Watchet, South West England

Shells Cottage





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Open Fire / Woodburner

Hot Tub

Close To Coast

Pub Close By

Pets - Allowed

Property Info

General Info

Washford 0.5 miles. This detached cottage is a fabulous rural retreat for large families or groups, and is set within walking distance of the village of Washford in Somerset. The cottage is conveniently situated for exploring both Exmoor National Park and the pretty, undulating coastline of North Somerset. This beautiful chocolate box thatched cottage offers comfortable accommodation and has an abundance of character features including traditional beams and wooden floors, and a country kitchen with granite worktops and range stove. The comfortable sitting room, with a woodburning stove in a feature fireplace, and the lovely dining room and cosy library are ideal places to sit and relax after a busy day. There is one bedroom on the ground floor and five first floor bedrooms, many with en-suite facilities, all boasting magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The large garden offers alfresco dining on a summer's evening and a hot tub. There are a multitude of rural pursuits including walking, horse riding, fishing and golf, plus two miles away is the pretty ancient port of Watchet and Blue Anchor Beach. There is also Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Co2 Pistol Shooting for larger groups to enjoy (advance bookings only, contact for more information). Four miles away are the village of Dunster, which offers a wealth of historic buildings including an 11th century National Trust owned castle. For family fun, a 15 minute drive takes you to Minehead with a delightful seafront, sandy beach, plenty of shops and departure station for the West Somerset Railway. A wonderful cottage in a perfect location for exploring the area. Note: This cottage is near to Refs. 13806, 914740, 16587 and 16588, together they sleep 36. Read More

Property Info

Six bedrooms: 2 x king-size double (one with Jack-and-Jill en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC), 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin (can be pushed together) with Jack-and-Jill en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen. Dining room (seats 12). Sitting room with woodburner.


Gas central heating with woodburner. Range cooker with electric oven and gas hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair on request. Off road parking for 8 cars. Private enclosed garden with pond, furniture, BBQ and hot tub. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile. Note: Unfenced pond in garden, children and pets must be supervised at all times. Note: The owners are members of BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association). Please note - charging for electric cars is not included in the price, if you wish to do this, please speak to the site manager Read More

The Hot Tub

  • Hot tub is private for your use only
  • Electric
  • Seats 7 people
  • Not sunken
  • Undercover
  • Located outside



The owner was extremely helpful, but not intrusive. The cottage was fantastic, everything had been thought of. We had a lovely relaxing week and would have quite happily stayed put for the whole summer.

It was absolutely perfect, we could not have asked for a nicer property. The bedding and towels were lovely, clean and fresh. The bathrooms and kitchen were spotless. Thank you.

A great place to get away from the rat race for a while.

Fantastic, spacious cottage in a great location. Interior is exactly how a cottage like this should be fitted out. Lovely big kitchen, sizeable bedrooms and the lounge room with fireplace is absolutely outstanding. Hot tub is a dream, though being able to set the temperature would be a benefit. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends!

We had a fabulous week at Shells Cottage. The setting is private and the owners leave you to enjoy your stay, but are at the end of the phone if needed. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you need. Tesco deliver, as do the local Indian takeaway, which meant we could all relax - and who couldn't in this lovely cottage.

An amazing property - no one wanted to leave. We will be returning for sure. Thank you so much to the owner for being so kind and helpful!

The pictures on the website do not do the property justice. The seclusion and privacy of the garden and property were lovely and the hot tub was amazing. The living area was spacious with plenty of comfortable seating.

The Cottage was very well equipped, spacious and presented well. It was a pleasure to stay there.

The cottage was comfortable and in great condition, we had a fantastic weekend - we had no complaints whatsoever!

It was a beautiful house which was easily big enough for all 7 adults and 4 children. The hot tub was a great bonus and it was well maintained. We all said it was great to have such a friendly owner on site every day in case we had any questions. It was located in a very nice area which had easy access to nearby attractions.

Although there were some issues with hot water we had a fantastic time and we all loved the cottage. When there was an issue with the water someone came to us immediately to fix. We loved the feel of the place and the location and we would highly recommend Shells Cottage to all friends and family. Thanks again from all of us.

Ideal space for a family of 11. Plenty of outdoor space for children and a good activities in the area.

A fab cottage, had an excellent time, could not fault a thing. Thank you so much.

