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West Wing At The Old Rectory

Exmoor, Somerset
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Luxury
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A fabulous property with countryside views offering exceptional style and outside space, with no attention to detail forgotten
  • Situated in the beautiful south-facing Exmoor village of Wootton Courtenay with a shop/post office, community bar and hotel restaurant
  • Perfectly positioned with walks from the property onto open moorland and forest - a walker's paradise
Property code: 83071

Exquisite Exmoor retreat in the centre of the only south-facing village on Exmoor, this superbly renovated wing of a Georgian rectory offers bespoke accommodation, blending antiquities with modern comforts.

The village of Wootton Courtenay is positioned below Dunkery Beacon, which is the highest point on Exmoor and has its own microclimate. From your front door you can walk to Dunster, a stunning medieval village with a National Trust castle, or you can walk over Wootton Common to Minehead and join the coast path. There are many exhilarating mountain bike tracks too through the forests and moors. Minehead, a small coastal town, is just over 4 miles away with a beach, shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets and a steam railway. Exmoor is an International Dark Skies Reserve and hosts a Dark Skies Festival each year around November. At the beginning of December, you can witness Dunster by Candlelight, an annual event which evokes the nostalgic spirit of Christmas. And when the snowdrops appear, a short trip down the lanes brings you to the famous Snowdrop Valley.

Tucked away through a gated entrance lies this wonderful, wing of a Georgian rectory, which is full of period features including stripped floor boards and original walls. The owners live next door in the main part of the house: they are discreet and will respect your privacy, but are on hand should you need them. Entering this exquisite property, you are immediately greeted by a light and airy kitchen which has everything you might need to cook and entertain, with an electric hob and oven, fridge with ice compartment, microwave, dishwasher, and coffee machine. From here continue into the hall and into the drawing room which affords wonderful views over the south-facing patio and beyond. There is an open fire set in a beautiful fireplace and French doors that open onto the patio, whilst a Smart TV and a dining table give you a chance to spend quality time with your loved ones or celebrate an occasion with friends. When the day draws to a close, head up the winding cottage-style stairs and retire to bed in one of the two bedrooms situated on different floors. On the first floor is the first king-size bedroom which has beautiful views, an original feature fireplace and has been carefully furnished with tasteful ‘Exmoor’ finishing touches. There is an en-suite shower and a separate en-suite WC. Head up a further flight of winding cottage-style stairs to the second floor and step down into the en-suite bathroom, an elegant room with period features, a stunning heritage freestanding bath with mixer shower attachment and WC. From here enter the second gorgeous king-size bedroom complete with a window seat where you can enjoy the views.

Venture through the drawing room French doors that open onto the enclosed south-facing patio with seating, which overlooks the garden and beyond. To the front of the property is an enclosed, walled garden with seating. There is also secure storage for bikes and the property features ample off-road parking.

  • 2 bedrooms - 2 king-size
  • 1 en-suite shower room with shower and WC and 1 en-suite bathroom with bath, mixer shower and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge with ice compartment, microwave, dishwasher and Tassimo coffee machine
  • Access to a washing machine
  • Wi-Fi - not guaranteed in every room due to the thick walls
  • Travel cot (suitable for babies under 6 months old) and highchair available
  • Open fire (first basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV in the lounge
  • Enclosed south facing patio with seating and an enclosed walled garden with seating to the front of the property
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Shop and post office within walking distance, beach 4.5 miles
  • Secure storage for bikes
  • Telescope available to study Exmoor's Dark Skies
  • Please note due to the character of the building there is very narrow access between the staircase and wall into the lounge/diner
  • Departure time 09:30

Sarah Lees

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 13 guest ratings

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Reviewed by elizabeth 11th November 2021

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Reviewed by Imogen 22nd October 2021

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The West Wing is a really comfortable and stylish cottage, with lovely views in a beautiful location. It had everything we could have wanted for a comfortable holiday. The owners were friendly and very welcoming; Stan gave us several recommendations about places worth seeing that matched our interests. There are good walking and hiking routes from Read morethe door and within a short drive of the cottage. I'd have no hesitation in recommending it. Hide

Reviewed by Michael 8th October 2021

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I had a very comfortable stay in the West Wing. The decor is wonderful and rather grand in a National Trust stately home kind of way. Especially when coming from a modern three bed semi! The property is in a wonderful position for many miles of secluded walking. With Grabist Hill on one side and the slopes of Dunkery on the other. Easy walks too toRead more pretty villages like Selworthy, Horner and Luccombe. Wootton Courtenay isn't too bad either. Hide

Reviewed by Patricia 1st October 2021

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Reviewed by MARY 17th September 2021

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Our stay in this historic village property was really comfortable and Stan and Amanda were both extremely hospitable hosts and, although living next door, gave us our space. Our part of the house was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated and had the feeling of a real home. The spot is beautifully quiet and with far reaching views over exceptionallRead morey beautiful countryside. The village is small but strategically situated for access to outstanding walking and National Park attractions. Super! Hide

Reviewed by Paul 3rd September 2021

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Character cottage in idyllic Little village. Local village shop one minutes walk away. Cottage is so well equipped and we were happy to arrive to a cream tea provided ,along with fresh flowers in virtually every room. Lots of lovely old furniture and ornaments add to an opulent atmosphere. It must be noted that this cottage is not suited to anyone Read morewith mobility problems as there is a narrow spiral staircase to the bedrooms. Hosts are so welcoming along with their very friendly dog and a horse Hide

Reviewed by Anne 20th August 2021

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this wonderful cottage. Everything was as described on the website. It was absolutely spotless and the attention to detail was magnificent. We felt we were in our own episode of a Jane Austin novel! Amanda and Stan, the owners, were lovely they gave us a great welcome with a beautiful cream tea. They were discreet Read moreso we did not see them but they were there if we needed any help, advice or directions! A great break in a beautiful cottage in a wonderful location. Hide

Reviewed by Sally 16th July 2021

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Stan and Amanda are wonderful hosts being discreet but available to answer any questions and help you. Wonderful cream team on arrival and lovely local apple juice. Views from the cottage are stunning and local picnic spots by streams gave us much needed reprive from the unusal heat.

Reviewed by Jane 9th July 2021

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Lovely location & beautifully kept property with very friendly & helpful owners next door. The property is even nicer than it looks in the photos. Welcomed on arrival with a cream tea. The village is very friendly with a community shop & bar. Plenty of good walks from the house with access to open countryside. Super holiday would definitely stay heRead morere again. Hide

Reviewed by Clive 25th June 2021

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A really interesting and comfortable holiday accommodation with beautiful rooms and quirky linkages positioned in the heart of the village.

Reviewed by Nicola 18th June 2021

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Amazing cottage, very well equipped. Owners extremely welcoming , cream tea awaiting us on arrival .Owners very discreet but there if you needed anything. Peaceful location so quiet. Got used to the small lanes taking you in and out of the village to the many wonderful places to visit in the area. Recommend Dunster castle and village plus cobblestoRead morenes tea room for Sunday lunch and reeves restaurant very nice. Hide

Reviewed by Crin 4th June 2021

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Absolutely fabulous place to stay.

Reviewed by George 29th May 2021

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Highly recommended for short breaks! Very clean and attention to detail with nice touch of fresh flowers in nearly every room. Kitchen had everything one could need for a short stay. Friendly and very helpful owner. Good country location in lovely village with great views. Beds was so comfy, my son wanted to stay in bed all day! Great walks in areaRead more. Furnishing of high quality, but given porcelain, antiques and staircase probably more for couples or family with older children/teenagers . Hide

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