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Family & dog friendly 4 bed cottage with sea views, Porlock village, Exmoor

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Porlock, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England, Log burner, 4 poster, sleeps 1-8 + cot. Ideal for exploring Exmoor's beautiful coast & countryside

Family and dog friendly spacious 4 bedroom self catering holiday cottage situated in a quiet location in Porlock, Exmoor National Park has breathtaking sea views Exmoor Holidays offers the perfect peaceful retreat to relax, unwind and explore the stunning Exmoor coastline and countryside by car, bicycle, horse, landrover safari, or on foot. Numerous footpaths including the South West Coast Path and Coleridge Way are all accessible directly from our doorstep.

For those wanting to get away from it all our large south facing garden with sheltered patio and sun terrace captures the sun from dawn through to dusk and is a haven of peace and tranquillity where one can quietly sit and listen to birdsong whilst the sun goes down.

Situated in a peaceful lane in the traditional Exmoor village of Porlock but only a couple of minutes walk from the historic Ship Inn and traditional Porlock village centre. Because the property is built on a hillside most of the accommodation is on the first floor, accessed via a flight of stairs. Bedroom 4 is on the ground floor with its own kitchen & lounge diner for 2, perfect for friends/families who wish for their own space or who require ground floor accommodation. We are very popular as a generation vacation where the grandparents sleep in the downstairs bedroom, and have their own ground floor kitchen, bathroom and lounge diner so they have a bit of their own space should they wish for it whilst the children and grandchildren sleep in the 3 bedrooms upstairs.

Rated as 4 star holiday accommodation by Quality in Tourism.

More Details

Jacquie Haylett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Jacquie Haylett

My mother purchased the property in the early 1980s and initially rented out the ground floor as a 1 bedroom apartment. When she was admitted to nursing home care we fully refurbished and redecorated the whole property to enable it to become a beautiful holiday home.

Having been brought up on Exmoor I love to return to stay in the house with my family as often as time allows, we therefore love the house not only as a holiday cottage but also as our own home.

Why Jacquie Haylett chose Porlock

Spacious comfortable accommodation. Breathtaking sea views. Ideally situated in a peaceful but central location in the picturesque village of Porlock. Perfect base for exploring Exmoor National Park, with beautiful coast and countryside walks from our doorstep. Traditional thatched country pub close by.

What makes this cottage unique

The views from the upstairs of our accommodation across Porlock Bay are magnificent. In clear weather you can view right across the sea to Wales, and often watch hang gliders from the lounge window who take off from Hurlstone Point.

The charming traditional village of Porlock is very friendly with a strong community spirit and hosts many events to suit all ages throughout the year.

Dogs are welcome in many establishments and there are numerous walks directly from our doorstep. There is a good selection of traditional English pubs, restaurants and shops close by. Exmoor is home to a wide variety of wildlife including red deer and Exmoor ponies.

Lots of outdoor activities close by including kayaking; cycling; horse riding; fishing, coasteering, etc, but equally you can just relax and unwind in peace and tranquility. The beautiful scenery inspires artistic creativity.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you very much for the cake and wine, they were very welcome after our journey. This was the first time of visiting Somerset and we have enjoyed every minute of it. There is so much to do and we have run out of time. The view from the windows is fantastic, its a dream place to live. The house was very clean and maintained. We met Chris the housekeeper who was very kind and helpful. It was home from home and we did not want to leave but we will come back and hopefully bring some of the family with us next time. Thank you so much

Thank you so much for letting us rent your lovely cottage home for this week. Both the village and the cottage are beautiful and we cannot tell you how much we enjoyed our stay. Your hospitality has been so kind and we will no doubt be sharing the name of your cottage with friends. Thanks again and we hope to return soon!

We’ve really enjoyed our stay. We have been coming to Porlock for many many years, this is our first stay at Maxwelton, and the best place we’ve stayed. We will definitely be back. Maxwelton is just perfect! Lovely garden, well equipped

Possibly the best accommodation we have had the fortune to stay in. We would love to have had more time here to explore the area. Great views from the kitchen and lounge. A pleasure to come back to each night and situated next to the pub which meant we didn’t have to go far for our entertainment. Very impressed with the cleanliness of the cottage and with all the facilities. Our comments to the housekeeper you do an amazing job. The house is immaculate.

