The RegionThe Cottage is situated in the Brendon Hills close to two reservoirs (Clatworthy and Wimbleball) – an area ideal for walking, fishing and water sports and just outside the boundary of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. The lovely towns of Dunster and Dulverton are nearby and Wiveliscombe (Wivey) is conveniently only 10 minutes away for provisions. The North Coast is 30 minutes away and the South Coast can be reached in just over an hour.
Food & drinkIn the area there are a number of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, especially in the towns of Dulverton, Bampton and Wivey, where there is a good range of shops. These include an excellent butcher, a delicatessen and two supermarkets plus a farmer’s market on Saturday. The fishmonger visits Dulverton on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Wivey on Saturdays.
Local Pubs and RestaurantsLowtrow Cross Inn, at Upton Taunton TA4 2DB is the nearest pub to The Cottage. The Raleghs Cross Inn Brendon Hill TA23 0LN, is good for a carvery. The Bear is a good pub, serving reasonably priced pub grub and real ales. Find it at 8-10 North Street, Wiveliscombe (Wivey). Duende, 4 High Street Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2JX is an award winning restaurant. The Globe at Fore St, Milverton TA4 1JX, is another good place to eat. Further afield, Bampton has a number of good eating and drinking establishments, the best of which is The Swan. Dulverton too has good places to eat, especially Woods, though you will have to book.
Things to do in the area
There’s a multitude of activities to keep you entertained in this area, including:
- Horse Riding
- Fishing, especially at Clatworthy Reservoir
- Water sports – Swimming Pool in Wivey, beaches on the North & South Coasts and at Wimbleball Lake
- Tennis in Wivey
- Surfing on the North Devon Coast
- Shopping in the county towns of Exeter and Taunton
Walks and beaches
Nearby Exmoor has some of the best walking country and The Cottage is also well situated between the North and South Coasts of the West Country; home to some of the finest beaches in the UK.