"Culbone is a healer, both overtly and discreetly. It is also a place to be simple as well as grounded, to let go of the things you don’t need. It is a place to receive.” Joan D'Arcy Cooper, Author and former Culbone resident.
Culbone is a tiny hamlet consisting of a church and two cottages only accessible by path. Beyond the church the path winds through ancient oaks along sheer drops to the Bristol channel. In 1798 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, after walking through Culbone with William and Dorothy Wordsworth, began his great poem "Kubla Khan".
Culbone (or Beuno) Church is a short walk from the Inn. The church is listed in the Domesday Book as Kytenore or Chetnore and the name Culbone is thought to derive from Celtic Cil Beuno for “Church of St Beuno”.
The church lies on a stretch of the South West coast path which runs from Porlock to Lynton. We highly recommend taking a walk from the Inn to the Church as a great way to work up an appetite!
Exmoor is a remote open landscape of moorland, ancient woodland valleys and dramatic Heritage coastlines. With an abundance of wildlife such as red deer, stags, highland cattle and Exmoor longhorn sheep, there really is no better place to get closer to nature in area of outstanding beauty.
If you’re not walking the South West coastal path, cycling, shooting or simply unwinding in the beautiful countryside there are plenty of other ways to keep yourself occupied. A few of our favourite local attractions are the West Somerset Steam Railway, Lynton and Lynmouth (where Exmoor meets the sea), Cliff Railway, Dunster Castle and Holnicote Estate.
Lillycombe Sporting Club
The Lillycombe Estate straddles the A39 between Lynmouth and Porlock. It comprises of 900 acres in one block with additional cover crops on neighbouring land. In the Twenties it was nationally renowned for grouse and blackcock shooting, now sadly extinct.
The Sporting Club offers September partridge and mixed bag days of between 300-500 birds from mid October and smaller days in January. Loaders are recommended and can be arranged for you prior to the shoot day given adequate notice.
Visit www.lillycombesportingclub.co.uk for further information.