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Traditional Beehive Cottage, 2 Bedrooms Sleeps 4, Maybe the Best View On Exmoor.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Porlock, Somerset, England - Perfect Exmoor farm retreat, private Lane, only 1.5 miles to Porlock Weir

This captivating beehive cottage dates back to 1866 when built as an estate workers cottage. It is now part of a family run farm and sits in it’s own grounds at the end of a private lane. It has been renovated throughout to make it very usable and yet it has lost none of its cosy comfort. Yarner Farm Cottage sits at the head of the beautiful Worthy Coombe and has stunning views to Porlock Bay and beyond. The cottage is centrally heated throughout and has a wood burner in the living room. Logs and Kindling are provided free of Charge. There are two bedrooms; one twin and one double. The cottage sleeps 4 comfortably. Along with the bath/shower room, everything is on the same level with disabled access into the building. The Kitchen is Modern and well resourced. Outside is a spacious garden with picnic table and BBQ area, all surrounded by fields of Exmoor Horn sheep and Ruby Red Devon cattle. These fields lead on to beautiful, peaceful woodland walks and the cottage is is just minutes, through the fields, from the South West Coast Path. The cottage is a short distance from the rugged beauty of Exmoor's open moorland, perfect for walking, cycling, bird watching etc. And within easy distance of both the picturesque village of Porlock and the historic towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Culbone church (the smallest church in England) is two miles through Culbone wood in one direction while the Culbone Inn is two miles in the other. History permeates this landscape and Coleridge is reported to have written Kubla Khan at Ash Farm, next door, which is farmed along with Yearnor by The Richards Family. Dogs are very welcome (small charge applies). Linen and towels are provided free of charge. From November to mid March we do offer shorter breaks at 2 weeks notice.

John Richards
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About John Richards

Hi I'm John & with help from my little daughter & also my mother,father & uncle we run a traditional hill farm with native breeds, Devon Ruby Red Cattle and Exmoor Horn Sheep roaming the Exmoor upland pastures. We realise that we live in a uniquely beautiful part of the UK and would like to share it with others. I don't spend enough time standing & staring but when I do I see the ever changing beauty as the seasons roll on by & am thankful to be another generation to make a living from this place & I hope I can pass it on to the next generation to love it as I do.

Why John Richards chose Porlock

If you want peace you will find it here. If you want a view which is awesome every day but also different every day you will find it here. It's a very special place.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Carolyn and Pippa: 20 - 27 September

Thank you all for another wonderful stay in this idyllic place. Batteries are now recharged for the winter. See you all next year.

The Warings: 7-21 June

We have had a splendid fortnight; the sun has shone for days on end and we have walked and cycled miles. The countryside is superb and we have seen loads of fantastic wildlife. The cottage is the perfect place to come back to in the evening. Hope to see you again soon!

Matt, Mary and Rachel: 18 - 26 July

We've had an amazing time; lovely cottage, amazing view, and have been made to feel exceptionally welcome by the Richards.

The Clarenbones: 4-11 October 2014

A beautiful, peaceful location and a lovely cottage - The rain reigned and the wind blew, but the cottage was always cosy.

Most unusual guest - Porlock the tortoise has just rebooked for the fourth time...
Nov 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Porlock in Porlock

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • WC, bath and shower in bath. Towels provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One Twin One Double Cot and cot linen available on request
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Outside: Lovely garden Surrounded by fields Patio with large picnic table BBQ available on request Utility Room: There is a boot/Coat room as you enter the cottage. Vacuum Cleaner Iron/Ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided Beds are ready on arrival. Changeover is available on the Saturday of two week breaks. Other: Equipped dining area in kitchen. High chair available on request.


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Traditional Beehive Cottage, 2 Bedrooms Sleeps 4, Maybe the Best View On Exmoor.
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage with wonderful sea views.Peaceful and secluded yet not too far from the owner just in case you needed them.This is the best cottage and location that we have stayed in,everything is just perfect and we hope to come again as its like being in another world.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

fabulous cottage , breathtaking views with the valley down to Porlock Bay, sheep on the hillsides , bird life and so much more.wonderful 2 week stay ,peaceful and quiet , very comfortable with everything we needed , lots of hot water and heat, log burner if we wanted it.

no wifi and mobile phone signal hit and miss but when you have that view and the surroundings why need wifi , we can all manage!

