The Retreat

Washford near Watchet, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 5488)

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Cottage features

  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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Linhay Holiday Cottages

Situated in the delightful village of Washford in West Somerset are these two luxurious Washford cottages. Sleeping a total of thirteen people between them, these two Somerset cottages have been beautifully decorated and furnished to a very high standard. With all bedrooms having en-suite bathrooms, these two fabulous Washford cottages offer all of the luxuries that you would expect from a holiday home. With country-style kitchens with flagstone floors, cosy sitting rooms with inviting woodburning stoves and exposed beams and stone walls throughout, these two Somerset cottages provide accommodation for the discerning holidaymaker. There is a private outdoor area at each of these Washford cottages plus use of a large grassed area with access to a stream, as well as shared use of an outdoor swimming pool. Both cottages also have their own sauna. Just two miles from the coast, there are some beautiful coastal resorts to explore from these Somerset cottages, including the ancient port of Watchet and Blue Anchor Beach. A fabulous holiday destination, there is a huge variety of attractions for everyone from these Washford cottages, including the West Somerset Railway, historic houses and gardens and plenty of walking and cycling.

The property

Adjoining the owners' home and with high quality decor, this Washford cottage provides accommodation for four people all on the ground floor and is ideal for a family or for couples. This Washford cottage has two en-suite bedrooms, a modern fitted kitchen and a cosy sitting room with dining area and an inviting woodburning stove. With a separate sauna room and use of an outdoor swimming pool, this Washford cottage combines the original character of exposed beams and stone walls with modern living. Note: This cottage is next to ref 5487 and together they accommodate 13 people.


All ground floor. Two bedrooms: 1 x double with TV and en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC. Sauna room with shower and basin. Fitted kitchen. Sitting room with dining area, woodburning stove and patio doors to decking area.


  • Oil underfloor central heating with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, 3 x DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent, sauna charged via coin meter
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Private decking area with furniture and BBQ leading to shared pool area opening on to an accessible field
  • Sole use of sauna (coin operated)
  • Shared use of outdoor swimming pool (available 1st May - 1st October)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk (some walking on road, no pavement)
  • Note: There are outdoor steps and a stream in the grounds
  • Note: The drive at the property is only large enough to accommodate family-sized cars, up to people carriers
  • Note: As this property adjoins the owners' home, some bedrooms in the owners' home are above the bedrooms in The Retreat
  • Note: Please be aware that the other property on-site are dog and family friendly.

Guest Reviews


    • “A Fabulous Cottage for a Lovely Holiday”
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    • “This cottage is a wonderful base to explore this lovely part of Somerset. Every aspect of this cottage is very well appointed. The beds were extremely comfortable with each bedroom equipped with an en-suite bathroom. The kitchen has everything you would need. The living room has a great view to the pool and countryside beyond. There is an outdoor dining space just beyond the living room where we ate and cooked on the barbeque. The pool is heated and we enjoyed a swim every day. TV, DVD and wifi all great. The sauna room was a fabulous bonus. There is lots to do in the area. Our highlights were a day on the West Somerset (steam) Railway, Dunster Castle and Watchet Harbour. We also enjoyed travelling to Yatton (about an hour's drive away) and cycling down the Strawberry Line (a section of national cycle route 26 with very minimal time on public roads) - 9 miles to Cheddar Gorge. Thanks to Sarah, the owner, who was extremely welcoming and keen to help us make the most of our stay. We would love to return one day.”

    Gareth C, Barnet, United Kingdom, August 2014

    • “A memorable holiday.....”
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    • “The cottage and its location were truly wonderful. Although situated on a busy B road the rear of the property had unbroken open aspect. Sarah the owner was really friendly and available yet not intrusive. The cottage was furnished to a very high standard and the beds extremely comfortable. The kitchen, while small, was very well equipped although could have done with a few more knives, we always seemed to run out before the dishwasher was full! We also missed a full length mirror but these are minor niggles and did not detract from what was a lovely holiday. The pool was a nice touch especially as we had such wonderful weather, however, we did realise that it could have been a totally different experience. The other holiday let also shared the pool and if they had used it we would not have had the privacy and peace that we enjoyed during our stay (the other cottage sleeps 9 people). That said it would be ideal for a large party who were renting both properties. The White Horse pup was a mile walk away and we had a nice meal in there one evening. Also check out the Kitnor Tea Rooms at Bossington. The location is ideal for exploring this beautiful area.”

