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Parsonage Farm Stables, with stunning views down to the sea

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


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.

Jeremy & Paivi Payne
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Finnish
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2017

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 West Somerset

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 Minehead in Somerset

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
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.


4.8/5 -
(4 traveller 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: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
August 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Dec 2017 - 18 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year 2017
19 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Cleaning £50

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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