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Spacious living room with exposed beams, multi-fuel stove and dining area
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Spacious living room with exposed beams, multi-fuel stove and dining area
Living room with French doors to picnic table & patio with passionflower & virginia creeper The dining area overlooks a quiet country lane
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Spacious living room with exposed beams, multi-fuel stove and dining area
Living room with French doors to picnic table & patio with passionflower & virginia creeper
The dining area overlooks a quiet country lane
The open plan kitchen is well equipped
The main double bedroom overlooks the courtyard
The twin bedroom overlooks a quiet country lane
The wetroom has a WC, hand-basin and shower
The private garden patio and picnic table - accessed through French doors from the sitting room
Spring flowers - we have over 10 types of daffodil in our gardens.
The wildlife pond has frogs, newts, damselflies and dragonflies
There are lots of butterflies on site, especially in the late summer
One of the paths up Humphrey's Hill
The wildlife meadow at the top of Humphrey's hill
Magnificent views from the top of Humphrey's Hill
The cottages as seen from the surrounding hills
Challacombe lies in a sheltered valley
Charming Challacombe ford
There are lots of stunning coastal walks in Exmoor and North Devon
The heather on the moors is very colourful in late summer
Exmoor has lots of wildlife including ponies, deer, goats and birds of prey
Play area with two towers, bridge, slide, swing, firemans pole, periscope, etc.
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Challacombe, Exmoor National Park, England

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Paula T
Plympton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely cottage, lovely peaceful setting, owners very friendly and helpful”
Reviewed 15 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Stayed with elderly in laws and our three dogs,the cottage is ideal for anyone with limited mobility. Garden cottage is set in a beautiful location with rolling hills and peace and quiet. Local pub the Black Venus is well worth a visit and the owners of the local shop are very friendly and helpful, the shop is well stocked and the rabbit pie is a must to try.
Challacombe is a great base from which to explore Exmoor. Lots of lovely walks right on your door step and just 5 miles away is the lovely Wistlandpound Reservoir.
The owners are very helpful and friendly and the cottage is well furnished, a great find and we can't wait to return.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
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Management Response
16 May 2015
Thank you for your lovely review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Challacombe is quiet and peaceful with the added bonus of great food at the pub and shop.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Nelson701...
Inverness, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small but Beautifully Marked!”
Reviewed 21 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

My wife and I along with our daughter and her 12 week old baby stayed here last week. We enjoyed our stay and the weather was glorious, which certainly helps. Mel and John are very helpful and the lemon drizzle cake from the village shop is the best. Space in the cottage bedrooms is very limited but this did not bother us too much, although anyone travelling with a lot of gear might struggle. The cottage does not have a washing machine but there is an on-site laundry which Mel will open when needed. With two athletes and a baby we would've preferred to have instant access to a macine but we have a solution! Put the crockery in the dresser and there will be space for a machine. Simples! We would definitely stay here
again, it is a beautiful area.

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Liked best: The village.
Liked least: No washing machine.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
21 Apr 2015
Thank you for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay - we are always happy to help and it was lovely talking to you.
We hope to see you again (Farmhouse, Inglenook and Wisteria have their own laundry facilities).
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Pete1181
1 review
“Great little cottage in lovely rural location”
Reviewed 2 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Would definitely recommend staying here, perfect place to relax and enjoy the surroundings of Exmoor.
Will definitely be coming back again.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Mar 2015
Thank you for your lovely review, Challacombe is a lovely, peaceful village - we look forward to welcoming you back.
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CornwallB...
cornwall
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good disabled facilities, but could be improved upon”
Reviewed 21 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

My friend I was travelling with uses a powered wheelchair (not full time) and we were able to access the garden cottage with it easily to re-charge it in the evenings. A full time user might find the gravel outside a bit challenging though. Excellent wetroom but did leave a suggestion that the proprietors might like to consider a shower seat, either fitted or portable.
The cottage generally was really good. Excellent small enclosed courtyard area where the two little dogs could be let out in safety. The beds were a little uncomfortable in that I could feel every spring in the mattress, and did leave a suggestion that some mattress overlays might be a good investment. The grounds generally were lovely with a fabulous looking childrens play area at the top of the hill behind the cottage. Particularly liked the philosophy of John and Mel and what they are trying to do with sustainability, re-cycling etc.
Perfect peaceful spot for exploring Exmoor and we will return for another visit I'm sure.

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Liked best: The peaceful location
Liked least: The mattresses
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
24 Oct 2014
Thank you for your review. Alas we are not able to be more accessible for wheelchairs but do allow vehicles into the courtyard and very close to the door of Garden Cottage for people with limited mobility. We are looking into a portable shower seat.
The mattresses in Garden Cottage were bought new for the 2014 season, they are mid-range and some guests love them and others do not...they are a difficult thing to judge.

We are glad that you and your two little dogs enjoyed our gardens and grounds. Town Tenement Farm really is a peaceful spot!
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JaseMac12...
Wolverhampton, UK
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Can we go again?”
Reviewed 17 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We stayed at Garden Cottage for a week at the beginning of October. The cottage is very clean and cosy and was spacious enough for our needs (including our 8 month old labrador puppy). The little garden area outside the cottage was well enclosed so we had no fears that the dog could get out. The cottages at Tenement Farm are very dog-friendly - I think most of the occupants had at least one dog with them that week.

The owners John and Melanie were very welcoming and informative.

The local area is beautiful with some good scenic walks. The Black Venus pub is well worth a visit. We ate there twice in the evenings (lovely food). It was very busy both nights, so I would advise getting there earlier in the evening. The local shop came in very handy on occasions.

The WiFi works well for surfing the internet and sending emails etc.

The kitchen is well equipped, although there were a couple of very minor issues - a couple of items of crockery were chipped and one or two of the kitchen utensils had seen better days. However nothing would stop us from staying there again. Our only regret is that the week went too quickly.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Oct 2014
Thank you for your review - we are so sorry that you had problems with your crockery - I must have missed them when I got the cottage ready for your arrival, they have now been replaced.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and found the WiFi useful. The Black Venus has award winning food - what a bonus for our guests that it is so close. Challacombe and Exmoor are beautiful all year round - and it goes without saying that you certainly can 'come again', we look forward to welcoming you back
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