Holmdale in Porlock (Somerset) is a period detached property in the heart of this thriving Exmoor village, there are 5 bedrooms to sleep up to 13 guests (11+2). Sea views from the first floor and an easy stroll to the local shops, restaurants and pubs. Porlock pebble beach is 15 min walk.
Holmdale is a lovely period cottage, once a small thatched cottage the property has been extended over the years to become one of the largest homes in Porlock Village.
You enter the property from the rear, through a seated courtyard into the hallway. Downstairs comprises a large laundry fully equipped with washer, dryer, plenty of storage and drying space. There is a downstairs WC and separate shower room. The spacious dining room comfortably sits 12 (but has welcomed more!) leading to the kitchen which is bright and airy yet snug with the main feature, the Aga, (only lit in winter months). There is also a large cooker, Microwave, toaster and kettle and plenty of cupboard space.
Facing the front of the property is the spacious sitting room, with a piano, plenty of books and games and comfortable seating for a large group or family. The log burner is a welcome addition for the evenings. On the other side of the staircase is the 'snug' where there is a large Smart TV and period fireplace (not currently in use), a lovely space for cold nights or a TV evening. There is a desk and plenty of DVD's to select from. The sofa also pulls out as a bed (linen on request) and can accommodate 2 extra guests. A great teenage den even!
Upstairs there are 5 large bedrooms, 4 with sea views and the 5th overlooking Bossington hill. The master bedroom has a king-size bed with dual aspect views towards the sea and fields to the back. The second large double bedroom has a double bed and a small single bed for a young child (linen on request).There is also space for a cot (available on request), again the room has sea views. The smaller double bedroom has a double bed, a desk and sea views. The first 'child's bedroom' has a triple bunk bed, with a double bed on the bottom and a single on top. Can comfortably accommodate a small family or siblings or friends. The final bedroom upstairs has a single bed, with a roll-out single (linen supplied for roll out bed on request) comfortable sleeping for two children.
Lovely house with lots of character. Comfortable and clean. Well equipped. Bathrooms very smart. Nice outdoor sitting area. Great location, close to coast and moors. Plenty of shops,cafes, pubs in Porlock and only 15 mins from Minehead. House is located a few minutes walk to heart of village. House .... Lovely house with lots of character. Comfortable and clean. Well equipped. Bathrooms very smart. Nice outdoor sitting area. Great location, close to coast and moors. Plenty of shops,cafes, pubs in Porlock and only 15 mins from Minehead. House is located a few minutes walk to heart of village. House is located right on the main through road so quite a bit of traffic noise - we didn’t find it a problem at all but worth to be aware of. Recommend to pop into tourist information office just across the road from the house as we found the lady very helpful and gave us several ideas for what to do. Recommend trips to Lynmouth / Lynton, Porlock weir (walkable), Dunster Castle/ Dunster village, Minehead. Dunkers Hill and Tarr steps recommended for walks on Exmoor.
Our stay was spoiled by the noise of the heavy traffic immediately outside the house, and by double decker buses passing which blocked out the light in the rooms as they passed by or were stuck in the traffic.
Holmdale is a beautiful large cottage at one end of a wonderful village. It was clean and tidy when we arrived and didn't take much to keep it so. We really appreciated that there was a washing machine and dryer available and a massive kitchen and dining room with AGA. The house was very roomy, eve.... Holmdale is a beautiful large cottage at one end of a wonderful village. It was clean and tidy when we arrived and didn't take much to keep it so. We really appreciated that there was a washing machine and dryer available and a massive kitchen and dining room with AGA. The house was very roomy, even for 9 of us. There was also a hoover available and all bedding. The house is positioned at the bottom of Porlock hill, so cars can drive past dangerously quickly, which is a problem especially if there are small children in the party. There is a great pub next door and plenty to do, including walks over the coastal walk and salt marsh. All in all, this was a great, value for money option in a wonderful area of the country and I thoroughly recommend a stay.
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