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A behind the scenes look at Exmoor's luxury cottage company based in Minehead and Dunster.We'll take you on a journey to Exmoor and throughout glorious Somerset. Enjoy conversations with local people who simply love our little corner of England. Take a trip to the latest attractions and hear the inside track on running a small hospitality business.We hope you love what we do and please like, subscribe and share.

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A behind the scenes look at Exmoor's luxury cottage company based in Minehead and Dunster.We'll take you on a journey to Exmoor and throughout glorious Somerset. Enjoy conversations with local people who simply love our little corner of England. Take a trip to the latest attractions and hear the inside track on running a small hospitality business.We hope you love what we do and please like, subscribe and share.

    Memories of Happy Holidays at The Oval with Brenda and Jill

    Memories of Happy Holidays at The Oval with Brenda and Jill

    Recorded in September 2023, Lucy and David were incredibly fortunate to spend some time over tea and cake with Jill and Brenda from Lancashire.

    Brenda spent many happy holidays at The Oval in Dunster before Lucy's ownership, when it was used as B&B accommodation..

    Brenda's memories date back to the 1950's and 1960's when a friends or family holiday meant a long journey on a coach from Greater Manchester during works holidays.

    Imagine the feeling of leaving the coach in Taunton, catching a steam train to Dunster station and walking up the hill into Dunster -  to discover the medieval splendour of the village, overlooked by the magnificent castle and breathing the fresh air blown by warm south westerly breezes.

    Dunster was just one part of Brenda's holidays. She enjoyed happy times with her closest friend (Sheila, 1954) in Minehead and loved the happy-go-lucky atmosphere in the town, which hasn't really changed...

    Take a listen to the podcast and take a trip down memory lane. We'll also pop some pictures, courtesy of Brenda onto our social media feed to accompany the words.

    We very much hope Brenda and Jill return to The Oval, and if you're ever in Goosnagh in Lancashire, pop-in to Jill's chippy in the heart of Goosnagh village - https://www.facebook.com/goosnarghchippy.co.uk
    For bookings and reservation enquiries, click over to our website. You'll find the latest availability and very best prices for stays from two nights to two weeks!

    With regularly updated blogs, all the latest news from Exmoor and in-depth information about each of our cottages, there's only one place to click!

    • 55 min
    Cottages Uncut by Exmoor Character Cottages - S05 E05: Talking Darts with Ian (Diamond) White

    Cottages Uncut by Exmoor Character Cottages - S05 E05: Talking Darts with Ian (Diamond) White

    We have the most fascinating guests at our cottages! Whether it's cricketers, athletes, actors or authors, we've been incredibly fortunate to host a myriad of guests with interesting back stories.

    Today's episode stars Ian (Diamond) White, a professional darts player who recently stayed with us during an important tournament in Minehead.

    Ian talks candidly to Lucy about his background, the highs and lows of playing darts professionally and his real passion for the sport.

    Here's Ian's Wiki entry: Ian White (born 17 August 1970), nicknamed Diamond, is an English professional darts player currently playing in Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) events. White is the winner of 13 PDC ranking events, and has reached many quarter-finals in majors. In 2019, he reached his first major semi final.

    You can also watch Ian's NINE DARTER (and many more videos) on Youtube.

    We very much hope to hear more about Ian's success at upcoming tournaments  and to meet with him in person during 2024. Play that funky music, Ian!
    For bookings and reservation enquiries, click over to our website. You'll find the latest availability and very best prices for stays from two nights to two weeks!

    With regularly updated blogs, all the latest news from Exmoor and in-depth information about each of our cottages, there's only one place to click!

    • 36 min
    Dulverton Literary Festival Podcast Special: A conversation with Janet Ellis

    Dulverton Literary Festival Podcast Special: A conversation with Janet Ellis

    In this podcast, Janet Ellis talks about her first book, The Butcher’s Hook, set in the 1700s. This is a frank and touching conversation, during which Janet discusses her drive to write and how she creates her fictional characters.

    She shares the pivotal role of a writing course, how she writes, where, and for whom.

    We also hear about her moving second novel, ‘How It Was’ set in the present day and the 1970s. Janet loves meeting readers and enjoyed the Dulverton Literary Festival immensely. 
     


    For bookings and reservation enquiries, click over to our website. You'll find the latest availability and very best prices for stays from two nights to two weeks!

    With regularly updated blogs, all the latest news from Exmoor and in-depth information about each of our cottages, there's only one place to click!

    • 14 min
    Dulverton Literary Festival Podcast Special: A journey through Exmoor’s steam railway past

    Dulverton Literary Festival Podcast Special: A journey through Exmoor’s steam railway past

    Journey through Exmoor’s steam railway past at the Dulverton Literary Festival.
    We join Lucy welcoming Freddie, Ian and Amyas to the microphone. Grab a cuppa and settle down...

    It was a pleasure to meet and chat to Freddie Huxtable, Ian Coleby and Amyas Crump as they shared their contagious enthusiasm for steam railways. These three authors have each painstakingly researched books on the history and impact of the railways Exmoor and surrounding areas. In this 30-minute chat, the trio cover a lot of ‘track’, from the transformative effect of freight on our everyday lives to the creation of the British package holiday, a blueprint for the NHS and even for insurance! 

    There’s nostalgia, romance, and business packed in this pod. And for anyone who is preparing a presentation, they provide a sneaky reveal into their own very different approaches for preparing for a presentation! 
    The books they discuss are: 
    Freddie Huxtable: The Taunton to Barnstaple Line
    Ian Coleby: Tales of the West Somerset Railway
    Amyas Crump: Impermanent Ways: The Closed Lines of Britain
    For bookings and reservation enquiries, click over to our website. You'll find the latest availability and very best prices for stays from two nights to two weeks!

    With regularly updated blogs, all the latest news from Exmoor and in-depth information about each of our cottages, there's only one place to click!

    • 34 min
    Cottages Uncut by Exmoor Character Cottages - S05 E04: The Dulverton Literary Festival: a reminder!

    Cottages Uncut by Exmoor Character Cottages - S05 E04: The Dulverton Literary Festival: a reminder!

    The Dulverton Literary Festival is coming soon. Here's a reminder of what to expect on our podcast from September.

    Take a listen and save the dates in your Exmoor diary - 18th and 19th November 2023.  To find out more about the festival, visit the official website here.
    For bookings and reservation enquiries, click over to our website. You'll find the latest availability and very best prices for stays from two nights to two weeks!

    With regularly updated blogs, all the latest news from Exmoor and in-depth information about each of our cottages, there's only one place to click!

    • 44 min
    Cottages Uncut by Exmoor Character Cottages - S05 E03: Legends of West Somerset - Game of Cottages!

    Cottages Uncut by Exmoor Character Cottages - S05 E03: Legends of West Somerset - Game of Cottages!

    Lucy's love of local history is brought to life in this potteresque podcast!

    Whether it's King Arthur, Mother Leakey, Judge Jeffreys or Lorna Doone, Exmoor and Somerset is chock-full of legend and folklore. Many of the stories are hearsay, full of gory detail or simply outlandish, but all are part of what makes this part of England so special.

    We ask you to take a listen to Lucy's storytelling. Far from a history lesson, Lucy walks the listener through the tall tales established in Exmoor.



    For bookings and reservation enquiries, click over to our website. You'll find the latest availability and very best prices for stays from two nights to two weeks!

    With regularly updated blogs, all the latest news from Exmoor and in-depth information about each of our cottages, there's only one place to click!

    • 38 min

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