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, good, private WiFi connection, Sky TV, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, radio, books, videos, wide range of games and information books and brochures.  Limited mobile phone signal in this area.  Electric charging point for electric cars. Type 2  or 7  kW or 32A charger.

For nature lovers we have for your enjoyment binoculars, bat detectors, moth trap, a hide with scope for wildlife watching, wildlife camera. For the sporty there is available fishing for wild trout, bikes to borrow (Tarka Trail), trail maps and the South West coastal path with breathtaking views starts just 8 miles away. 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 and offer a half hour beekeeping session, full bee suits available.

Exmoor area is designated  international ‘Dark Sky’ status (no light pollutants) with designated points on Exmoor for night sky watching plus teaching events.

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.


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


National Trust Arlington Court 10 miles


Heddons Mouth, Watersmeet and Tarr Steps 8 miles.

Braunton Burrows2

UNESCO area of Braunton Burrows 18 miles. Unique flora and fauna can be found. Borrow our identification guidebook .


Ilfracombe 20 miles. Port to Lundy or take the Princess around the bay for a boat trip. See Damien Hurst’s huge bronze statue ‘Verity’ which overlooks the harbour controversial but definitely remarkable. Visit the  Edwardian ‘Tunnels’ and Lady’s beach. Entry fee to beaches.

Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor Zoo 5 miles.


Heritage Coast, Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth 15 – 20 miles. Porlock now growing Oysters on a community enterprise grant. From Porlock Walk up to Culbone Church on the SW coastal path. a wooded walk with sea views around 5 miles return.

Croyde Beach

Sandy beaches and many coves and coastal walks: Saunton Sands, Woolacombe, Putsborough and the famous surf beach at Croyde 17 miles away. Trek around the headland from Baggy Point. There’s a National Trust car park at Baggy Point and a great garden cafe ‘The Oyster Garden’.

Tarka Trail

Bikers, jump on the nice and flat, traffic free Tarka Trail 30 miles of it. Jump on at Barnstaple. Bike hire roughly £12 day.  Start maybe at the Bike Shed Barnstaple cycle to Femington Quay for coffee and birdwatching at the estuary then onto Instow for lunch and beach combing then maybe just further on (look for the hole in the fence) take in Taperley  Park Gardens then back to the bike shed for a cup of their own brewed coffee.  All off road.

We have maps for the north and south routes of the Tarka Trail . Lots of eating places along the tracks.


Watersmeet:  Spectacular scenery – breathe in the fresh sea air and walk along the river from Lynmouth to Watersmeet.


Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Valley of the Rocks

Valley of the Rocks one mile from Lynton -meet the hefted goats. Walk the path and take in the steepest cliffs in the country.  Hope you like heights.

Eat Out

Wide variety of characterful pubs and eateries, Tea Gardens to suit all budgets. Challacombe Black Venus, Winsford Tea Garden, Exmoor White Horse,

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 Arts: Music at The George and Great Torrington
Films at Scott Cinema in Barnstaple.

Sail Out

Ferries to Lundy Island from Bideford Port or Ilfracombe Port, Or for shorter trips take National Park Bird spotting boat trips from Lynton, Also Fishing boat excursions offered from Ilfracombe


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


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 – ‘Dulverton by Starlight’ Late shops and fireworks. Dunster by Candlelight always the first Friday and Saturday of December: Medieval Village evening street festival plus fireworks. A brilliant night.

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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 2018 and 2019

Friday to Friday or Saturday to Saturday either arrangement is OK.

Band A Wednesday 1st 2nd Jan  2020 to Friday 27th March 2020 = 7 nights = £455.

Short stays £70 day min 3 nights

Band B  Saturday 28th March – Thursday 9th April 2020 = 7 nights = £476 .

Short stays £75 day min 3 nights

EASTER   Friday 10th April – 17th April 2020 =   7 nights = £525.

Short stays 4 days min: £90 day

Band C Saturday 18th April 2020 – Friday 7th  May 2020 – 7 nights = £490.

Short stays 3 days £80 day

Spring Bank Holiday Friday 8th May – 15th  May 2020 7 nights =  £525

Short stays 4 nights min: £90 night

Band C Friday 15th May 2020 –  23rd  May 2020 7 nights  £490.00.

Short stays 3 nights min £80

Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 23rd – 30th May 2020 -.  7 days  £525

Short stays £85 day min 3 days

Band D  Friday 30th May – Thursday 16th July 2020  7 nights £525

Short stays £80 day min 3 nights

Summer Holidays  Friday 17th July – Friday 11th September 2020 week £595

Short stays £90 day min 4 nights.

Band C  Friday 11th September 2020 – Friday 23rd October 2020 £490 .

Short stays £75 min 3 days.

Band A  Friday 23rd October – Friday 18th December 2020 week £455

Min stay 3 nights £70

Closed Xmas and New Year

One medium sized, well behaved dog by request: £25 week, £15 short stay.