Did you know that shopping in Exmoor is an unexpected treat that surprises so many of our guests?
Indeed, Exmoor Character Cottages is fortunate to be right at the heart of the communities of Minehead and Dunster. Within a stone’s throw of all local amenities, our guests want for nothing, from hearty treats to real ales.
But on those rainy days or when you just can’t take any more breathtaking scenery or outdoor pursuits, quality retail therapy calls!
Some favourite shops within a short walk or drive
There’s a huge choice of shopping, eating and drinking options within 30 minutes of our cottages. We asked our team and guests their top retail tips, and we’ve chosen a few favourites.
Shopping in Lynton & Lynmouth
If you listen to our weekly podcast, you’ll be familiar with the excellent Charlie Friday’s coffee shop and restaurant. Nestled in the same Lynton community, you’ll also find the fabulous North Devon hospice charity shop. Brimming with household and fashion items, this is a real find.
Just around the corner, you’ll also come across the long-established Lynton Sheepskin shop. What a perfect place to find some cosy slippers for you, or as gifts for those ‘always cold’ friends!
No visit to Lynton should be without a walk at the Valley of Rocks – one of Exmoor’s most famous and hauntingly beautiful natural landmarks.
A few steps away from the mountain goats and towering rock formations is Lyn Candles. Handmade, soy wax candles infused with essential oils are available to buy from their workshop and store on Northmoor Road.
Down the hill in Lynmouth, you really should visit MOR Gifts. We delight in their hand selected items for the home and garden with a contemporary twist and great service.
Shopping in Porlock
Far more than one of England’s steepest hills (with amazing views atop!), Porlock village and the famous weir are full of interesting shops, eateries and inns.
We particularly like Exmoor Glass at Porlock Weir with its rather stunning Cranberry glass. All their items are traditionally made in the small workshop on site.
In the heart of the village itself, our guests love Clive Downs’ traditional butcher on the High Street . A proper traditional butcher’s shop, the team here sells everything you need for a tasty breakfast, brunch or dinner.
Shopping in Minehead
A town of 10,000 people with around half a million visitors each year, Minehead is the capital of our part of west Somerset. There’s plenty of choice for everyday shopping items. However, there’s something special if you choose to stray from the main shopping streets.
Indeed, just off the main (Wellington) square is Friday Street, historically the location of the weekly market. However, nowadays Friday Street is home to independent traders such as Paraphernalia – a collectables store full of local treasures from artwork to vinyl.
The Avenue, which leads from the seafront to Wellington Square, is where you’ll find Minehead’s bigger stores – including a whole host of charity shops. A particular favourite is The British Heart Foundation with a wide selection of clothes and homewares.
Shopping in Dunster
This medieval ‘honeypot’ village is home to over 30 independent stores. It’s so difficult to choose a favourite, but here are a few worth a special mention. On the High street is Number 29 Ladieswear. Owned and run by local legend, Sue Ashton, this store has undergone a transformation under her tenure. Here you will find the latest lines from leading brands such as White Stuff and Made in Italy, plus Sue’s down to earth advice and styling tips. You can hear more about Number29 on our podcast from season 1.
On historic West Street and next to The Oval cottage is Made in Dunster. Owned and run by Jeni Fender, this store is home to an exclusive collection of handmade pottery, greeting cards, jewellery and crafts.
Just opposite and also on West Street is Chatelaine Antiques, full to the brim with exquisite finds from the companion sets to chests of drawers. Put simply, Lucy loves this shop, and many of her favourite pieces of cottage furniture come from here. It’s always good to call ahead on 01643 821651 to check Jill’s opening hours.
Further afield: Shopping in Dulverton
A little further south (around a 45-minute drive) is Dulverton. This is a thriving community, well supported by the local population who really don’t need to go too far for all their daily needs.
We love St. Margaret’s Hospice shop and the Town Hall thrift store. We often find lovely unique art in these stores, as our cottage teapot collection demonstrates. These places add to Dulverton’s charm and simply must be visited!
A favourite of our team member David is the Rothwell and Dunworth Book Store. This artisan book dealer is a traditional, two-floor store with a friendly and unhurried feel. Put a couple of hours on the parking metre and immerse yourself in this amazing place.
Come and experience Exmoor & West Somerset for yourself
If you’re inspired to visit one of our four beautiful cottages for a superb staycation in Exmoor and Somerset, contact us today. We’d be delighted to hear from you!
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