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  • Green environmentally friendly Riscombe Farm, Exmoor
    hot water for the cottages farmhouse stable block games room etc Wood pellets are a renewable resource have extremely low carbon dioxide emissions and are carbon neutral also they are additive and chemical free The boiler was supplied and installed by Fair Energy and is now maintained by Dryad Energy For the technically minded it is manufactured by ETA and is rated at 95 kW This boiler is very efficient 93 at getting the most energy from the pellets and produces less than 0 1 ash at the end of the process We wanted very little change to the appearance of our buildings so we located the boiler room inside the stable block and next to it also in the stable block is a purpose built wood pellet store holding up to 20 tonnes of pellets The only visible evidence on the outside is the chimney and two delivery pipes Visitors can see the wood pellets through a window specially reinforced with polycarbonate Brian will be happy to show you around if you want to know more Photovoltaic Panels In 2011 we installed 16 panels on the roof of the stable block They have a total capacity of 3 84 kW and the electricity generated goes directly into the grid Non Chemical Cleaning Materials Wherever possible when cleaning the cottages we use non chemical cleaning liquids and materials such as Enjo microfibre cloths Recycling We encourage all visitors to recycle as much as possible As well as the usual tins paper cardboard glass plastic bottles etc we recycle all food waste either for the animals or composting Logs Logs for the wood burning stoves are from sustainable resources on Exmoor Water We have our own private water supply which is pure Exmoor water matching any bottled spring water so you

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  • A Short History of Riscombe Farm, Exmoor National Park
    exact site of Almsworthy is not known although it probably lay somewhere in the present area of Westermill Farm or Castle Farm and must have been relatively important since it was recorded as Edmundesworde Anglo Saxon meaning Edmund s enclosure or farmstead in the Domesday Book in 1086 Indeed we can be confident that Riscombe itself is almost certainly on Anglo Saxon foundations because the second part of the place name is an Old English word comb meaning a valley and must be a reference to the small valley at the bottom of which the present farmhouse stands We can t be as certain about the first part of the place name Ris but it is likely to be a word describing some distinguishing feature about the valley It is probably also an Old English word and two possibilities are hris meaning brushwood or risc which means rushes Therefore Riscombe may mean either the valley where the brushwood grows or the valley where the rushes grow Until 1985 Riscombe was a working farm of some 350 acres Most of the land was sold to adjacent farms in 1985 leaving Riscombe with only 5 acres The barns were converted into holiday cottages by the previous owners in 1987 We took over ownership in 1994 and moved here in 1995 and in 1998 we managed to buy back some 7 acres of adjacent land including Riscombe or Edrone Wood which overlooks the farm making a total of some 12 acres today In 2001 we added a porch to Gorse Cottage and bought back the old stone building opposite Heather Cottage and in 2003 we rebuilt the roof and added round stone pillars with the support of an ESA grant from DEFRA Over the years we have continued to upgrade the cottages the

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  • Enjoy & Explore Exmoor National Park Riscombe Farm Cottages
    trees and hedges Exford Village Our nearest village is picturesque Exford 1 5 miles 2 4km away It has two pubs a general store which includes a Post Office a curio shop a tea room and a lovely village green with play equipment including a zip wire Provisions good meals local ales and local crafts are all available See our Riscombe Farm location map Please note that The Exmoor Stores in the village are very happy to put together a basket of provisions for you which will be in the cottage ready for your arrival please email Trevor Sally Gilbert at theexmoorstores hotmail co uk or call them on 01643 831244 Activities in and around Exmoor National Park There are activities for young and old active and less active Whether it s walking cycling horse riding mountain biking sailing fishing messing about in rock pools lying on the beach relaxing in a pub refreshing yourself in a tea room or restaurant shopping for local produce visiting an historic castle or abbey or a water mill or pretty village or quayside Discover the abundant wildlife Exmoor is home to the largest number of wild red deer in England as well as the unique rugged Exmoor ponies and wonderful birdlife These have been highlighted in BBC and ITV television series by local man Johnny Kingdom Walking On the moors in the valleys or along the coast there are over 600 miles of way marked paths to try If you have a dog then this is the place for you Riding Exmoor offers some of the best riding in England on the moors in the valleys or along the coast Either bring your horse on holiday with you see our Stabling page or hire a horse locally click for local horse hire stables Visit the many beautiful National Trust properties and gardens including Dunster Castle the Holnicote Estate Watersmeet Knightshayes Court Arlington Court Heddon Valley Killerton House and Morte Point and even catch a ferry to Lundy Island Re live Exmoor s history Prehistoric barrows stone circles hill forts a medieval clapper bridge at Tarr Steps mines museums water mills and medieval villages such as Dunster with its fine castle in a wonderful setting Cycling Ride the Tarka Trail or just tour the country lanes but look out for Porlock Hill Tour on the roads or do some mountain biking off road You can hire bicycles locally click the link for more information Fishing In the sea rivers reservoirs or stocked ponds Click link for more information on fishing in the Exmoor area Just tour by car and explore the country lanes and coastal roads visit the historic villages and their pubs and shops Travel back in time treat yourself to a ride on the West Somerset steam train which runs to and fro from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard with eight stations en route Click to see the West Somerset Steam Railway timetable and special events A narrow gauge railway runs between Lynton

