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Rainsbury House, Exmoor: The Barn & Barn Owl Cottage (linked)

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7 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
13 guests
7 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Set in 16 stunning acres of woods and hills adjoining Wimbleball Lake within Exmoor national Park, we are perfectly placed for activity holidays or for soaking up the exquisite secluded grandeur of Exmoor and the beautiful North Devon coast. The Barn enjoys magnificent views across hills, woods and valleys. It is a comprehensively-equipped, 4-Star Gold, eco-friendly, centrally-heated property accommodating 8 guests + cots in four bedrooms (two en-suite doubles, a twin and an additional superking, which can be converted to a twin) and an additional family bathroom. The adjoining Barn Owl Cottage sleeps 5 in a double, a twin and a single, and has 2 bathrooms. The properties can be rented separately or together. Both barns have been sumptuously refurbished with fantastically appointed bath...Set in 16 stunning acres of woods and hills adjoining Wimbleball Lake within Exmoor national Park, we are perfectly placed for activity holidays or for soaking up the exquisite secluded grandeur of Exmoor and the beautiful North Devon coast. The Barn enjoys magnificent views across hills, woods and valleys. It is a comprehensively-equipped, 4-Star Gold, eco-friendly, centrally-heated property accommodating 8 guests + cots in four bedrooms (two en-suite doubles, a twin and an additional superking, which can be converted to a twin) and an additional family bathroom. The adjoining Barn Owl Cottage sleeps 5 in a double, a twin and a single, and has 2 bathrooms. The properties can be rented separately or together. Both barns have been sumptuously refurbished with fantastically appointed bathrooms with new walk-in showers, baths, travertine flooring (with underfloor heating in the larger bathrooms) and spacious new kitchens with granite worktops. There is also a hot tub, a badminton court and table-tennis on site, and a painting studio for hire. Rainsbury House is the ideal place to recharge your batteries and relax. This is a heavenly spot where only the sound of sheep and the birds dominate the soundscape. Exmoor National Park is Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve and our land, adjoining the most secluded corner of Wimbleball Lake, is the prime place on Exmoor to star gaze. We are situated on the secluded tip of the Upton Arm of Wimbleball Lake, surrounded by breathtaking hills, woods and river valleys full of wildlife (including otters on the Haddeo River that runs through our land). However, If it is a full-on activity holiday you are looking for, then we have that on our doorstep too, with the Wimbleball Activity Centre offering bike hire, fly fishing, sailing, kayaking, indoor climbing wall, archery, high wire assault course and zorba balls on the lake. For walkers, we have amazing woodland and moorland walks straight out of your front door as well as coastal walks and beaches just a short drive away (11 miles). Exmoor National Park is a magnet for artists and photographers. We have converted the stables (the original 250-year-old farmhouse) into a stunning centrally-heated artists studio for hire and from which we run courses with professional tutors. To boost our Eco credentials, we installed a large, Austrian wood pellet boiler which provides your central heating & hot water. DURING PERIODS OF PEAK DEMAND (school holidays, Christmas, New Year etc), we can only accept short stay bookings 2 weeks prior to arrival. Please contact us directly for details. More
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Terry Brownbill (Property Manager Terry Brownbill)
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:May 2014
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

We had a fantastic holiday, the kitchen was well equipped for our infamous family 'Come Dine With Me'. Perfect location for all the generations of our family, visiting Dunster Castle and local National Trust Knightshayers. Lots of fun had by the two grandchildren around the...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank Tricia157
Management response:Responded 18 June 2018

Thanks so much John and Tricia for those kind words. We are really glad you all enjoyed your stay - it is the first time we have had four generations of the same family all here together - and that you found there was plenty...More

Reviewed 27 May 2018

The accommodation was ideally laid out to make the most of the views. The many bedrooms and bathrooms were ideal for a large family group and the owners were discreetly welcoming. We were within easy reach of many delightful places including Porlock Weir, Tarr Steps...More

Date of stay: May 2018
1  Thank Gillain G
Management response:Responded 6 June 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and that you were able to experience so much of what Exmoor has to offer. And we very much hope that you will choose to stay with us again, as you were perfect guests!

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We have just returned en masse from a family Christmas spent at Raisnbury and could not be have been happier with the house or great hospitality. Terry gave us a very warm welcome, decorated the house beautifully and even provided home baked treats to help...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank GuyL1164
Management response:Responded 4 January 2018

It was a pleasure to meet you all. So glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that our kitchens proved up to the task. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you lots of good things for 2018. Very best regards,...More

Reviewed 30 October 2017

Exceptional accommodation throughout. Plenty of space for the young ones to play and adults to relax. Beautifully appointed. Well equipped kitchen. Spacious bedrooms with comfortable beds. In short, everything you need. Owners very friendly and accommodating. I'd gladly return

Date of stay: October 2017
1  Thank 666awy2015
Management response:Responded 31 October 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back again.

Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We loved our trip to Somerset and the setting of these cottages couldn't be better. Beautiful country walks, delicious pub lunches in nearby villages and evenings in playing games provided the perfect time and space to reconnect with family. Each bedroom is tastfully decorated with...More

Date of stay: September 2017
1  Thank pheebsmp
Management response:Responded 27 September 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are delighted you appreciated the countryside, pubs and particularly the beds. We made it a key priority to provide really comfortable beds. It makes a huge difference to our guests and they invariably express their appreciation,...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Private Garden
Cycling Trips
Hairdryer
TV
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Patio
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
Our nearest pub, the Lowtrow Cross Inn, is just a mile away. It is friendly and offers good pub grub, as does The George in Brompton Regis, 4 miles away. Dulverton has a number of great restaurants, pubs and tea rooms, the best including Woods Bar, Tantivity, The Bridge and the Thai restaurant, Tongdam. For shopping for provisions, Dulverton has a good Co-Op, but Tiverton, 11 miles away, has big Morrisons and Tesco stores. Tescos will deliver online orders, as will Sainsburys and Waitrose (we are happy to unpack your shopping for your before you arrive). While we are definitely far from the madding crowd here, there is a great deal to see, do and explore; certainly enough for one lifetime.
How to get there
The most straightforward route is to follow the A358 from Taunton to Bishops Lydeard and then take the B3224/3190 to Upton. Once in Upton, passing the Lowtrow Cross Inn and your right and the church on your left, you take the right turn at the end of the village, signposted Brompton Regis. After a clutch of 5 cottages either side of a hump-back bridge, and up the hill on the other side, Rainsbury House is the first property on the left. There is a no through road sign on the wall at the entrance to the property, so you can't miss it. If you are travelling from other directions, contact us and we will give you alternative directions. Most SatNavs will bring you to our door.
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