Brendon, Oare, Malmsmead, Rockford

Villages in the East Lyn River Valley on Exmoor in North Devon.

These four villages lie in the valley of the East Lyn River, which flows East-West and joins Hoaroak Water at Watersmeet, a couple of miles West of Rockford.  This is "Doone Country" - the setting for the famous story 'Lorna Doone' by R. D. Blackmore.  The little church at Oare is where Lorna was shot on her wedding day.
A thorough account of the real history of this area can be found in "Exmoor" by S. H. Burton (published by Robert Hale, London: ISBN 0 7091 7153 6).

The valley between Watersmeet and Oare (about 5 miles) is steep sided and the road closely follows the winding river.  The scenery is very pleasant with much of the valley clad in ancient woodland.
There are two notable watering holes; 
The Staghunters Inn in Brendon (01598-741222 EX35 6PS) and the Rockford Inn, Rockford (01598-741214 EX35 6PT).  Good beer and food at both.
There are some great walks in the area, the most popular to the West being along the river between Watersmeet (SS745486) and Rockford and also up the hill North to Countisbury.  
At Malmsmead, super views reward the walk up to County Gate (SS794487).  
There is also a lovely walk up "Doone Valley" to the South following Badgeworthy Water;  cream teas can be had en-route at Cloud Farm.  
In Malmsmead there is a picnic spot and a tea room.

Footpath sign at County Gate
The 65 page Guide to the Brendon Valley and Doone Country contains lots of information including history, geography, walks, accommodation, contacts etc. Essential reading for visitors.
Copies are available in many of the local shops.

Brendon Hotels B&B,
Brendon Holiday Cottages

Public Transport
OS map of Malmsmead

The Brendon Valley from County Gate

Oare Church

Accommodation in Brendon, Rockford, Malmsmead and Oare

Weir Bungalow in Brendon Weir Bungalow   Self Catering Holiday Cottage,    Brendon
Weir Bungalow directly overlooks the East Lyn River and all its wildlife. Surrounded by the most beautiful countryside, the bungalow is ideal for walking or riding and is close to the twin coastal villages of Lynmouth and Lynton. The Bungalow is comfortably furnished and well equipped throughout with central heating and double glazing. It has Living room, Bedroom with double bed, Shower room, Conservatory/Dining room, Kitchen, Fully enclosed small front patio, Rear balcony overlooking the river. Suitable for 2 persons.
The Hayloft in Oare The Hayloft   Self Catering Holiday Cottage,    Oare
Luxurious en-suite self catering holiday cottage accommodation for up to 4 people set within its own combe in Lorna Doone country at the heart of Exmoor National Park on the Somerset/Devon border.
Kemps Farm is completely private and secluded, yet is only one mile from the most beautiful coastline in England and close to both Lynton and Porlock. 
The Hayloft offers total seclusion from the outside world and if you truly want to get away from the madding crowd then this is the place for you.
Little Mead  Brendon Self Catering Holiday Cottage
Peaceful, spacious cottage in large garden beside the East Lyn River. Kitchen/diner, sitting room, large sun-lounge, bathroom, separate shower and WC.  3 bedrooms, 2 double and 1 twin.  Close to moorland and the spectacular coastal path, where Exmoor meets the sea. 
Superb walking riding and game fishing. Take a boat trip from Lynmouth Harbour, see red deer with an Exmoor Safari and try the Lynmouth to Lynton cliff railway. Walk to the pub (Brendon) which serves food.
The Rockford Inn B and B / Full Board  Brendon
The Rockford Inn is a secluded country pub dating back to the 17th Century. 
The Inn nestles in the Brendon Valley amongst a hamlet of houses beside the East Lyn River, deep in the Exmoor National Park near Lynton & Lynmouth. 
Good food, real ales and log fires. Beer garden overlooking the East Lyn River. Separate "Guests only" TV lounge with log burner.  
Salmon & trout fishing permits can be purchased from the bar.  Great walks through the oak woods down to Watersmeet.  2 family rooms, 3 double rooms, 1 single. No pets.  B&B or full board. Wifi.  Plenty of parking.  All major Credit Cards accepted.
Millslade Country Guest House   B and B  Brendon
A North Devon Guest House B&B providing tranquil, relaxing accommodation and fine cuisine in Brendon Valley, Exmoor.
Millslade can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests in a mix of double and twin rooms - making an ideal venue for large family gatherings or group's who would like to takeover the whole house for a few days or a weekend.
Resident proprietors Keith and Carol offer a warm and friendly welcome for all those wishing to enjoy the raw beauty of the Exmoor countryside, yet wish to retain all the pleasures of home. Decorated to a high standard, Millslade House is comfortable with a relaxed atmosphere.  Pets welcome
Leeford Cottage Leeford Cottage  B and B  Brendon
16th century former farmhouse offering high quality,  4 diamond, character accommodation at reasonable prices. The cottage is kept spotlessly clean with prettily decorated olde-worlde rooms all sporting beautiful  views. A haven of peace and tranquillity with a warm and friendly atmosphere.  Our "Best of British" cuisine is highly acclaimed.  AA 4 Diamond rated.
Meadpool House   B and B  Brendon
Delightful and peaceful Edwardian house on the South bank of the East Lyn river, offering friendly, high quality B&B accommodation. Dedicated guests' lounge and separate dining room. Three bedrooms of good size, each with luxurious en-suite or private bathroom. All rooms are carefully furnished and full of character, with superb views. We regret that the accommodation is not suitable for children or dogs.   Private fishing from our garden by arrangement.

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