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  • Useful Website Links from Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages, Exmoor
    in nearby Minehead Exmoor Holiday Group Other high quality farm country accommodation on Exmoor Exploring Exmoor without a car Cartwheel Farm Holidays A site for quality farm and farm style accommodation The Brooke The official web site for the charity helping working equines in the world s poorest communities The Exmoor Fundraising Group of The Brooke News and events about the local fundraising efforts in aid of the world s largest welfare charity for working equines in the world s poorest communities Leone raises funds for this charity by collecting repairing cleaning and then selling unwanted tack Visit Britain The official site for inspected and graded accommodation in England Enjoy England The official site for tourism in England Exmoor Accommodation Accommodation in the Exmoor area Somerset Accommodation Accommodation in the Somerset area Everything Exmoor An online encyclopaedia built by the community and businesses of Exmoor offering information on every aspect of life in Exmoor National Park Last Minute Cottages Find late availability holiday cottages with Last Minute Cottages Visit Somerset All aspects of tourism in Somerset The Cottage Guide A site for self catering cottages across the British Isles Elite Cottages Exclusive collection of the finest cottages holiday properties and apartments in the UK Stilwell s Cottages Direct Cottages in Britain Ireland Exmoor Park Quality accommodation in and around Exmoor Johnny Kingdom s Exmoor As seen on TV and his books The Two Moors Festival A annual classical music festival at various venues across Exmoor and Dartmoor Next4Weeks Late availability of accommodation in the Exmoor area Horse Pony Directory Horses for Sale Ponies for Sale Horses for Loan Ponies for Loan Horseboxes for Sale and more on the Horse and Pony Directory WaterAid The charity helping the world s poorest people gain access to clean water Brian raised funds for

