Our cottages are located in beautiful Exmoor countryside between Wimbleball Lake and Clatworthy Reservoir – we are about one mile from each. Nestling on a 23 acre farm, close to the Exmoor towns of Dulverton and Dunster, you will look out from your dog friendly, self-catering holiday cottage on green fields toward Haddon Hill in the distance. Your nearest neighbour is over half a mile away.
Our cottages were converted from two Exmoor stone barns in the mid 1980’s to create extremely spacious, characterful, dog friendly holiday cottages. West Withy Farm cottages have been welcoming visitors now for 30 years.
Each cottage’s character – huge beams and 50 cm solid stone external walls is now complemented by modern internal facilities. Cottages have integrated kitchens, free standing showers, full central heating, double glazing and private, enclosed, dog friendly gardens. They provide a modern home surrounded by beautiful Exmoor countryside for you on your dream holiday.
In 2012, we welcomed back Terence, who first stayed with his (then) young children at West Withy Farm in the 1980’s. Now 80, Terence was brought back to West Withy Farm by these same children, together with his grandchildren and his great grandchildren, Evie and Poppy for a family celebration of his milestone birthday.
West Withy Farm on Exmoor is a place to create happy holiday memories which you will wish to develop and relive, year after year, generation after generation.
Stable Cottage (sleeps 4 + cot)
Converted from the farm’s historic stables in the mid 1980’s (think pre tractor days of horse drawn carts), Stable Cottage is a detached, all on one level, cottage.
It has a large lounge, dining-kitchen-living space overlooking the garden and with views to the lake. This is complemented by two large bedrooms.
Original features include solid stone , 50cm thick external walls, huge ceiling beams and very wonky, 30cm. thick solid stone internal walls.
Stable Cottage sleeps four in two bedrooms.
Master bedroom has a queen sized bed with built in wardrobe and above bed head artwork.
Second bedroom has twin singles which readily convert to a superking bed (your choice).
There is also space for cot / camp bed for additional small guests.
The living space in Stable Cottage is for contemporary, open plan living. There is a fully integrated kitchen including double sink bowls, tall Liebherr fridge, Smeg extractor with over hob lights, dishwasher and washing machine under 5 meter long granite worktops. Work surface space is complemented by a full range of kitchen equipment and utensils.
There is a four seater solid pine dining table / chairs – again with a full range of dining equipment.
The lounge has a three seater sofa and two armchairs together with flat screen TV, video, DVD and a gas fired log burner.
Stable Cottage bathroom is new. It has a large freestanding shower with internal light / extractor. There is also a separate bath. There are bath mats provided for the tiled floor and there are two radiators including a towel radiator for toasty towels.
The cottage has full central heating with double glazing for extra comfort and a log fire in the lounge for romantic evenings.
Outside your cottage front door is an enclosed, fully fenced, dog friendly, lawned garden with views to our lake. The garden has a table and chairs for sunny, outdoor dining. There is also external clothes drying facilities.
Dogs are very welcome in Stable Cottage.
Upton Cottage (sleeps 5 + cot)
Converted from the farm’s historic haybarn in the mid 1980’s (think storage of food for cows to eat in winter), Upton Cottage is a detached, two storey cottage with far reaching views across green field to Haddon Hill.
It has a large, contemporary living space of lounge, dining and integrated kitchen, opening onto a 500 square meter, fully fenced lawned garden.
This is complemented by 3 upstairs bedrooms.
Original features include 50cm. thick, solid stone walls and original air vents.
Upton Cottage sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms;
Master bedroom is dual aspect with a huge double bed, built in wardrobe and ensuite loo.
Second bedroom has twin singles which readily convert to superking bed (your choice). This is a very large bedroom with space for camp bed / cot if required.
Third bedroom is a single with built in wardrobe
The living space in Upton Cottage is very generous and designed for contemporary, open plan living.
It has a fully integrated kitchen including dual Neff ovens, dishwasher and washing machine under 4 meter long granite worktops. There is extractor and over hob lights and a standalone freezer. The worksurface space is complemented by a full range of kitchen equipment and utensils.
There is a solid pine dining table with six dining chairs and a full range of dining equipment.
The lounge has a three seater sofa and two armchairs together with flat screen TV, video, DVD and gas fired log burner.
Upton Cottage’s bathroom is new. It has a huge freestanding shower with internal light / extractor. There is also a luxury bath for a leisurely soak. Bath mats and towels are provided and two radiators are installed including a towel radiator for toasty towels.
The cottage has full central heating with double glazing and a log fire in the lounge for romantic evenings.
Outside your cottage door is a huge, fully enclosed, dog friendly, lawned garden – (about 500 sq. m. in area) with views across open fields towards Haddon Hill. The garden has table and chairs for sunny outdoor dining. There is also external clothes drying facilities.
Dogs are very welcome in Upton Cottage.
Sustainability and Green Policy.
At West Withy Farm (WWF), we have tried to develop and strive to maintain an environment in our cottages and our grounds that supports and enhances the qualities that make our local Exmoor environment so special.
