After a really hectic year and a busy Christmas time catering for other people, our present to ourselves was to take some time out to recover, and we chose a short break in Exmoor National Park to have some time to ourselves and blow away the cobwebs after the festivities.
We had a great welcome from Pam and were shown up to the fourposter bedroom which has its own ensuite bathroom. What a luxury to soak in a hot bath after a walk on the moor.
There is a quiet lounge where we played scrabble and had a gin and tonic by the fire before being shown into the dining room and a romantic candlelit table by a huge log fire.
Our smoked salmon starters were delicious and I had a crusty game pie with local venison and fresh vegetables straight out of the kitchen garden. My husband had the vegetarian alternative, most of which had still been growing only an hour or two before! After some homemade pavlovas and cheese all washed down with a very reasonably priced rioja we retired for a comfortable nights sleep, although the silence is deafening and not what we are used to in the city!
At breakfast there was a wonderful assortment of organic fruit and berries from the garden along with homemade yoghurt, jams and preserves. Then we were offered a choice of anything we wanted cooked in the Aga.
There was a good selection of walking books and maps in the bedroom to borrow and with Phil’s local knowledge and advice on the best pubs we set off for another great days walking.
Our stay was all too short and we wished we had another day to do it justice. Cutthorne is unique and quite unlike the normal impersonal hotels we are used to. Rather like stepping back in time but with all the home comforts.
- Also Known As:
- Cutthorne Wheddon Cross