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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Sustainability
    logburners as well as oil central heating with thermostats on each radiator The log burner in Toads Breech is also a secondary feed into the hot water system We provide our own logs free of charge and encourage use of the logburners and this form of renewable energy Water We have our own water from two sustainable sources a bore hole and a spring All our water passes through a particle filter a biological filter UV light and a neutraliser to reduce its natural acidity It is tested by the Council each year So you can drink pure water without having to buy or bring your own bottled water and reduce the amount of waste plastic As extra water security we have nearly 10 000 gallons of semi underground storage Waste We have our own septic tank sewerage treatment sited well away from the cottages and without extra charge we provide the correct types of washing powders and liquids in the cottages for guests to use This is partly for guest s convenience and partly to avoid the use of biologicals which harm the flora in septic tanks We promote recyling We encourage guests to recycle glass tins plastic and paper and provide crates for these by the guest s dustbins We then take these to the local recycling centre withour own stuff We have our own compost heap by our vegetable garden and guests are welcome to add their kitchen waste to it Local produce Quality and inimising food miles In our area there is an excellent local smokery for both smoked fish and meat which we enjoy and promote to guests We have local cheeses cream and butter Exmoor Jersey Blue Blissful Buffalo Tower Farm Cheddar etc there are many more Beverages Beer and cider we have the

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Fishing News
    How many times do fishermen keep complaining that there is too much water Not often but we have been doing it for several weeks now However as a first for along time we ve had two consecutive days without rain and the Barle is again in perfect condition and the upper main Exe is just fining down to perfect conditions So my salmon catches resumed this morning with a loverly fresh fish of around 8 to 8 5 lbs returned from the Exe from a Fish the Exe beat 20 October The salmon season has now finished on the Exe system after a slightly different year during which catches overall have probably been quite good and hopefully slightly better than last year but patchy for quite a few people including me There seems to have been a reasonably good number of grilse around normal size 5lbish A lot of these have run quickly with more fresh ones being caught earlier than usual in the Barle There also seems to have been a reasonable smattering of larger fish including several reliable report I ve heard of 14 15 fish 6 September over an inch of rain over the last 36 hours has brought both the Barle and Little Exe up into unfishable brown spates The previous rise brought fish upto the junction but not many up the Barle Hopefully this one will allow more fish to get over the bottom two weirs into the Barle 27 August we have had 27 ml of rain over the last 24 hours The L Exe is up and coloured as is the Barle although more of its usual dark tea colour At last salmon fishing should start round here as fish move up on this good water Tight lines 20 August the long gap since the last report is that there is very little to report on the salmon front despite some on about 2 out of 3 days the amounts continue to be very small so water levels remain low the odd fish has been caught up around here but most are being caught below Tiverton where a 20 22lber was released 2 3 weeks ago and more further down around Exeter Week of 4th July the wet June eventually gave enough of a water rise to move a few salmon and grilse up the system I netted a 7lb fish for a friend on the Barle a week ago below but didn t catch any myself I have reliable reports of a small number of other fish caught or lost at the net locally If the forecast rain materialises there should be a few more fish about 24th June having had just over 3 inches of rain this month some fish have now arrived up here a reliable report of two small grilse hooked at Exebridge yesterday after some reliable reports of some larger fish taken much further downstream Clatworthy Reservoir currently has some large fish taking on the surface I was

