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Bodkin Cottage

(Ref. 1103732)

Dunster, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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74 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved the cottage, everything you could imagine needing was provided and it is in a beautiful area."

    Dunster village is delightful and there are many great walks in the area. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2024

  • "The cottage was very cosy, especially for the first night of our two night stay as we lit the log burner."

    We thought there would be some more logs in the outside store, alas no, so we were not able to enjoy the luxury of a cosy fire on night two. The beds were extremely comfortable as were the two chairs in the lounge, but the sofa was not the most comfy.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Mar 2024

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Bodkin Cottage."

    It was warm, welcoming and well equipped. The owner is really kind and thoughtful, sending useful information before our stay. It has an excellent location in Dunster village where there are cafes, restaurants and a well stocked delicatessen. We found it was a perfect base for walking.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely little cottage with all that you need for holiday."

    Private parking is not available but on street parking is certainly not an issue in low season. The bells from the church behind us, we felt were charming and enhanced our stay in lovely dunster .

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Jan 2024

  • "We stayed over the New Year."

    The cottage felt very homely and welcoming. It is well equipped, spacious and we loved having use of the log burner. Within easy walking distance to various cafes and pubs of Dunster (including gin distillery!) Short drive to beaches and Minehead for supermarkets etc. We found we were always able to park outside or just up the road. Lots of dog friendly walks also. Owners were friendly and efficient. Lovely stay all in all - even with all the rain!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cosy very clean cottage."

    Very well equipped. Really enjoyed my stay here. Would most definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Warm cosy cottage well equipped."

    Parking can be a challenge at times. Dunster beautiful ,good dog walking and plenty to visit . NT castle fascinating .

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2023

  • "We felt really comfortable a home from home, the bells were not a problem as the church is at the back of the cottage and the bedroom is at the front."

    Parking is a bit difficult at times, just be aware of school pick-up and drop off. The wood burner was great, everything you needed for a lovely stay. Thank you Scott for the useful info you sent us. Jayne & Pete Roddis

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Bodkin cottage."

    We were fortunate to have fantastic sunny weather. The location is perfect for anyone coming by public transport, the local buses are excellent. And if you’re lucky enough to have a bus pass you can go all the way to Lynmouth and back on the open top bus for free! Plenty of wonderful walks straight from the front door. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped and quiet. And we miss hearing the church bells now we are back home.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely little old cottage in a great location in the centre of Dunster itself."

    Great walks just outside the front door with helpful notes from the owners to follow. As previous reviews have said parking can sometimes be a bit tricky but we always managed to find somewhere. Courtyard garden is tiny and doesn't get much sun so we didn't use it much, if you want somewhere outside to sit or for dogs to sit this one isn't for you. Tasty cake and milk provided on arrival which is always a nice touch. Beds comfy. The church bells ring every 15 minutes but this didn't bother us, we got used to it quite quickly.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Sep 2023

  • "Excellent location in the village, close to all amenities."

    Cottage had all the basics for our stay. No allocated parking ( this is mentioned in the description) We found we had to park away from the cottage when returning late evening- a bit of a pain with two dogs and bags Very small paved courtyard at the back- not really suitable for dogs.

    Reviewed by Linda3.8Aug 2023

  • "I have stayed at Bodkin Cottage previously,and wS happy to return."

    It's in the centre of the village. Also love the church bells, if you're someone who moans about the bells 'don't go to a country village '. Dunster is a credit to the locals, no McDonalds, Burger King,Pizza or Kebabs Shops, just three great pubs, restaurants and coffee shops. We love ❤️ it that way. If you want bright lights go somewhere else.

    Reviewed by Patrick4.4Aug 2023

  • "Dog friendly and very well equipped cottage, a real find in a stunning part of the world."

    Reviewed by Allyson5.0Aug 2023

  • "We loved staying here, it felt home from Home, we felt very relaxed and had everything we needed, it was light and airy and just what we needed!"

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in good location in village."

    Pubs, cafes & restaurants all within walking distance.