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  • Guest Testimonials Reviews Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages Exmoor
    regular visitors to Riscombe this is becoming a very pleasant habit Still finding lots of new walks and places to eat Peter Carole Slade August 2014 Fern Cottage Thank you for a lovely stay It s a lovely location and the cottage is perfect with all the handy little things provided We enjoyed a BBQ in the lovely little garden and the kids loved the swing and river The Hart family August 2014 Heather Cottage Wow That is the best way to describe the stunning nature here on Exmoor We have had a lovely week The children enjoyed the animals and the swimming at the coast We loved walking at Dunkery Beacon and the Valley of Rocks At night it was a pleasure staying in Fern Cottage Cosy and everything we needed The Steenbergen family from Holland August 2014 Fern Cottage Thank you for a wonderful week in a lovely quiet location The cottage was fantastic and the views from the living room amazing We all feel relaxed after a restful break and we will definitely be back The Napper family August 2014 Bracken Cottage Beautiful place beautiful cottage lovely hosts We have never felt so relaxed here away from city life Even our 10 month old labrador Jasmine has been relaxed She loves the river and the goats This is an ideal base for many activities from walking on the moors to visiting the seaside We would definitely stay again We have two teenage boys who loved the animals and the games room Thank you so much we ve had a wonderful week The Crampton family August 2014 Heather Cottage Our first visit to this beautiful and serene place and we loved every minute spent here we will be back for sure Abhinav Shahi July 2014 Fern Cottage We spent three beautiful days on this lovely farm The surroundings are stunning and our granddaughter fell in love with all the animals The accommodation was superb and the owners very friendly and helpful The Chraoatinova family from the Czech Republic July 2014 Heather Cottage Leo Brian and Alice have been amazing hosts We will definitely return The area is beautiful We really enjoyed walks in the Heddon Valley Valley of Rocks and Watersmeet Beach days at Minehead Fossil hunting at Doniford and a ride on the steam train The Exmoor Owl Centre is an amazing day out and has a fabulous tea room The Haylock Family July 2014 Bracken Cottage Thank you Brian and Leone We have enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable time discovering a little of Exmoor a beautiful part of the world Very cosy cottage and we feel that we can never look a supermarket egg in the eye again after the yummy eggs from your brood David Margaret Bowles July 2014 Gorse Cottage We love this gorgeous little cottage a real home away from home Have had a superb week touring the most beautiful places Porlock Weir and Watersmeet being two favourites although it is hard to choose as the whole area is outstanding Loved the fresh eggs for breakfast every day Thank you Brian Leone keep up the good work Helen Tony Hall and Bella the dog June 2014 Gorse Cottage Thank you for the lovely cottage We enjoyed the tranquillity of the farm and the magnificent scenery especially the views from Heather Cottage Thank you for waiting up for us when we arrived so late on the first night We appreciate your kindness and hospitality Gideon Karien Steyn June 2014 Heather Cottage Home from home with everything you could possibly need The central location meant every place we wanted to visit was within 30 mins too Thanks Brian Leone for making us and our dog also Bramble so welcome Adrian Denise Lawrence June 2014 Bracken Cottage Lovely cottage with all you could want The setting is stunning all round Very clean and tidy and a credit to the owners Within easy reach of all you could wish for Will return Colin Dorothy Bird June 2014 Bracken Cottage Thank you very much for a wonderful stay in your lovely cottage We enjoyed the area immensely Also enjoyed the daily fresh eggs We would love to come back again and will be recommending to our friends Tracey Simon Hodson May 2014 Gorse Cottage Excellent accommodation well equipped for all needs It is a very comfortable base exploring this lovely area Elizabeth Walker May 2014 Fern Cottage Riscombe is a superb base for exploring Exmoor There is so much more that we wanted to do but unfortunately we ran out of time Highlights were the walk from the farm up to Dunkery Beacon the Exmoor Owl Hawk Centre West Somerset Steam Railway and the fantastic countryside The Purnell Family April 2014 Heather Cottage We loved coming back to Riscombe as it is the best place we have stayed Exmoor is a beautiful place and Riscombe Farm is right in the middle of it We hope to come back next year We can t wait The Jessett Family April 2014 Bracken Cottage This was our first visit to Exmoor and it was a wonderful surprise A very peaceful and comfortable cottage wild moors secluded valleys and quiet roads We enjoyed Dunster Dunkery Tarr Steps Tall Trees and excellent pub food John Sandra Spike the dog March 2014 Fern Cottage Had a lovely stay really cosy and perfect break away Highly recommend and will definitely come back again Cassy Jake March 2014 Gorse Cottage Wonderful Arriving to a nice warm fire and everything we could need for a lovely week away with our baby Graeme Kay Isla January 2014 Fern Cottage Thank you for having us Yet again a perfect and well needed break We return to flat old Norfolk refreshed and rejuvenated and already looking forward towards our NEXT stay in Fern Cottage Ruth Geoff Bonny the hound October 2013 Fern Cottage What a holiday Such a peaceful idyllic setting Lovely to see all the animals and birds on

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  • Location & Contact Riscombe Farm Holiday Cottages Exmoor UK
    field Name Telephone Email Message Arrival Date Departure Date CAPTCHA Code Address Directions Brian Leone Martin Riscombe Farm Exford Minehead Somerset TA24 7NH Directions from the north and east We are about 50 minutes 32 miles drive from the M5 junction 25 at Taunton if coming from the north on the M5 don t let your sat nav take you down to junction 27 it will add on a lot of time Follow the A358 signs to Minehead and after about 8 miles turn left under a railway bridge onto the B3224 signposted Raleghs Cross Wheddon Cross Exmoor After approximately 10 miles 0 5 mile after Raleghs Cross Inn fork right at a church sign to Wheddon Cross B3224 Continue to Exford Leave Exford on the B3224 towards Simonsbath but turn right at crossroads White Cross after 1 mile Proceed down lane and Riscombe Farm is at the bottom of the hill on a sharp left bend Park in the farmyard and come to the farmhouse if we haven t seen you arrive Click to enlarge map Summary 4 self catering cottages AA 4 Stars Centre Exmoor National Park River frontage Near to coast Games room Pets welcome Stabling Free

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