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The Well House Cottage

(Ref. 915415)

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "The Well House Cottage was peaceful, clean, well maintained, well equipped and with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside."

    Watchet village was just a 10 minute walk away or 45 minutes if you wanted a walk in the countryside and along the mineral line. The cottage was a great base for exploring the area with plenty of places to visit and things to do. Our hosts Sally Anne and Amanda were very friendly and helpful making sure we had everything we needed and provided us with some good information on the area. We thoroughly enjoyed our week here and hope to go back again in the future.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2024

  • "A beautiful, very well equipped cottage (great welcome pack thank you) with the comfiest beds ever!"

    Views from the lounge were stunning, a real ‘birds eye view’. There were great walks straight from the door across the fields to the sea and beyond or to and from quaint little villages. Dunster castle and Blue Anchor beach were our personal highlights. Thank you for a fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage --our 2nd visit so know area well --lovely welcoming pack of ..."

    Lovely cottage --our 2nd visit so know area well --lovely welcoming pack of food--a few changes made since we last came which was good--and spotlessly clean--highlight of our holiday was cleveden - worth a visit-- all in all a lovely stay thankyou

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Sep 2023

  • "Amanda was most welcoming and couldn’t do enough for us."

    The cottage was well maintained, in a really delightful setting and in spite of the really diabolical weather we really enjoyed ourselves. The icing on the cake was watching a deer in the adjacent field whilst we were having breakfast on our last morning.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was a very comfortable cottage away from the centre of Watchet, but ideal because there were varied walks to get there taking from 10 minutes to 45 minutes, but if you didn't want to walk there seemed to be plenty of parking."

    Wonderful views of the surrounding farmland and the steam train could be seen travelling through the valley below.

    Reviewed by Geraldine4.1Jul 2023

  • "Great stay at this characterful cottage."

    Situated well for exploring the area. Comfortable inside with spacious bedrooms and homely kitchen/dining & sitting room area, with tremendous views over the hills. Everything set out well to use and lots of info provided about things to do, walks etc. The outside space is great, quiet, with a patio with dining area and garden with more seating and is spectacular to sit out and enjoy the scenery. Only downside is that if you are eating and drinking outside it involves bringing everything down the stairs as the kitchen is upstairs, which may not be convenient for everyone.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely property set in a quiet peaceful location with amazing views of the countryside."

    We were very comfortable and had everything we needed. Amanda and Sally Anne are lovely and made us feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2023

  • "Well House Cottage provided us with the perfect base for this beautiful and largely unspoilt part of Somerset."

    Convenient for Exmoor and the West Somerset/North Devon Coast. It's only a 10 minute walk, on footpaths, down to the charming little port of Watchet with a variety of local shops plus the railway station on the West Somerset heritage line. Situated down a quiet lane, the Well House garden is a peaceful retreat for wildlife enthusiasts. While Exmoor & Dunkery Beacon is a wonderful backdrop for the evening BBQ. Amanda and Sally-Anne provided a useful welcome pack on arrival and were on hand nearby if help or assistance was needed. All in all - A Brilliant stay.

    Reviewed by Len5.0Jun 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay very much here."

    Particularly loved the views from the cottage and enjoyed the various walks down to Watchet. The cottage is well placed for those who like the quiet and walks on the doorstep. Our hostess was quick to help us if we had a query and friendly. A welcome food pack was also left for us. The rooms were comfortable and there are lots of books and local information provided. We loved the serene position of this cottage and the scenery can be enjoyed from a private garden.

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with great views."

    Very peaceful and relaxing. Lots to do in the area. The owners made sure that we were comfortable as the weather had turned cooler. There was a nice welcome pack on arrival too. Would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Sep 2022

  • "September 22."