    Reviewed by Clifton5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage with well equipped kitchen and accommodation."

    Cottage exactly as stated on website. Dunster is a truly beautiful village and the cottage provides an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. There are also lots of stunning walks close by, so plenty to do with if you have four legged friends. Really thoughtful touch from owners as well in providing milk and cake for our arrival, and also leaving biscuits for our two dogs. Thank you! Only downside to our stay was that it went too quickly.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Bodkin and, the slight hiccup we had, Scott dealt with immediately."

    The location is perfect for anyone looking for great walks and the village is stunning Thoroughly recommend this to friends and families

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage great location good base for getting around the area would definitely go back"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, clean and comfortable."

    Lovely welcome cake. Very convenient location for exploring exmoor.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful Dunster"

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2023

  • "Bodkin was a perfect cottage for us and the and the dogs."

    Well equipped, comfortable and tasteful, the cottage was great to come back to after a long day walking. Being close to the village centre made it easy for dining out or going for a drink.

    Mr Adrian CardenSep 2022

  • "Cottage has everything you could need and is very comfortable."

    There is lots of helpful local area information provided. Really is welcoming for dogs too. A great place to stay. Thank you.

    Miss Wendy LawrenceAug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in wonderful medieval village Property has all that is needed to ..."

    Lovely cottage in wonderful medieval village Property has all that is needed to make a great holiday The whole village is also very dog friendly Would differently book again

    Mr Phil BennettJul 2022

  • "Cosy and comfortable character cottage, located at the heart of the pretty village of Dunster."

    The cottage is beautifully furnished throughout, and kitted out with everything we could possibly need - a real home from home. The huge bathroom has a view across to the ancient church and there's a little courtyard too. There are many lovely walks from the cottage so we didn't need to use the car all week. We'd love to return again

    Mrs Angela ChappleJul 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage with a lovely little Court yard and beautiful kitchen ..."

    Beautiful little cottage with a lovely little Court yard and beautiful kitchen and bathroom me and my family had a lovely stay

    Mr Nicolas PassJul 2022

  • "Bodkin Cottage is a delightful cottage and I would recommend to anyone, and I would certainly like to go back there."

    Mrs Hilary RodgersJun 2022

  • "Our 6th visit to Bodkin Cottage, so I think that says it all!"

    Mrs Rosie HarrisMay 2022

  • "Bodkin Cottage was a lovely place to stay."

    Ideal location to visit different places. Everything that you could possibly need was provided in the cottage. Will definitely be returning.

    Joanne StringerMar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Everything provided for a great stay

    Mr Anthony WardMar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Had everything we could need in a lovely location. Loads of dog walks from the cottage and Dunster beach is great. Only downside, if you are a light sleeper, is the church bells that ring every 15 minutes day and night.

    Mr Neil MessenbirdFeb 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Bodkin cottage."

    We hope to come back again. Thanks mark Becky

    Mr Mark VincentDec 2021

  • "Bodkin cottage is absolutely beautiful."

    It is spotlessly clean and has everything that you could possibly need. This was our fourth stay at Bodkin cottage and hope very much that we shall be back in the new year.

    Mrs Patricia HobbsDec 2021

  • "This was our second visit and won't be our last."

    The cottage is beautiful, clean and well positioned within the stunning medieval village of Dunster. There are numerous delightful walks from the door and the surrounding area has much to explore.

    Mrs Sarah CleeOct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, only issue was parking."

    Well equipped and tidy throughout.

    Mrs Patricia RigbyJul 2021

  • "This was a really comfy, home from home cottage, presented very well, clean and tidy."

    Kitchen has everything you need but there is no freezer section in the fridge. Bedding and towels provided were clean and smelt lovely. The rooms are well spaced. There really is no phone signal in the cottage but the WiFi is very good. Parking is a bit hit and miss but there was always a space not too far away. Great walks right from the door. At the moment you have to think ahead about eating out in the evening, there are some very good nearby eateries but you need to book. The cottage is really well placed for so many things to do, be that on the coast or on the moor. We would definitely recommend the cottage and would definitely return.

