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The Gardens

(Ref. 1049668)

Goathurst near North Petherton, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Really lovely holiday cottage and would happily stay there again and recommend to others!"

    Great communication from owner, advising us about a couple of things, also happy to help with lighting wood burner. Children loved seeing the sheep and feeding the chickens. Has everything you could possibly need for a really comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2023

  • "My usual gripes when staying away are clutter, lack of space and uncomfortable beds."

    No problem with these at the gardens - 100% for all three.

    Reviewed by George4.7Sep 2023

  • "We cannot rate "The Gardens" highly enough, the cottage is outstanding and in a great location we had a wonderful stay."

    Look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by George5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our stay at The Gardens was an absolute treat."

    The owners have thought of everything to make our stay comfortable and effortless. I’d love to think that I will be back one day. Thank you Richard and Wendy.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Gardens is a spacious and comfortable cottage and very well equipped with all we needed to self-cater and more."

    We received a friendly welcome from Richard and good advice about places to visit. The recommend of The Tynte Arms Inn in Enmore was much appreciated and led to us having a pleasant evening out and a very good meal.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Owners , who live in the adjacent property, were extremely helpful throughout our stay."

    They contacted us with directions to property on day of arrival and were there to give us a warm welcome when we arrived. The property itself is in a beautiful setting and is spacious, well appointed and extremely clean. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely house to stay in for the week and explore some parts of Somerset that we had been to before and new places to try walks in."

    Richard gave us a lovely welcome and it was nice to try some of the eggs from their own hens. The hosts' cats were also lovely to see as we're cat people. One was quite friendly and had a sleep in my lap at one point! If the weather is good the patio area is a good size to sit outside in and enjoy the really lovely garden. The beds were really comfortable and the jacuzzi bath was a treat to try. The log burner was nice to have as the house did run on the colder side, although it wasn't the easiest of log burners to get going and we were only successful one of the nights. The electric heaters weren't exceptionally efficient with the house often being around 14 degrees and as cold triggers my asthma we had to leave these on for long periods of time. If you bring plenty of warm things - e.g. hot water bottle and slippers - it might not be too bad with these turned off and the hosts do provide plenty of thick blankets to help as well. Generally the house was clean with exception of the shower and bath where there were areas of black mould and grime on the shower heads. I cleaned most of it off immediately due to allergies but not what I expect on first arrival. It was really useful having access to an electric airer though because one of the days we got really wet and needed to dry clothes off. Richard also offered the use of their tumble dryer which was kind. A separate sink to clean shoes was also handy. We were pleased that good recycling options were available as we like to be sustainable where possible. We did find it odd though to be asked midweek to put the bins out for the hosts when we still had 2 - 3 days left in the house so the bins would have to be emptied again after we left. This doesn't seem very efficient and maybe the hosts could change the bins after a stay (so just one bin empty instead of two) and put the rubbish out the following week. The main improvement we felt could help with the stay is putting some shelves in the two bathrooms as there isn't really any space to put your toiletries out. There was only two of us staying so it wasn't a massive issue but I could see this being more of a challenge with more people in the house.

    Dear Katy, I’m glad you enjoyed your stay in Goathurst and I thank you for your helpful comments. I’m embarrassed to read of the mould you found in the bathroom; I do give the house a thorough clean after every visitor and shall make sure that doesn’t happen again; my apologies. The ‘jacuzzi’ bath is always a great success! I’m sorry you had problems with the radiators and the fire; both take a bit of getting used to, but I do always ask people to let me know if I can help with anything during their stay and I would have helped you with these. Some groups make a lot more recycling and rubbish than you did, so I find it courteous to get it out of the way for our guests midweek, not just at the end of their stay. Happy future holidays! My best wishes, Richard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katy4.4Apr 2023

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Would definitely book again if we went to that part of the country again. Cottage was immaculate and really well equipped . So peaceful

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the Gardens."

    The cottage was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need. The pictures don't really do the house justice. Richard was extremely helpful when we needed him and even though he lives next door, he was not intrusive at all. Ideally located to get to many places in Somerset and Devon. I would highly recommend The Gardens to anyone.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a great stay at The Gardens in January 2023."