Washford was a lovely location for visiting other areas of Somerset and Devon. That said, Shells Cottage was a wonderful place to stay and just relax and make the most of the garden and the opportunity to enjoy a holiday with all the family. We would definitely stay again. Really enjoyed our stay, it has left us with some really happy memories.

This was our second time in Shell Cottage, we love it and hope to come again.

A beautiful cottage which was perfect for our holiday. The cottage was fully kitted out with little things which really helped the weekend go smoothly, things like tin foil and cling film had been provided which is a really nice touch as they always get forgotten in the packing. Being able to use the hot tub whenever we liked was also a huge bonus.

Great location and great space for our extended family and pets! Beautiful cottage.

Shells cottage was in an absolute perfect setting. Very private and everything that you need.

The location was great and the hot tub superb. An excellent sized property to fit the whole family and accommodated the dog. Will be re-booking.

Lovely homely cottage and great for sharing with friends and family. Lots of comfy sofas to curl up in. Well fitted out and decorated well with just about everything you would need - a home from home.

The house was large and comfortable, the hot tub was great fun and the garden was excellent.

The house is very nice and ample size for our party of 12 with children. The outside space also is nice. Would highly recommend! Of course we made use of the wonderful hot tub!

Beatiful cottage with amazing views, relaxing hot tub and a very warm log burner.

Lovely cottage set in a beautiful garden. Everything we had hoped for and more. Plenty of room for 8 adults and 4 children. Hot tub a bonus and well maintained. Would recommend!

A lovely family residence with enough space for all - wet or fine. Lovely area of the country with plenty to do and see.

The location was ideal for access to major towns and National Trust places, especially the delights of the Tropical Zoo. It also provided a fantastic play ground children. The hamlet of cottages was a treasured hide-away, quiet, restful and safe for children too. Experiencing a hot tub after a day exploring was heaven. Being able to accommodate our family and grandchildren in a spacious home was perfect. We all had space to spread out! The owner was very pleasant and most helpful. The autumn colours on and around the Quantock Hills and Brendon Hills were beautiful, and certainly not to be missed.

This was a family holiday, parents, their children and grandchildren. All of us loved the house and the hot tub was a bonus. There was enough room for us all everywhere. The garden was superb, well laid out, even liked chasing the mole hills in the morning. For a family, home based holiday this was 10/10.

Extremely good accommodation in lovely surroundings, ideal for discovering local countryside. Added bonus of the hot tub.

The house was lovely and very comfortable for the whole party. The setting of the house was lovely, the gardens were very pretty and the decking area/hot tub was great for outdoor socialising. The local area was really lovely, we enjoyed the local walks away from the main road.

Perfect place for all the family. Plenty of space and loved hot tub. Easy to get to all the places we wanted to visit, we all had a lovely time. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to have a lovely family get together.

The house was to a very high standard we couldn't fault it. The garden was beautiful.

The cottage and gardens were beautiful and so quiet.

The cottage was very comfortable and spacious nice and private with a great hot tub.

The cottage was stunning and would love to stay again, it was well equipped with everything you need and was extremely clean.

Superb house and have already recommended to friends. Comfortable, and well equipped home from home.

We loved the hospitality of the owners and the fantastic property. A very relaxing holiday with every attention to detail being catered for by the owners. Although we had our holiday in the snow the garden was beautiful and I can only imagine the beauty in the summer. If you are planning a large family holiday you will not be disappointed if you stay here. Great value for money.

Wonderful cottage with a beautiful garden. We all had a fantastic weekend, highly recommended.

The cottage was very spacious, clean and tidy. Bedrooms were all made up on arrival with lovely fluffy, bathroom towels for us all to use. The kitchen was very well equiped and had everything we needed. The hot tub was great, and the gardens lovely. Situated in the Somerset countryside - it was a lovely relaxing holiday for us.

The cottage is beautiful, the photographs online and in the brochure do not do it justice. The owner, was there to greet us, lit the log burner and made us feel very welcome.

The cottage was lovely and setting was beautiful. Pictures do not do this cottage justice. We can't wait to go back!

The cottage, it is set in a beautiful garden with a hot tub, perfect. I booked the cottage as a gift for my wife's 50th birthday and it proved to be the perfect choice. We can't praise the owner enough for a wonderful stay.

A beautiful cottage in a wonderful part of the country, highly recommended.

It was in a lovely quiet area with a delightful garden and spacious kitchen.

We have been to many holiday cottages with lots of agents. This was by far the best equipped for everything we have been to. The owners were very friendly and attentive to any small issues.