    Mrs Sandra AldersonJul 2021

  • "We say exceeded expectations because that is what it really was the first time we visited Bodkin Cottage."

    It is also why we have now returned three times. It is such a cosy, well equipped bolt-hole for two, situated in a superb village with lots of good eating places and so near the beautiful surrounding countryside. What more could one ask for?

    Mr David FosterJun 2021

  • "We loved the cottage."

    It was beautiful, spotlessly clean, warm and very well equipped. It is well located within Dunster with a friendly pub around the corner and many stunning walks straight from the door: into the hills with wonderful views across the valleys or to the coastline or along the coast itself. We would very much like to visit again.

    Mrs Sarah CleeOct 2020

  • "This was a return visit to Bodkin cottage and it was as lovely as before."

    Mrs Jacqueline EdwardsSep 2020

  • "We've stayed in this cottage many times and find it matches our needs perfectly"

    Mr Leslie AlbistonAug 2020

  • "One of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    Lovely treats left for us and our dog. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners. Would highly recommend Bodkin cottage.

    Mrs Tina MithamDec 2019

  • "Another fabulous week in Bodkin Cottage the lovely welcome pack."

    Explored the lovely area again lots of cream teas & treats !!! We would recommend this cottage and area not anyone and look forward to coming back soon.

    Mrs Joy RoweNov 2019

  • "Had an amazing few days stay in Bodkin Cottage, conveniently situated to walk to the main street/castle in Dunster, various pubs within short walking distance of cottage for evening dinner/drinks."

    The cottage itself is lovely. Parking is difficult in Dunster, due to the fact the roads are so narrow, however we used Bodkin Cottage as a base to explore surrounding areas, travelling as far as Ilfracombe and Cheddar Gorge and no matter what time we arrived back at the cottage we never had a problem parking near it. Would thoroughly recommend staying here, lovely cottage, beautiful part of the world.

    Mrs Sue PetittJul 2019

  • "The cottage was extremely welcoming after a long journey."

    It was warm and cosy. A welcome note complete with tea, coffee and cake laid out on a tray was also greatly appreciated. It is small touches like this that make the beginning of a break relaxing. I felt the price of the cottage was about right due to the location and proximity to the centre of the village. I would book again with Sykes Cottages and for Bodkin Cottage too.

    Mrs Tracey TateMay 2019

  • "A very comfortable, welcoming, cottage we felt at home immediately."

    Everything was catered for including dog treats. We would definitely recommend and look forward to having a return visit.

    Miss Janet WebbMar 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage everything spotless in a fantastic location loved it thank you Sykes."

    Mrs Marian EwenMar 2019

  • "Always wonderful!"


    Mrs Liz PrescottFeb 2019

  • "Bodkin Cottage is perfectly situated in the lovely town of Dunster, the cottage is like a home from home, comfortable and spacious."

    Everything you need is supplied in the well kitted out kitchen, and a lovely courtyard to sit in if the weather permits. With books, tv, maps ( which were very useful ) in the living room, and plenty of storage in the bedroom, this cottage is a little gem.

    Mrs Mary JonesSep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage easy walk into Dunster & lots of walking from the Door Nice food at the Stags head just around the corner"

    Mr Colin PriorSep 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Bodkin Cottage."

    We came back for a longer visit having had such a great time just over two months ago. As we opened the door it was all was as great as we had remembered. Rather like coming back to a well loved home. Again we found lots to do in and around Dunster and took advantage of the wide variety of places in the village to have an evening meal. And of course the cottage is very well equipped for cooking "at home". We expect to be coming back again.

    Mr David FosterAug 2018

  • "Dunster is the most beautiful, dog & human friendly small town!"

    Streets are the cleanest I've ever seen with a great variety of quality shops. Bodkin Cottage is an excellent base for holidays in this area. Didn't even need to move the car as we just walked down to Dunster Steep to catch the 28 bus to Minehead. The steam train is a really different day out which we loved. Lots going on every day or you can happily lose an afternoon fossil hunting (very successfully) at Quantoxhead (St Audries).