    It was freezing in the house once the sun went down. There is only cheap thin plastic conservatory roofing in the main living room of the house which is ridiculous. We left a day early as it was just so cold. The heating instructions are "do not touch" which is fine and we didn't but, suspect any heat would escape through the roof anyway. Very clean, great location but spoilt by cost cutting.

    hi Jacqueline, thank you very much for your positive comments about the cleanliness of the cottage and the lovely location. Regarding the roof, it was in fact standard construction for a conservatory built about 20 years ago by the previous owner. If you look at all the other customer comments no-one else has mentioned this as an issue that affected their holiday . You did meet the caretaker, who lives next door, twice so it is a pity that you did not mention to her that you felt cold because she would have arranged for the heating settings to be changed to ensure your comfort. I am pleased to tell you that the roof has been replaced this week with conventional timber and slate so is no longer a conservatory but an ordinary room. The description on Sykes' website and new photos will follow soon once redecoration has taken place. I would be very pleased to welcome you back another time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.4Sep 2022

  • "A lovely stay at The Wellhouse Cottage."

    Managed to accommodate two generations, elders had mobility issues so slept downstairs. Kitchen well equipped. Beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a wonderful location."

    Spacious and very comfortable. Loads to do in the area, lovely walks, some from the cottage. Amanda and Sallyann really helpful and friendly. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Sep 2022

  • "The setting of The Wellhouse is beautiful with lovely views."

    It was very clean, and there was a generous welcome pack on arrival. We were lucky enough to have super weather and found the conservatory very warm. Some lovely walks and places to visit nearby. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2022

  • "Had a wonderful Easter week at this lovely property."

    Weather was kind to us & to sit outside , listen to the birds and watch the steam railway go past was a joy. Cannot praise this cottage enough. Very clean, well stocked with kitchen equipment. Lovely walk down to Watchet , steep hill back but a good excuse for ice cream! Would not hesitate to recommend to friends and family .

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very comfortable and quiet cottage tucked away beside a lovely church."

    It is within easy walking distance of Watchet and only a short drive to other beaches and attractions. The very clean cottage has everything you need in the modern kitchen. There are 3 comfortable beds with lots of pillows and cushions. The panoramic views from the upstairs lounge are great as well as those from the terrace. We saw lots of birds and the West Somerset Railway train in the distance. The weather was exceptionally good for March too. It is a lovely place to relax.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2022

  • "Well house cottage was simply beautiful."

    . stunning views, relaxed atmosphere and our hosts were kind, friendly and always had a smile . Well equipped house making our stay easy and very comfortable. I adored the garden and the gorgeous views it gave me .. listening to and watching the steam train glide by was a particular favourite of mine . Book it I know you will love it ..

    Reviewed by Nichola5.0Aug 2021

  • "A great base from which to explore this beautiful area."

    The cottage was comfortable and spacious and the views from the house and garden were amazing.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Jun 2021

  • "The Well House cottage has everything you need for a perfect holiday -including two very comfortable king-size beds - but the highlight for us were the unbroken and far reaching countryside views from the conservatory and enjoying a glass of wine in the garden whilst watching the most beautiful sunsets."

    This property definitely has the 'wow' factor.

    Reviewed by Sindy5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely clean cottage, all COVID safe, excellent location, very quiet behind the church with fabulous views."

    Good sized rooms, comfy beds, lots of attention to detail.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0May 2021

  • "We had a beautiful week at Well House cottage I didn't want to leave."

    A wonderful retreat after a stressful year. The views are amazing and lovely dark skys at night for star gazing. The cottage is full of character warm and comfortable. We had everything we needed for our stay.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2020

  • "Excellent, well needed break after 2 failed holidays so far this year!"

    Views from the lounge are terrific and both the wildlife and the weather were surprisingly cooperative! Hadn’t realised what fascinating history there is in Watchet. Particularly enjoyed fossil spotting in Helwell Bay. So much to see in the area that a week simply isn’t enough.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Well House provided us with excellent accommodation."

    The owner Amanda gave us very helpful information prior to arrival and the caretaker SallyAnn kept contact by phone which was very thoughtful.The cottage has amazing views from the lounge.The bedrooms are very spacious.It is in a lovely area having many walks from the doorstep and is also a very good base for visiting Exmoor the Quantocks and the coast. We really enjoyed our time here and would thoroughly recommend this property.V&R

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Sep 2020

  • "The holiday cottage met all our expectations especially during these difficult times."