    Richard & Wendy were very attentive throughout our stay and made us feel most welcome. The area is great for outdoors fun and exploration. Even in the wet winter visit we had! We hope to return to the area in about 18 months! Merci beacoup, au revoir pour le moment!

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jan 2023

  • "The photos do not do it justice."

    We stayed at The Gardens over New Year, 4 adults and a 12 year old . It was very comfortable, warm, well equipped, in a pleasant quiet setting with helpful unobtrusive hosts.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Dec 2022

  • "Loverly cottage, away from traffic, no noise what so ever, would recommend it to anyone who wants a relaxing holiday."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "The property was lovely, in a quiet little village in a beautiful area."

    The only thing missing in the property was the fact that there weren't any mirrors, apart from in the bathrooms so when drying hair we couldn't see what we were doing! Other than that everything you could need was provided and the owner, Richard, was friendly and helpful!

    Mirrors now purchased! We are very glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nadine4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay in this clean, comfortable and spacious cottage."

    It has everything you could possibly need in terms of amenities. It has a great outdoor space to relax in too. Feeding the chickens in the orchard was a lovely addition for the children. The owner, Richard, could not have been more helpful with lots of useful info to make the most of your visit to Somerset or more attentive, making sure we had everything we needed. Thank you so much!! We really relaxed and enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had an amazing time."

    Thank you so much for being so welcoming. The cottage was lovely. The children had the best time. A great place for families.

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at The Gardens cottage."

    It was very well equipped, clean, spacious and - best of all- had a large garden space outdoors. The hosts were very helpful and welcoming. We would highly recommend this cottage and look forward to hopefully returning there one day soon!

    Reviewed by Paolina5.0Aug 2022

  • "Nicely appointed cottage in an idyllic setting."

    Reviewed by William4.7May 2022

  • "A beautiful, comfortable cottage in a wonderful setting, which enabled us to relax and enjoy the lovely view of the garden and the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding village."

    Lovely walks locally and further afield. We shall definitely return without a doubt. Richard and Wendy were wonderful hosts and were very accommodating even with "unusual" requests. A very minor suggestion, to place a mirror somewhere near a power point for very fastidious ladies (one in particular) for hair drying purposes. Other than that all perfectly acceptable . We felt privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to stay in such lovely accommodation. Thank you Wendy and Richard.

    Reviewed by Kay4.7Apr 2022

  • "Accommodation was very clean, comfortable and equipped well."

    It was a very pleasant stay. The owners are very hospitable, friendly and kind. In our opinion, the access to the place was difficult; very narrow and bendy lanes.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The road from North Petherton is certainly narrow and winding, but it can be avoided by taking a longer route via Bridgwater. Best regards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sima4.7Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage Great host"

    Reviewed by A5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic property with lovely owners."

    We visited with 5 in our party, The Gardens was spacious, warm and comfortable with excellent facilities. The property is in a lovely rural, peaceful location and is great if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, but is ideally situated to explore beautiful Somerset. On arrival the property was spotlessly clean and finished to a very high standard. It is clear the owners have put their heart and soul into this property and had thought of everything a guest would need, they were so friendly and helpful too. The 3 bathrooms were a fantastic bonus, as was the lovely log burner, and the beds were so comfy. We would highly recommend The Gardens and wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was a beautiful rural location and it had everything that you needed for a wonderful stay."

    I would recommend the cottage as a beautiful, top of the range stay and is spacious. An excellent base to explore Somerset and the surrounding countryside

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jan 2022

  • "Really comfortable cottage Richard was very helpful in getting the log burner to work and to give us any information on the surrounding area that was needed."

    Very well equipped

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Nov 2021

  • "We had some disappointment with the holiday not because of the accommodation, which was excellent, but with the knock on effects of Covid."

    Some attractions such as Cheddar Gorge were closed and the many road works, no doubt delayed by Covid (such as the Somerset Railway) were truncated. Others made it difficult for us get to because of the consequential long walking distances from the car park. All three of us are walking stick dependant. Some cautionary notes would have been appropriate.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is the 2nd time we have stayed at this lovely cottage, the first time we have ever returned to a property."

