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Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre B&B

A special rural B&B retreat oozing old world charm, peace and tranquility for country lovers and dog walkers, not far from Porlock or Minehead. Home to a unique collection of flown owls and other birds of prey, a small natural horsemanship riding centre, and a small, friendly group of farm animals, miniature ponies and macaws.

Rod and I welcome you to our farmhouse bed & breakfast for a really peaceful, relaxing, olde world experience. The farmhouse dates back to the 15th century and has a small Chapel of Ease on the site, originally built for private worship. However, it is thought that there was an earlier dwelling of some importance dating back to 850AD on the site, possibly the Manor of Bossington!

The farmhouse itself is built in typical Open Hall design, when a fire would have been lit in the centre of the large hall room, and it displays smoke blackened beams in the roof of the house. There are very few of these Open Hall houses still in existence, and many fascinating archaeological features still remain. There is an air of warmth and homeliness about the farmhouse, which provides peace and tranquility to all who stay.

The farmhouse is surrounded by a collection of thatched and ancient tiled buildings forming three sheltered courtyards which house our animals in various stables and barns, including a large Threshing Barn and Horse Engine Roundhouse. Some of these barns also date back to the time the house and Chapel were built and have amazing round pillars, open upper floors and large thatched roofs.

The old vegetable garden provides more sheltered accommodation to our beautiful collection of owls from around the world, and we now call this our ?Owl Garden?. During your stay you may hear the owls calling to one another, or to the many visiting night-time visitors in the gardens. They make quite a comforting sound.

Our rooms are homely and spacious, providing comfort and warmth, in keeping with the character of the six hundred year old building. You can stay in our double, triple, twin, or family room, each with private bathroom or en-suite facilities. They are each well equipped with tea making facilities, tv, wifi access, and a wealth of books scattered around the house, mainly on owls, birds, animals and horses and local bits and pieces! The comfortable beds have luxurious goose down duvets to snuggle into, and soft down pillows for a good night's sleep.

We offer a full English breakfast, or a continental of your choice, along with cereals, fruit, yoghurt, breads and toast, fruit juice, free range eggs, home made marmalade, and hot drink of your choice including a wide range of herbal and spice teas. During the day you may stay to enjoy our mid-day sandwich menu or take a packed lunch, or afternoon cream tea and delicious cakes - our Afternoon with the Birds Display is also a "must-do" during your visit to Exmoor.

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