Cutthorne is a working farm with 3 B&B rooms and two self catering apartments. For this trip we stayed in the Ballroom apartment which is an old hunt ballroom converted into a two bedroom flat with kitchen, hall dinner and living room which features a large fire. Downstairs there is a large hall come boot room ideal if you are on a walking break around Exmoor. Upstairs where all the rest of the rooms are a patio door opens onto a small outdoor seating area, from where you can watch the many bats fly which live in the roof. The overall effect is country charm, ideal if like that kind of authenticity as we do. All the taps are fed by their delicious spring water which is also served chilled in bottles with meals.
As this was only a short stay we opted for dinner bed and breakfast. For longer stays self catering would probably be preferred with only the odd meal taken at the main house. Dinner is a set menu, but if you make sure you let them know well in advance the sorts of things you like then you can be sure the food will be worthwhile. For example, we are vegetarians and we've never had a bad meal here. All the food is home cooked and much of it consists of their own produce when it's in season. For are first nights meal we had a small starter of grill Hallumi with fresh dressed salad and warm apple sauce. The main course was Moroccan spiced coos coos. followed by bake well tart and cheeses to finish. If you arrive a little early you can order drinks in the lounge (they do a very fine G&T). Breakfast is cooked to order and is pretty much what you'd like.
The farm has extensive grounds that you are free to roam around. Some slopes are quite steep but it's worth going down to the pond and picnic area, and even right down to the end of the valley where you can see many sheep and rabbits chewing grass. If you don't fancy the work you can stay up at the house and watch the geese, ducks and ptarmigan cavort around the pond area, or the swifts and swallows that often nest in the front porch.
Overall I'd recommend this for a romantic get away, for a walking holiday base or just for somewhere quite and authenticity rural.
- Also Known As:
- Cutthorne Wheddon Cross