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Winters Lodge

Spaxton, Somerset (Ref. 971380)

4.5

Very good

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
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  • Icon/Feature/Sky TV Sky TV
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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property, comfortable beds, plenty of space."

    Ducks very vocal and entertaining to watch! Peaceful location, village shop within 30 minutes walking distance for all basic supplies. Lots of quiet roads and footpaths for local walks. Perfect for our family stay.

    Reviewed by SueNov 2021

  • "Winters Lodge is a brilliant holiday cottage in the most amazing countryside."

    It has everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing holiday. It is home from home. We would definitely recommend it and will go again.

    Reviewed by CeciliaSep 2021

  • "We loved this holiday!"

    The very kind owner let the children help him feed the birds in the aviary, which they loved and gave us great ideas for days out. A really lovely break away from the busyness of every day life and the view over the duck pond was lovely. Really well equipped too, we made a full roast on Sunday, a fry up and pancakes and didn’t find ourselves wanting for anything. Thank you!

    Reviewed by TalvinderAug 2021

  • "Photos on website simply do not do justice to how nice the setting of the cottage is with duck pond and completely private grounds- idyllic and relaxing."

    Sitting out in afternoon and evening by duck pond superb. As well as delightful outdoors it is also a very good, clean and confortable cottage and excellent base for visiting Quantocks and area. Only slight issues are that kitchen equipment could do with an upgrade- pans, utensils etc- its fine if you only want to do basics but not if you are very keen on cooking. Also visitors do need to be aware that owner visits every morning to feed large number of ducks and do garden work which, depending on how private you like to be, can be an issue for some wanting to sit out in morning. Otherwise very good indeed.

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "A fantastic lodge with all mod cons - could do with a grater in the kitchen though."

    John welcomed us and talked through the facilities. A very peaceful location, watching the ducks was fascinating and we found it was very central for most locations we wanted to visit. Just take care on the narrow country lanes and look out for tractors. We would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Winters Lodge.

    Reviewed by JoJul 2021

  • "Perfect holiday home with very large living/dining/kitchen with vaulted ceiling."

    Comfortable furniture and all mod cons. Outside seating all around the property to give maximum views of pond and its inhabitants which includes interesting and amusing wild fowl with their many chicks. The owner, who has tips for trips out, visits daily to feed the birds as there is an aviary as well as a pond. We felt privileged to spend a week here, amongst the wildlife, but in a beautiful property which was furnished simply but comfortably with everything you need (except oven gloves) with lovely owners who were very helpful and friendly. Would recommend to anyone but particularly to people who love peace and quiet and being surrounded by beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by LesleyJun 2021

  • "The weather was mixed with sunshine and showers each day but we only got wet on the Thursday when we went into Minehead but only our God controls the weather."

    A lot of the seaside holiday shops were closed as really we are not in the proper holiday time period (June-September). My wife spent a lot of time taking pictures of the different birds on the pool using her mobile phone and then when her phone was full, started to use my mobile phone. The sat nav in the car also seemed to send us down one track wide lanes instead of two lane roads.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "A unique and peaceful location, within easy reach of beautiful countryside."

    The lodge overlooks its own private large duckpond stocked with numerous varieties of waterfowl, (I counted around 15 types!). We spent many entertaining hours watching all the birds after long hikes along the many local footpaths. The owner, John, was very friendly and informative in showing us around the pond and large aviary.The photos do not do justice to this lovely property! We hope to back before long.

    Reviewed by MikeApr 2021

  • "Beautiful place!"

    We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2020

  • "We loved the uniqueness of Winter's Lodge being in a wonderfully remote location and having our own private bird sanctuary."

    Although remote in reality we soon got used to the fact that it was only a 400 metres or so along the very narrow Bush Lane to get to the main road into the small village of Spaxton. The local pub, The Lamb Inn, is a gem offering great food at reasonable prices and very thorough in terms of their Covid-19 precautions. Please note that the pub is not easily walking distance but is only about a 4-5 mins drive. Loved the Quantocks area, loved the weather and found plenty of supermarkets in Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington. Many thanks to John and his wife for providing a warm, extremely comfortable and well equipped accommodation.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2020

  • "This lodge is so peaceful and restful with the added bonus of the exotic wildfowl to keep you entertained with their calls and actions."