    Mrs Shirley MortimerAug 2018

  • "Another great stay in Bodkin Cottage with a good location to many place's and Ideal for anyone who loves walking with many walks in the area and beyond."

    Mr Ronald SellarsJul 2018

  • "A very welcoming well appointed holiday cottage in a fascinating little town."

    Mr Paul PartingtonJun 2018

  • "Great location with plenty of local walks and interesting Dunster Castle on the doorstep."

    Cosy, well equipped cottage in the heart of the village provided us with everything we needed for our stay including a welcome cake and drinks on arrival. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere experienced everywhere we went ensured we will return to the area in the future and would stay at Bodkin Cottage again.

    Mr Nigel BucklandMay 2018

  • "Our second visit to Bodkin Cottage in Dunster."

    Lovely well equipped cottage in a beautiful village location.

    Mr Paul SmithSep 2017

  • "Bodkin Cottage was the perfect base for our break in Exmoor."

    Close to lots of walks, things to do/see and amenities, Dunster is a great location, plenty of pubs and tea shops for dinner and cream tea options! The cottage itself was great, very well equipped, cosy, very clean, comfortable bed and had everything you could possibly need and want for a home-from-home. Our dog was very well catered for too, with bowls, treats and towels left out for her, nice touch. We were frequent Dartmoor visitors, but we\'ve fallen in love with Dunster and Exmoor, so this will be the first of many visits!

    Mrs Rosie HarrisOct 2016

  • "Excellent comfortable accommodation - very welcoming."

    Our second visit and we hope tone back next year

    Mrs Elizabeth GodwinSep 2016

  • "Beautifully presented cottage in gorgeous town"

    Mr Brandon CritchellAug 2016

  • "Only minus point about the property is local parking."

    As it was the last week of the school term there were a few school functions.Making it difficult to park nearby.Otherwise excellent.

    Mr Joseph BoydellJul 2016

  • "Always a super holiday, property was of a super standard."

    Customer service excellent, highly recommended

    Mrs Liz PrescottMay 2016

  • "This was our second visit to Bodkin Cottage and we thoroughly enjoyed it."

    Its so very comfortable and the location is perfect, especially with the dog, who loved the long walks straight out of the door.

    Mrs Sarah NokeApr 2016

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage, could not have wished for more!"

    Mr Mathew WalklateApr 2016

  • "Our second visit and we had another wonderful relaxing break."

    A smashing area and Bodkin Cottage was just as pleasant as last year.

    Derek GloverSep 2015

  • "Bodkin cottage is clean and comfortable."

    it is tastefully decorated throughout and you are provided with everything that you need for your stay. being in a quiet lane near the centre of dunster, it is ideally located and there are plenty of good walks in the immediate area.

    Mrs Susan ChiversJul 2015

  • "This was a delightful cottage."

    Much care and thought has gone into making it comfortable and welcoming with some extra little touches that made it, possibly, the nicest cottage we have yet been to. We will definitely be returning and have already recommended it to our friends. The village location is perfect and with excellent walks straight out of the front door we hardly needed to move the car.

    Mrs Sarah NokeMar 2015

  • "Bodkin cottage is everything you could wish for in a holiday cottage."

    Warm, cosy and very high quality which makes for a comfortable and delightful stay.

    Mrs Julie DrakeNov 2014

  • "Super service!"

    Professional throughout

    Mrs Liz PrescottOct 2014

  • "This was our second visit to this delightful cottage, tastefully furnished and well equipped with good quality equipment, nothing has been overlooked."

    A perfect cottage in a perfect location which we plan to visit again as we now know all the great dog walks ,the best restaurants and the best place to stay.

    Mrs Jane SircombeSep 2014

  • "Bodkin Cottage is well-equipped and spacious and has a lovely enclosed courtyard."

    Dunster is an ideal base for exploring Exmoor and the Quantocks.

