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Pomegranate Tree | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Exmoor, Devon

The Pomegranate Tree

West Anstey, South Molton, Exmoor, Devon, UK

Surrounded by evergreens on the edge of Exmoor National Park in north Devon, The Pomegranate Tree is a peaceful self-catering escape chock-full of 16th century cottage charm. The south-facing garden overlooking West Anstey begs for sweet summer snoozing between the daisies, but when the winds are raging and snow falling, roaring woodburners make for irresistibly snug hibernation.


Settled right on the Two Moors Way and with views of Exmoor sprawling out in dramatic splendour, The Pomegranate Tree is a luxury cottage where hikers and nature-lovers will feel right at home. Set high in the picture-perfect Devon village of West Anstey and in Europe’s first Dark Sky Reserve, here is a place where peaceful rejuvenation comes arm in arm with a re-connection to the great outdoors. Spend days rambling across blustery tors and bathing on golden sands before returning for a night sipping wine under diamond-studded skies.


Three bedrooms, all tastefully decorated with natural wood, gentle florals and soft rugs, reside on the Pomegranate Tree’s first floor, where sweeping vistas over the garden and rural Devon stretch on and on from every window. Downstairs in the heart of the house, bright colour meets traditional low-slung timber beams, carefully selected antiques contrast with statement Cole & Son wallpaper and crackling fires encourage wild winter evenings spent inside with a marathon of board games, oversized jumpers and red wine.


Stargazing, wild swimming and undulating countryside tracks just waiting to be trampled on; relaxation is a given at any stay at The Pomegranate Tree. For guests who believe wholeheartedly that self-catering holidays are to be spent at a more leisurely pace, there are beaches and tearooms and pub gardens galore all hidden within the wilds of Exmoor National Park. Armed with a portable barbecue and sausages from Little Mead Meats, drive over the moors and settle by the sea for a traditional Devon supper on the sands of Blue Anchor Bay.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 (+2) guests
    From £1,795 per week, £1,495 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are two first floor double bedrooms, one with king-size bed and en suite bathroom, plus a third double and single bedroom (accessed through the double) available on prior request at an additional £150 each. There is a first-floor family bathroom with separate shower and a ground floor WC.
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  • PetsOne small dog is welcome on prior request
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children over 13 are very welcome. The garden has a deep pond and a stream, so please supervise children at all times.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for several cars on the long driveway and in the barn. The kitchen includes a Rayburn (turned off between Easter and October), induction hob, electric oven, fridge-freezer and dishwasher, and washer-dryer. The gardener visits on Wednesdays. The Pomegranate Tree backs onto the churchyard of St Petrock, a historic church with a fascinating history.
  • Homestay includesWelcome hamper, 52" Smart TV, two Ruark stereos, two TVs in bedrooms, iPad, WiFi internet, Weber charcoal barbecue, board games, local produce, luxury linen and towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • RestrictionsPlease note that shooting parties are not permitted at this property, other parties considered on prior permission from the owner
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The Pomegranate Tree´s country kitchen with a Rayburn oven
Gorgeous Cole & Son wallpaper in the cottage dining room
The Pomegranate Tree´s cosy living room with a roaring woodburner

Prices & Availability

Please note, availability for this property is to be confirmed by Unique Homestays on receipt of your enquiry

South Molton

Taking prime position at the gateway to Exmoor National Park is the thriving market town of South Molton. With independent shops to browse and nature in every direction, it´s a perfect base for rural adventures, from hiking and canoeing to surfing on the coast.

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South Molton

Getting there

  • On the Map The Pomegranate Tree is located in the little village of West Anstey on the southern border of Exmoor in North Devon.
  • By Car From London, take the M4 toward Bath, take M5 South and follow the directions provided to the property. The cottage is one hour and 40 minutes from Bristol and four hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Barnstaple, which is a 40-minute drive away, and has regular services from Exeter and the rest of the country.
  • By Air Exeter airport is just under one hour away from the Pomegranate Tree; Bristol airport is one hour and 30 minutes.

From the owner

“Set in an area of acclaimed Dark Skies, The Pomegranate Tree is the perfect spot for stargazing. We just love to spend long summer nights eating and drinking in the garden, watching the darkness envelop the trees and sparkling stars light up the heavens. It´s unlike anywhere we have ever been!”

