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Parsonage Farm Stables, with stunning views down to the sea



Updated: 23-Sep-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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!

Speaks English, Finnish

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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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


the property was fantastic. clean spacious relaxing. home from home dog loved it

  • 5 of 5

would recommend to anyone beautiful veiws a gorgeous setting

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, Bill. So glad you had a great holiday - we very much hope there will be many more! I'm afraid we couldn't find the laundry bag, so hopefully it turned up! Best, J&P
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  • 5 of 5

A really wonderful cottage in an exiting place with friendly people.

Thanks for all

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed it and hope to see you all again soon.
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Excellent place to relax in the countryside

  • 4 of 5

A really pretty place to stay and lovely and quiet. Some great places to walk and enjoy the wildlife. Really appreciate the welcome and the home made bread from Jeremy and Paivi.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Exeter at 40 Miles Nearest Train : Taunton Station at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Culbone Inn, 5 mins drive from us at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Porlock at 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nov-Dec 2016
26 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15

Booking Notes:
Please call 01643 862234 or email rexthesaurus@hotmail.com (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 rexthesaurus@hotmail.com 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.
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Updated: 23-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • 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.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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