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Parsonage Farm Stables, with stunning views down to the sea

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Culbone, Nr. Porlock. Sleeps 4, peaceful location, steeped in history in glorious hillside.

Parsonage Farm Stables is almost 1000 years old, the hayloft of a farm that has been occupied since the time of the Domesday Book. It's ideal for walkers and dog lovers, offering easy access to all the splendours of Exmoor. Red deer often visit the garden, much to the owner's dismay, and the gentle cluck of our tame chickens creates a relaxing atmosphere throughout the year. Stunning in Summer, with beautiful gardens, and reassuringly cosy in Winter. Sometimes you're above the clouds, and the feeling is rather special. It's not surprising that Coleridge wrote Kubla Khan in this little valley; you can sense the history today.

About Us

Jeremy Payne
Parsonage Farm, Yearnor Mill Lane
TA24 8JN Culbone, Nr. Porlock
N/A, N/A
Parsonage Farm Yearnor Mill Lane Culbone, Nr. Porlock TA24 8JN Somerset

Jeremy & Paivi Payne
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Finnish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Jeremy & Paivi Payne

Jeremy's family have been in the house since 1949! Today, Jeremy & Paivi Payne have been refining their holiday properties for several years, and are still trying to improve every week and year! After many good years with Cottages 4 You and Welcome Holidays, we're finally in a position to run and man the house for ourselves!

Jeremy is a former advertising copywriter and Paivi is a teacher. They have travelled extensively and worked for many years in Hong Kong. They are accompanied most of the time by the noisy Wooster, a miniature Schnauzer, and their troupe of chickens. Whatever you need to know about walks, restaurants and other local stuff, if we're around we're always happy to tell you! Oh, and you can order freshly baked bread and home made marmalade for breakfast from us, too!

Jeremy & Paivi Payne purchased this cottage in 1949

Why Jeremy & Paivi Payne chose Porlock

It may be remote for some, but we absolutely love living up and away on the hill, far from the madding crowd. It can be wild in Winter, but that's part of it's charm, coming home to a warm supper and a cosy fire. In Summer, Exmoor can be almost breathtakingly beautiful - it's surely British tourism's best kept secret. Maybe it's time you discovered it for yourself!

What makes this cottage unique

For lovers of great walking, dark skies and beautiful countryside, there can be few places like it! It really is unique, a moorland gem - yet it's not too far from great restaurants, tourist attractions and shopping.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Lovely cottage, amazing rural location, very helpful owners close by. Would recommend to anyone who likes a very well appointed,and cosy cottage,with sea and moor views,and great local dog walks (the whole area is very dog friendly)" Martin, Truro

"A brilliant location to get away from it all, but near enough to villages and towns for great days out. Dog friendly with good walks and views from this cottage. We enjoyed this location so much we didn't want to leave. Mr & Mrs Payne welcome you and make you feel instantly at home." Lynn, Derbyshire

"fabulous remote location. spacious cottage with nice garden and lovely views. friendly and helpful host. loved our stay." Graham, London

"Amazing place and amazing location!" Lorna, Evesham

"Shabby chic with shaggy sheep!"
Apr 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Porlock in Oare

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom with 1 deep old 1950's bath & hand-held shower for bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and exotic Chinese furniture. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
Notes on accommodation: There are 3 steps from the parking area up to the garden (from which you enter the house) 2 steps up from the kitchen to the main part of the property, and the bathroom is 3 steps down. (This may be a problem for those with severely limited mobility, but if you can manage a few steps you should not have any problems.) Outside: Fabulous views. Enclosed garden, outdoor dining table, outdoor patio/breakfast area (for 2 persons), well-stocked flower garden, lawn. Barbecue area. Utility Room: There is a games room (shared with Parsonage Otter Stables) with a table tennis table - best for the Summer! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels/Linen provided. Beds ready on arrival. Changeover is available on the Saturday of 2 week breaks. Other: We also have a wild garden which guests are welcome to visit at certain times of the year.


