Welcome to Acorn Retreat
‘Unique’ describes Acorn Retreat. Quality self catering cottage-style apartment designed for two set in a wild life haven of 10 acres with landscaped grounds and lakes. Bordered by the River Bray and surrounded by woodland.
Fully equipped kitchen including gas hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, hairdryer, iron and board, en suite bathroom with electric shower, sink and WC, hot water, heated towel rail, electric heaters and open flame gas fire, private designated Super-fast WiFi connection, Smart phones set to WiFi for reception and calls, Sky TV, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema, radio, books, videos, wide range of games, information books and brochures. 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 fly fishing only for wild Brown trout on the lakes and in the river. Lots of trails to walk on Exmoor plus the South West coastal path with breathtaking views starts just a few miles away. Or 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. Annual ‘Dark Sky’ festival is held in October with top speakers and activities for the budding astronomists.
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 who 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
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.
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 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.
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’.
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 one mile from Lynton -meet the hefted goats. Walk the path and take in the steepest cliffs in the country. Hope you like heights.
Wide variety of characterful pubs and eateries, Tea Gardens to suit all budgets. Challacombe Black Venus, Winsford Tea Garden, Exmoor White Horse,
Visit this Exmoor website to help you plan walks in the area.
There also many cycling tracks throughout the area.
‘Queens Theatre’ Barnstaple
The Plough Arts: Music at The George and Great Torrington
Films at Scott Cinema in Barnstaple.
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
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.
Tariff & Availability
Acorn Retreat Availability
Price bands and dates 2021 and 2022
Friday to Friday or Saturday to Saturday – quite flexible as to start day.
Band A Wednesday 1st Jan 2021 to 1st April 2021 = 7 nights = £525.
Short stays £80 day min 3 nights
EASTER Friday 2nd April – 9th April 2021 = 7 nights = £595.
Short stays 4 nights min: £90 day = £360
Band B Saturday 10th April 2021 to Friday 30th April 7 nights = £525. Short stay 3 nights min. £255. (£85)
Spring Bank Holiday Friday 1st May – 7th May 2021 7 nights = £595 (£85 night)
Short stays 4 nights min: = £ 380 (£95 night)
Band C Friday 8th May 2021 – 28th May 2021 7 nights £595
Short stays 3 nights min £270 (£90 night)
Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 29th May – Saturday 5th June 2021 – 7 days £595 (£85 night)
Short stays £ 95 day min 4 days = £380
Band D Friday 5th June 2021 to 9th July 2021 = 7 nights £595 (£85 night )
Short stays £90 day min 3 nights
Summer Holidays Friday 10th July 2021 – Friday 24th September 2021 week £630 (£90 night)
Short stays £95 day min 4 nights.
Band C 25th September 2021 to end November 2021 = £525 (75 day) . Short stay min. 3 nights £80 night.
Closed Xmas and New Year
One medium sized, well behaved dog by request: £15 week dog mats provided.