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About the cottage

Royal Oak Cottage is a holiday home designed specifically for the guest who has high expectations for a relaxing and memorable rest away from their normal day to day with all the comforts you would expect to make you feel at home. From each piece of carefully selected furniture through to the 500-700 thread count, crisp white eqyptian cotton linen which you can snuggle into in each of our bedrooms.

Our aim is to make you feel that you are staying in a very much loved home, and that you are the first to stay with us, this is an ambition we tirelessly chase.

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The Cottage

Royal Oak Cottage in Withypool has plenty of space yet is cosy and welcoming, with features nodding to the historic origins but with all mod cons. Situated on a quiet lane, the peace and quiet is abundant. Once the local Ale House and then the original village pub before being converted to a house approx 200 years ago, the main part of the house is over 350 years old, housing lots of its original features including 2 large fireplaces, a bread oven and plenty of oak beams, including a few low ones! Nestled in the heart of Withypool, just a couple of minutes walk from the well-stocked village shop, the local tea rooms (serving delicious cream teas) and a pub.  

On Exmoor any property with the wealth of character and of a similar age to Royal Oak Cottage, you will find that the floors are not always level, the walls aren’t necessarily flat, not all doorways are the same size and ceilings vary in height, for example, there are a few low beams in the living room, worth bearing in mind after a relaxing glass of wine or two!

Lounge Sofas
Master Bedroom

The cottage sleeps up to 7 guests in 4 bedrooms, 3 double bedrooms, two of which have king-sized beds and one double-aspect single room overlooking our garden. There is a large open-plan living area with a dining table for 7 people and a well-equipped kitchen with modern facilities, including a fridge freezer, AGA, a combination oven and a Nespresso coffee machine. There is a large fireplace with the original bread oven and wood burner in the lounge, perfect for those wintery days after a walk or hunting on Exmoor. There are two bathrooms upstairs (one is an en-suite) plus a downstairs cloakroom. 

Exmoor is famous for many things one of which is its hunting heritage so there are pictures and memorabilia relating to this ancient sport amongst others throughout the property.

We welcome well-behaved dogs (up to 2) and have tiled floor areas in the two heated entrance halls for crates and dog bedding, the perfect place to dry off after a good walk! We also have a private 2-acre enclosed paddock 100 yards or so from the cottage for your use as well, suitable for dogs or horses.

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The Gardens

From the gravel parking area, you walk through a small wooden garden gate straight into the cottage garden. You will find well-stocked and mature borders and raised beds creating a feeling of a garden that is loved and cared for. The gardens are located to the rear of the property with an upper and lower lawned area, these are enclosed and private. Great entertaining space with three separate seating areas, a table with seven seats, another table with two chairs and a love seat on the upper lawn from where you can see high up onto the moorland beyond. 

The Cottage garden
Flower Boarder

There is a BBQ and tools for those wanting to cook outside! There is also a secure outside building for bicycles should you need it and also an electrical charging point for your car. You can walk in any direction straight from the cottage, many of our guests park up when they arrive and don’t touch the keys until it is time to depart!

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Withypool - Norman Bridge


Withypool is a small village in Somerset right in the centre of the Exmoor National Park. Interestingly the name Withy means Willow of which many can be seen along the riverbank. Withypool is situated within the Barle Valley with the River Barle running through the middle. The Two Moors Way also passes through the village. To the southwest of the Village lies Withypool Common and Withypool Hill.

The area of Withypool has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and a stone circle can still be seen on top of Withypool Hill. Withypool is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in the 14th century Geoffrey Chaucer (1340-1400) was in charge of the village in his duties as forester of North Petherton. Other such notable connections are that the artist Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) who had a studio in the loft of the local pub and R.D Blackmore wrote part of Lorna Doone in the bar. Most recently of course, Hope Bourne (1920-2010) who lived just outside Withypool and of course was famous for how she lived off of the land and how she detailed her life in her five books and through her paintings. 

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Cottage plan

Royal Oak Cottage Ground Floor
Royal Oak Cottage Ground Floor
Royal Oak Cottage First Floor
Royal Oak Cottage First Floor
Royal Oak Cottage Tree

We look forward to welcoming you