This is a very traditional stone cottage, in the heart of the village with the shop and pub within a few minutes' walk.
The utility-room and downstairs shower-room are through the door at the  far end of the sitting-room.
The elegant sitting-room has a wood-burner at each end.
The entrance to the cottage leads up into the lovely country-style kitchen.
Oliver's Cottage is full of welcoming character.
Stairs lead from the open plan living-area to the bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor.
French windows lead from this room out to the patio and garden beyond. Parking is off-road here, just in front of this room.
Bedroom 1, the master bedroom, is beautifully furnished.
The en suite for the master bedroom (Bedroom 1) is through the door in the far corner.
Looking towards the village from the far side of the river Barle. A lovely place to just sit and relax.
This is the en suite bathroom for the master bedroom.
The cosy twin bedroom (Bedroom 3) has dual-aspect windows.
A view of the twin bedroom (Bedroom 3).
Looking along the upstairs landing into the twin bedroom (Bedroom 3).
Bedroom 2, the double bedroom, overlooks the secluded garden.
The upstairs shower-room.
There is a pretty raised garden with a summer-house and seating-area.
Pack a picnic and go for an Exmoor walk from Landacre to Simonsbath.  Magical moorland wherever you look and a good area to spot Exmoor ponies and Red Deer.
A stocky Exmoor stallion stands guard over his mare and foal.  You could be lucky enough to spot this ancient breed from almost any point of Exmoor.
There are several thousand Red Deer on Exmoor - Britain's largest land mammal - but you've still got to keep your eyes peeled to find one!
Exmoor is magical, whatever the weather.  A january frost on the road to Anstey ridge can be as beautiful as a sunny afternoon at Tarr Steps.
The very pretty bridge at Landacre on Exmoor.  Always a favourite spot for picnicking and for spotting Exmoor ponies.
The riverside picnic-area is a short stroll from the cottage.

Oliver’s Cottage


6.6 miles NW of Dulverton / Sleeps 6 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Royal Oak Inn (300 yards)

With a history dating back 300 years, the Royal Oak free house can be found in the heart of Exmoor. Recently re-opened under new management, the menu is created using seasonal local produce and guests can enjoy their food in either of the inn’s two bars or restaurant. As well as a range of local beers, the inn also serves an extensive selection of whiskies and wine.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

October 2016

The Royal Oak Inn, Withypool

Very charming inn, good food and selection of local ales, it's larger inside than it looks from the outside. Children and dogs are very welcome and service to a high standard.
Highly recommended

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2011

The food and service at The Royal Oak were both fantastic. Very welcoming (to children and dogs!) I would highly recommend it. In my daughter's words, the sticky toffee pudding was "the best I've had, ever!"

Nearest beach

Porlock Beach (7 ½ miles)

A mixture of pebble and rock, Porlock Beach is backed by marshland rich with wildlife. A popular spot for bathing in summer and surfing in winter, the beach has a year-round appeal and is also often used by anglers. At low tide, the fascinating remains of a submerged forest are revealed offering an intriguing glimpse into the beach's former life many years ago.

Nearest walk

Withypool's River and Common Walk (¼ mile)

Park in the small car park over the river from the village and enjoy a gentle wander through wooded riverside and grassy moorland. This walk is three and a half miles and follows footpaths with fifteen styles. Take a look at the AA website for a detailed route and other walks in the area.

Nearest town

Withypool (200 yards)

In the midst of rolling moorland, Withypool is a classic Exmoor village of unspoilt architecture; it has a lovely six-arch bridge over the Barle River.

Also nearby

Tarr Steps Walk (2 ½ miles)

An absolute must for anyone staying in the area, this gem of a walk takes you to one of the oldest bridges in the world, through a peaceful valley and ancient woodland. Choose from a short stroll to a longer 12 mile trek.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

September 2020

Woodland walk to Tarr Steps

A classic woodland walk alongside the River Barle.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2014

NIce setting

We didn't do the full walk, but visited the Tarr Steps with our dog, and walked along by the river and through woodland. I heard it can get quite busy, especially with the narrow lanes, so we went early in the day when it was quieter. A really enjoyable walk and crossing the bridge. (Car park, £2 all day, has toilets - but no dog poo bins nearby).

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2013

A lovely walk.

A lovely walk and with the stone steps across the river it is a sight not to be missed.

The Crown Hotel (1 ¾ miles)

One of Exmoor's oldest coaching inns. With real ales and a roaring log fire in the cosy bar. For special occasion dining, try the local meat and fish in the restaurant.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2011

Good food, lovely relaxed lunches and great atmosphere. Lots of local ales on tap and good wine selection. Set down in a valley surrounded by fabulous countryside - walking boot, dog and horse friendly!

Dulverton (6 ¼ miles)

This village is in the heart of Exmoor’s most outstanding countryside. Here you’ll find the Exmoor National Park Centre, which has stacks of information regarding activities on the moors, plus some pleasant cafes and pubs for lunch or a cream tea.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2022


Also some lovely gift shops!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

March 2020


You could lose yourself in here for hours. A treasure house of second hand and antiquarian books, well worth a visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2017


Very nice town with pretty shops and good Pubs and Inns

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2016

Heritage Centre

This is an excellent display of local artefacts, pictures, countryside etc. Also railway history and a good kitchen display with a "talking" cook and housekeepr. Upstairs there is more to see - it is especially worthwhile sitting and watching 4 short videos of local events. All this for FREE although they ask for a donation. Coming into Dulverton turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the road around a big curve until it ends in the carpark with access to the centre. otherwise access through the information centre in the main street. This also has a good supply of maps, leaflets etc and the best postcards!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2012

An interesting little town full of conveniences.

