When booking Emmett’s Grange and/or the Linhay guests have exclusive access to the whole 900 acre private estate during their visit.
Walks, picnics or simply daming the stream are a must, and children can also try to catch some of the fish which live in the pond. You can stroll through the fields and moorland or walk the 6 miles around the boundaries of the estate. Often you can spot the red deer seen grazing on the moorland or lurking in the ‘Far Coombe;’ while in the air above you can often see a variety of rare native bird species.
For the more energetic explorer you can follow the ancient drovers’ path winding up from the valley to the moor. You will be rewarded spectacular views; to the west you can view the coast and sea of Barnstaple bay and looking to the South across the green patchwork of fields and woodlands of Exmoor you can see the dark hills of Dartmoor on the far horizon.
Glancing to your right you will see some Bronze Age Barrows. There are two main groups; “Two Barrows” where there are infact four and “Five Barrows” where there are infact nine. Both are named according to how many can normally seen on the horizon. These are the prehistoric burial sites of the very first inhabitants of Emmett’s Grange and are over 3,500 years old. Wandering downhill from the Barrows, you will come to the site of some old Iron mine workings dating from the mid 19th Century although there also evidence of mining in the area during Roman times.
To make your visit to Emmett’s Grange even more special guests are welcome to bring and ride their own horses. We have 12 stables next to the property. Have a look at our availability page for further details.
The History of Emmett’s Grange
Our house was built in the 1840 by Frederick Knight, an iron master from Shropshire, who was fascinated in turning barren land into good grazing. Started by his father John Knight, Frederick bought up most of the high moor over the years with the idea of converting it in to good fertile grazing land.
Knight’s mode of operation was to find a tenant to take on a block of land whilst he would then build the farm. The rent would be on an upwards sliding scale assuming that each year the tenant would have reclaimed more moorland into good grazing.
Emmett’s Grange was one of the first farms to be built and was occupied by Knight’s trusted agent, Robert Smith in 1848. The estate was used as a model farm to demonstrate to prospective tenants what could be achieved with one of his new moorland farms. Emmett’s Grange differs from many other farms today in as much as it was designed with a clean sheet of paper, there being no buildings on the site beforehand. Although there were many other houses built on the moor by Knight, Emmett’s Grange is definitely the jewel in the crown with its landscaped features of carefully positioned trees and even a (now vanished) waterfall, the estate a must have looked even more impressive than it does today.