The small village of Crowcombe lies at the foot of the south western slopes of the Quantock Hills near to Exmoor National Park. This makes a stay in Crowcombe a natural choice for a country cottage or rural retreat break.
Information on Cottage Holidays in Crowcombe
Rich in history, a cottage holiday in Crowcombe may be ideal for those with a love of history. This village was mentioned in a document that dates to 854 when Alfred the Great’s father, King Ethelwulf, was in charge. A main focal point of the village is its historic church, dating from 1226. It is believed that the church in Crowcombe is the only one in the country to be dedicated to The Holy Ghost. And just yards away is the ancient church house, one of only two such buildings in the country to still be used for what it was intended – parish and community functions.
No true English village is complete without its pub and its manor and Crowcombe is no exception. The magnificent, privately owned Crowcombe Court is today a venue for social gatherings such as weddings, corporate events, shooting parties and private banquets. Building work on the mansion was started in 1702 by the then owner Thomas Carew and the house remained in the hands of his descendants until the mid 90s. The coat of arms of the Carew dynasty can be seen adorning the dining room floor of Crowcombe Court and also outside the local pub, the Carew Arms. With fine ales, wines and excellent menus selling good quality fare, the Carew Arms is a welcome retreat for locals and visitors coming to Crowcombe for a self-catering holiday. It also claims to be welly and walking boot friendly.
The Quantock hills is an area of outstanding natural beauty and attracts ramblers, horse riders, mountain bikers and nature lovers on cottage holidays. The hills take you through woodland, heath land and coastland, with an abundance of wildlife including ponies and deer. Another local attraction, particularly for railway enthusiasts, is West Somerset Railway’s steam train line from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. The line passes through Crowcombe Heathfield station that is the highest point on the track. This award-winning station has been the focus for many TV and film productions, including ‘A hard day’s night’, ‘Land Girls’ and ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.
Crowcombe has a lot going for it locally, and with its easy access to the M5 motorway, the coast, and nearby towns it is also an ideal base from which to discover some of the best of Somerset. Whether you need to find a pet-friendly cottage, a large country house or a log cabin, we trust that you’ll enjoy browsing through our collection.
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