Exmoor Members' Break

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
from £239pp

Our Members’ only Breaks are ideal if you fancy a few days away at a great price. To keep the price as low as possible these breaks don’t include guided walks – during your stay you may wish to try one of our self-guided routes, explore the local area independently, maybe visit friends or family, or just relax and enjoy a good book in the comforts of our country house. There’ll be an HF Holidays' leader in residence, to offer advice on local walks, and to organise activities in the evenings.

What’s included

  • Best Prices: Members' Breaks are offered at a specially discounted price exclusively for HF Members
  • Great Value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation at our country houses, advice on where to walk and free use of the full range of note cards and maps at our well-stocked Discovery Point, for local routes that don't require any additional transport to trails further afield
  • Sociability: as the breaks are Members only, this gives Members a great opportunity to meet and share stories

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Download Trip Notes

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Holnicote House - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. 

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not visit Lynton and the Valley of Rocks, ride on the West Somerset Railway, or visit a National Trust property. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.


During your stay at Selworthy you can enjoy the following recommended routes:

Laid back walks

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the beautiful scenery. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

Holnicote Estate walk - 1 mile
Selworthy Beacon from the car park - 1 mile
Dunkery Beacon from the car park - 2 miles
Selworthy village - 2 miles
Valley of Rocks - 2 miles


Leg stretcher walks

Some longer walks generally on good paths. Experience the beauty of Exmoor as you walk through delightful moorland scenery.

Lynmouth to Watersmeet - 4 miles
Dunkery Beacon from Webbers Post - 4 miles
Selworthy villages walk - 4.5 miles
Webbers Post - 5 miles
Around Dunster - 5 miles
Selworthy Beacon - 5 miles
Selworthy Beacon & Hurlstone Point - 6 miles
Around Lynton & Watersmeet - 7 miles


Full on walks

For those who enjoy striding out. We've included some longer walks across Exmoor and along the coast.

Quantocks circuit - 8 miles
Selworthy: coast, views & villages - 9 miles
Dunkery Beacon - 9 miles
Dunkery Beacon & Horner Water - 12 miles
Coast path & East Lyn river - 13 miles

Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Holnicote House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the wood panelled dining room with its giant fireplace hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try classic Porlock oysters or Priddy Oggies, a local pasty of chicken, bacon and cheese. Mains might include Exmoor venison or Bellbrook valley trout, while you could cap it all with a Somerset apple cake, dressed with cream.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
19 Oct - 23 Oct
4 2021 Itinerary £244 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2021
25 Oct - 29 Oct
4 2021 Itinerary £239 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking

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