    The Gardens is in a peaceful location, is spacious and equipped to a high standard with welcoming hosts.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2021



    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 2021

  • "We loved our home from home experience, the house was a lovely size for all five of us."

    It was clean and comfortable, the 3 toilets was an extra bonus, the owners were fantastic very attentive offering advice if we needed any. They left fresh eggs from there chickens, biscuits and fresh flowers around the home, perfect finishing touches. Fantastic utility room equipped with all the essentials the owners really have thought of everything, you won't find a better equipped home than this its beautiful. Beautiful garden to sit back and relax in with a lovely choice of flowers, in quiet surroundings. Perfect holiday loved every minute of it.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Gardens is a very comfortable, well located cottage in a beautiful village location."

    Very well equipped kitchen and lovely hosts. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Jul 2021

  • "The Gardens was the perfect location for our family Get Together."

    The downstairs accommodation was very roomy and well fitted whilst the bedrooms were ideal for our requirements. We thoroughly enjoyed the benefit of the pretty garden with table and chairs set conveniently in the shade of the trees. Richard and Wendy made us very welcome and were helpful and friendly hosts. If, in the future,we plan to return to this area The Gardens will definitely be our first choice.

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jun 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at The Gardens, in fact it was that good we booked it again !"

    The hosts, Richard and Wendy are great, very friendly and helpful and Rimu the cat is just awesome. The facilities are top notch, the wifi superfast and the bed was really comfy. Lots of good walks in and around Goathurst woods and a whole host of supermarkets 10 minutes away in Bridgwater for any supplies.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2021

  • "The booking with Sykes was easy and the cottage we booked was well described."

    The description of how to get to the cottage was a bit lacking in details but, fortunately, my son is an excellent map reader so we managed it with only one mistake. The cottage itself was excellent - in fact it is one of the best we have ever experienced during decades of cottage holidays. It was situated in a beautiful location, was spacious, private, quiet, in very good condition and was amply furnished with good quality items. The kitchen was also well equipped - again with good quality items (certainly not the end-of-line oddments that you sometimes find). The cottage was also warm with generous heating arrangements. My wife and I did find that the mattress in the double, ensuite bedroom was a bit hard but our grown up 'children' in the other 2 bedrooms had no problems with their mattresses. In all we would definitely give it a 5 star rating.

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.7Oct 2020

  • "We were warmly welcomed by Richard & Wendy, the owners, with milk, fresh bread and eggs from their own hens."

    The cottage was spacious warm and cosy, well equipped and nicely furnished - plentiful supply of logs for the wood burner, replenished as/when required by Richard. We were not blessed with the best of weather during our stay, so did not benefit from the use of the secluded garden or the orchard. However, we are sure we would have if the sun had been shining!! The cottage setting is in an idyllic quiet village, with many walks on the doorstep or via a short drive to enjoy the Quantock Hills and the surrounding beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2020

  • "The Gardens is one of the best cottages we have stayed in with Sykes."

    The standard of accommodation is extremely high with beautiful furnishings and a high level of facilities. The owners were very welcoming and helpful. The cottage is set in a very quiet village with no light or noise polution and is only a 20 minute drive from shops and entertainment should you need it. A safe and secure garden is available for your private use as well as parking space. Everything we needed was provided and we would certainly hope to stay again at some point. We would highly recommend The Gardens for families and couples and wish the owners Richard and Wendy every success in their new venture. EXCELLENT.

    Reviewed by Cathryn5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had a lovely time at The Gardens."

    As it was a relatively new property there were one or two things lacking, but the owners who live next door just asked us to leave a note if we thought they should add items. Hopefully, they will have taken note. It was a pleasure to have stayed there and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Andrea4.4Sep 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Double Sofa bed in Sitting room
  • Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, 4K TV and High Speed WiFi
  • Piano
  • Solar panels with battery storage
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stair gate, High chair and child locks available
  • Off-road parking for four cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and patio area with table and chairs
  • Half acre cider orchard
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • Please note: 6th guest can sleep on the sofa bed

The property

North Petherton 2.5 miles.

Resting on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills AONB, within a pretty walled garden is this quaint cottage: The Gardens.

