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Welcome to Mornacott

Welcome to Mornacott

13m swimming pool and sauna

13m swimming pool and sauna

Orchard Cottage interior

Orchard Cottage interior

Orchard Cottage kitchen terrace and barbecue area

Orchard Cottage kitchen terrace and barbecue area

Views from Barn Cottage

Views from Barn Cottage

Tarr Steps on Exmoor

Tarr Steps on Exmoor

Glorious local beaches

Glorious local beaches

The Snug in Barn Cottage

The Snug in Barn Cottage

Croquet

Croquet

Old Stables Kitchen

Old Stables Kitchen

Games Room

Games Room

Old Stables Courtyard

Old Stables Courtyard

An evening wildlife safari

An evening wildlife safari

The Old Stables ground floor seating area

The Old Stables ground floor seating area

One of our local country pubs

One of our local country pubs

Old Stables Bedroom 2 double/twin

Old Stables Bedroom 2 double/twin

The pool terrace

The pool terrace

Clay shooting

Clay shooting

Orchard Cottage ensuite bedroom

Orchard Cottage ensuite bedroom

The River Yeo towards Mornacott Bridge

The River Yeo towards Mornacott Bridge

Welcome to Mornacott

Welcome to Mornacott

13m swimming pool and sauna

13m swimming pool and sauna

Orchard Cottage interior

Orchard Cottage interior

Orchard Cottage kitchen terrace and barbecue area

Orchard Cottage kitchen terrace and barbecue area

Views from Barn Cottage

Views from Barn Cottage

Tarr Steps on Exmoor

Tarr Steps on Exmoor

Glorious local beaches

Glorious local beaches

The Snug in Barn Cottage

The Snug in Barn Cottage

Croquet

Croquet

Old Stables Kitchen

Old Stables Kitchen

Games Room

Games Room

Old Stables Courtyard

Old Stables Courtyard

An evening wildlife safari

An evening wildlife safari

The Old Stables ground floor seating area

The Old Stables ground floor seating area

One of our local country pubs

One of our local country pubs

Old Stables Bedroom 2 double/twin

Old Stables Bedroom 2 double/twin

The pool terrace

The pool terrace

Clay shooting

Clay shooting

Orchard Cottage ensuite bedroom

Orchard Cottage ensuite bedroom

The River Yeo towards Mornacott Bridge

The River Yeo towards Mornacott Bridge

Mornacott Cottages

Devon, EX36 3QS

A tranquil and scenic farming estate set on the edge of Exmoor

  • Indoor pool (13 metres), games room and sauna
  • All cottages detached; sun trap gardens/terraces
  • Barbecue packs, beef and home-cooked ‘ready meals’
  • Croquet, large ball play area and animal feeding
  • Camera deer stalk, wildlife safari, fishing, walks
  • Events barn for large groups/family celebrations

Awards

VisitEngland Gold award for excellence
VisitEngland 4 star
VisitEngland 5 star

Cottages

From £850

There are 3 cottages at this site

    • Sleeps 8
    • Bedrooms 4
    • Dines 8
    • Child-Friendly
    • Games room
    • Outdoor play equipment
    • Space to play
    • Livestock onsite
    • Animal petting onsite
    • Babysitting by arrangement
    • All Ensuite
    • Matched bathrooms
    • Enclosed Garden
    • Dog Free Cottage
    • Dog Free Site
    • Private chef available
    • Ready meals available
    • Catering available
    • Supermarket delivery available
    • Spa treatments available
    • Owners/Manager onsite
    • WiFi
    • Dedicated Parking
    • Real fire
    • Barbecue
    • Bike storage
    • Indoor shared pool
    • Walkable pub
    • Fishing on site
    • Lake/river onsite
    • Fine dining within 10 miles
From £725

There are 3 cottages at this site

    • Sleeps 6
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Dines 6
    • Child-Friendly
    • Games room
    • Outdoor play equipment
    • Space to play
    • Livestock onsite
    • Animal petting onsite
    • Babysitting by arrangement
    • Enclosed Garden
    • Dog Free Cottage
    • Dog Free Site
    • Private chef available
    • Ready meals available
    • Catering available
    • Supermarket delivery available
    • Spa treatments available
    • Owners/Manager onsite
    • WiFi
    • Dedicated Parking
    • Real fire
    • Barbecue
    • Bike storage
    • Indoor shared pool
    • Walkable pub
    • Fishing on site
    • Lake/river onsite
    • Fine dining within 10 miles
From £850

