Welcome to Acorn Retreat

‘Unique’ describes Acorn Retreat. Quality self catering cottage-style apartment designed for two set in 10 acres of landscaped lakes bordered by the River Bray and surrounded by woodland.

Fully equipped kitchen including gas hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, hairdryer, en suite bathroom with electric shower, sink and WC, hot water, heated towel rails, electric heaters and open flame gas fire, WiFi connection, Sky, DVD player,  iPod docking station, books, videos, wide range of games and information books and brochures.  Limited mobile phone signal in this area.

For nature lovers we have for your enjoyment binoculars, bat detectors, moth trap, a hide for wildlife watching and for the sporty there is available fishing for wild trout, bikes to borrow (Tarka Trail), surf boards (not far is the famous surfing beach of Croyde), trail maps and the south west coastal path with breathtaking views. Or just sit and relax in your own elevated private garden or in the grounds at the many picnic tables found by the lakes and the river. Deep in the grounds we keep a few beehives so can offer a half hour beekeeping session, full bee suits available.

The area is designated  international ‘Dark Sky’ status (no light pollutants) so for the budding Brian Cox’ there is a high powered telescope for night sky watching.

Each season brings its own signature here at Oakmead.  The autumn tints in this area are truly magnificent, the red deer are heard ‘rutting’ up in the woodland, otters, herons and kingfishers watch for fish on the lake. In Spring, the woodland is full of Snowdrops, Primroses and Daffodils. The Lily Pond comes alive in Summer with full exotic splendor and is joined by the flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants.

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In The Area

Situated on the edge of Exmoor above the village of Brayford.  Glorious scenery offering the perfect destination with as much exploring, walking, fishing and wildlife watching as you can manage. Within easy reach of the dramatic North Devon coastline, Exmoor countryside, UNESCO heritage site of Brauton Burrows, National Trust properties: Arlington and Dunster Castle and Exmoor National Park.  For a longer day out jump on the ferry at Ilfracombe to Lundy Island walk round the island to Jenny’s Cove to spot Puffins.

Characterful pubs to suit all budgets and good shopping in nearby towns of South Molton and Barnstaple. Weekly food markets and monthly Farmers Markets.

Out & About

There are numerous places to visit within easy reach of Acorn Retreat. Here’s a hand picked selection of some of our favourites with the distance from the cottage.

Dunster_Castle

Dunster Medieval Village and National Trust Dunster Castle. 20 miles across the moors.

Arlington_Court

National Trust Arlington Court 10 miles

Heddon's_Mouth

Heddons Mouth, Watersmeet and Tarr Steps 8 miles.

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UNESCO area of Braunton Burrows 18 miles.

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe 20 miles.

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo 5 miles.

Porlock_Beach

Heritage Coast, Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth 15 – 20 miles.

Croyde Beach

Sandy beaches and many coves and coastal walks: Saunton Sands, Woolacombe, Putsborough and the famous surf beach at Croyde 17 miles.

Tarka Trail

Bikers, jump on the nice and flat Tarka Trail 9 miles.

Watersmeet

Watersmeet:  Spectacular scenery – breathe in the fresh sea air.

Lynton

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Valley of the Rocks

Valley of the Rocks one mile from Lynton -meet the hefted goats.

Eating Out

Poltimore Arms, 2 miles
Challacombe ‘Black Venus’ 4 miles
The Stag’s Head 4 miles
Exmoor Forest Simonbath 6 miles
White Horse Exford 8 miles
Hunter’s Inn, Heddon Valley 8 miles

Many other very characterful pubs to suit all budgets.

Walk Out

Visit this Exmoor website to help you plan walks in the area.

Exmoor Walks

There also many cycling tracks throughout the area.

Evenings Out

‘Queens Theatre’ Barnstaple
The Plough’ Great Torrington
Films at Scott Cinema in Barnstaple.

Sail Out

Ferries to Lundy Island, Take National Park Bird spotting boat trips, Fishing boat excursions offered all along individual coastal ports.

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What's On

There are many local events that are well worth visiting if you are staying with us. Click on the months below to find out what’s on in the area.

Jan 6th Porlock Wassail

1st Feb ‘Snow Drop Valley’ Wheddon Cross,Exmoor. Picture book blanket of snow drops planted by the monks of Dunster open during Feb each year. Free admittance.

1st – 28th Feb Exmoor Food Fest. Participating restaurants: 2 courses £10,  3 courses £15.  Plus a 2 day food street market in Dunster and up in the Tithebarn in Dunster Castle

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Wildflower Trail. 1st to 14th May 2017.  Informing self-led trail. Learn the names of the Wild Flowers in the Heddon Valley. Pick up the trail map at the NT shop by the car park.

 

Lynmouth Boat Trip 3rd May 2017  Look for rare nesting birds along this dramatic coastline. Book at the National Park in Lynmouth £15.  Ranger accompanied.

4th June 2017 Clovelly Seaweed Festival 10am-5pm .  Seaweed products, seaweed foods,seaweed foot spa and seaweed activities.

Wed.26th July 2017 Dunster Country Fair. Don your green wellies for a day of  country pursuits in the grounds of Dunster Castle. Largest hound show in UK, equestrian events held in the grounds of Dunster Castle tickets £12,  £10 on line.

Sat 8th July Clovelly Gig Regatta all day.  Pilot gigs race across the bay.

Wednesday 2nd August. North Devon Agricultural Show one day event full programme in main ring, 100’s stalls, food and flower tents. 

18th – 20th August RHS Rosemoor Gardens -first official RHS Flower Show in the southwest Talks and advice, trade stands and nurseries.

 

Sunday 3rd September Clovelly Lobster and Crab Fair 10th year celebrations.   Cooking demos Padstow hatchery exhibit and release of baby lobsters .

24th and 25th September Autumn Steam Railway Gala. Woody Bay Station, This atmospheric period station at 964 ft. on Exmoor is highest station in southern England. Attractions, real ale and BBQ.

 

8th October 2017 RHS Rosemoor Gardens Apple Day 12 miles

First Sunday December  2017 – ‘Dulverton by Starlight’ Late shops and fireworks.

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For more information about availability or to make a booking, please contact us.

Email – Click here
Phone – 01598 710107

Price bands and dates 2017

Band A Jan 6th – April 13th  = 7 days £385  3 days £180 2 days £140

EASTER April 14th – 21st. Week £455 Short breaks 3 days £210

Band B 21st April – 20th July £455 week,  3 days £210 or 2 days £150.

Band C (Summer hols)  21st July – 1st September= £560.00

Band A 1st September – 23rd Dec. £385 week or short stays £60 day

Xmas  £455 each week of Xmas and New Year.

Short stay not available during peak periods. Enquire further on short stays.