Thank you so much for such lovely accommodation, spotlessly clean on arrival and a beautiful home made sponge! Grandad stayed downstairs in Bracken which suited him very well. We have visited Watersmeet (best tea room ever!), done the North Walk, had a cream tea at Bossington and hiked in Horner woods. The accommodation is amazing and we would definitely come here again – thank you!
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Porlock in Porlock

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Downstairs bathroom contains bath, over the bath shower, wc and wash-hand basin. Upstairs bathroom: with bath, shower, wc and wash-hand basin. Ensuite w.c. Bedroom 1 WC with wash hand basin at the bottom of the stairs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1:4 poster double bed,sea views, en-suite toilet Bedroom 2:Super-king bed, garden views Bedroom 3: Twin bed room TV/DVD player. Bedroom 4: double bed ground floor room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Free off road parking. Free Wifi. Well behaved dogs welcome (maximum of 3) - additional charge of £25 per week for 1 dog, £10 per week for additional dogs. Outside: Large secure private garden with patio with seating and barbecue. Guests are welcome to use herbs from the herb garden. Sun terrace with seating for 2 and sea views. Utility Room: Contains washing machine/tumble drier; dishwasher; large fridge/freezer Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bath towels provided. Travel cot, high chair and stair gate available on request. Please supply your own bedlinen for travel cot. Other: Sheltered secluded patio, sun terrace and lawned area. Gate secures patio area for young children or dogs when required. Fabulous sea views from top of garden. BBQ


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Family & dog friendly 4 bed cottage with sea views, Porlock village, Exmoor
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

Christmas break

  • 5 of 5

We spent Christmas in Porlock, what a wonderful property and a lovely village to visit. Highly recommend, it had everything we needed and more, some very thoughtful touches, cake and a lovely bottle, Christmas tree set up, house spotless, amazing views can't wait to go back

  • Review Submitted: 27-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you taking the time to submit a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your Christmas celebrations in our cottage, Maxwelton in Porlock and we look forward to welcoming you back hopefully in the near future. We are pleased you appreciated the spectacular views from our windows and hope you were able to see snow on the hills. We very much appreciate your recommendations and wish you all the best for 2018. Jacquie
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Very clean and tidy well equipped and lovely views and position

  • 3 of 5

Unfortunately the bed downstairs mattress was very uncomfortable

The toilet was not working downstairs

The shower could only be used if no one ran a tap whilst anyone in shower causing long delays in normal life with 6 adults and two children in property

Could not use shower downstairs at all so this was not very good I over the 5 night stay!!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful space and views.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay, lots of room, warm, clean with everything we needed, the views from the front of the house are spectacular, a large dining table to enjoy our evening meals around.

We had a blip with the heating, but the caretaker( next door) sorted it out quickly.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fabulous everything we need for a great break for us & our dogs ,accommodation was excellent ! . Lots of things to do & see with lovelly walks to hand . Lots of local produce with good food served every where we went also all very dog friendly . Also a selection of shops at Porlock ,Porlock weir , Minehead , Lynton & Lynmouth & surrounding villages with a lot of local arts & crafts .


  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Roy We are extremely grateful for the time you have taken to write a review and are delighted that both yourself and your dogs had a wonderful holiday and also enjoyed the local shops and local produce. We thank you for your custom and hope to welcome you back if you return to Porlock and Exmoor again in the future. Jacquie
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A fabulous house in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a stay at Maxwelton and Bracken - the house is amazing and catered for our every need, I would highly recommend a stay here. We've been to Porlock many times over the years and stopped in a lot of places, b&bs/hotels/campsites/self catering etc - this is the best place we've stayed in - we loved it!

Communication with Jacquie, the owner was excellent and the lovely welcome gifts of a homemade cake and a bottle of wine from the housekeeper was a lovely touch.

We were a party of 6 - 4 adults, 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. The house is very spacious, very well presented and had everything we needed. The utility room is very useful for the dogs - dog bowls, towels, biscuits and chews were provided. The garden is well maintained with a lovely patio set and BBQ, there is also a seating area for 2 at the top of the garden with views out to the sea - a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching the sun set.

The kitchen has got the 'home from home' feel and plenty of pots/pans/crockery etc. The lounge is bright, airy and spacious - we particularly liked the window seat and large dining table...and the log burner for the cooler evenings. The bedrooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and felt cosy. The bathroom is finished to a high standard, all towels are provided and there is a constant supply of hot water. My teenage son thoroughly enjoyed sole use of the ground floor apartment, again this is finished to the same high standard as the main house (accessed via an internal door) and contains everything you need.

We absolutely loved the house - thank you Jacquie for allowing us to experience this beautiful place, a true gem in a fabulous village location.

