3-Night Exmoor Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Tarr Steps, Somerset, England
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4
from £309pp £289pp

Enjoy a Self-Guided Walking Holiday on Exmoor with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape. Our beautiful country house, part of an extensive National Trust estate, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and is ideally located as a base from which to explore Exmoor and the Somerset coast. Enjoy hearty local food, plan your walks with our detailed route notes and make the most of this beautiful area.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, full of maps and walks directions for local walks
  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of Exmoor on foot
  • Admire panoramic moorland views and expansive seascapes
  • Visit some of Somerset's most beautiful picture postcard villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the history of the moors and coastline
  • Discover the clarity of the night sky in this International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Choose a relaxed pace of discovery and get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Visit Lynton and the Valley of Rocks
  • Ride on the West Somerset Railway
  • Visit a National Trust property such as Dunster Castle, Watersmeet or Coleridge Cottage
  • Evenings in our country house where you can share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board - from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Our easiest routes allow 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

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 - 4½ miles
  • Webbers Post - 5 miles
  • Around Dunster - 5 miles
  • Selworthy Beacon - 5 miles
  • Selworthy Beacon & Hurlstone Point - 6 miles
  • Around Lynton & Watersmeet - 7 miles

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

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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.

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Swimming pools are being operated in line with guidance provided by Swim England.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 and larger television – 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 or view the accessibility information online for Holnicote House

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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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2021
31 Jul - 03 Aug 2021
3 Self-Guided £349 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
07 Aug - 10 Aug 2021
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14 Aug - 17 Aug 2021
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21 Aug - 24 Aug 2021
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28 Aug - 31 Aug 2021
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04 Sep - 07 Sep 2021
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11 Sep - 14 Sep 2021
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24 Sep - 27 Sep 2021
3 Self-Guided £329 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
01 Oct - 04 Oct 2021
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08 Oct - 11 Oct 2021
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15 Oct - 18 Oct 2021
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29 Oct - 01 Nov 2021
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12 Nov - 15 Nov 2021
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17 Nov - 20 Nov 2021
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2022
04 Mar - 07 Mar 2022
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2 & 3

3 nights from £309pp £289pp

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