Railwayman's Cottage

Fordgate near Bridgwater, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 19648)

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  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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The property

Bridgwater 5 miles. Situated in the hamlet of Fordgate on the Somerset Levels, this former 1860s railway worker's terrace cottage is just 80 yards from the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. This charming cottage is ideal for those wishing to enjoy walks or cycling directly from the property, and nature lovers will like the variety of wildlife that can be seen visiting the canal and surrounding Somerset Levels. This cosy country cottage retains its period charm but has been fully-modernised to provide a sitting room with laminate flooring, beams, a woodburning stove, a kitchen and a small dining area, as well as a bathroom all on the ground floor, whilst on the first floor is a double bedroom. Despite its rural setting, this cottage is still within easy access of Bridgwater and Junction 24 of the M5, making it an excellent base for visiting the many attractions on offer in the area, such as the seven-mile stretch of sandy beaches at Burnham-on-Sea, the Quantock Hills, the West Somerset coastline, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, Wells and Bath. This delightful cottage is a wonderful base for your holiday, at any time of year.


Mostly ground floor. One first floor double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen. Dining area in alcove off hallway. Sitting room with woodburning stove.


Electric heaters with woodburning stove. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Parking space on lane outside cottage. Two bicycles available for guests to use, at own risk. Front patio with furniture, enclosed courtyard with furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile. Note: Cottage is close to, but fenced off from, the canal and the railway which has a regular but not busy service, so some associated noise may be heard.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

Guest Reviews


    • “Beautiful little cottage.”
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    • “This cottage has been renovated to a very high standard. Comfortable bed, well equipped kitchen and lovely bathroom. The garden is on the small side. High speed rail line behind the cottage but the trains go past so fast that you soon get used to them and they don't run during the night. The canal is just round the corner and is a very pleasant walk. The location of the cottage is down some very narrow lanes. There is a pub about a mile from Railwaymans (can't remember the name) that is small and dark inside with loads of mismatch furniture but the food was lovely.”

    Joyce110, Selby, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Cosy cottage, walks from doorstep, easy access to other attractions”
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    • “Pleasant cottage to stay in. Well kept and having bonus ammenities such as dishwasher and washing machine. Canal walks pretty much on the doorstep, and easy access from M5 means it's a perfect base for visiting the surrounding area. Some minor extras would've made it a 5 star such a some handsoap in the bathroom and some instructions on using the woodburner, but overall a great little 'get away' cottage.”

    Kathy H, Northampton, United Kingdom, February 2014

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    • “Beautiful secluded spot, excellent for exploring Somerset.”

    Mr Rogers, Liverpool, October 2015

    • “The Cottage had all we needed for a pleasant restful holiday. It was in a lovely, natural and interesting location. We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again.”

    Mrs Bromley, Weymouth, July 2015

    • “The overall standard of Railwayman's Cottage was outstanding, we liked the surrounding countryside - the peace and serenity.”

    Mrs Davis, Nottingham, May 2015

    • “I think the interior of the cottage was lovely, it was cosy and would be a great hideaway to chill out for a few days. The bedroom in particular was bright and sunny with windows on all sides, in winter it stays warm which was great.”

    Mr Holder, London, January 2014

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About the location


Burnham-on-Sea 9 miles; Glastonbury 10 miles; Taunton 11 miles.

The town of Bridgwater is an interesting destination with a bustling shopping centre. Being situated close to the Mendip Hills in the North and the Quantocks to the West, the town has several buildings of historical interest, an excellent selection of restaurants and pubs and is notable for the annual Bridgwater Illuminated Carnival in November using over 20,000 light bulbs resulting in a mesmerising display of colour, sound and entertainment. Cheddar is only a few miles away as is Glastonbury, home of King Arthur and pop festivals. The fascinating wetland areas surrounding Bridgwater are internationally renowned for wintering wildfowl and wading birds and support numerous species of breeding birds. Nearby Shapwick Heath is an excellent example of a wetland nature reserve well worth a visit, as is the Steart Marshes on the Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve comprising of 2564 hectares of bird and wildlife havens. Bridgwater offers the holidaymaker a rich variety of activities both rural and urban and is conveniently placed for all visitors.

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