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Houses and Gardens
    and a very impressive walled garden mainly organic vegetables but with some superb long flower borders Then the other side of Tiverton is Killerton House and gardens again National Trust The Royal Horticultural Society s RHS Rosemoor just over an hour away has many specialist and family events and shows such as the autumn apple day For details of these and more see the NT and RHS websites We have numerous more private nationall houses and gardens As appetite whettign examples Marwood Hill Gardens north west of Barnstaple Castle Hill house and Gardens just west of South Molton and what is said to be the finest example of a small medieval house in England with moat and gardens east of us near Taunton Cothay Manor Additionally there are some of more local fame waiting for you to discover them either private gardens opens a few times a year those in the national garden schemes and more These are all open to the public though some may have restricted opening times Carol Kleine s garden west of South Molton is open at various times There are also numerous nursery gardens some of which house national plant collections We keep a stock of relevant leaflets for visitors and can help with directions In Knightshayes superb walled garden flowers and a lot of vegetables and soft fruit Knightshayes has some magnificent flower borders For those who like visiting gardens and looking at older houses and buildings a quiet amble through some of Exmoor s villages is very rewarding In this small national park you may discover some small nurseries and various private gardens that may be open e g as part of the National Gardens Scheme Many of Exmoor s old houses have interesting features and histories e g the old boundary houses

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Activities
    specific leaflets produced by the National Park These contain maps of the main routes and alternatives together with descriptions of the terrain and countryside We keep a stock of the ones close to us for our guests These include descriptions of routes on and around Wimbleball Lake and Haddon within two miles of us Croydon Hill between us and Dunster about 8 miles away and North Hill just west of Minehead overlooking the Bristol Channel about 12 miles away About 7 miles away is Dunkery Beacon with various routes up and around it as shown on the right Mountain bikes can be hired from Exmoor Adventures OTHER CYCLING Although Exmoor is hilly it is easy to plan cycle routes along roads and lanes without taking in too many hills Those along river valleys offer shady routes for several hours cycling such as from Dulverton north along the A396 and then west through the village of Winsford up Winsford Hill and then taking a circular route back Alternatively there are panoramic routes along the top of upland moorland areas and valley ridges such as along the B3224 which traverses Exmoor from east to west and can be joined 4 miles north of us WATER SPORTS Wimbleball Lake just two miles form us is developing a water sports centre where visitors can hire Canadian canoes kayaks sailing dingies and rowing boats and also book tuition for these All equipment including life jackets is provided and there is a new large shower room for anyone to use Sailing dinghies are Laser Picos and Laser Stratos On Friday evenings they offer Taster Sessions for people young and old to try their hand in theses different craft under qualified supervision More details will be added here soon in the meantime for further information and booking phone Wimbleball Water Centre on 01398 371460 Exmoor Adventures also offer various water sport course and activities including canoeing and kayaking and coasteering COURSES AND ACTIVITIES WATER SPORTS MOUNTAIN BIKING ROCK CLIMBING COASTEERING AND MORE Exmoor Adventures on tel 07976 208279 and Active Exmoor run courses in all these and also provides tuition to groups families Summer canoe and kayak courses are run on W imbleball Lake 2 miles from us Kayaking and canoeing on rivers is possible in the winter outside the fishing seasons DEER AND WILDLIFE WATCHING AND EXPLORATION BY LANDROVER Several small companies offer Landrover explorations to the inner parts of the moor through woods rivers and grassy upland moor inaccessible to normal vehicles Here you will see hidden areas of Exmoor and view its wildlife including its wild red deer great scope for photography For something different why not sit back and let some one else do the exploration for you take you to parts of Exmoor that you probably wouldn t normally be able to visit and listen to their local knowledge The nearest Barle Valley Safaris operates from Dulverton is just 4 miles away and may pick guests up from our cottages Exmoor is

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Bird Watching
    and rivers often flowing through wild wooded valleys dippers kingfishers mergansers upland moorland stonechats and winchats acid grassland and large inland water Wimbleball Lake dab chicks grebes waders and ducks etc Migrating ospreys are quite often seen here but sightings tend to be kept secret One of our regular spotted fly catchers thanks to Pete Blanchard for several superb bird photos taken around the cottage Because Exmoor is relatively small its different habitats can all be reached very easily by car from our holiday cottages To add to the list of habitat and other interesting places Slightly longer car journeys take you to more interesting bird watching places e g the River Taw estuary and Lundy Island obviously requiring a ferry crossing However you don t need to leave our cottages and their outside spaces to see a good selection of interesting and graceful birds swallows martins and swifts some nest under the cottages eves and in the barns each year gold and other finches on thistle and other seed heads in our Orchard Field spotted fly catchers various owls herons mallard nut hatches wagtails tree creepers etc plus the more common smaller birds and birds of prey we have

