There’s a magical place on Exmoor that everyone should visit in the spring time and that’s the Avill Valley, also known at this time of year as ‘Snowdrop Valley’.
The area near Cutcombe is carpeted with snowdrops – the delicate symbol of hope and the official sign that spring has arrived on the Moor.
There are hundreds of snowdrops in the valley and visitors are allowed access next year from February 2 until March 3 thanks to the Badgworthy Land Company.
Snowdrop Valley has been open to the public officially since 1998, with some visitors returning year on year to this secret valley. North Hawkwell Wood, which is part of the valley, is within walking distance of our hotel too.
There are several walks, ranging from a short and direct route to the valley, using bridlepaths and footpaths, to a two-three-hour trek for those wanting to take in more of the surrounding area. Disabled access is possible on February 2 and 3 and March 2 and 3.
A park-and-ride service operates from Wheddon Cross and there are popular walking routes for the more able. It can be muddy at this time of year, so walkers are advised to be suitably equipped.
After all the walking, there’s a chance to visit the Snowdrop Café, which is manned entirely by volunteers raising money for local charities, for tea and cake. For further details visit http://www.wheddoncross.org.uk/snowdropvalley.htm.
As we’re just four miles from Cutcombe and the valley and re-open for the spring season from February 15, 2019, you can stay here and spend your days admiring the snowdrops and your evenings, all cosy with us, enjoying some of John’s delicious, award-winning dishes.
After a day of admiring the snowdrops, guests who stay here can relax in front of the wood burning stove in the lounge.
We provide traditional country breaks with contemporary facilities. Guests can enjoy delicious food, sourced from suppliers and producers that are located as near to us as possible, and experience a good night’s sleep in one of our cosy beds, swathed with gorgeous linens.
We pride ourselves on attention to detail, whether it’s the quality of food or the fixtures and fittings in the bedrooms, or the general ambience and the way they interact with all their customers.
We offer luxury accommodation for those wishing to escape the humdrum of day-to-day life and to unwind in a truly tranquil location with stunning scenery all around.