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Hillside Cottage

Spaxton, Somerset (Ref. 21976)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
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  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "We have stayed in many Sykes Cottages,this is by far the best."

    We have stayed in Hillside cottage before and couldn't believe it could be improved on,but it has in only a year.It has everything you need,very comfortable and has a very secure garden.Great walks if you have a dog, one being only couple of mins from front door.A credit to the owner's and I highly recommend.

    Reviewed by BrynNov 2021

  • "On arrival we noticed immediately how spotlessly clean the house was, and extremely homely."

    It had everything you could possibly need for a holiday, and over the week we found more little extras that we hadn't seen initially. Maps, books, dvds, hot water bottles for those extra cold nights. The garden is pretty and enclosed so suitable for our dog, and off road parking was much appreciated. So close to the Quantocks and a stone's throw from Hawkridge reservoir, what's not to love about Hillside cottage.

    Reviewed by AnneNov 2021

  • "There is a community shop in the village which sells provisions and newspapers."

    It was closed on Sundays and Saturday afternoons during our visit.

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2021

  • "Shower needs attention Breyer seating in garden and in the front down stairs room"

    Thank you for giving feedback on your stay. All the comments and suggestions we receive are valued and shape the way we update Hillside Cottage. The shower has a water saving showerhead which adjusts the waterflow to the recommended rate. The lounge chairs are from IKEA and recently purchased. Deckchairs and 2 reclining chairs are available in the garden shed in addition to the bistro sets of table and chairs, I apologise if this was not clear during your stay. Thank you for providing further detail and we will do all that is possible to improve our facilities. Many Thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by KeithAug 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Hillside cottage."

    The cottage is very nice, very clean and well equipped. The garden is lovely. Thanks to the owners' advices we easily found great walks through the Quantocks and discovered Kilve beach for the fossil hunt ;-) We also went back to Minehead, Cheddar Gorge and Weston super mare that we already knew. So we found that the cottage was very well situated, not far from many places of interest!

    Reviewed by FabienneAug 2021

  • "Had a fantastic week."

    We like the location, the village is lovely with no busy roads running through it. The cottage is clean and comfortable and we felt at home straight away. Owners provided lots of information and ideas of places to go. We had a heatwave with over 30 degree heat and the thick walls kept the lounge nice and cool for our 13 year old dog to rest. The area is beautiful and we would definitely like to return one day.

    Reviewed by DonnaJul 2021

  • "Really sweet and comfortable cottage with a lovely private garden."

    The local pub is a mile walk and worth the effort, staff very welcoming and good food. The cottage is well situated for either side of the M5 tourist attractions including Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Haddon Hill, Steart Marshes etc. No shortage of many places to eat and the local farms shops are well worth visiting. Hillside Cottage a really good base for a holiday.

    Reviewed by BrendaJun 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a beautiful area."

    Would certainly recommend. We reported a problem with a malfunctioning dishwasher at the very end of our holiday, which was quickly addressed by the owners, with (unnecessary) apologies - very efficient and impressive.

    Reviewed by JillianJun 2021

  • "This characterful cottage is set within a lovely Somerset village with several walks from the doorstep."

    Within easy reach are many National Trust estates and RSPB reserves. The coastlines of both north Somerset and Devon are also nearby. Hillside cottage is a great base for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2020

  • "This was the best cottage we have stayed in, which is a good statement as all our previous ones from Sykes have been excellent."

    Hillside Cottage was very clean comfortable, and has everything you need. We took our 2 dog's who loved the very secure garden and lovely walks,one only 20 yds from the front door .Plenty of great places to see and explore. Would Highly Recommend. A credit to the owners and managers.

    Reviewed by BrynSep 2020

  • "Second time visit at Hillside love the cottage love the area everything we wanted thankyou"

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful and just as it looked on the website."

    particularly enjoyed the peaceful location and the friendliness of the local residents

    Reviewed by LynnJul 2020

  • "Loads of lovely walks with the dogs, coast nearby, cottage is nicely decorated and well equipped."

    Reviewed by MartinMar 2020

  • "Having used Sykes on other occasions we know what to expect and were not disappointed."

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2019

  • "Beautiful, quiet, secure garden for our dogs."

    Excellent, clean, well equipped cottage with the added bonus of the log burner. Perfect holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2019

  • "The cottage was very peaceful and well equipped, the enclosed lovely garden was a must as we had our two small dogs with us."

    We loved the fact that we could park our car off road at the cottage. The birds were singing every morning as we sat enjoying our coffee outside. We could not get over that we were only 8 miles from the town of Bridgwater, yet were at the beginning of the Quantocks with easy reach to lovely walks, Dunster,Watchet and Minehead. Plenty of pubs to eat at and found some lovely cafes serving cream teas. We would book Hillside cottage again as we were so happy there. Thank you to Sykes and the owners, a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2019

  • "We stayed in Hillside Cottage in picturesque Somerset for a week at the end of November doing family history research."

