The Pack Horse Exmoor self catering accommodation

Exmoor ~ Quality self catering
holiday Cottage and Apartments

Allerford, nr Porlock, Somerset, England, TA24 8HW
Tel: 01643 862475

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Christmastime is finally upon us, and what a busy year it’s been at the pack horse! It has
been lovely to meet new faces this year, and always wonderful to welcome back our
returning guests.
Earlier on in the year, just before Spring, we had the pack horse repainted in ‘Oxford
stone’ and even re-did the signs to match to give it the finishing touch. The new look gave it
a real spring clean ready for the season.
Not long after Easter, after looking for quite a while to find a property in Bristol for
Laura and her partner Jason, I impulsively applied to a random advert on Facebook for the
TV show ‘Location Location Location’ - thinking nothing of it. We of course got the shock of
our lives when half an hour later I was contacted by the producers! Various skype interviews
and phone calls later, miraculously it was decided that Laura and I would appear on the
show alongside channel 4 ‘heart-throb’ Phil! Needless to say we were very excited -but they
definitely had their work cut out not only in finding us the perfect place but trying to control
our enthusiasm (…the outtakes would’ve made a very good show)! The four days of filming
was an experience that none of us will ever forget, and although we have tried to stay
grounded after it ended... Holly has definitely embraced her local celebrity status!
And of course the ‘cherry on top’ was finding a wonderful flat which will benefit the
whole family in the future, but for now, it is a place that Laura and Jason (and their new
rescue cat Woomba) can call home.
A great thing about the Bristol flat is that Laura now has a second bedroom to use as
an art studio. She continues to create her new line of quirky symmetrical pieces and hopes
to soon market them locally in Bristol (as well as finish the children’s book she’s been
Jess has equally had an exciting year. After having a great success in assistant
managing the TUI Minehead store, she has decided to spread her wings and showcase her
travel adviser talents elsewhere. And, after a gruelling process of interviews and
assessments she was finally offered a place as a holiday rep in the beautifully snowy
Finland! She has already met Santa and his reindeers so is well on her way to becoming an
The pack horse pets are all enjoying the warmth of the Aga in this chilly weather,
although Holly is very partial to an open fire! Brian and I managed to escape the cold (if only
for a few weeks) when we flew to beautiful Malaysia last month in celebration of our Pearl
wedding anniversary this year. We couldn’t believe it was 25 years since we were last there,
and it was well worth the wait (the only things that had changed was us!)
All in all, it has been a very exciting year at the Pack Horse, and we thank you all for
your continued loyalty and support, and look forward to seeing many of you in 2018.
Merry Christmas and the happiest of new years,
With Love,
Linda, Brian, Laura, Jess and the Pack Horse pets x

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