    Mr John MasonJul 2014

  • "Bodkin Cottage is beautiful - the most comfortable and well equipped place we've stayed in."

    A home away from home.

    Miss Catherine CooleMay 2014

  • "My nine year old daughter and I spent a lovely week at Bodkin Cottage."

    The cottage is a perfect place from which to explore the wonderful surrounding countryside. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Absolutely perfect!

    Ms Shelley SafariApr 2014

  • "An absolutely stunning house with everything you would possibly need for a stay in lovely Dunster."

    Mr Chris StruttDec 2013

  • "We stayed at bodkin cottage for my wifes birthday and our wedding anniversary."

    it has been the best holiday we have had,

    Mr Gary TolhurstJul 2013

  • "We spent a lovely new year at bodkin cottage the church bells and fireworks at ..."

    We spent a lovely new year at bodkin cottage the church bells and fireworks at midnight made it feel special lots of places to visit nearby

    Mrs Julie SpencerDec 2012

  • "My wife, daughter and I could not have been more pleased with the charm and comfort of Bodkin Cottage."

    It's well situated and handsomely appointed and made our winter holiday a wonderful stay. we hope to be back soon.

    Mr Greg RikhoffDec 2012

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  • One family room with double and single bed
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Enclosed courtyard garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome (£25 charge per week for 2nd dog)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, beach 2.7 miles
  • Note: Steep traditional cottage stairs, please take care
  • Note: Church clock chimes (beautifully) each quarter hour, day and night
  • Note: This property does not accept children under 5, due to the steep stairs.

The property

Set in the heart of Dunster is this endearing, end of terrace cottage, Bodkin Cottage.

Beautifully presented with character features throughout, Bodkin Cottage welcomes families seeking a traditional abode in North Somerset.

Head up the steps through the stable door into the sitting room, complete with flagstone flooring, rug and a traditional woodburning stove, it’s a homely spot to gather your thoughts after a long day.

As hunger strikes, step into the well-appointed kitchen and prepare a hearty dish, making use of the appliances on offer, before settling down at the dining table and toasting a long-awaited break.

Venture upstairs and find the bedroom, hosting a double and single bed, whilst the bathroom provides a choice of bath and shower over so you can best decide how to prepare for the day.

Head outside and enjoy a moment within the enclosed courtyard, complete with furniture where you can settle to enjoy a morning coffee.

The village of Dunster is filled with charm as well as offering plenty of quirky gift shops and grocery stores where you can grab any essentials.

When you fancy a night away from the kitchen, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to sample, whilst you can learn more about the area through the buildings, including the iconic Yarn Market, the remains of a Benedictine priory, a working watermill and Iron Age settlements.

Hop in the car and take a short drive to Watchet, home to a pretty harbour, or head west to Porlock, boasting picturesque moorland and rivers along with the rugged coastline of West Somerset.

Choose Bodkin Cottage and experience the best of this Somerset location.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Minehead 3 miles.

Dunster is a popular tourist village near the North Somerset coast and is a largely unspoiled spot: the centre of the town retains many old buildings which hug the winding cobbled streets. The whole village is dominated by the castle on its hill but the focal point of the High Street is the picturesque Yarn Market, a covered area built in 1609 particularly to accommodate the wool traders and other cloth merchants. Inside Dunster castle there are fine plasterwork ceilings and the extensive terraced and landscaped gardens contain many rare shrubs and trees, and offer marvelous views out to sea, and towards the Quantocks. For those who enjoy exploring the countryside, Dunster is within the Exmoor National Park and there are plenty of footpaths leading onto the surrounding hills of Grabbist and walks into Dunster’s Deer Park at the foot of the castle. Dunster is well served with traditional inns, individual shops and interesting places to explore including the working 18th century watermill. West Somerset’s premier resort of Minehead is less than three miles away and has golden sandy beaches, seaside attractions for the visitor, and plenty of cafes, shops and bistros.

Note: This property does not accept children under 5, due to the steep stairs.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas