Nestled in the heart of Exmoor National Park is Simonsbath, a quaint village that promises picturesque beauty and enticing adventures for all nature lovers. It’s here that Birch Cleave Barns, our two magnificent holiday cottages, welcome both dog and horse owners for a truly unique holiday experience.
Savour the Scenic Beauty
Located along the River Barle, Simonsbath, the home of Birch Cleave Barns, is a hub of natural charm. The lush greenery, coupled with the serene waters of the river, creates a calming atmosphere that’s perfect for holidaymakers looking to unwind and reconnect with nature. Whether you’re waking up to the chirping of birds or soaking in the tranquillity during a quiet evening, the landscapes around Birch Cleave Barns are ever enchanting.
Discover Historical Wonders
Simonsbath isn’t just about nature; it’s also steeped in history. The village’s centrepiece is Simonsbath House, a historic building dating back to the 17th century. A walk around the village, easily accessible from Birch Cleave Barns, reveals more about its intriguing past as a former Royal Forest centre during the medieval period, creating a captivating fusion of natural beauty and historical intrigue.
Bridlepaths and Walking Trails
For walking enthusiasts, dog owners, and horse riders, the bridlepaths around Simonsbath and Birch Cleave Barns are a paradise. These routes offer a fantastic way to explore the natural beauty of Exmoor, with a wealth of flora and fauna that changes with the seasons. From Birch Cleave Barns, an adventure is always just a few steps away.
A Haven for Horse Lovers
One of the unique features of Birch Cleave Barns is its horse-friendly amenities. Our cottages have on-site stables, allowing horse owners to bring their equine friends on holiday. There’s no better way to explore Exmoor’s beauty than on horseback, providing a chance to traverse trails and bridlepaths that lead to breathtaking scenic spots.
A Dog’s Holiday Dream
Birch Cleave Barns provide a fantastic dog-friendly holiday experience. Our cottages offer a secure, pet-friendly environment, and the surrounding areas are perfect for long walks and games of fetch. Plus, many local pubs and restaurants welcome dogs, so your furry friend can accompany you everywhere.
Local Cuisine and Culture
A visit to Simonsbath and a stay at Birch Cleave Barns wouldn’t be complete without sampling the local Exmoor cuisine. The village is home to several cosy pubs and restaurants offering delicious food made from locally sourced ingredients. Here, you can savour traditional dishes while enjoying the warm hospitality that Somerset is famous for.
Whether you’re an avid nature enthusiast, a history buff, a horse lover, or a pet owner, Simonsbath offers a unique blend of holiday experiences. Its tranquil ambience, picturesque landscapes, historic landmarks, and warm hospitality make it an unmissable destination in Exmoor National Park. Birch Cleave Barns invite you to pack your bags (and your pets), and come discover this hidden gem.