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.
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.
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.
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’ Great Torrington
Films at Scott Cinema in Barnstaple.
Ferries to Lundy Island from Bideford Port or nearer is Ilfracombe Port, Take National Park Bird spotting boat trips, Fishing boat excursions offered all along individual coastal ports.
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 2017 – ‘Dulverton by Starlight’ Late shops and fireworks.
Tariff & Availability
Acorn Retreat Availability
Price bands and dates 2018 and 2019
Band A 2nd Jan to 28th March = 7 nights £420 Short stays £70 day min 3 nights
EASTER 29th March to 6th April. 7 nights £490 Short stays £80 day min 3 nights.
Band B 7th April – 19th July 7 nights £455 , Short stays £70 day min 3 nights.
Band C (Summer hols) 20th July –31st August 7 nights £560.00. Short stays £90 day min 3 nights
Band A 1st September – 29th September . 7 nights £420 Short stays £70 day min 3 nights
Band A October thru to beginning Xmas week . 7 nights £420. Short stays £70 day min 3 nights.
Xmas Band C £560 each week of Xmas and New Year. Sorry but we will be closed this part of the year from 22nd December to 27th December 2018
Dogs by request carry a £35 charge for the week.