    It is perfectly situated for days out to the beachs or Quantock Hills. The gentle underfloor heating keeps everywhere cosy on cooler days, the owners are friendly offering information of the local area but unobtrusive. Everything is very well equipped. My only criticism is that the photos of both inside and out do not do justice to this place.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful peaceful week at Winters Lodge no other houses cars barking dogs so quiet just what we needed with the added bonus of the lake with the ducks etc for amusement , if you want a holiday away from lives hustle and bustle this is the place to go ,easy reach of everything you need and easy drives out to coast or further afield ,the lodge it's self had everything we needed covid measures permitting only down side for us was the tap water which we couldn't drink ,would certainly return ."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "There was a mini nature reserve in the garden."

    We enjoyed watching the antics of the various birds, and particularly the whistling ducks were very amusing and entertaining.

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2020

  • "Very friendly and helpful hosts."

    A lovely rural setting so interesting with the wildfowl. Accommodation all you would need, very comfortable and well equipped. 10 out of 10. We will return.

    Reviewed by FrederickAug 2020

  • "We've just returned from a week's stay at Winters Lodge."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this relaxing, peaceful and picturesque rural setting. If you love wildlife and the countryside as we do, this is the place for you. The lodge is extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean and very well appointed and the views of the pond and its inhabitants from the picture windows are beautiful. We also enjoyed views of the geese, partridges, ducks, swans, cockerel and chickens strutting nearby. The owner came daily to feed the many species of wildfowl on the large pond, aviary and within the grounds, often having been and gone before we were even awake. Our privacy wasn't compromised at all and when we did see John and his family they were delightful.

    Reviewed by Jo-anneAug 2020

  • "We found Winters Lodge to be exceptionally clean and comfortable and we had everything we needed for our stay."

    The setting is lovely; quiet, private and tranquil and the birds are nice to watch. My daughters especially enjoyed feeding the birds each morning. We will definitely recommend and return to Winters Lodge.

    Reviewed by KayAug 2020

  • "The lodge is set in a very lovely tranquil location with the lake providing plenty of entertainment from the resident ducks, geese and chickens."

    The surrounding area is stunning especially if you love walking. You can walk to a pub or the village shop easily. The lodge itself is very comfortable spacious and well equipped. We had a wonderful time, very relaxing and peaceful and the glorious weather was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by MartynAug 2020

  • "Winters Lodge was clean, well-equipped, and more spacious than I was expecting."

    It is set well off the beaten track and in its own grounds alongside a large pond with plenty of ducks. A great place to stay.

    Reviewed by GrahamJul 2020

  • "Just a lovely cottage !"

    We loved staying here for few nights and watching the ducks In the lake .It was very spacious and suitable for wheelchair user .

    Reviewed by MunevverFeb 2020

  • "The lodge is amazing and comfortable."

    It is surrounded by wonderful nature and wildlife. The hosts are lovely people-so accommodating and welcoming. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing break and as a wonderful base to explore the locality!

    Reviewed by LucyMar 2019

  • "A very tranquil and peaceful place to stay."

    The grounds are home to a variety of ducks, geese, swans and chickens. Even on those days when we didnt venture out we were very well entertained by the wildlife around the place. The house itself is very comfortable with lovely facilities. The bed was fantastic. Theres lots to do in the local area, the village has a small community store which is well stocked. The scenery around the house was lovely as were the local beaches, especially if you like fossil hunting. Kilve Beach was a great place to visit. The Hood Inn at Kilve served fantastic food. Fleet Air Arm Museum was a great day out. All in all a lovely place to stay with very friendly and helpful owners in a wonderful location with lots to see and do.

    Reviewed by KaySep 2018

  • "Well pleased with accommodation, owner very helpfull, lovely setting perfect if your looking for a quite peaceful holiday P."

    S. that’s if you don’t mind a rooster for an alarm clock would definitely go again, best one I’ve booked

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2018

  • "Several things were wrong unfortunately."