Everybody enjoyed their stay, the hot tub was a winner with the adults. We will return I the future, this has given us some lovely memories.

We did like the property very much. Everything was nice, including the weather! The jacuzzi was very very good. I have never had such a luxury!

Fantastic quality of cottage, hot tub was very popular too and kept very clean.

We went for Christmas. It was an ideal property for us with 3 separate but very much amalgamated families, with a very cosy lounge and wood burner. The cottage was well laid out, very warm and welcoming, including a Christmas tree and some other decorations, something to play our Christmas CDs and DVDs on and plenty of space to house all the Christmas presents. The hot tub was a hit with the teenagers and watching the deer from the property in the adjoining field was an added bonus. We were able to order our Turkey from home and pick it up from the butcher in Williton, as recommended by the owner, who could not have been more helpful. We would highly recommend the cottage.

The friendly owner Lloyd was great, the hot tub was absolutely wonderful - and very clean which is important. The garden and house were an utter pleasure to be in and we didn't want to leave!

Excellent large family house.

We stayed here as part of a large family group. Nine adults and three children plus a dog. The property is plenty big enough and very comfortably furnished. The owners are nearby and ready to deal with any problems. Would recommend.

Wonderful value for money

I can honestly say this was a perfect place to stay. We were the first to stay in one of the new cabins and it’s finished fantastically. High standard with a very welcoming reception. Very well positioned for days out to various locations with a peaceful and safe environment for the family. The privacy is well thought out between the lodges and it is all well maintained. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again if we visit the area as rarely do you manage to stay in this country in such a wonderful location for such fantastic value.

Wish I could stay forever

Came here with 9 friends to celebrate a couple of them turning 50! Wow, what an amazing place to stay. More than enough room, lovely warm & welcoming cottage. Everything you could possibly need is here. The gardens are lovely complete with hot tub & sun loungers. Gemma met us and told us all we needed to know and good places to visit in the area. Would really like to visit for new year but its already book!

Fantastic relaxing holiday

I had originally booked such a large cottage as I'm a foster carer and didn't know for certain how many rooms I would need. We only used four of the six bedrooms in the end, but we were glad of the extra space. The cottage is big enough for 12 people and would represent great value for such a large party. It is a beautiful old thatched cottage set in a lovely garden with a BBQ and seating area, pond, ornamental fountain and another seating area outside the kitchen door. As you approach the cottage you pass some modern, wooden chalet type cottages which seem a bit close. But don't be put off as they can't be seen from Shells cottage and we didn't hear any noise from the neighbour's despite the fact most evenings meant BBQs and hot tubs. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. They supplied tea towels, washing up liquid and dishcloths (all the things I usually forget to pack). The lounge had a lovely reading area around the corner next to huge book shelves covered in books and games. All the bedrooms were made up to a high standard and came complete with white fluffy towels. There was a washing machine and washing line (pegs included) which meant I didn't end up taking cases of dirty clothes home. I had preordered an online grocery order to arrive a few hours after we did which was great as it meant we didn't have to bring lots of food etc. The local takeaway also delivered pizzas, kebabs, burgers etc. The highlight for the two girls was the hot tub. Although we were lucky enough to stay during what may be the only hot week of the summer, they still felt the need to spend as much time as they could in there. Gemma arrived soon after we did to show us how to use it and let us know she was around if we needed anything. She arrived each morning to check the hot tub, but wasn't intrusive at at. As I mentioned, we stayed during the very warm week in July and whilst everyone else seemed to be complaining that it was too warm at night to sleep, we were fine. The thatched roof keep the cottage lovely and cool and offered respite to our poor big dog with her thick coat. One of the bedrooms is in the ground floor. Although the cottage doesn't have level access for a wheel chair, once inside it is fairly suitable for people who can't manage stairs very well. However, there is only a toilet with hand basin downstairs so no access to a bathroom. I would definitely recommend this cottage and we are considering a return trip with friends next year.

Another great weekend away.

A year has gone by and the same group of friends enjoyed a great weekend away in this lovely property. Gemma looked after our minor needs very well and we were comfortable and warm with plenty of room for all of us. Our only small gripe is the taps in the kitchen turn on the wrong way and we all had an unexpected shower on a regular basis. Also please note there is no wi-fi at this property.

