Orchard Cottage

Washford near Watchet, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 13806)

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Cottage features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
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Shells Cottages

The property

This contemporary barn conversion is set amongst the apple trees at Shells, an attractive rural property near the pretty Somerset village of Washford. Set back from the road, this Washford cottage is one of several at Shells and is completely private, set in its own grounds. The modern open plan living area of this Washford cottage is extremely well equipped and opens onto a wide wooden veranda overlooking the orchard, where you can sit and listen to the merry birdsong. The bedrooms in this Washford cottage are all on ground level, with wooden laminate flooring, and the addition of a gorgeous Italian marble-lined wet room makes for stylish living. Outside this Washford cottage there is a partially covered private hot tub, ideal for relaxing after a day out and about, taking part in the multitude of countryside activities in the area including fishing, golf, horse riding and walking the coastal path which starts at the pretty port of Watchet, 2 miles away. Four miles away is the historic village of Dunster, where the NT-owned castle towers over the narrow winding cobbled streets of the village. The family will love the beach resort of Minehead, a 15 minute drive from this Washford cottage, with a lengthy seafront, sandy beach, plenty of shops and a departure station for the West Somerset steam railway. A fabulous Washford cottage in a perfect location for exploring the North Somerset coastal area and Exmoor. Note: This cottage is near to Refs. 11459, 914740, 16587 and 16588, together they sleep 36.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin. Wet room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Hot tub.


  • Eco electric radiators
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private lawned garden at side and rear, with hot tub, wooden veranda, seating and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: The owners are members of BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association).

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Fantastic Value”
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    • “A very clean comfortable cottage. Plenty to do locally - mountain biking, swimming, kayaking etc. - and at the end of the day to come back to a hot tub was fantastic ...”

    A TripAdvisor Member, August 2014

    • “Amazing cottage”
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    • “The cottage is beautifully located, perfect for a relaxing break. We enjoyed the hot tub and BBQ, the garden is well maintained and great for afternoon tea on the veranda. Would highly recommend!”

    Kellyams, Hertfordshire, June 2014

    • “Perfect de-stresser!!”
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    • “The hot tub was the attraction and it did not disappoint. My sister and I loved it. The huge wall of windows was a special pleasure, as we could watch the wildlife with impunity. Special favourites were the pheasants, incredibly nosy birds, peering in at us. The tub was serviced every day without fail, which we have not found with other hot tub properties, so we were very pleased. Have wonderful photos. It really is an experience, and one we intend to repeat when there is a week available. Area abounds with interest and we look forward to our next visit.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Kenilworth, April 2014

    • “Little piece of heaven”
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    • “Amazing cottage, beautifully decorated. Lovely area with so much to do. Owners of property were helpful and friendly. Hottub was a fantastic feature.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Basingstoke, September 2012

    • “very nice”
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    • “Could not fault this cottage. Very bright and modern.Only thing that is needed is more crockery there is only 4 of everything.Shower was nice and the hot tub was a bonus.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Enfield, September 2013

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    • “Cottage in a good location. Hot tub excellent and well maintained.”

    Mr Savin, Stockport, October 2015

    • “What an amazing place to stay in and get away from it all. It is a lovely private place and not over looked by anyone. It has a private balcony and hot tub. I have recommended it to my friends, it is a gorgeous little getaway.”

    Mr Mcguire, Weston Super Mare, October 2015

    • “We liked everything about our holiday. The booking of the cottage was straight forward. We arrived in Washford with no problems but could not find the cottage. We rang the owner who came out and guided us there. The cottage and its location was spot on; one of the best we've stayed in. The wildlife was a joy to watch especially the squirrels and a pheasant (we called him Dave) that waited outside for some bread. Minehead, Taunton and a host of other attractions were all within easy driving distance. We are already thinking of booking again for next year.”

    Miss Giles, Cheltenham, June 2015

    • “The cottage & surroundings where idyllic. It was well thought out to provide privacy and the hot tub was checked every day. We were made to feel very welcome, firstly by the greeting of the manager, and then later in the week by the owner. They were contactable at all times.”

    Mr Morgans, Bexhill-on-Sea, June 2015

    • “The cottage is in a fantastic location, lovely & quiet, great for walking our dog. The weather was great, had BBQ's in our own garden & the hot tub is amazing, so relaxing. The owners are friendly & helpful, a great holiday.”

    Mrs Cotton, Worthing, April 2015

    • “Could not fault anything.”

    Mr Haralambos, MANCHESTER, April 2015

    • “The hot tub was fabulous and the accommodation was first rate, we had a lovely weeks stay. The layout of the cottage and garden made for private use of the hot tub. Being able to take our pug on holiday with us made for a relaxing time as we did not have to worry about leaving him in kennels.”

    Mr Bendelow, Morden, February 2015

    • “Had a very relaxed atmosphere, the hot tub added to the relaxation (checked for cleanliness every day by owner) It was very clean on arrival with all amenities/utensils available. Squirrels feeding off the decking (we put some hazelnuts out for them) was great.”

    Mr Reynolds, Bridgend, December 2014

    • “This is one of the best holiday accommodations we have stayed in, the owner was brilliant and we would recommend the property to anyone without hesitation.”

    Ms Froggatt, Walsall, November 2014

    • “Excellent, quiet holiday lovely area, clean hot tub.”

    Mr Tavner, Horsham, September 2014

    • “We had the best relaxed holiday there, it is set in the orchard so you have sun and shade ,and so peaceful with lots of wild life around . The owner is so helpful if you need anything he is there straight away and that is so good nowadays .The hot tub was first class and cleaned each day and emptied at end of your stay and filled for the next person to take over so nice to know it is clean .Thank you for a lovely 2 weeks.”

    Mrs Widgery, Alresford, June 2014

    • “A warm welcome and very clean property decorated to a high standard. The hot tub was fantastic! We would definitely recommend the cottage - thank you for a great family holiday!”

    Mr Stedman, Rochester, February 2014

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About the location


Watchet 2 miles; Minehead 6 miles.

Washford is a West Somerset rural village, on the A39 between Minehead and Bridgwater. Located two miles from the pretty coastal port of Watchet, this is an ideal base from which to explore Exmoor National Park and The Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many pretty coastal and inland villages to explore including Porlock with its steep hill and pretty winding streets, Dunster with dramatic castle perched above the historic village and the busy resort of Minehead with sandy beach, golf course and traditional seaside attractions. An excellent choice of holiday destination for rural beauty, dramatic coastline and splendid walking.

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