There are 3 cottages at this site

    • Sleeps 6
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Dines 6
    • Child-Friendly
    • Games room
    • Outdoor play equipment
    • Space to play
    • Livestock onsite
    • Animal petting onsite
    • Babysitting by arrangement
    • All Ensuite
    • Matched bathrooms
    • Enclosed Garden
    • Dog Free Cottage
    • Dog Free Site
    • Private chef available
    • Ready meals available
    • Catering available
    • Supermarket delivery available
    • Spa treatments available
    • Owners/Manager onsite
    • WiFi
    • Dedicated Parking
    • Barbecue
    • Bike storage
    • Indoor shared pool
    • Walkable pub
    • Fishing on site
    • Lake/river onsite
    • Fine dining within 10 miles

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Features

*Please check individual cottages for details

Child-Friendly

Child-Friendly

Games room

Games room

Outdoor play equipment

Outdoor play equipment

Space to play

Space to play

Livestock onsite

Livestock onsite

Animal petting onsite

Animal petting onsite

All Ensuite

All Ensuite

Babysitting by arrangement

Babysitting by arrangement

Matched bathrooms

Matched bathrooms

Enclosed Garden

Enclosed Garden

Dog Free Cottage

Dog Free Cottage

Dog Free Site

Dog Free Site

Private chef available

Private chef available

Ready meals available

Ready meals available

Catering available

Catering available

Supermarket delivery available

Supermarket delivery available

Spa treatments available

Spa treatments available

Owners/Manager onsite

Owners/Manager onsite

WiFi

WiFi

Dedicated Parking

Dedicated Parking

Real fire

Real fire

Barbecue

Barbecue

Bike storage

Bike storage

Indoor shared pool

Indoor shared pool

Walkable pub

Walkable pub

Fishing on site

Fishing on site

Lake/river onsite

Lake/river onsite

Fine dining within 10 miles

Fine dining within 10 miles

About & Contact

Member since 2014

13m swimming pool and sauna

A tranquil and scenic farming estate set on the edge of Exmoor


Mornacott – a countryside heritage dating from 1286.

Records date Mornacott back to 1286 but reference is also made to Mornacott in the Doomsday Book although most of the current buildings are of 17th Century origin.

2007 saw the start of a major project to sympathetically rejuvenate all of run down and almost derelict buildings with due regard to their English Heritage listings.

The works have allowed for the adoption of modern technology and the dwellings are now heated with bio-mass energy from woodchip fuel sourced, sustainable, from the land. Much of the electricity comes from solar panels, unobtrusively installed on the roof of one of the cattle sheds.

A planting programme has begun creating three new native broadleaf woods which will further enhance the land as they grow and mature over forthcoming decades.

The River Yeo which bisects Mornacott was cleared of fallen trees alleviating flooding at times of heavy rain and much of the land has been rejuvenated sufficiently to support one of the largest herds of traditional Devon Red Ruby cattle and a flock of Poll Dorset ewes.

Today Mornacott looks much as it would have done in its heyday benefiting from the fabulous views which stretch from Exmoor to Dartmoor, classic North Devon plunging valleys and lush natural pastures in the most tranquil of settings yet conveniently close to the A361 North Devon Link Road.

With changes in farming practices requiring buildings of a different nature to the small barns that had been a feature of earlier years the old buildings used as stables for the horses that worked the farm and storage for farm implements and feed had become redundant.

Finishing in 2013 four of these were restructured to form the three holiday cottages and the entertaining barn that we have today. Further enhancement came in 2014 with a luxurious 13 metre indoor pool located in a purpose built stone and timber building under a natural slate roof. A games room with pool table, table tennis and table football was added later that year together with a croquet lawn and football/rugby field.

Each cottage benefits from vaulted oak beamed ceilings with oak floors, staircases and joinery in keeping with the traditional nature of Mornacott and no expense has been spared on the works that have served to make Orchard Cottage, Barn Cottage and The Old Stables amongst the most luxurious available.

Tastefully furnished with solid oak furniture and quality soft furnishings the cottages have the feel of the perfect home from home.

And whilst many come to Mornacott to simply unwind and get away from it all there are a plethora of activities to make your stay enjoyable and interesting.

