a Christmas Exmoor will tick all the boxes. Most cottages will be decorated (be sure to ask). IF you're booking a cottage with children in the party, ask owners if they can just supply the tree but leave the decorations in a box for the children to do the decorating.
Arrive a few days early to allow time to complete your Christmas shopping in the veritable treasure trove of independent shops in places such as Dulverton, South Molton and Dunster. Book a Santa Special on the Lynton Barnstaple Railway at Woody Bay.
Pull on your wellies and explore riverside walks along the Exe, East Lyn and Barle valleys - most of which can be based around a classic Exmoor pub or tearooms in villages such as Winsford, Withypool, Challacombe and Exford. Exmoor also boasts a lovely stretch of coastline, perfect for a spot of beachcombing along deserted beaches in Porlock Weir, Dunster and Lynmouth.
Scroll down to view some examples of suitably seasonal holiday cottages in which to be jolly this Christmas. Properties range from cottages for couples to ones offering large group accommodation.
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Selworthy is a large 4-Star Exmoor Holiday Cottage on the West Somerset coast between Timberscombe and Dunster. It sleeps 10-12 in 5-6 bedrooms. This pet-friendly cottage is set on a small country estate in a picturesque Exmoor valley. Guest facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub, games room, tennis court, and play centre.
Yenworthy Cottage is a stone-built cottage set on a working farm on the slopes of Exmoor in Countisbury, near Lynton, Devon. The pet-friendly cottage sleeps six in three bedrooms (two bathrooms). This coastal cottage offers wonderful ocean views and gorgeous gardens, as well as contemporary comforts and features such as a wood burner, beams and slate floors.
A perfect place for couples, with or without two young children. The beautiful valley views add to the appeal of Putham Barn, a secluded Exmoor cottage in Cutcombe, a tiny and peaceful Somerset village. With access to a network of walks across the Exmoor National Park, the pet-friendly property is an ideal place to escape with that special person and boasts lovely grounds, modern features, sun-filled spaces and grounds.
Seagulls Rest lies in a wonderful waterfront location offering far-ranging views across The Bristol Channel sea views from most rooms. The stone-built Victorian holiday cottage sits just a few seconds from the beach in Minehead, Somerset and welcomes families and pets to a property with contemporary styling. There are walks out onto Exmoor from the front door, including the fabulously scenic South West Coast Path.
Poocks Cottage is a dog-friendly two-storey Exmoor holiday cottage situated in the Doone Valley amidst the splendour of Exmoor National Park, Poocks Cottage is located between the village of Oare and Malmsmead in Somerset. It offers quiet accommodation featuring an open-plan kitchen with underfloor heating, a lounge and snug, while upstairs are three bedrooms.