Exmoor Discovery Tour 2022

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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : August 26, 29
Start: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Somerset, England
End: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Somerset, England
Exmoor Discovery Tour: 3, 4 or 7 nights based at Holnicote House, Selworthy, Somerset

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Exmoor is one of the UK’s smallest and most stunning national parks, boasting an amazing variety of landscapes, hills and valleys. See some of the finest cloisters in England at the historic Cistercian abbey of Cleeve, and unwind as you take a gentle walk through picturesque Somerset villages such as Selworthy and Bossington. The coastal village of Lynmouth and the fascinating Valley of the Rocks highlight the area’s variety of landscapes.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Discover the historic Cistercian abbey of Cleeve, which has some of the finest cloisters in England
  • Stroll through picturesque Somerset villages such as Selworthy and Bossington
  • Explore the coastal village of Lynmouth and the fascinating Valley of Rocks
  • Enjoy a steam train ride in the Quantock Hills on the West Somerset Railway
  • Discover the historic Cistercian abbey of Cleeve, which has some of the finest cloisters in England
  • Explore the coastal village of Lynmouth and the fascinating Valley of Rocks
  • Enjoy a steam train ride in the Quantock Hills on the West Somerset Railway
  • Discover the Cathedral city of Wells
  • Stroll through picturesque Somerset villages such as Selworthy and Bossington
  • Explore the Exmoor coast at Dunster

Pick Up Location & TIme

Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Holnicote House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Daily lunches
  • Daily dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway stations is Taunton)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
3 Nights Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 2Porlock Bay & Dunster Castle

This morning, we’ll get to know the area by driving through gorgeous villages and walking along the coast overlooking Porlock Bay. Later, we shall spend time in the Medieval-style village of Dunster and enjoy a visit to Dunster Castle, home of the Luttrell family for over 600 years. We shall also see the parish church with its pretty garden, the 16th-century dovecote and the famous yarn market in the main street of the village. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 3Wells Cathedral & Somerset Levels

Today we’ll discover England’s smallest city – Wells. We can explore the cathedral which dominates the town, find out about the ‘wells’, visit the famous Bishop’s Palace Garden, and wander the market square and quaint streets. Then we’ll visit the fascinating Willow & Wetland Visitor Centre for more information about historic crafts on the Somerset Levels. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 4Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

4 Nights Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 2Cleeve Abbey & West Somerset Steam Train

Where does the ‘Ancient Mariner’ brood over the harbour with the albatross around his neck? Find out in the harbour town of Watchet. Cleeve Abbey is one of the best examples of monastic ruin and today we’ll learn what life as a Medieval monk would have been like. Later, we’ll enjoy a leisurely steam train journey through the Somerset countryside. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 3Lynton & Lynmouth

This morning, we’ll travel along the coast road to Lynmouth, stopping first at the famous beauty spot of Watersmeet, where the rivers Hoaroke and Lynn join in spectacular waterfalls. We explore Lynmouth and Lynton, travelling between the two on the Victorian cliff railway. In the afternoon we follow in the footsteps of Lorna Doone, visiting the Valley of the Rocks, the Doone Valley and Oare church where, in the novel, Lorna is shot on her wedding day! (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 4Heddon Valley & Arlington Court

Our final day begins with a stop at the Tarr Steps and a stroll along the River Barle before continuing on to Arlington Court, the former home of the Chichester family, which has a fascinating collection of Victorian carriages. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 5Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

7 Nights Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 2Porlock Bay & Dunster Castle

This morning, we’ll get to know the area by driving through gorgeous villages and walking along the coast overlooking Porlock Bay. Later, we shall spend time in the Medieval-style village of Dunster and enjoy a visit to Dunster Castle, home of the Luttrell family for over 600 years. We shall also see the parish church with its pretty garden, the 16th-century dovecote and the famous yarn market in the main street of the village. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 3Wells Cathedral & Somerset Levels

Today we’ll discover England’s smallest city – Wells. We can explore the cathedral which dominates the town, find out about the ‘wells’, visit the famous Bishop’s Palace Garden, and wander the market square and quaint streets. Then we’ll visit the fascinating Willow & Wetland Visitor Centre for more information about historic crafts on the Somerset Levels. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 5Cleeve Abbey & West Somerset Steam Train

Where does the ‘Ancient Mariner’ brood over the harbour with the albatross around his neck? Find out in the harbour town of Watchet. Cleeve Abbey is one of the best examples of monastic ruin and today we’ll learn what life as a Medieval monk would have been like. Later, we’ll enjoy a leisurely steam train journey through the Somerset countryside. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 6Lynton & Lynmouth

This morning, we’ll travel along the coast road to Lynmouth, stopping first at the famous beauty spot of Watersmeet, where the rivers Hoaroke and Lynn join in spectacular waterfalls. We explore Lynmouth and Lynton, travelling between the two on the Victorian cliff railway. In the afternoon we follow in the footsteps of Lorna Doone, visiting the Valley of the Rocks, the Doone Valley and Oare church where, in the novel, Lorna is shot on her wedding day! (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 7Heddon Valley & Arlington Court

Our final day begins with a stop at the Tarr Steps and a stroll along the River Barle before continuing on to Arlington Court, the former home of the Chichester family, which has a fascinating collection of Victorian carriages. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Holnicote House

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: August 26 $1,180 $1,300
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: August 29 $1,570 $1,730
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: August 26 $2,650 $2,930

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is at Taunton.

By Taxi:
The 30-mile journey from Taunton railway station takes approximately 55 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Bossington Private Hire. As a guide price, it costs £56 per 4-seat taxi in 2020. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. A shared taxi will be arranged wherever possible. Please prebook your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Bossington Private Hire*
Tel: +44 (0) 7971 044871
Email: [email protected]
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Holnicote House Manager.
*Bossington Private Hire is not owned or managed by us.

By Bus:
The number 28 bus operates between Taunton station and Minehead. At Minehead change for the number 10 bus that will take you to the Selworthy turn (which is at the end of Holnicote House drive). A 2 minute walk along the drive will bring you to the house. Alternatively pre-book a taxi from Minehead; the 6 mile journey will cost you approx £10 for a 4-seat taxi from our recommended taxi provider.

By Car:
From Bridgewater take the A39 though the southern outskirts of Minehead towards Porlock. Holnicote House is on the left about 4½ miles out of Minehead, and about ¾ mile after the signpost to Luccombe (do not follow the signs to Selworthy). After the Selworthy Village sign look out for our sign 500 yards further on, on the left. Free car parking is available in the grounds.

Hotel Descriptions
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Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.

Address: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.

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