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Our secluded woodland retreat

The house was built at the turn of the century as a ‘rural retreat’ to attract the growing number of those taking advantage of train and motor car to access the wildness and country pursuits on offer on Exmoor. The house has been in the family since the 1930’s, except for a brief period after the war.

My grandparents, looking to holiday near Dulverton where their parents had established links, took Mounsey for a season for the fishing and riding. They immediately fell under its spell and the rest is history! They purchased it as soon as possible in order for it to become a permanent bolt-hole. During the war, some evacuees were posted there from London. The film ‘Landgirls’ was shot on location nearby.

The 140 acre estate is centred on Mounsey Castle, an Iron Age hill fort and Scheduled Ancient Monument. Set in the Barle Valley, the woods are a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and designated an ‘ancient woodland’. The Somerset Wildlife Trust manage the woodland and meadows as a nature reserve and to preserve their primarily oak coppice heritage, which all helps promote biodiversity.

The fishing has changed significantly since the 1930s when the river was host to as many spring Salmon as the later season’s catch. Environmental conditions and estuary netting has changed that. We can offer nearly two miles of single bank fishing, but it is mostly for shy Brown and Rainbow Trout and predominantly late and spate Salmon.  

You may have the famous Exmoor Red Deer visit you on the lawn one morning, or see buzzards soaring over the valley. We also boast a resident Tawny Owl who may well serenade you at night!