Many choose to explore the wide open spaces of Exmoor National Park and the beautiful North Devon coastline with its glorious beaches and holiday activities but others welcome the opportunity to walk the varied routes available at Mornacott and fish in the private river or lake onsite. Clay target shooting is available locally and, particularly popular with children, are the opportunities to see and feed livestock and our evening “safaris” which help young people understand the countryside in an exciting and inclusive environment.

At appropriate times during the year we can arrange “camera stalking” for the herd of red deer that roam amongst the woodland at Mornacott and complement the huge abundance of wildlife in this wonderful area of the country.

“Foodies” too will not be disappointed and we are usually able to offer packs of our own Ruby Red Devon beef for barbecuing and to take home at the end of your stay in addition to game and other meat in season.

Meet the owner

Andrew Blowers/Dawn Blowers

Andrew and Dawn Blowers 'escaped' to Devon in 2007. After much searching they fell in love with Mornacott and set about restoring the old and run-down buildings that comprised the farm and wider estate. Their choice of North Devon was predicated on their love of Exmoor and this beautiful area where they had holidayed for many years. This, of course, influenced Dawn’s desire 'to do it better' and years of seeing things through the eyes of the customer prompted both the layout of the cottages and the service and facilities provided. Mornacott is now the family base with their youngest at boarding school and the older 'children' working in South Molton and serving in the Army respectively. Assisted by Charles Owen the Estate Manager, Carol Luxton looking after guest services and Dave Snow keeping everything spic and span the team aims to ensure that the Mornacott 'experience' is second to none.

Location

  • Beach
  • Food
  • Golf
  • Leisure Parks
  • Pub/Restaurant
  • Visitors Attraction
  • Wildlife

Putsborough Beach

Another popular sandy beach with fewer facilities and often quieter than Woolacombe.

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Woolacombe

One of the most popular beaches of the area, golden sand, "Blue flag seaside award resort", easy access, shops, parking, easy access for disabled, lavatories, swimming, water sports and refreshments.

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Westward Ho!

One of the many beaches to choose from on the glorious North Devon coast with surfing and rock pools it appeals to all ages.

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South Molton Country Farmers Market

Local produce, flowers and plants, fish, meat, cheese, fine goods and general goods. Thursday's and Saturday's 0730am to 1300pm

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High Bullen Golf Club

Set in the grounds of the High Bullen Hotel Riis parkland course has the benefit of an on-site spa and swimming pool.

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Libbaton Golf Club

Set in the heart of the countryside with over ten of the challenging holes involving water!

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Staunton Sands Golf Club

A well renowned championship course set in beautiful surroundings less than a mile from the ocean.

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The Milky Way

Roller coasters, dodgems, pets corner, birds of prey and the largest indoor play area in North Devon plus a maze, toddler town, cafés and shop.

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Atlantis Adventure Park

All all weather attraction for all the family located within Atlantic Village outlet shopping centre.

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The Big Sheep

A country theme park with many activities and live shows which is especially popular with younger children. Many interactive activities.

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The London Inn

A stone throw away in the little Exmoor village of Molland the London Inn is a characterful classic country pub with a limited "Pub Grub" menu.

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The Grove Inn

A lovely country with a large and varied local menu located in the peaceful village of King's Nympton. Your hosts Robert and Deborah always provide a warm welcome.

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North Devon Equestrian Centre

A well established centre offering riding lessons.

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Rock and Rapid Adventure Centre

The indoor climbing wall allows beginners and experienced climbers the opportunity to climb to different levels of experience. Pre-booking is required.

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Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Located between these two seaside villages this water powered railway takes its carriages up and down the cliff treating occupants to stunning views of the North Devon coastline.

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Quince Honey Farm

The world's largest exhibition of living honey bees. Indoor apiary with 20 colonies of bees in natural habitats in hives behind glass. The complete honey production process explained and demonstrated.

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Watermouth Castle

Attractions and entertainment for all ages. Children's theme park with rides, play areas and attractions galore.

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Cobbaton Combat Collection

Completely undercover it contains items from the 1st and 2nd world wars as well as from the Falklands and Gulf wars and Warsaw Pact countries.

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Exmoor Zoo

Exmoor's own Zoo. Not quite on a par with London Zoo but loads of animals and plenty to see and do for all ages.

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Mornacott

There's much to do at Mornacott just outside your cottage. From mapped out walks of various distances to fly and course fishing, camera deer stalking and our popular night-time safaris.

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