Exmoor Bunkhouse, Countisbury, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6NE
Call Exmoor Bunkhouse at National Trust Holidays on 03443 351296
OverviewExmoor Bunkhouse is a converted barn owned and managed by the National Trust providing comfortable, high standard accommodation. Two large dormitories each sleep 8 in bunk beds and there is also a 2 bedded leaders' room. Facilities include excellent hot showers, drying room, lounge/eating area, fully equipped kitchen plus a barbecue and outdoor seating. Environmental awareness is practiced with recycling and composting facilities, the hot water and heating are provided by solar energy (with a back-up boiler for those less than sunny days). The bunkhouse is situated at Countisbury on the North Devon coast surrounded by dramatic Watersmeet Valleys, moors of Exmoor and coastal paths. Lynton and Lynmouth are nearby and the Atlantic surf beaches are within easy reach. Other local activities include walking, horse riding, boat trips, fishing and cycling. However you spend your time the bunkhouse is ideal for getting away from it all with friends, family or as an organised group. Butter Hill Barn (also in this guide) which sleeps 6 is opposite if you wish to bring a larger group. Photos ©John Millar, ©Stuart Cox & ©Chris Lacey. This accommodation is featured on our map of Devon, Cornwall and the West Country and here is its own website.
Rooms & Beds:18: 2x8, 1x2
Open:All year. 24 hours.
Price per night:2 nights' minimum stay from £270 mid week and £390 weekend.
Booking:Booking essential via National Trust Holidays on this page. Minimum stay 2 nights
Directions:Grid Ref SS 746 495. On the A39, car park opposite.
Public Transport:Barnstaple train station is 20 miles. There is a rural bus service. Taxis from Lynton approx £5.
Walks:Long Distance Walks
This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is by the sea, is in a National Park, is available only to groups, is an 'Eco Hostel', has a pub within walking distance and is on the The Dartmoor National Park & Exmoor National Park map, the National Trust Bunkhouses map and the SW Coast Path.
Exmoor Bunkbarn- an eco hostel.
April 3rd 2019
They walk the recycling walk with reclaimed wood in the furniture and even a pitchfork curtain rail! The woodburner is fuelled by woodchip from their own land. I could go on…
Exmoor Bunkbarn appears to do exactly what it says on the tin. It is on Exmoor. The address says Bridgetown but it is quite a step from an urban centre. This is A Good Thing. An easy walk takes you to open country on Exmoor`s Winsford Hill. Nestling amongst what they claim is some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, it is also driving distance to attractions such as the Exmoor Pony Centre, Wimbleball Lake and Dunster Castle.
And yes, it is a bunkbarn. It is on a family run farm, Week Farm, of mixed livestock over 500 acres. Exmoor Bunkbarn has been converted from a granary and some machinery is still in place. There is accommodation for groups of up to 25 in 3 bunkrooms. An open plan kitchen, dining room is heated by a huge wood burning stove and all the wood- and stone-work is pleasingly intact. Also, drying room and shower rooms as you’ve come to expect.
If you explore the gallery on their website and on social media, though you’ll also see an element they are rightly proud of but isn’t highlighted in their name: Their Eco-credentials. They walk the recycling walk with reclaimed wood in the furniture and even a pitchfork curtain rail! The woodburner is fuelled by woodchip from their own land. I could go on…
I think it sounds cracking and, as one of the Independent Hostel’s newest members, you should write a review after you’ve stayed and spread the word.
Atlantic Surf Beaches
January 30th 2018
Experience the thrill and fun of Devon’s Atlantic surf beaches!
Board the cliff railway and descend onto Lynton’s stunning shores: you’ll find the beach is gorgeous at high and low tide. Soft sand speckled with sun-warmed pebbles, welcoming the crashing waves onto one of Devon’s famous Atlantic surf beaches!