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Parsonage Farm Stables, with stunning views down to the sea
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Beautiful old property. Amazing views and amazing weather.

  • 5 of 5

Very warm welcome from Jeremy. The property is remote so you must be prepared for the narrow lane. Exmoor is a great place for walking and you can get an excellent cream tea at Selworthy and Watersmeet.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're very welcome, Val. It is indeed a fantastic base for walkers, riders, serious cyclists and anyone else who enjoys the wilds of Exmoor. We hope to see you all again soon!
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Peaceful, beautiful views, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, historic property remotely located in some beautiful countryside. Despite the age it’s well equipped and very comfortable. The owners have obviously taken great care to ensure that guests have all they need. But they’re also on hand and very welcoming and helpful.

If there is one thing we’d change for our stay it would be the provision of a shower, although the bath was perfectly functional.

We stayed in November and the place was warm and cosy with the wood burner in the sitting room.

Highly recommended and we look forward to a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A homely property, with antique charm, set in a tranquil location, with stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

This property is set is a beautiful and tranquil location and has stunning, uninterrupted views of Porlock Bay and surrounding hills. The property is homely and has lovely antique charm. A friendly welcome was received when we arrived. A wonderful holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting, we loved the peace and quiet. Very helpful and friendly hosts. Accommodation very clean, well equipped and wonderfully dressed. The area has lots of lovely walks and good places to eat. We had a good holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Julie, so glad you enjoyed yourselves, in spite of the less than wonderful weather! We very much hope to see you all again in the future :-) Jeremy & Paivi
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A wonderful few days in this magical place

  • 5 of 5

We took great care to choose a location which was remote, peaceful, with lots of walks, without the need for use of a car. We found it!

J & P made us feel so welcome. Little touches (of home-made bread and vase of flowers picked from the garden) were typical of their desire to make us feel at home.

Never felt more relaxed.

It was so peaceful and quiet.

Views from the secluded garden were breathtaking.

Proximity to the sea was a pleasant surprise and walks down to the coastal path were delightful.

The property was very clean, tidy and well equipped with everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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brilliant cottage amazing views

  • 5 of 5

home from home brilliant cottage amazing views and absolute silence just what was needed

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Taunton Station
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
The Culbone Inn, 5 mins drive from us
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

This is an ideal location for walkers, those who wish to ride across Exmoor, and those keen on Dark Skies.


The cottage is 15 mins drive (or 1 hr walk) to the pretty coastal village of Porlock Weir. There is a pebbly beach, and much else to do and see. You are only 50 mins from the fantastic sandy beaches of North Devon, Woolacombe, Saunton Sands and others.


Nearest airports Bristol (1 hr 45 mins) and Exeter (1 hr 30 mins). A car is an absolute necessity here, although we have had holiday guests who arrived by taxi and were happy to stay in the property their whole holiday.


Glorious Exmoor is ALL AROUND YOU!

Porlock 16 mins.

Culbone Church 30 mins walk.

Dunster 25 mins.

Lynton/Lynmouth 17 mins.

Ilfracombe 1 hr.

Further Details:

We are just 5 mins drive from a great local pub/bistro 'The Culbone', which has award-winning food and is not too pricey. Ask the owner of Parsonage Farm Stables about our special discount arrangement for our holiday guests.


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
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Aug 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Oct 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nov 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Dec 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas/NY 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Cleaning £50

Booking Notes:
Please call 01643 862234 or email (specifying which of our two cottages you're considering) for booking information. Telephone may go to answer phone but we aim to get back to you asap.
Once we have verbal confirmation of your booking, please confirm by sending a 20% deposit cheque to: J Payne, Parsonage Farm, Culbone, Porlock, TA24 8JN, UK within 1 week.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. (This can be flexible if we have availability)
Arrival: after 3pm
Checkout: 10am

Notes on prices:
If you would like to stay with us for short breaks in the low season, please call 01643 862234 or email for details, specifying which of our two properties (Parsonage Farm Stables or Parsonage Otter Stables) may interest you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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