A bit of history about Exmoor House and Wheddon Cross

Exmoor House is no ordinary bed and breakfast; it has an interesting history that helps give it a special atmosphere. The house was built in the early 1900s for local tailor Robert Melhuish, as a shop, workrooms and home. There was accommodation for apprentices as well as the family. Squire Bouverie, who paid for the building, insisted that it should also include facilities for the local community, so there was also the village reading room, later the village club. At one time there was even a skittle alley at the back of the house. The former reading room is now our guests' sitting room. So as you can see, Exmoor House is a characterful place to stay.

The tailor's shop specialised in hunting wear - as the old advertisement on this page shows - although we have met somebody whoExmoor House tailor's shop had his wedding suit made here. The shop closed in 1945, and there was a general store here for a while after that.

We believe that Exmoor House has been a village guest house since the 1970s, but it seems that the Melhuish family did occasionally provide accommodation for passing travellers.

Cutcombe, sister village to Wheddon Cross, has been here a while. The church was mentioned in the Domesday book (1086) but the settlement probably goes back much further.

Wheddon Cross grew up around the crossroads after the Exe Valley turnpike road between Minehead and Bampton was built, around 1810. It became an important staging post, with the pub providing a welcome rest after the long climb up the hill from Minehead.

Today it is still a proper working village, with Cutcombe sheep and cattle market going strong having recently moved to new state-of-the-art premises.


Exmoor House in the 1940s

This is an old postcard of Exmoor House from the 1940s. We've other historical photos in a small display in the hallway, including some information kindly supplied by descendants of the tailors who still live nearby.

Summer on Exmoor

July, August and September are the season of festivals and fairs, so if you're visiting Exmoor in the next couple of months, why not join in the festivities? Visit our events page for some ideas.

But if it's peace and tranquillity you're after, then Exmoor National Park has that in abundance, too.

A special Exmoor place to stay, with an interesting history
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Exmoor House
Wheddon Cross
Exmoor National Park
Somerset TA24 7DU

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