Riverview is a beautiful period stone cottage that has been completely renovated with warmth and style.
This is the setting for the cottage, at the heart of the Exmoor village of Withypool - Riverview is at the top of the photo.
The views are quite simply stunning. There are two lovely seating-areas that make the most of it, at the front of the cottage, just across the little no-through lane.
This is the gorgeous sitting-room with its wood-burning stove and wonderful views across the top of the village to the moorland beyond.
The large kitchen/dining-room has flagstone floors - ideal if you are bringing a dog.
There is a lovely range cooker, as well as the separate electric hob.
There is a double Belfast sink, a dishwasher and a washing machine through the door on the left.
Stairs to the first floor lead up from the far side of the sitting-room. The door in the photograph leads to the kitchen/dining room.
This is such a wonderful place to stay whatever the time of year and whatever the weather.
A lovely home from home where you can truly relax.
The beautifully fitted kitchen.
Eating in is as much of a treat as strolling down the road to the Royal Oak.
This is the main, front facing bedroom, with its lovely iron framed king-sized bed.
You can sit in bed with your morning cup of tea with views that are quite unbelievable.
All the furnishings, bedding and details are of the highest quality.
This is an example of what to expect in terms of style and quality here.
The main bedroom has this lovely little dressing area to one side.
This is the second bedroom, looking out over the rear garden.
Another view of the second bedroom. A lovely  tranquil room where you are sure to sleep soundly.
The soft furnishings are as special as the cottage itself.
This is the bathroom, on the first floor.
There is a shower as well as the bath so that you have the choice.
More friendly details bring this cottage to life.
Back downstairs, the boot-room is off the kitchen/dining room.
The boot room is the perfect space for your dog's bed, especially if it has muddy paws from an adventure on the moors or in the river!
This is a very practical space, just off the kitchen, and with a door to the back garden.
Stone steps - with a handrail - lead up to the top garden where there is a level area of lawn. Photos will be added shortly.
There is plenty of private parking at the front, with the little no-through lane between this gravelled area and the cottage.
The River Barle runs through the village, a fabulous picnic spot, with shallow water for children to enjoy and a  riverside footpath along the valley to Landacre Bridge.
The village has a wonderful seasonal tea-room.
As well as this great village shop for all your provisions.
The scenery of Exmoor National Park is fabulous. The open moors are a short walk away form the village.
This is another image of the front of Riverview. The back door - entrance on arrival - is down the little passage to the right.
And another view of the cottage from this lovely little sheltered gazebo.

Riverview

3731

6.4 miles NW of Dulverton / Sleeps 4 + 2 cots*

7 Nights from £435 - £879

Nearest pub

The Royal Oak Inn (60 yards)

With a history dating back 300 years, the Royal Oak is a well-established free house found in the heart of Exmoor. Preparing warm, hearty meals using seasonal local produce, 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

Laurence Faulkner 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 ¾ miles)

Although pebbly, this four mile beach is popular, with its good facilities including a cafe and toilets. At low tide, evidence of its previous life can be seen with the remains of a submerged forest.

Nearest walk

Withypool's River and Common Walk (150 yards)

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 ¾ 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. The walk is just over five miles and should take around two and a half hours.

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

Mrs George 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

Miss Waring July 2013

A lovely walk.

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

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

Miss Lewis 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

Mr Rodgers 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

Miss Waring 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

Mr Morgan 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 enough...you 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.

The Crown Hotel (2 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!

Dunkery Beacon (4 ½ 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

Mrs Walker 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

Simon Tregoning July 2008

Great views

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

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

Ms Neufeld July 2017

Dulverton

Very nice town with pretty shops and good Pubs and Inns


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Jo Knight 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

Mr Morgan 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.

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