    The cottage was extremely well presented and the owners were available whenever we required to speak with them. The views from the watchtower living room provided us with magnificent views over the countryside and the position of the cottage meant we were able to carry out walks from the front door of the cottage. There is no doubt that we will visit this cottage again in the future. A lovely break that we were all requiring.

    Reviewed by Glenda5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was very quiet, with wonderful views across the valley from the terrace - we could even see Dunkery Beacon!"

    It was very well equipped and comfortable, and we much enjoyed our stay. Our hosts, Amanda and Sallyann, were very attentive and made sure that we had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2020

  • "The walk down to the town is not to bad but coming back is a bit tough for pensioners !"

    !! no lighting on the path !!!

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great Cottage, Great Views, Great Host (really helpfull and available when advice required)."

    Fantastic and relaxed family holiday, lovely walks into Watchet, we didn't need the 3 televisions in the cottage, would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Would definitely recommend The Well House Cottage for a holiday."

    Really lovely and comfortable cottage, lovely furnished. It had fabulous views. A nice enclosed garden, it was very quiet with it being tucked away behind the church. We would definitely stop here again no question. We enjoyed our stay at Well House and was sad to leave for home. Watchet is a lovely place with a nice harbour, only 10 to 15 minute walk from the house so no need to worry about parking, there are 3 different walks down although we only did 2 of them. The museum is worth a visit as is the fish and chip shop near the harbour. Hope to come back again in the future.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had the best time."

    House was perfect, couldn’t fault it. Spotless and well equipped. Garden was lovely and we never tired of the views. Easy walk into Watchet, we did the more direct route but also the longer route recommended by Sally-Ann and Amanda. They were fab hosts with great advice. After a stressful and busy few months, this break was the perfect tonic. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2020

  • "We spent an extremely relaxing week in the Well House over the New Year, and were very impressed with the quality of welcome from the owners and readiness of the house."

    It was an extremely comfortable set-up for our family of four, and a great location for exploring the delights of Exmoor and the surrounding area. The hosts were generous to a fault with their time, and always available in case we had any questions - not that there were many, given the comprehensive info sent in advance to help us prepare for our holiday. Overall, a major success, and we would strongly recommend this property to anyone looking for a holiday base in W Somerset!

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2019

  • "This was a beautifully cottage in lovely surroundings the cottage was clean with extremely comfortable beds everything you needed was there."

    No-one bothered you unless you asked. Lovely people we will return.

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Oct 2019

  • "A truly beautiful cottage."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our time there - especially watching the steam train run along the valley. Very helpful and pleasant owners too. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Oct 2019

  • "A clean and well equipped cottage with friendly but non intrusive hosts."

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Sep 2019

  • "Really good location to the harbour."

    Can get about without having to use your car. The bedroom was fantastic so roomy and cool and the bed was so comfortable. The owners were very friendly and helpful.Would definitely stay there again if we went to that area again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2019

  • "A wonderfully secluded location but also close to Watchet and Minehead, well appointed with furnishing, and satellite TV, and a really comfortable double bed!"

    The oven was easy to work, and the kitchen was well appointed, the upstairs Conservatory had panoramic views across the surrounding countryside, and the Owners were very attentive.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "Amanda & Sallyann was so friendly& helpful."

    The place was so quiet & peaceful. Lovely church very close. Watchet was very good. Minehead only 9 miles away, nice park & good places to stop for coffee. Janice.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0May 2019

  • "Great house in a fantastic location, nicely decorated and finished."

    Bedrooms were spacious and comfortable - Overall a great stay, thanks

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Apr 2019

  • "Garden is not completely private as we were requested to leave the gate open and one morning the gardener came through that way to the field behind."

