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Dunkery View

Minehead, Somerset

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Dunkery View is a cosy two bedroom cob and thatch cottage situated on the Holnicote estate close to Troytes Farmhouse. Unusually, it is built into the east end of the Tivington Chapel-of-Ease (very rarely used) dedicated to St Leonard’s. This pretty cottage is perfectly placed for exploring the Exmoor National Park and coastal spots such as Bossington Beach and Porlock Weir are within easy distance. The cottage has a country-style garden with spectacular views of Dunkery Beacon and Exmoor.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance porch, sitting/dining room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen and bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and 1 twin).
Visitor notes

Heating: night storage heating included.

Garden: Country-style enclosed garden enjoying spectacular views of Dunkery Beacon and Exmoor.

Parking: There is parking available for one car at the rear of the cottage.

Please Note: The cottage adjoins the ancient Chapel of Ease of Tivington which is used very occasionally throughout the year for Services - please call for further details. The cottage sitting room was originally used as the Vestry for the church.

Offers: Holiday Cottage guests get a discount at the Selworthy National Trust shop and café.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the hillside above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. While on the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you?re a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking, the beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland. To the north of Exmoor are the dramatically picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and to their west, the pretty villages of Parracombe and Combe Martin are the gateways to some breathtaking valley and coastal scenery. This is a landscape which captured the imagination of the 19th century Romantic poets and provided the inspiration for Lorna Doone and continues to thrill and delight all who discover it today. The River Heddno runs through Parracombe and then down through the wooded Heddon Valley, a paradise for butterflies and wild flowers, before reaching the sea at heddon\'s Mouth. Combe Martin is a fomer mining village in a sheltered valley that reaches the sea at a beach and harbour beneath the towering drama of the heath-clad cliffs of Little Hangman, with Great Hangman beyond. Like the Heddon Valley, a good network of footpaths here allows for some splendid and challenging walks to be enjoyed through this remarkable landscape. Nearby is lovely Arlington Court with its estate, house and garden and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge. Activities in the area include birdwatching, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, walking and water sports.

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place to visit
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  • Minehead and West Somerset steam railway
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir
  • open double decker bus links Minehead to Lynmouth through the Exmoor National Park.
  • Bird watching
  • fishing
  • walking
  • mountain biking
  • horse riding.
National Trust places to visit
Holnicote Estate
Holnicote Estate Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife
Dunster Working Watermill
Dunster Working Watermill Fully restored watermill
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens
Watersmeet Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands near the rocky North Devon coast
Coleridge Cottage
Coleridge Cottage Home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Francis Preece
    • February 2015
    • Buckinghamshire
    Beautifully presented cottage

    Booking staff were excellent and the cottage was beautifully presented with welcome tea tray and flowers The views and access to the chapel made it special for our needs.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
    • ----------------
    Decor make it special!

    I love National trust cottages, the styling & decor makes them very special. Warm, comfy beds, period furniture, sanderson fabrics, open fire.

  • Richard Coleman
    • November 2014
    • England
    Enjoyed everything!

    We enjoyed everything about this cottage with its quirky charm.The chapel next door was an usual feature.The location of the cottage was brilliant for exploring this part of the country.We visited some wonderful places on Exmoor then back to Dunkery View for cosy nights beside the fire. We really enjoyed our stay at Dunkery View.The views of exmoor from the garden are breathtaking.The night sky was something special one we will never forget.listening to the owls and the deer in the woods close by was a treat a rare thing these days.

  • Anthony Lambell
    • September 2013
    • Surrey
    Location excellent

    Its location on the Holnicote estate with excellent walks in the area and also NT houses to visit not too far away. The chapel attached to the cottage was a fascinating historical feature

  • Watson
    • June 2013
    • Worcestershire
    Unique experience

    This was absolutely magical. Opening a door and finding ourselves behind the chapel altar was certainly a unique experience! I wish I could have stayed for the week, as there is so much to see and do in this area.

  • Mr Malone
    • January 2013
    • Cheshire
    Fantastic Views

    Lovely cottage. Immediate grounds lovely. Fantastic views. Lovely log burner.

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