Exmoor House, situated in Exmoor’s highest village, was built in 1910 on the site of four small cottages that were apparently destroyed by a candle fire. It initially housed a tailor’s shop and was home to Robert Melhuish, his family and the tailor’s apprentices. Attached to the shop was the village reading room, with skittle alley (since demolished), known at the time as the ‘Village Club Room’.
The dining room still has the tailor’s shop-sized window and the original wood panelling, which makes for a light but warm room in which to have breakfast.
The Reading Room has become a comfortable guest sitting room with knowle sofa, leather, wing backed arm chairs and an open fire for those days when the temperature dips a little too far. Tea and coffee are freely available, along with games, jigsaws, maps and books. Guests are welcome to sit and relax or to use the dining table to plan their visit with the help of the readily available local information.