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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC & WONDER OF EXMOOR

About Us

Cindy and Pio made the decision to leave London in 2017 and their careers in property acquisition and refurbishment and banking respectively , Pio had long held a dream to follow up on his passion for inventive cooking and become a professional chef and Cindy was ready for a new challenge having experience in taking projects from an idea into an actuality. Exmoor appealed because of its proximity to Moors, ancient woodland, and the sea with the lure of unspoiled natural beauty and wild countryside. It did not take long to acquire a business that was waning and give it a fresh outlook and opened its doors in March 2018. Having only ever been on the receiving end of good hospitality with no experience from the other side commercially it was decided to offer what we would like to receive whilst striving to achieve a tone of impeccable informality. Locanda is a home as well as a business and as such is filled with antiques and curios plus contemporary art collected along the way plus family treasures, we take the view that we want all to be able to enjoy and at the same time adding and taking away, improving, restoring, repairing…it is a labour of love. We have a close team of helpers at Locanda who are dedicated to making sure things run smoothly for you whether you are here for a couple of nights or have taken over the whole place for a special celebration or family holiday. Needless to say Pio’s cooking improves all the time, he regards it as a lifetime mission to delight our guests whilst Cindy is constantly tweaking the aesthetics whilst ensuring the business runs smoothly and progresses. Locanda is always on the lookout for products at the top of their game ( more especially if also locally sourced) and whenever appropriate they are acquired and incorporated into our offer, to that end a small curated gift boutique has recently been added to Locanda as well as a civil wedding license for intimate weddings. We value history as well as progress and this is reflected at Locanda in everything you will see, hear, smell, touch, and taste.

Set in the heart of Exmoor National Park in front of the 15th Century harbour at Porlock Weir, Somerset.

We are a boutique inn for those who want to enjoy a countryside retreat overlooking the sea.

Locanda on the Weir is just over 3 hours drive from London or under 2 from Bristol.

We offer a choice of 5 bedrooms, 4 benefitting from delightful sea views across Porlock Bay.

Residents are invited to relax by the log fire in the Reading Room over drinks and snacks from the bar whilst enjoying the fine sea view.

EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK

Once a royal hunting reserve, the National Park boasts a large population of wild Red Deer and ponies, that freely roam the moorland and forests. The Park has 34 miles of coastline and has the highest sea cliff on mainland Britain.

 

Exmoor’s woodlands reach the shoreline at Porlock Weir.

 

The scenery of rocky headlands, ravines, waterfalls and towering cliffs gained the Exmoor coast recognition as a heritage coast. With its huge waterfalls and caves, this dramatic coastline has become an adventure playground for both climbers and explorers. The cliffs provide one of the longest and most isolated Seacliff traverses in the UK.

 

The South West Coast Path  is the longest National Trail in England and Wales. Starting at Minehead it runs 630 miles along Exmoor’s coast, passing by Locanda on the Weir.

EXMOOR DARK SKY RESERVE

Exmoor National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first place in Europe to achieve this prestigious award and only the second in the world.

 

It’s a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage and public enjoyment.

 

On a clear night, over 4 thousand stars are visible to the naked eye and many more from one of our Telescopes