    We did enjoy our stay and found the downstairs en- suite wonderfully comfy. The owners were very helpful dealing with our small problems immediately.They provided lots of leaflets and details of the area. We enjoyed Watchet harbour and found the shops adequate for food shopping. We also spent a pleasant afternoon in the museum.

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Mar 2019

  • "Although everything was clean and well presented the kitchen and living space are quite small for 5 people."

    Could really do with a proper freezer as the fridge only has an ice compartment. Definitely don't do a big online shop as there isn't enough storage space. Caretaker very friendly and helpful and soon sorted out our problem with the heating when we arrived

    Reviewed by Sandra4.1Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Very peaceful and quiet. Plenty of outside space for kids to play. Something that would be helpful would be some reflectors or light on the entrance posts by the road as coming back in the dark I missed the turn in most times. Also it’s listed as Wells cottage but the sign for the property says Wells house and we were not sure we were going to the correct property. Apart from these very very minor points we had a lovely time there and if we ever go to Watchet again we would return to Wells Cottage.

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Feb 2019

  • "Great location and a lovely place to stay."

    Bedrooms are huge and very comfortable. Living accommodation smallish but other than that, everything was really good.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Feb 2019

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, lovely views of the surrounding scenery and local wildlife from the sitting room windows."

    Plenty of walks accessible from the cottage.including 15 mins walk to Watchet and Williton. Owners are very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Aug 2018

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage."

    Nice surroundings and very peaceful. Owner is very friendly and helpful. Lounge and dinning area alittle small for six people but amenities good.

    Reviewed by Mandy4.1Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was light and comfortable with plenty of room, the beds very comfirtable."

    The kitchen was well equipped and everything was well laid out. The dining area was a little small, but 4 of us were comfortably seated. The patio area was a lovely place to sit catching the sun. Everything was exceptionally clean. We were quickly looked after when we needed clean bedding one evening and our hosts were friendly and helpful. The area around Watchet is beautiful and local amenities are easy to access and not being highly touristy.

    Reviewed by Jo4.1Jul 2018

  • "This was in a very lovely location, bedrooms were very large (one smaller), kitchen and lounge area small (ok for 2 people) , as mentioned kitchen small with a fold up kitchen table and chairs (not ideal)."

    Reviewed by David3.1Jun 2018

  • "This was a very comfortable cottage, part of a former rectory."

    15 Minute walk into Watchet and pubs /cafes. Owners are very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Apr 2018

  • "We've just returned from a lovely week in Well Cottage, the cottage is in the perfect location."

    Fantastic views from the lounge and kitchen over the countryside, where you can see the steam train passing through the trees and we even saw deer in the field behind the cottage one morning. It's a short walk down to Watchet, which had a week full of activies going on along the esplanade whilst we were there. The cottage itself is wonderful and has everything you could need for a self catering holiday. The owners, Amanda and SallyAnne, are brilliant and incredibly helpful. The batteries in the DVD handset needed replacing, I messaged them saying that it wasn't urgent but we had the replacement batteries within about 15 minutes!!! Very efficient. They have provided lots and lots of information in the cottage as to places to visit and a great map of Watchet.

    Reviewed by Melanie4.8Aug 2017

  • "House was lovely."

    Surroundings beautiful! It was very nice to travel around. Beds very good. It was clean. Beautiful church near the house. Common room: not enough comfortable chairs for 6 persons. And common room a little little, but enough. We have enjoyed the holiday and will recommend it to everybody.

    Reviewed by Immy4.6Jul 2017

  • "The cottage was perfect for us as a family with a very young baby who were visiting from London for a wedding at St."

    Audries. As it was November and we only had limited time we didn't have enough time to walk as much as we would have liked! The location was beautiful and we would definitely love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2016

  • "The owner was superb, good communication throughout."

