Exmoor House, Wheddon Cross, Exmoor National Park
Exmoor House is a small hotel in Wheddon Cross, the highest village in Exmoor National Park.
Originally built as a tailor's house and shop in 1910, Exmoor House has been tastefully converted into a character hotel with six bedrooms, all of them en suite. The decor combines original features such as wooden panelling with bright, contemporary colours and modern furnishings.
Guests can enjoy the use of a spacious sitting room, which has pleasingly squashy sofas, an 'honesty bar', and lots of books and magazines, many of them about Exmoor. There is also a good selection of board games - though thankfully no blaring TV in the corner.
At Exmoor House the emphasis is on imaginative, unfussy cooking with good ingredients: in other words, real food. Our daily-changing three-course menu, which always includes vegetarian dishes, might offer smoked fish tart followed by Exmoor lamb with port and blackberry sauce, with a walnut and lemon meringue cake for pudding.
Exmoor House is non-smoking throughout.
Information for walkers
The location of Exmoor House, in a slight dip between Dunkery Beacon to the west and the lesser-known Brendon Hills to the east, means that it is well placed for a great variety of walks. It is possible to reach the summit of Dunkery Beacon (Exmoor's highest point at over 1700 feet) by footpath from Wheddon Cross in about an hour and a half, passing through wooded 'combes' and open moorland. And it's worth the climb: on a clear day the views from the summit are stupendous, taking in the Quantocks, the Tors of Dartmoor and the Gower Peninsular across the Bristol Channel.
Exmoor House is also very close to the route of the Coleridge Way, the recently opened long-distance trail that links Nether Stowey in the Quantocks with Porlock on the northern edge of Exmoor. We promise to look after you so that you're ready to tackle the final and toughest part of this walk, which takes you from Wheddon Cross, over the fringes of Dunkery Beacon to Webber's Post (don't miss the superb sculpture trail now in place there) and then on to Porlock.