Michele & David Binks became the owners of Court Farm and its three holiday cottages in October 2011. We moved here from a village near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire having previously run our own pet care business for about 7 years. We didn't move alone either as we also arrived with Michele's mother Pat and her partner Edwin, our four dogs and three horses (we have since sold one of the horses). Incidentally if you are interested in how we came to be here follow the link to read our story.
Our first task was to re-decorate and re-equip our 3 cottages, Snowdrop, Mountain Ash & Rowan. All are now rated as 3 Star by EnjoyEngland and are non-smoking and dog-friendly . You can see pictures on the respective pages for each cottage. All have wood burning stoves, central heating, are well-equipped and have wifi access. The cottages are dog-friendly (although dogs are not allowed upstairs) with their own secure gardens and miles of walking direct from the front door - it really is dog heaven here. Our cottages are also ideal if you want to bring your horse as we can provide stabling and grazing by arrangement. You can ride directly on to Exmoor at Room Hill and from there on to WInsford Hill or Withypool or you can go through Exford and head towards Dunkery or Porlock, either way there is miles of riding. Michele is always happy to escort our guests and show them some of the great rides around here.
A wonderful centre for exploring this area of unspoilt countryside, Court Farm is also ideal for a spot of stargazing. Exmoor National Park has recently acquired International Dark Sky Reserve status and featured on the recent BBC Stargazing Live. There are more activities planned for the year. We have our own 130mm reflecting telescope if you fancy a peek on a clear night. Why not read this review of what Exmoor has to offer from the Daily Telegraph Travel section. .
Part of the farmhouse at Court Farm itself is believed to date from the sixteen hundreds although there are indications that the Court family after whom it is named farmed here from the 1300s. Our dining room contains an intriguing plaster carving with the date 1679 and the name Thomas Fugars. You can read more about this by signing up for our e-newsletter. Other buildings in our hamlet were added over time for both farm workers and animals. Mountain Ash and Rowan Cottages were converted from a former cow barn in the late 1990s, Snowdrop Cottage used to be a one-storey storage shed but was converted to a proper cottage in the 1980s.