Many thanks

Mrs & Mrs Podmore & family

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mr and Mrs Podmore We are extremely grateful for the time you have taken to write this extensive review and are delighted that you loved our house and had a wonderful holiday and we are very flattered that you describe it as the best that you have stayed in. We think of our cottage as our second home as it has been in the family since the 1980s and endeavour to keep it at as high a standard as possible for our guests to enjoy. As you mention the downstairs apartment is ideal for giving teenagers or grandparents their own personal space when they would like it without being excluded from the family group. We thank you for your custom and hope to welcome you back when you next visit the Exmoor National Park. Jacquie Haylett
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Location and property excellent.

  • 4 of 5

The standard of the property and the facilities provided are extremely good - especially for our "Christmas" stayaway. We greatly appreciated the care and maintenance shown by Mr & Mrs Miles, the Caretakers. The "dog-friendly" aspects of the house were also much appreciated by a couple of visiting Jack Russells!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
The Ship Inn, Porlock
Car: recommended


Porlock Beach is less than a mile from our house. Beautiful woodland/coastal walks accessible from our cottage to the charming historic harbour of Porlock Weir situated approximately 1.5 miles from Porlock village. It is a stunning location to sit and enjoy a glass of wine at one of the restaurants or pubs whilst watching the sun go down. By car Lynmouth Harbour is popular with guests. Picnics and paddling are popular along the River Barle, Wimbleball lake provides watersports


Porlock is situated on the Exmoor Coast in West Somerset, 6 miles from Minehead, 28 miles from Taunton and 30 miles from Barnstaple.


By Road

Exit M5 motorway at Bridgwater J24 continuing on the A39 or exit M5 at Taunton J25 following the A358 to Williton and join the A39.

The A39 will take you to Porlock.

By Coach

Seasonal National Express coach changing at Minehead for Porlock.

By Rail

To Taunton main line station, continue by bus changing at Minehead for Porlock


Porlock is surrounded by many beautiful villages with thatched cottages, glorious gardens, unique shops, heather clad moorlands, sparkling streams, rivers and lakes, ancient woodlands, archaeological sites, beaches and dramatic coastline.

Porlock Weir 1.5 miles

Spectacular drive to Lynmouth, Lynton & Valley of the Rocks (10 miles approx)

Dunster Castle (8 miles)

Tarr Steps (15 miles)

South West Coastal Path and Coleridge Way

Horner Woods (2 miles)

Dunkery Beacon

Minehead 6 miles

Further Details:

Porlock is a charming, picturesque traditional Exmoor village with a strong community spirit located in West Somerset, just a few miles from the Devon border at close to the Devon border in the heart of Exmoor National Park which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. steeped in history and with an abundance of wildlife. Exmoor is the home of the Red Deer and Exmoor pony

Nearby there is a good choice of restaurants, cafes and public houses, as well as art galleries and local crafts.

A wide range of sporting activities are available locally including horse riding; fishing; kyaking; sailing; shooting; fishing; cycling.

The peacefulness and beauty of Exmoor inspires creativity making it very popular with artists, writers and photographers.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Porlock, Somerset

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May - June 2018
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid July 2018
21 Jul 2018 - 25 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July - August 2018
26 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
August 2018
11 Aug 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Sept - Oct 2018
30 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Oct 2018 Half Term
20 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Nov - Dec 2018
29 Oct 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Xmas/New Year 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
January 2019
6 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
February 2019
1 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
March 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
April 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 24 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
April - May 2019
25 Apr 2019 - 24 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May - June 2019
25 May 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2019
30 Jun 2019 - 25 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - August 2019
26 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 28 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept - Oct 2019
29 Sep 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Oct 2019 Half Term
19 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

Booking Notes:
This listing and pricing is to rent our house as one 4 bedroom property (advertised elsewhere individually as Maxwelton & Bracken apartment). Contact us by telephone or email to confirm price and availability. A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking, with outstanding balance due 45 days prior to arrival. Your booking is not confirmed until your deposit has been received.
Additional Charge for dogs per week - 1 dog £25 - additional dogs £10 each - maximum of 3 well behaved dogs accepted in the accommodation
Changeover Day:
Peak summer season Saturday changeover, minimum stay 7 nights, (unless late availability offer). Christmas/New Year and Easter minimum stay of 5 nights. Outside peak season flexible arrival day, minimum stay 3 nights, but no changeovers on a Monday or Thursday as housekeeper not available.

Notes on prices:
Dogs welcome (maximum of 2 large dogs, 3 small dogs) - subject to owners agreeing to our terms and conditions about dogs. Additional charge of £25.00 per week for 1 dog, £10 per week per dog for additional dogs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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