Stay at The Hayloft. View more... Oare - a Tiny Exmoor Village Close to the West Somerset-North Devon Coast


This peaceful Somerset community lies in the Oare Water valley, near the North Devon border. It lies within Exmoor National Park, a couple of miles from the Bristol Channel Coast. Surrounded by wooded hills, on the banks of a tumbling river, Oare is an idyllic destination for visitors exploring the park’s heather-covered moors, where wild deer and ponies roam. The village consists of several historic cottages and farms strung out along narrow lanes lined with high hedgerows. It is a quiet, rural place, but shops and places to eat can be found nearby, in the larger neighbouring villages of Lynton, Lynmouth and Porlock.

Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Oare, St Mary’s Church is a beautiful listed building in the heart of the village. The church is famous as the site where the fictional character Lora Doone was shot during her wedding, in the celebrated novel by RD Blackmore. In and around Oare, there are several historic bridges, including an 18th-century crossing over Oare Water, and Malmsmead Bridge, a 17th-century packhorse bridge over Badgworthy Water. North of holiday cottages in Oare, the South West Coast Path runs east and west across towering cliffs, above a wild, pebbly shore. Walking at least a small stretch of this renowned route is highly recommended, with spectacular views towards Wales and the chance to spot seals and dolphins.

The Coleridge Way, which follows the footsteps of the Romantic poets, can also be joined near the village. From your holiday cottage in Oare, Lynmouth is a short drive westward on the A39. The steep descent into the village is spectacular, with almost aerial views of the bay and harbour. Lynmouth has a couple of cosy pubs, tearooms, and art galleries. A steep footpath leads to Lynton, perched at the top of a thickly wooded valley