Owners hard working farmers so pop in to check if you need anything but leave you alone.

lots of lovely places to visit in and around Porlock nice small village and Porlock Weir great as has pubs and eateries along with sailing boats and great views.

short drive to Lynmouth over Exmoor which in it self is breathtaking and then up the funicular to Lynton.

would recommend property and stay. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Most beautiful and the cleanest holiday rental I have ever stayed in. Huge thank you to Justine and John who are such a lovely couple. Most amazing view to wake up to every morning and the perfect location for exploring Somerset and Devon.

We very much enjoyed our stay

  • Review Submitted: 17-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful setting, great accomodation.

  • 5 of 5

Yarner Cottage is a well presented cottage in a beautiful location. It is clean and modern with everything you need for a perfect stay.

Waking up in the morning with the breath taking views was amazing! Going for a woodland walk (right on your doorstep) before breakfast, feeling like the only people in the world was also a highlight of the holiday. We would definitely stay again and would recommend this unique experience wholeheartedly.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A brilliant time.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time. We arrived mid-lambing which was wonderful to see. Despite being unbelievably busy Justine, John & Martha were the best hosts.

The cottage is great and the view unbelievable. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect getaway. Lovely cottage. Lovely family. On hand if you want them and far enough away if you don't. Great for families, more so at 'Lambing' time. Will holiday here again. Great area for walkers too.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
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Special interest holidays:

This is an ideal location for enjoying the Exmoor Scenery. Perfect for walking, Cycling, Fishing etc.


Porlock bay is 5 miles from the cottage.

Porlock weir is 1.5 miles away.

Minehead beach 12 miles

Lynmouth and coves at The Vally of the Rocks are 10 miles

Woolacombe is 22 miles away.


How to get there

Nearest Airport: 60 miles

Nearest Ferry Port: 122 miles

Nearest Railway Station: 27 miles

Nearest Motorway Junction: 33 miles


The cottage is:

5 miles from Porlock, a delightful Exmoor village.

Local amenities include galleries, chemist, grocers and butchers, two churches, four inns, many restaurants and tearooms.

9 miles from Lynmouth, famous for it’s beautiful coastline, wooded walks and History. Travel 1 mile further or up the Vernacular railway to Lynton and its many shops and unique cinema.

Minehead town is 12 miles away, There you will find supermarkets, banks, and other seaside and family activities.

Further Details:

The cottage is set in 267 square miles of the stunning Exmoor National Park,

On a local family farm.

It is perfect for walking and cycling at any level, from the gentle jaunt to the serious adventurer.

Near by are:

Porlock Weir; a quaint harbour and hamlet with a variety of eating places, and perfect opportunity for children to go ‘Crabbing’.

Doone valley, with its tea room, river walks and memories of ‘Lorna Doone’.

Dunster; The medieval village of Dunster is in Somerset within the Exmoor National Park. With it's Castle, Yarn Market, Tithe Barn and a wealth of listed buildings, Dunster is a favourite destination for many tourists.

Dunkery Beacon; the highest point on Exmoor and in Somerset.

Minehead - The nearest large town, with sandy beaches. The West Somerset Railway, Minehead Eye (Skate park), Butlins with fairground and large indoor swimming pool.

We are close to other family attractions including Watermouth Castle (24 miles), Exmoor Zoo (20 miles), and Tropaquaria animal park (17 miles).

The surfers beaches of Woolacombe and Croyde are just 35-50 minutes drive away.

There are lots of opportunities to view the native wildlife of Exmoor, with red and roe deer, ponies, birds of prey and so on.

Exmoor National Park has been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe.

A telescope is available to hire for the duration of your holiday.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Porlock, Somerset

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please Email or Call directly.

A deposit of 20% paid upon booking

Pay the rest before or on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is our normal changeover day but we may be flexible in low season.

Short breaks are available November to March.

Notes on prices:
All prices given are for the full week. Please contact us to enquire about short low season breaks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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