The Bark House

Location Oakford Bridge

Postcode EX16 9HZ

Telephone (01398) 351236

££

Why we love it...

Everyone’s idea of a Devon cottage

The Place

Tucked away in the beautiful Exe Valley, this delightful guest-house is about 200 years old and was originally used to store bark for tanning. It’s everyone’s idea of a Devon cottage, particularly in spring when the facade is smothered by a magnificent old wistaria. By day, you can explore the woodland paths and gardens behind the house and, opposite the building, a sitting area provides a sunny spot for afternoon tea. By night, the tiny hamlet of Oakford Bridge sparkles in the velvet-black valley while the only sounds are the trickling of a small cascade in the garden and the burbling River Exe. Just before we went to press Alistair Kameen handed over Bark House to new owners, who are continuing to run it as a guest-house along much the same lines.
Inside, the cosy and intimate sitting room, with an open fire, is the perfect place to relax and anticipate dinner. The new owners describe the food as more traditional than Alistair’s cooking, and dinner might be a starter of potted salmon, roast shoulder of lamb, and a choice of home-made pavlovas and puddings.
The bedrooms reflect the essential simplicity of Bark House. Mr French plans to add a further two rooms by 2008, ‘without spoiling the unique exterior’.

The Essentials

Price Band ££
Rooms 7; 4 double one twin with bath or shower; 1 double and 1 twin in self-catering cottages; all rooms have phone, TV
Food breakfast, dinner
Facilities Facilities sitting room, dining room; garden; bar; garden croquet
Children accepted
Disabled access difficult
Pets accepted

To Book

Contact Mr M French and Miss M McKnight
Call (01398) 351236
Email bark.house.hotel@btinternet.com
Website www.thebarkhouse.co.uk

Good To Know

Address Oakford Bridge, Near Bampton, Devon EX16 9HZ
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The Location

Find this place: in own grounds, on A396 near Bampton; car parking

What's nearby: Exmoor; Knightshayes House; Marwood and Rosemoor gardens