    She was very friendly and helpful. The cottage was well equipped and in a good location. Only suggestion for improvement would be if there would be a way to provide a means of doing laundry

    Reviewed by Lisa4.8Aug 2016

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  • Mostly first floor: Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor super king-size double with Freeview TV, French doors to terrace and garden; en-suite shower, basin, WC and washing machine
  • 1 x first floor super king-size double with Freeview TV
  • 1 x double room
  • First floor bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • Separate first floor WC and basin
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with SKY TV with Chromecast streaming stick.
  • Gas central heating and hot water
  • Newly fitted kitchen
  • Electric oven, grill and ceramic hob, microwave, freezer, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher
  • 3 x TVs (one smart internet SKY TV), WiFi throughout the cottage
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off-road parking for two cars, additional parking close to the cottage
  • Secure bike storage
  • Enclosed lawned garden with a variety of furniture, gas barbecue and views of the Brendon, Quantock Hills, Exmoor and the West Somerset Steam Railway in the valley below
  • Shared use of seven acres of land for recreational activities on request
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 12 mins walk
  • Note: Smoking is not permitted in the property or in the grounds
  • Note: There is no chiming clock on the nearby church, however the bells do ring for about five minutes just before 10am on some Sundays.

The property

Watchet 0.75 miles.

This cottage has been listed in the Times 50 Best Places to Stay in the UK and it is easy to see why with its beautiful views towards Exmoor and the Brendon and Quantock Hills.

The cosy cottage forms part of a Georgian former rectory, situated down a quiet private lane next to the 13th century church of St Decuman on the outskirts of Watchet, a pretty coastal village in West Somerset.

This is an ideal base for friends or families looking to explore the spectacular coastline in this area.

You enter the cottage through its own private front door into a large entrance hall, whilst also on the ground floor is an en-suite super king-size double bedroom which boasts French doors leading to the garden offering fabulous views over Exmoor and the Washford River Valley.

The majority of the accommodation is on the first floor, with a super king-size double bedroom and a further double bedroom with a standard double bed.

There is also a bathroom, fitted kitchen, and a conservatory sitting room with stunning views over the beautiful surrounding countryside, with Exmoor, The Quantocks and Brendon Hills in the distance.

There is secluded off road parking and an enclosed, private lawned garden with wonderful views of the Brendon Hills and Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor.

It is an ideal spot in which to relax and unwind on a summer's evening.

Watchet is a charming little coastal village to explore, with its active marina, old port, Jurassic coastline with fossil beaches, quaint houses, pubs, restaurants and shops.

Alternatively, explore the many walks on offer in beautiful countryside and along the interesting coastline, or just sit on the Esplanade with a locally-brewed cider or locally-made ice cream!

The West Somerset Steam Railway line passes through Watchet, heading through the Vale of Taunton to the coastal town of Minehead, and visitors are charmed by the relaxed pace of the trains passing through beautiful surroundings.

The trains can be seen passing through the Washford River valley below the cottage.

Also within a couple of miles are The Quantock Hills with their stunning moorland and Exmoor National Park, home to 267 square miles of rural bliss with ancient oak woodlands in deep valleys, sweeping moorland with stunning views and an incredible rugged coastline, including the highest sea cliffs in England.

With so much to see and do within easy reach, this is a lovely base for a holiday in Somerset.

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About the location


Minehead 9 miles.

Watchet is a delightful, small Somerset harbour town with a maritime history going back over two millennia, where visitors may enjoy the variety of quaint shops on offer and watch the boats in the marina. Watchet attracts railway enthusiasts from all around, as The West Somerset Railway, twenty miles of preserved steam railway, passes through Watchet and continues through stunning scenery to the coastal town of Minehead, approximately nine miles away. There are superb walks along the coast from Watchet, while towards St Audries in the east, the Quantock Hills rise to 1,000 feet above the sea and the Brendon Hills and Exmoor are to the west, within easy reach. Explore the many pretty coastal and inland villages including Porlock, with its steep hill and pretty winding streets, Dunster with its dramatic castle perched above the historic village and the busy resort of Minehead with its sandy beach, golf course and traditional seaside attractions. This is an excellent choice of holiday destination for rural beauty, dramatic coastline and splendid walking.

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