This spacious holiday accommodation has been designed to offer a base for groups of families and friends to call home as they explore the enchanting landscape of Somerset, surrounded by glorious countryside, great beaches and a number of hidden gems. Enter the quaint cottage and be welcomed in by the contemporary kitchen, which is spacious enough for you all to gather to cook up a storm, bake some sweet treats or open up a bottle of fizz to be enjoyed at the dining table.

Fulfilling your culinary needs is the quality range of appliances, comprising an electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, and an oak dining table large enough for everyone to delight in a home-cooked dish.

On summer days you can choose to dine either in the private garden, soak up the sun on the spacious patio or enjoy the half-acre of orchard surrounded by cider apple trees and wild grasses.

After dinner, look forward to a relaxing evening within the characterful sitting room, with a wonderful wood-burning stove.

Light up the fire and allow the room to be filled with a gentle warmth as you turn on the 4K TV, or if you are visiting during the summer months, open up the patio doors and admire the garden from the comfort of your reclining sofa.

Head upstairs, where after a long walk upon the Quantock Hills, you can indulge with a soak in the Jacuzzi bath, before retiring for the evening within one of the three elegantly appointed bedrooms.

The property plays host to one king-size bedroom with an en-suite shower room, where you can look forward to waking up to the views of the garden, whilst the twin bedroom and the single bedroom, as well as the comfortable sitting room sofa bed, ensure a flexible sleeping arrangement.

Local amenities within walking distance include Hunstile Organic Farm, which offers delicious stone-baked pizza (book in advance) and local produce for sale, The Tynte, a country pub in the nearby village of Enmore, or if you are looking for adventure, the Black Rock Adventures at Cobbs Cross Farm (book in advance).

Head into the nearby town of North Petherton for Somerset's national awardwinning butcher, local shops and takeaways.

Alternatively, explore the historic town of Bridgwater, or visit the county town of Taunton for a greater range of shops and an excellent museum.

Whilst staying here, look forward to exploring the Quantock Hills, characterised by deep-wooded valleys, open heathland and rich flora and fauna, waiting to be visited on foot or bike.

It is easy to see why the great poets of the romantic movement, such as Coleridge and Wordsworth, were inspired by this area.

National Trust properties nearby include Fyne Court, Montecute House and Glastonbury Tor, the centerpiece of a town known for its ancient and medieval sites and myths, with the walk up the Tor being a fun challenge for the children.

For a great day trip, hop aboard the West Somerset heritage Railway to the Medieval town of Dunster and enjoy the historic castle, or continue onwards to the beach at Minehead.

Alternatively, birdwatchers and walkers will enjoy the WWT Steart Marshes, home to a habitat for many seabirds.

Families can travel north to the coast for a traditional day out at Weston-Super-Mare, Watchet, Kilve and Porlock or south to visit Sidmouth, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

Alternatively, the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor are fabulous day trips.

With a vast range of things to see and do, The Gardens is the perfect retreat for a holiday at any time of the year.

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About the location


Bridgwater 3.2 miles; Taunton 8.4 miles

Resting between Bridgwater and Taunton in Somerset, on the lower slopes of the Quantocks and the River Parrett is the town of North Petherton. This bustling Somerset town was once an important settlement as far back as Saxon times and has a number of claim to fames, including the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, who was Deputy Forester at the royal estate of Petherton Park. Within the town, you will find a number of amenities and survives, including shops, pubs, restaurants and a selection of takeaways, offering something for all tastes. A larger selection of amenities can be found a short distance away in the historic market town of Bridgwater, including a train station so that you can easily visit other parts of Somerset and beyond. Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to spending time within the Quantock Hills AONB, where you will find panoramic views taking through the diverse landscapes of coast, heath and combe, accompanied by deep wooded combes, exposed heathland summits and a number of charming villages to stop off at. Attractions within the area include the National Trust owned Fyne Court, The Seven Sisters for superb views and the WWT Steart Marshes, which provides a habitat for many seabirds and fish. Other places from North Petherton, which are worth a visit, include Taunton and further afield is the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare. A great base for touring this part of England with your loved ones.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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  • Christmas