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Worthy Manor

Enter the luxurious rural retreat of this restored 11th Century manor house and you’ll be immersing yourself in a beautifully tranquil slice of unspoiled Westcountry life.  Just a short walk away from the famous local landmark of Culbone Church, the house’s idyllic location in Porlock Weir is the perfect access point for exploring the wondrous wild world of Exmoor’s national park.

Approach the manor on its circular drive with a sun dial at the heart of the lawn, then park next to the impressive ancient front door, made from old ships timber. Once through the door, your first steps into the manor will take you under an arched entrance that’s packed with character and charm. Walk past the games room along the tastefully art-adorned hallways to find the impressive medieval-style dining room along with two comfortable sitting rooms with their own log fires. Upstairs there are five bedrooms with one downstairs which comfortably sleep twelve, with three new bathrooms plus an extra downstairs.

Enjoy your breakfast in the morning sitting beside the aga and newly fitted granite work tops surrounding the Belfast sink. Then after fuelling up for the day perhaps take advantage of the glorious garden with its stream running through the middle, here you can peacefully sit and soak up the stunning views of the sea from the top terrace.

If you’re looking for a little more adventure then why not explore further into the local surrounds, starting with the ancient woods situated right behind your back door, or perhaps you’d like to embark on a stretch of the famous South West Coast Path that Porlock Weir sits directly upon. Once a little respite is required, a short sojourn across the fields to the harbour will allow you to enjoy a local ale in the fine country pub, with an exquisitely scenic seaside backdrop next to two restaurants to temp you for an evening meal.

For the particularly curious, know that there is said to be a tunnel from the house to the smugglers cave which can still be discovered on the beach below the house. But you’ll need to know where to look so ask around for some local knowledge!
























History of Worthy Manor

Worthy Manor crouches under the wooded spur of Gore Point, dominated by Ashley Combe, the seat of the Lovelace family. The Manor is ’really a free tenement of the manor of West Porlock. In 1291 Walter of Worthy and his wife sued their overlord, Sir Simon de Roges of Porlock, for diverting a "water-course from Worthy.

The manor rolls show ‘that in 1306 Robert de la Worthe held the house and half a virgate of land (15 acres) in fee, rendering two shillings a year to his Lord. During the reign of King Edward VI., Edward Rogers held the freehold; and it gradually degenerated into a farmhouse, until restored by the present tenants. It is a beautiful old house, said to be connected with the beach by a secret passage, and haunted by a ghost who wears sea boots. Its doorways are made of ship-timber, “pegged together; and one room is lit by an arrow-slit, while another preserves the original oak screen.

There is a chapel with a fine waggon-roof, and a priest’s hole concealed‘ over the porch. It broods in a leafy silence, permeated by the voice of the brook which caused litigation in the 13th century; with orchard-boughs framing a view of the sea, and doves cooing on its ancient roof.