    1. Arrived Friday after a long and delayed journey to be met by lovely welcoming owners on arrival. On unpacking we noticed several spiders in the main bedroom including wardrobe which we had to vacuum- not the end of the world but nevertheless it should have been cleaned. 2. The above probably as a result of the exterior having lots of old spider webs covering it and the outside lamps etc including ones with dead flies in them- have got photos if required. Just a general look around and clean would have made this nice lodge so much more appealing. 3. Later that day (me and my husband had gone to get food) my sons were visited by the 'neighbour' from the farm up the hill to inform us there was no water supply as there was a problem in the village apparently. So we had to go and buy bottled water- not ideal but ok on our first night there. 4. Had water supply for Saturday morning only. When we realised we had no water at all I rang the owners who knew there was a problem and advised us to go up the hill to the neighbours house to see if they knew what was happening and that they had been given a supply of bottled water from Wessex water for drinking and we were to go and get some from them. I think seeing as they knew we had NO water hot or cold for drinking, showers, or even flushing the toilet the owners should have come and got us some of the water ( they only live in Bridgwater) instead of expecting us to go and speak to complete strangers and collect it ourselves. John the owner did say we could go to his house and have showers but flushing the toilet and drinking water was more important to us than showers. Once I'd been to collect the water John wanted me to ring him back to see if the neighbours knew what was happening- something again he should have done. John had by then rung Wessex Water and told me the water supply would be resumed within 2 hours - thankfully it was. Had he have brought us a supply of water either bought from the shop or collected from his neighbours supply given by the water company would have been sufficient but to leave us without any and to sort it ourselves is not acceptable. 5. No HOT water in the kitchen on Sunday morning. Sorted by John eventually after ringing his friend but having no constant running then no hot water from Fri- Sun is not the way to start a holiday. 6. The photos on your website and the description of a second patio area next to the lake is not what it is in reality. In stead it is a place where the owners chickens/cockerel/geese are fed and watered. Hence chickens sit on the chairs and the amount of bird poo is disgusting- no way were we prepared to sit and eat there- have photos if required. Thankfully( which isn't shown on the website photos) is the addition of a small picket fence around the patio area leading from the patio doors so we could at least use this area as the fence restricted the chickens etc. 7. The said cockerels, yes plural as in 2 wake you up anytime from 6 am onwards with their crowing. We didn't even know there were any cockerels there, We expected wild ducks etc with there being a lake there but we did not expect chickens or cockerels or being woken up so early when on holiday. Had we have known this we would never have booked this lodge. We were hoping for a quiet holiday. Anyone not happy with several chickens ( at least 4 with a dozen chicks between them and 2 cockerels) roaming around the grounds should not book this lodge. Something I think you should make guests aware of as we wouldn't have booked this lodge if we had known. 8. Lack of privacy. Due to the owner keeping chickens etc he came up every morning ( around 8 am) to feed and water them all. This meant him passing the lovely big picture windows and looking in every morning which gave us no privacy. We ended up having to keep the curtains closed until he'd gone so we weren't feeling constantly on show. We didn't feel we could sit on the patio immediately outside or sit and eat breakfast inside without feeling we were being overlooked. Seems owner John is happy to come up every morning to make sure his chickens have water but obviously not his guests! He arrived one night to check the chickens when we had the curtains shut but the patio doors opened and he just appeared, stuck his head through the curtains to ask if everything was ok with the water supply. Would have been nice if he'd knocked at the front door or even shouted hello first before just poking his head through the curtains. 9 . Worst still on Wednesday morning when we peered through the curtains we found a van packed in the driveway then a workman appeared and started drilling from 9.30 am in the annexe attached to our lodge. We were not expecting anyone and again he passed by the windows making us feel even more overlooked, complete strangers on the property arriving unannounced was at first quite unnerving . Even worse was when owner John arrived to feed the chickens etc then proceeded to cut the grass on his sit- on lawnmower with his ear defenders on- no regard for us and the noise. He never knocked/asked if it was convenient/ told us about the workman coming at all. So this time we had 2 people roaming around the area outside the property windows.The workman we saw later was there only to fit an outside tap so surely this and the grass cutting could have been done on a friday during the time between guests leaving/arriving so as not to inconvenient anyone. Especially seeing the owners own the annexe attached and use it specifically to wait in whilst the guests arrive. We ended up going out for the day to get away from the noise and lack of privacy. This lovely looking lodge does not live upto the description on the website( no mention of chickens/ cockerels,2nd patio area not usable, no privacy) which is such a shame as it is a lovely lodge which without the chickens could be stunning as it would be cleaner, quieter with no cockerels and remove the need for the owner to visit daily so more private. We always holiday in the UK and for the past few years now our sons are older we stay in holiday cottages and thought using Sykes for a change which is a reputable company we would be guaranteed a good holiday but that's not what we got, which is such a shame as I don't feel we could really trust and use you again. I did leave a very shortened version of the above in the 'visitors book' at the Lodge but feel you should be made aware at what your guests are actually arriving to. I would welcome your thoughts and opinions on our holiday at Winters Lodge, Spaxton.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2018