Perfect family get together

Shells cottage is lovely and clean and very well equipped. Local takeaway delivers and so do tesco. Not overlooked and lovely garden for the dogs. We were left alone but owners at the end of the phone if needed. A very relaxing place that is perfect for family celebrations or friends get together. I will definitely return.

Plenty of room for twelve people with a super garden and hot tub

Do not be put off by the holiday lodges as you arrive. Once you get down the hill to Shells cottage it is lovely and private. The garden is large and interesting and includes a little building with a toilet and sun loungers stored in it plus a pond and water feature fountain. At the bottom of the garden is a pergola with two large picnic benches and a barbecue. There is another table outside the back door next to the hot tub. Inside the house the dining / living area is spacious with a lovely wooden floor a big dining table and comfortable sofas books and games. Great kitchen with small old fashioned table. Bedrooms: Upstairs Three double one twin and one bunk. Furnishings a little dated in some rooms but all had good quality white bed linen. All the bedrooms lacked a chair and decent mirrors. The downstairs double bedroom is small with the bed against the wall possibly better suited to one person. There are two bathrooms upstairs one with bath with shower over and another with just a shower. These are better than the picture and the shower room is not really en suite as advertised. Despite minor criticisms this house is great for a family holiday as there is lots to do in the area and the house and garden are really spacious.

Perfect property for 12 persons.

We have been going away as a group of 12 adults for 12 years now, always to the same place, which was sadly unavailable due to a landslip. I found this cottage and we were all delighted with what we found. Shells Cottage is very spacious with plenty of room for all. The beds are very comfortable as are the sofas. The kitchen has everything you might need (apart from some large serving spoons) and is a pleasure to cook in. Everywhere was very clean and Lloyd and his wife were very helpful with minor problems. The first step off the decking could do with a luminous strip as 3 of us fell off as it was not well lit. Hot-tub was well used. Thanks very much for a lovely break in great surroundings...the Howler Monkeys calling in the morning was a surreal sound until we realised they were living nearby ! The photos on the web-site do not do the property justice and for info we had a disabled person in our group and he managed very well although the property is not wheelchair friendly.

Relaxed in a friendly environment

This place is fabulous the pictures do not do it justice at all. The bedrooms are spacious clean and the place is well equipped. Hot tub was a luxury although do watch your step when getting out and into the kitchen can become a little dangerous. There was a BBQ outside although we didn't have the weather for it! Plenty to do around and if you want to relax this is the place to do it as it's very quiet and serene. Thank you to the owners for such a pleasant place to stay we hope to do it again x Williams family x

Great Anniversary Celebration

We booked a week to celebrate our parents Golden Wedding Anniversary and we were over the moon. The cottage was spacious and well appointed and the location is ideal for a family ranging from 2 to 72. We would all recommend the cottage to a group between 6 and 12. The hot tub was a real treat!!

A great few days

Excellent accomodation done to a very high standard in a beautiful part of the world with lots to see and do. Highly reccomended.

Brilliant weekend stay

Lovely warm cottage, great stay. Sleeps 12. Very clean cottage with lovely Gardens over looking the countryside. Hotub cleaned daily. Cant wait to stay again

A really good family experience

We had a fantastic family week in Shells Cottage, this cottage is perfect for families. The party consisted of us, our two children and partners and five granddaughters. The cottage accommodated us well, and the surrounding areas were a delight for the children, we discovered a play park at the end of the footpath by the cottage. My only criticism would be a lack if information of the local area in the cottage.

Great character cottage - perfect for an extended family holiday

Quiet location but within easy reach of everything - close to shops in Minehead and an ideal spot for exploring North Somerset and Devon, Loads to do in the area - steam trains, beaches, castles, walking etc.... Cottage is very well appointed - 6 bedrooms, great size and well appointed kitchen,, dining and lounge facilities. Lovely garden although we didn't use it much due to the weather! All loved the near new hot tub. Our only complaint was the bed was too soft for our liking in our room. Would highly recommend for a family holiday

Great character cottage - perfect for an extended family holiday

Quiet location but within easy reach of everything - close to shops in Minehead and an ideal spot for exploring North Somerset and Devon, Loads to do in the area - steam trains, beaches, castles, walking etc... Cottage is very well appointed - 6 bedrooms, great size and well appointed kitchen,, dining and lounge facilities. Lovely garden although we didn't use it much due to the weather! All loved the near new hot tub. Our only complaint was the bed was too soft for our liking in our room. Would highly recommend for a family holiday


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