Dulverton is not exactly somewhere I could imagine spending an entire day at, but it does provide a good centre by which to stop by and stock up. There are plenty of conveniences such as a local co-op for your simple needs (bread, milk and some alcohols: beers...not wines, go somewhere decent for wine), small thrift shops as well as some tea rooms including Lewis's which is a personal favourite. There is a beautiful church at the top of the town which is worth popping into, and in the centre of town there is a fish and chip shop which opens at lunchtime from 12 noon until 2pm. There is also a bakery which sells a selection of baked breads, pies, sausage rolls as well as many sweet items, the game pie is delicious and enormously filling. The tea rooms near the co-op (I have forgotten the name!) are smaller than Lewis's but offers an entirely different ambience, more cosy and homely, helped in no small way by the warm, friendly manners of the owners (of which the landlady kindly ushered us in for tea as we oogled the menu outside, proclaiming the redundancy of pneumonia when there are menu's indoors to browse).

By far this is no Dunster or Tiverton etc, but it is a quaint little town that is central to lots of local attractions and is worth stopping by for an hour or two.

Tarr Farm Inn and Restaurant (2 ½ miles)

In a glorious position next to the River Barle, Tarr Farm does great lunches, cream teas and bistro-style dinners; choose from Exmoor lamb, Devon Red Ruby beef, fresh Cornish seafood, local venison and game.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

April 2022

Tarr Steps

Very disappointed in the food here after reading good reviews we expected more. Not been here since the 1970s when Tarr Steps was much less busy and no commercial car parks etc although I do understand the need to conserve the area, The Scones were dreadful tasted like doughy cake but my husbands fruit tea cake was nice not the best but not a problem. Tea and Coffee was fine. Really cannot say anymore than above but would not visit again. I was told by locals that it can be a bot of hit and miss place to eat.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2014

Lovely Food, Unfriendly Service

Usual case of visitors are second-class citizens and can be treated accordingly. Great food and a great location - the efforts of the chef were wasted by the arrogant waitresses and barmaid who were just not interested. I'd rather have good food and excellent service than excellent food and unfriendly service that we had here.
Save your money and eat elsewhere.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2014

The best cream teas in the world

I've been returning to the Tarr Farm Inn for as long as I can remember (at least 16 years as an adult after first going there as a child in the 70s and 80s). It is set in a lovely location overlooking the clapper bridge at Tarr Steps. I don't think I've ever got round to sampling the restaurant's menu beyond the cream tea as it is simply wonderful!

The scones are generously sized (they can usually be cut twice to give three slices per scone) and taste delicious. You get two of these. They are served with a pot each of jam and cream (which is to die for) and a pot of tea that makes around 3 cups. To add to this guilty pleasure hand made sugar lumps are provided to allow you to have your tea as sweet as you like. This cream tea will set you up for the day or replenish you after a busy morning. It goes perfectly with the location that provides plenty of options for walking and paddling.

Try it, you will not be disappointed!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2013

Truly spectacular!

With the setting being like something out of a story book and the Inn a beautifully old building you cannot go wrong. The staff are friendly and the Inn is dog friendly which is always a massive plus point.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2012

A warm and inviting necessity!

If you find that, like myself and my better half, you have managed to abandon hope of reaching Tarr Steps directly and are unwilling to send the car through a ford/torrent of water to follow the absurd directions it demands of you, then you will have found yourselves on the moors at a signpost which reads: "Tarr Steps 1 1/2 miles". Simple would think. The first stage of the walk is a long muddy footpath decorated on the borders with Gorse and Heather and grazed by amicable exmoor ponies. Coming to a rather muddy gate you proceed through and down a hill where the signs cut off. Take a turn to the left and follow the erosion until you reach woodland more befitting Dartmoor and then down a muddy pebbled path and out at the Tarr Steps. It's a much more demanding walk than it sounds when taken over such a rugged landscape and I have to confess I was less concerned about seeing the Tarr Steps and photo opportunities as I was about getting inside the Tarr Farm Inn for a nice cup of tea. Speaking of which, the cream tea is a little on the pricey side but given that the scones are the size of a small plate and the clotted cream and jam provided could feed a family of 5 in sandwhiches for a week then you soon realise why the price tag is such. The inn itself is wonderfully rustic with typical woodburning stove, wooden beams and general romantic Devon atmosphere. Seating outdoors on the lawn provides a lovely view of the Tarr Steps (complete with scores of tourists like ourselves) or there is a side-garden of benches set beside a gorgeous, aged Oak. The steps themselves are a fascinating attraction and mandatory photographs of yourselves stood in their centre should not be neglected.

A lovely place to stop off, admire the surroundings and enjoy the food and drink.

Dunkery Beacon (4 ¼ miles)

Drive up onto Exmoor from Wheddon Cross and park at Dunkery Gate just as you get on National Trust land, then choose an open moorland walk to the top of Dunkery Beacon via a long or short route, where you will get a view over Porlock and across the Bristol Channel to Wales.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2011

A very enjoyable walk and not to difficult. Well worth the effort, especially on a clear day. Pretty deserted in November but would imagine it gets quite busy in the summer months.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

January 2009

Well worth a visit and not too far to walk (you can choose long or short route!). Outstanding views right across to Wales on a clear day.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

November 2008

This is a good family friendly walk and due to this the summit can be quite busy on a summers day. Great views all around!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2008

Great views

A relatively easy climb for all the family is rewarded with far reaching views on a clear day.

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