From the owner

Welcome to our lovely 16th century cottage in West Anstey in North Devon, just next to the historic church of St Petrock right on the edge of Exmoor.

Sitting in three-quarters of an acre of landscaped gardens, with a stream-fed pond and views to the church and countryside beyond, The Pomegranate Tree is the perfect place for nature-lovers, and anyone looking to get away from the daily grind.

Our cottage has been sympathetically restored from its days as a church meeting room and is just the most wonderful place to hole up against those wild storms we are so used to in this part of the world. In the summer, please enjoy the gardens as we do; with a bottle of wine enjoyed under the stars, owls calling in the trees all around.

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in South Molton with an insider’s perspective.

Tarr Farm
To Do

Tarr Farm

With a menu made up of local ingredients found roaming and growing in the South West of England, this restaurant in the heart of the national park offers the finest and tastiest dining experience in the whole of Exmoor.

Exmoor Distillery
To Do

Exmoor Distillery

Just five miles away is Exmoor Distillery, who share their love for premium, small-batch gin through hand-picked botanicals found in the local landscape. After a day on the moors, pick up a bottle to be sip as the sun goes down.

Exmoor National Park
To See

Exmoor National Park

Soaring cliffs pierce the sky and plummet to crashing waves, secret wild swimming spots and hike upon hike through ancient woodlands and along burbling river banks make Exmoor one of England´s best-kept secrets.

The London Inn, Molland
To Eat

The London Inn, Molland

Filled with charm and with a beer garden offering views of rolling moorland, here is somewhere to relax after a day spent in hiking boots, where one can enjoy local beers, excellent wine and good pub grub from local farms.

Guest Testimonials

The Pomegranate Tree exceeded our expectations. It was the loveliest Unique Homestay we´ve visited, especially the garden. We really appreciated the quality of the kitchen equipment, the furnishings and the general style and comfort of the property. The walking route books were also very helpful. Thank you!

We were looking for peace and quiet in a beautiful location, The Pomegranate Tree is it. A wonderful home to stay in, so very peaceful with quality products, fittings and furnishings, and a stunning garden! We will recommend the house to others and also look to use Unique Homestays for future holidays. Thank you for a fabulous stay.

The property was fantastic and exceeded all our expectations. In particular, we really enjoyed cooking, as the kitchen was so well equipped and the variety and quality of the sound systems were also very much appreciated. The Pomegranate Tree is in a beautiful location and we were very lucky to have fantastic spring weather, so we could sit outside in the garden as well as explore the countryside. Everything was brilliant and it´s difficult to think of anything else we could have wished for during our stay.

What a warm and sumptuous home! Thank you for thinking of every detail. We loved the fires, and such a treat to have two during a wild January week. Would love to see the wisteria in late Spring... we’ll just have to come again!

We were instantly greeted with the warmth and cosiness of The Pomegranate Tree as soon as we arrived! Everything felt so soft and sumptuous, and the quality of the furnishings throughout is outstanding. We would absolutely love to return in the summer when we can spend time in the gorgeous tiered gardens and exploring more of this peaceful countryside. Thank you for sharing, we hope to be back again soon!

This is, without doubt, one of our favourite home-from-homes, which sets a new standard for our luxury UK breaks. We instantly fell in love with the house, the manicured gardens, immediate surroundings and Exmoor. Thank you.

This cosy, tucked away cottage has so much history and it’s been really interesting to explore! Along with the luxurious linens, it’s such a lovely base to visit the extensive, beautiful countryside nearby. The two amazing woodburners along with the Aga created such a warm space to relax in. We would highly recommend a stay here! Thank you.

We booked Christmas late this year and knowing we would not have too much choice on where to stay with such short notice, we decided to pick the nicest cottage we could find; not worrying where it was. It turned out to be The Pomegranate Tree and happened to be one of the nicest cottages we’ve ever stayed in, in one of the loveliest and most unspoilt parts of Britain we’ve been to. We are home now, but the memories are made, forged forever. One of the most wonderful Christmases we’ve had.

We have had a wonderful time at The Pomegranate Tree. The house and grounds were above and beyond our expectations and the location is idyllic. This was simply a perfect holiday. Thank you. We will most certainly be using Unique Homestays for future breaks, and we will be recommending you to family and friends.

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Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.


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