West Huckham Barn near Wheddon Cross sits deep in the Quarme Valley in Exmoor with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside - full of flowers, wildlife and history. The property sleeps up to 5 guests in three bedrooms, two doubles, and one single bedroom. West Huckham Barn near Wheddon Cross is a 200-year-old detached barn, with an open linhay barn with prominent stone pillars, adjacent to the main building. The barn has been converted into comfortable holiday accommodation for up to 5 guests. The property has a lovely spacious feel to it, the open-plan living/dining/kitchen area is a great space with high vaulted ceiling and wooden beams. The adjoining conservatory is the perfect spot to enjoy the views, especially when the sun is setting; or when the weather does not allow you to enjoy it al fresco!
Sleeps up to 5 guests in three bedrooms
Ground floor double and single bedrooms and shower room
First floor double bedroom with en-suite
Balcony seating area overlooking living area
Spacious open plan living area, with adjoining conservatory
Wood burning stove
Large garden with pond (pond is not fenced, children must be supervised)
Stunning countryside views
Wonderful walks from the door
Towels and bed linen provided
Wifi, heating and electricity included
Arrive from 4 pm
Depart by 10 am
For those with restricted mobility, the living area and one double bedroom are on the ground level. There is one step up from here to access the shower room and single bedroom. There is level access from here through the entrance door. The conservatory is one step down from the main living area. Full views through the double doors from the living area level. All steps have a hand hold adjacent to the step.
The nearby village of Wheddon Cross is approx 3 miles, so just a short drive in the car to the nearest shop (mini-supermarket), petrol station and a family and dog-friendly pub which serves food too. (good carvery Wednesdays and Sundays!).
The property is approached by a private and gated drive (hardcore track) which is shared with two other dwellings, the the last four hundred yards is steep, as the drive drops down into the valley to give the wonderful views enjoyed from the back of the cottage.
A good supply of logs will be provided. Additional logs are available in the adjoining barn, for which there will be a charge of £20.
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement and for a supplementary fee of £12 per dog. The garden is enclosed with stock fencing but an adventurous dog could get out. There is likely to be livestock in nearby fields, so please keep dogs under control.
There are two entrances to West Huckham Barn on the ground floor; one at the end nearest the bedrooms (with no step at the door, one step down inside along the hallway), and the main entrance (with several steps) opening directly into the living area.
We imagine that the the open-plan living area is where you'll spend most of your time; the high timber ceiling and glazed doors give a feeling of openness and space. The comfortable seating area is complete with wood-burner. The oak-fitted kitchen has all modern conveniences (dishwasher, microwave, larder fridge, electric oven/induction hob). The west-facing conservatory (one step down from the living area) is a glorious spot for watching the sunset.
Also on the ground floor is a utility room comprising washing machine, freezer and an extra larder fridge. There are two ground-floor bedrooms - one double bedroom (at main floor level) and one single room (up one step in the hallway from the main floor level). On the opposite side of the hall to this bedroom is the shower-room (comprising shower, toilet and hand basin).
A narrow staircase leads up from the utility area to a second sitting area which overlooks the downstairs living room. Gallery sitting area has twin 2'6" single beds (for alternative sleeping arrangements only) This leads through to a double bedroom (King-size bed) with en-suite bathroom (bath, toilet and hand basin). This bedroom also has an external door, with wider, outside steps down to garden.
It is possible to sleep downstairs (Double bed) with full access to the kitchen/living area - with one step up to bathroom facilities. Full views through the double doors from this level - or one step down into conservatory.
The outside space at West Huckham Barn is sure to delight! The sloping lawn to the rear of the property is large, with far reaching, west facing views, an ideal place to enjoy the sometimes spectacular sunsets. The land here is complete with pond (unfenced, so children must be supervised). There are two areas of wild flower meadow surrounding the property.
There are outside table and chairs, plus benches near the pond, and on the far side of the garden. A footpath runs down one side of the garden under the hedge. This leads, to Winsford, via the river Quarme valley; a lovely walk.
Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement and for a supplementary fee of £12 per dog. If there was a trophy chosen by our pets for the best garden and most freedom, then Huckham is in the running we're told!
The garden is enclosed with stock fencing but an adventurous dog could get out. There is likely to be livestock in nearby fields, so please be vigilant.
There is an excellent, well stocked, mini-supermarket at Wheddon Cross, also in Dulverton in the other direction, both of which are open long hours. (Please do not use online grocery shopping services to be delivered to the cottage, the lane is not suitable to allow access for delivery lorries).