Brompton Regis is a typically small and sleepy Exmoor village (but still large enough for a welcoming pub) in Somerset nestling in the lee of Haddon Hill (a good walk and far-reaching views) between Dulverton and the Somerset coast at Minehead. Here, Somerset farmers have converted barns surplus to requirement to create comfortable and cosy self catering accommodation in addition to a selection of high quality farmhouses and cottages all available as holiday cottages. These provide the perfect base for holidays exploring the coast and the the beautiful Exmoor National Park. Brompton Regis itself still retains its pub, The George Inn – and a good pub at that. It’s been there for a few centuries and these days is known as much for its food as it is for the local ales it provides the weary traveller back from a day’s ramble across the Moor.

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St. Mary’s, Brompton Regis’s village church, has been there for longer, for around 8-900 years and worth exploring inside and out for those who like ecclesiastical architecture or discovering local names and epitaphs on ancient and gnarled gravestones. Close to the village is the Wimbleball Reservoir. It has a watersports centre which provides opportunities for those visitors wanting to try their hand at dingy sailing or kayaking – or bring your own boat. It’s also a good place for a spot of fishing and is popular with local anglers. For landlubbers, the shores of the lake are perfect for a half day or evening stroll at any time of year.

Further afield there is the West Somerset or North Devon coast to explore, with resorts such as Dunster, Watchet, Blue Anchor Minehead, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe within easy reach. The big sandy and surfing beaches of North Devon such as Woolacombe ad Croyde are less than an hour away. Inland, take time to check out the little shops and tea rooms in Dulverton and Dunster. The former offers lovely riverside walks along the Exe, while the latter has a castle that was besieged in the Civil War and open to the public., or walk from Withypool to Tarr Steps, another lovely riverside walk with a pub and/or restaurant at either end. Minehead is also the terminus for the West Somerset Railway, a heritage steam railway and the longest in the UK. It’s a picturesque journey through the Somerset Countryside to Bishop’s Lydeard at the other end. So, sleepy Brompton Regis may be, but you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep in the pure and silent night air under fantastically starry skies in your Exmoor holiday cottage.