Exmoor is a very natural and clean environment, timeless, diverse, unhurried, unpolluted and with abundant wildlife in the fields, moors and rivers. It is an area with low light pollution and the sounds of silence and running water.
Our efforts at West Withy Farm have focused on:
Reducing the amount of energy and water we use by investing in new, efficient appliances.
Reducing the things we throw away to landfill, by recycling everything possible.
Planting greenery extensively to create an attractive environment for humans and animals, which as a secondary benefit, also generates oxygen / consumes carbon dioxide.
Reducing our carbon footprint by generating our own electricity and producing our own food.
We ask you, our guests, to support Exmoor (and us) by adopting and sharing, suggesting and if desired enhancing, our efforts during your stay with us here at West Withy Farm. These are our guidelines which we will also cover at your welcome briefing to your cottage.
Dogs (and other pets)
WWF. is set up to accommodate canines (and other pets) as guests.
Each cottage has a fully enclosed garden, allowing your dog freedom within the confines of this space.
Outside your cottage garden, your dog should be kept on a lead, because there are many ‘doggy temptations’ here – rabbits, pheasants, a lake etc.
This will allow all guests to collect dog faeces and to dispose of them in cottage dustbins.
Please do not leave your dog in your cottage alone at any time.
Please do not allow your dog in cottage bedrooms.
Another of the joys of Exmoor is its night sky. In 2011, Exmoor was created Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve – because of the low levels of light pollution here.
West Withy Farm enjoys low levels of light pollution – local sources of light pollution like Taunton, Minehead and South Wales are ‘hidden’ from West Withy Farm.Many guests come here to view the stars and they / we would ask for your support. Please draw your curtains at night-time and switch off external lights.
And do not be alarmed at people walking around with ‘red torches’ – stargazers find red light has least effect on human eyes.
We try to recycle and reuse as much as possible here at WWF. to minimise the amount of waste that we put to landfill. Guests are encouraged to separate waste into five categories:
Glass, cardboard, plastic, metal that meets West Somerset Council recycling criteria. You will find recycling boxes outside your cottage and detailed instructions on display on the notice-board inside your cottage.
Edible food waste (carbohydrates / waste vegetables) is collected as food for our pigs. There is a kitchen container and instructions on what our pigs will / will not eat.
Compostable food waste is also collected in a container outside your door. This is for food waste that the pigs will not eat, like teabags, onion peel, citrus fruit peel etc. but which we can easily compost. Egg shells are also composted – they help break-up our very heavy clay soil.
Other food waste (including meat / and anglers raw fish heads / guts). Please wrap in newspaper and we will dispose of these as food waste through West Somerset Council.
All other waste should be disposed of in your cottage dustbin.
Having spent 30 years living in London, for Lorena and I, the joys of Exmoor are its ‘silence’ and its ‘clean air’.
On Exmoor, noises are of birdsong and running water – (though a hedgerow of sparrows make quite a noise each evening as the day is discussed) – not traffic, pneumatic drills, loud music or shouting. Sometimes the loudest sound here is the sound of ‘silence’.
And the air is clean – there is no smell here of petrol or fast food. For further proof, look at what grows on the trees on Exmoor – mosses and lichens will only thrive where the air is unpolluted.
The clean air and silence of Exmoor are best experienced whilst walking, fishing, cycling, riding, watching nature and well – just chilling etc.
We specialise in this sort of holiday at West Withy Farm, with additional facilities for:
Cycling – bring your cycles – we have a barn to store. We also store canoes etc.
Riding – bring your horse – we have turnout and a field shelter.
Chilling – our cottages have extensive libraries – books, videos and puzzles – so chilling here is easy.
Going to the local pub in the evening? – why not use the footpath through our farm.
Please do not smoke in your cottage.
Energy and Solar Power
We have installed solar panels here at WWF. – (if you have not seen them – that’s because they are well hidden).
Solar panels produce electricity from ‘daylight’ – whether the sun is shining or not – either for use on site or for export to National Grid.
When the technology is available, we will install batteries to extend the availability of the electricity we generate at WWF to the evenings / night time.
You can make best use of the electricity we generate at WWF. by:
operating items that are heavy users of electricity like washing machines and dishwashers during daylight hours – after breakfast perhaps.
switching off the electricity supply to items you do not need.
We have also installed eco light bulbs and energy efficient appliances and have begun experimenting with external solar lighting.
Water at WWF comes from springs / borehole. Our water, checked twice a year for purity by West Somerset Council, is safe to drink (though please boil for very young children).
You will find our water does not have the ‘added chemical taste’ of public water supplies because we use infra red light to kill any bacteria.
We try to make best use of the water we extract (and the electricity we produce) by investing in modern washing machines, dual flush loos and eco shower heads. You, our guests, will see these as – just ‘modern’ equipment.
We collect rainwater for use in the garden.
Please switch off taps etc. when not in use.
We maintain our own sewage system in ‘healthy’ condition by using eco friendly detergents and cleaners (which are supplied in your cottage for your use).