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Photography
    woods and diverse wildlife from impressive great red deer stags to the small kingfishers and dippers common in the rivers there is wealth of interest from natural photographers After early autumn rain in Louisa Gate woods 1 mile from us The opportunities for creative photography is increased by the quality and variation of Exmoor s light This light quality is constantly changing after showers with early summer morning mists in the valleys and changing with the landscape and reflections from its water In fact you don t have to be creative to take excellent photos often it s just a case of selecting and capturing a little of what is all around you be it panoramic and exhilarating wide open scenery on open moorland or oblique evening light brightening one side of a dark valley or combe Sunset through an Exmoor hedge at Heathpoult Cross 4 miles north of us Around the cottages we have a wealth of birdlife Our fields are natural permanent pasture with a succession of wild flowers and seed heads which attract a colourful range of small birds so there is plenty of scope for photographing a range of birds with various range telephoto lenses One of our field s 100 s of dandelions before other meadow flowers take over Because Exmoor is so photogenic it attracts many photographers both amateur and professional A number of dedicated and acclaimed professional photographers live and work on Exmoor Maybe one of the most generally well known is Johny Kingdom but others will be well known in the photographic world Below us in Dulverton Mike Bralowski of White Horse Photography has a shop for camera equipment and photography Mike also provides guided tuition in the field Peter Hendrie of Peter Hendrie Photography in Exford is a long established and

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Locality
    and more There are numerous peaceful river valleys near us for everyone to enjoy 20 minutes car drive away is the highest point of Exmoor Dunkery Beacon 520 metres surrounded by open heather moorland and to the north looking out over the Bristol channel to the Black Mountains in Wales Moving west you enter into the heart of Lorna Doone country reference R D Blackmore s novel Lorna Doone A romance of Exmoor set in the 17th century on Exmoor and using numerous actual events first published in 1869 Wide open space part of the 360 degree view from Dunkery Beacon 2 miles east of us is Wimbleball Lake with a perimeter path and paths leading upto the open moorland of Haddon Hill with fine views back down the lake or over to Dartmoor The coast is about 25 minutes car drive away with Watchet harbour Porlock and Minehead To the west the coastline becomes very hilly often with steep wooded cliffs sheltering little rocky coves very interesting scenery for walking and exploring maybe also looking out for peregrine falcons and other less common birds but not a bucket and spade coastline Dulverton is the capital of Exmoor and headquarters of the Exmoor National Park worth visiting to see its statue of Lorna Doone It is a very old place having been a settlement since prehisoric times Around 1080 it was called dieglaord tun which means hidden fort tun Several old hill forts and ancient fortification mound castles are fairly close by on he surrounding wooded hills above the River Barle Today Dulverton is a pleasant peaceful little place that hasn t caught up with the rush and consumerism of modern urban life It has several restaurants and pubs see our food and drink page Its shops cater for everyday

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  • Weatherham Farm-self catering accommodation exmoor-Seasons
    the cottages Weatherham Farm cottages Buzzards and Toads Breech are designed for all year round comfort Since we are open all the year and Exmoor itself is a place for all seasons why not try visiting Exmoor during a different season for a week or just a short break Winter in our highest field With the increasing pressures of everyday business life and the hassle of commuting it s becoming increasingly necessary to get away and switch off or chill out more often to find somewhere where you can slow down and relax somewhere quiet comfortable and in unspoilt scenery and countryside more reminiscent of an area that has been bypassed by most of the rest of the country Exmoor is such a place and Toads Breech and Buzzards offer the bolt holes With our two cottages we aim to offer a package of escape for a short break or longer in any season Spring Cow Moor bay on Wimbleball Lake High summer cool in the Barle valley Our guests don t have to worry about what they are coming to will it be clean will the beds be comfortable nor do they have to bring much with them because

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