    Jandst1, Warrington, United Kingdom, June 2014

    • “Fabulous accommodation!”
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    • “Our group consisted of my partner and I, our 6-month old baby and my partner's 85-year-old mother. She is not very stable on her feet, so it was important that we chose a property that was easily accessible with few steps. The Retreat appealed because it was on one level and both bedrooms had en suite. There were a few steps down to the front door from the driveway, but they were manageable. The furnishings and decor are superb and the beds were super comfy. Travel cot and high chair were provided for baby, which meant we didn't have to squeeze those into the car as well! (Remember your own bedding for the travel cot). The pool area looked nice, but far too chilly for a rainy mid-march. However when it is in use there would not be much privacy in the lounge area, unless you had the blinds down. My partner used the sauna which was fantastic and a nice added extra not usually found in a holiday rental. The owners were lovely and welcoming and we loved the welcome tray with tea (including milk) and biscuits provided. Would highly recommend The Retreat and an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area, including Dunster Castle and Village, the West Somerset Steam Railway, Torre Cider Farm, and Exmoor, to name a few.”

    Boopboopbidoo, United Kingdom, April 2014

    • “Couldn't have been better.”
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    • “We have visited this area before and were looking forward to another stay. From the Retreat there was easy access to the Quantock Hills, unspoilt northern Somerset coast and Exmoor and further afield if we had had more time. There are plenty of opportunities for walking just a short drive/steam train ride away and although we didn't use the buses they seemed to run on a fairly regular basis. The property was just as advertised, spotlessly clean and well maintained and the swimming pool was a bonus. The owner was friendly and welcoming and we would certainly like to return one day - even possibly with a group of friends to stay in the larger adjoining house.”

    RosemaryroS, Bern, Switzerland, September 2013

    • “Excellant”
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    • “The Cottage is excellent with everything you require & the sauna is a brilliant addition. It is ideally positioned for all the coastal attractions & scenery. Sarah the owner was very helpful in recommending the places to go & where to eat. We will certainly stay again in the future. Thank you Derek & Pauline & mum who thinks it was perfect.”

    Devany_12, Leigh, United Kingdom, June 2012

    • “Delightful experience”
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    • “Welcoming hosts at a charming and well equipped venue. Easy access to some wonderful countryside and interesting jaunts. What a pleasure to hear the toot of the Steam Train and see the smoke in the distance from the West Somerset Railway...rolled back the years! A wonderful spot for small or larger groups.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Cardiff, May 2012

    • “The best birthday ever, spent with friends”
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    • “We booked the retreat at the end of February to celebrate my 70TH birthday. Our two lifelong friends came with us. The weather was superb but nothing could have surpassed the comfort and amenities in the cottage. Sara and Marco were so friendly and helpful and they provided lots of information on places which would interest us. The steam train and Dunster castle, grounds and the medieval village are not to be missed. We also thoroughly enjoyed the walk from Washford to watched, along the old mineral line. I can't think of anything to dislike about this holiday. It was more than 5*. Thank you so much.”


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    • “The property was beautiful, it was spotless and had everything we needed. The sauna and swimming pool made it a perfect holiday home.”

    Mr Elliott, Carshalton, September 2015

    • “A fantastic cottage in beautiful surroundings, the owner was very pleasant! Highly recommended and we will be booking with you again in the future; several friends want the cottage details too. Many thanks.”

    Miss Burrows, Nottingham, June 2015

    • “The sauna & pool area were fantastic, the whole cottage is first rate and local to Minehead & Taunton for shopping. We enjoyed the rest & relaxation so spent much of our time lazing at the cottage. I used the sauna every day, which was 5 star, the entire place was great & we hope to return next year. Also, the hosts were most welcoming, even their dog was super friendly.”

    Miss Shepherd, Dartford, September 2014

    • “My teenage granddaughter loved the swimming pool and sauna! The owners were very friendly & accommodating and able to advise places of interest that were accessible by public transport. The beds were very comfortable and all linen was lovely and clean. It was a lovely place to relax but with plenty to do if you so wished and was suitable for ALL age groups. In fact, we enjoyed it so much we are going to book again for next year.”

    Mrs Marshall, Plumstead, September 2014

    • “We had the most amazing time, it was very relaxing and we felt at home. Would love to visit again soon.”

    Mr Hatton, Milton Keynes, August 2014

    • “We really liked the location of the cottage, field at the rear of the property, swimming pool and sauna.”

    Mr Hughes, Malpas, August 2014

    • “This was the third time that we have stayed at The Retreat. We love it!”

    Mrs Pavier, Nottingham, August 2014

    • “Beautiful accommodation close to the Exmoor National Park, good as starting point for extended pub and fell walks.”

    Mr Klapp, Ottersberg, December 2013

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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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