  • "Owners were very helpful and gave us lots of information on the area."

    Lovely lodge and gardens.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2018

  • "Fantastic location beautiful accommodation."

    Local pub was really friendly. Met the owners lovely and friendly. Would definitely holiday there again highly recommend.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2018

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The property

Bridgwater 6.7 miles.

This attractive, detached, timber framed, single-storey holiday lodge is idyllically situated in a 1.5 acre plot surrounded by natural land and overlooking a series of duck ponds.

Complete to a high standard, this retreat is perfect for couples or a small family, or just travellers in general, looking for a peaceful scenic getaway.

The entrance hallway welcomes you on arrival and this leads to a lovely king-size bedroom housing fitted wardrobes for somewhere to leave your belongings.

A family bathroom is complete to a high standard with a bath and a walk-in shower to meet your daily needs.

Close by, the twin bedroom is ideal for children or guests to sleep comfortably each night that goes by, benefiting from views looking out over the lake.

The open plan living area is where you will want to be, relaxing on the sofas or arm chair, after enjoying a home cooked meal at the dining table.

French doors open to a decked area, where you can step out for some fresh air at your own leisure.

A light and stylish kitchen ensures you have everything on hand for yourself and your guests to make the most of their time away.

There are outside seating areas from which to watch the unusual varieties of birds and wildlife which frequent the ponds outside, and the interior boasts large picture windows.

The Winter's Lodge is within the Quantock hills area of outstanding natural beauty.

Close to Exmoor, and the holiday towns of Minehead Burnham on Sea, convenient for county town of Taunton 7 miles away, and historic town of Bridgewater both which offer a selection of restaurants, pubs and entertainment.

Also near by is Somerset Levels with many nature reserves.

Escape into the delights of this exceptional holiday cottage.

Summary

  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating with full underfloor central heating from electric air source heat pump
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Use of enclosed 1.5-acre plot with patio and furniture with views of the duck pond
  • Note: An additional bathroom may be available if requested in advance, please enquire with the office to confirm availability
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop within half mile, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The lake is deep and unfenced, children must be supervised at all times
  • Note: Owners needs to feed the varieties of birds on a daily basis.

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About the location

SPAXTON

Bridgwater 6 miles; Taunton 8 miles; Glastonbury 21 miles.

Spaxton is a quiet rural village 6 miles west of Bridgwater within the foothills of the Quantock Hills, an area designated for its outstanding natural beauty. This Somerset village, mentioned in the Domesday Book, has retained much of the original charm, including pretty character cottages, restored almshouses, a well-stocked community shop and a friendly pub serving local produce. The Quantock Hills countryside is one of the finest in the south, they provide ample opportunity for walks, riding and mountain biking and there are magnificent views from the heath covered hilltops. The Coleridge Way is a popular long distance path through the Quantocks towards the Somerset coast and the Quantock Greenway passes through Spaxton. Local attractions offer wonderful gardens, monuments and rural arts and crafts. The historic city of Wells is nearby as is Glastonbury, well-known for pop festivals and the King Arthur legend. A fabulous area of Somerset providing a variety of interest.

Region Information

An additional bathroom may be available if requested in advance. Please enquire with the office to confirm availability.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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