    The historic cottage is charming, cosy and exceptionally well equipped. We especially enjoyed the woodburning stove in its huge, old fireplace on the long, dark evenings as well as the lovely view across the countryside from the main bedroom. The owners/ managers provide extensive, helpful local information, maps and guidebooks. Spaxton is close to the Quantock Hills making it an ideal holiday location for walking; the views across Somerset and to South Wales from the hills can take your breath away. Spaxton has an excellent community-run shop and a traditional pub which offers home-made pies.There are many excellent farm cafes and characterful pubs in the area. We enjoyed seeing starling flocks at the well-presented Steart Nature Reserve just a few miles away and exploring the geology of the nearby beach at Kilve. A particular thank you to Gavin the manager for a helpful pre-visit chat regarding avoiding traffic congestion around Bristol on our arrival day. If you're not familiar with rural Somerset do be prepared for narrow, windy lanes.

    Reviewed by KathrynNov 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage which had a 'lived in' feeling so we felt at home as soon as we arrived."

    Quiet location with narrow roads when driving to places. Walks immediately from the cottage which was ideal for the dog and for days when we chose not to venture out. Community shop good for essentials, however supermarkets within a 10 minute drive. Would certainly consider a re-visit in the future, maybe in the summer as it was cold in the cottage, however it was November. The woodburner was very welcome in the evenings.

    Reviewed by DavidNov 2018

  • "It was very nice thank you"

    Reviewed by WilliamNov 2018

  • "Cottage lovely n well equipped they advised us on arrival that the toaster had just broken so we accepted these things happen, but also the washing machine had an intermittent fault n could take 30 minutes of pressing n poking to activate n then the cycle kept stopping these needs to be sorted we were 4 adults n 2 babies n a reliable machine is a necessity."

    Many thanks for your feedback. We can confirm that a new washing machine has now been installed and we replaced the toaster during your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage with a safe dog friendly garden ."

    Community shop in village for supplies - lots of places to visit in surrounding area. The cottage was well presented with a welcome pack on arrival feeling very homely from the start .would recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by PaulineJun 2018

  • "Quality of fittings and furnishings-a home from home in a glorious part of the country Most important to us was that the little dogs were secure and this they were Thank you and we hope that you have similar properties although "Hillside "will take some beating and we will be back in 2019!"

    Also community shop a joy and good value Kind Regards Nige,Sue and the Adorables

    Reviewed by NigelMay 2018

  • "This is a very a comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage."

    Well situated for exploring a wide area - north Somerset/Devon coast, into Exmoor and Devon and ideal for walks into the Quantock Hills.

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2018

  • "A lovely ,snug ,warm cottage in a quite area of Somerset we loved our stay and would recommend this cottage to anyone."

    Reviewed by TerryDec 2017

  • "As we used you before we expected it to be good - and it was!"

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2017

  • "We knew Sykes had a good reputation and were not disappointed."

    Loved the cottage, very nice location, very happy with our holiday

    Reviewed by GrahamAug 2017

  • "The cottage had everything we needed."

    It was ideally located in a beautiful village and gave us the peace and tranquility we needed!

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2017

  • "It did what it said on the tin, so was up to expectations as usual, thank you"

    Reviewed by Michael JohnJun 2017

  • "This is the second time I've returned to Hillside, I absolutely love it there and will be going back in the summer."

    Its so peaceful and relaxing there, I feel my shoulders dropping as soon as i open the front door. The surrounding country side is beautiful and great for walking and getting some fresh air. The garden is very dog friendly, my dog loves it there. I had the log burner on this time as it got a little chilly at night and it was wonderful!. Thanks again for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2017

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hillside Cottage."

    High vis jackets & torch very handy for walking to the Lamb Inn.

    Reviewed by DianeOct 2016

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage."

    We were contacted in advance and also sent details of events and local places to visit while we were at the cottage which helped.We could incorporate our dog on this visit and the area gave us plenty of places to go and see where we could take the dog which can sometimes be awkward.The property managers and the owners were very helpful in the contact they had with us and the information they gave to us,we would definitely book here again.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2016

  • "Probably as good as it gets for comfort facilities & cottage charm & location."


    Reviewed by RoySep 2016

  • "A lovely well fitted out cottage, representing excellent value for money."

    A little bit closer to the coast would have been nice, but we knew it was a drive. Overall one of the best cottages we have ever rented. Full marks to the owners. We will be recommending to all our friends.

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2016

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Everything had been thought of, there was nothing you were short of in the kitchen, it really was home from home. Highly recommended will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2016

  • "Hillside is a lovely cottage, and the enclosed garden was brilliant for our dogs."

    Really dog friendly. Lots of information on places to visit at the cottage. We loved it

    Reviewed by StephenJul 2016

  • "We loved the cottage and had a wonderful time in Somerset."

    The information folder provided gave us some great tips to make the most of our break. The cottage itself was wonderful; spotlessly clean, extremely comfortable and very homely and cosy. We also found the WiFi extremely useful. We have already recommended it to friends and look forward to re-booking ourselves soon.

    Reviewed by ClareMay 2016

  • "The Cottage was very clean, tidy and nicely decorated, with a well stocked kitchen and nicely enclosed garden for the dogs."

    The welcome folder contained plenty of information on the local area and there were plenty of maps to use to help us explore.

    Reviewed by MatthewMay 2016

  • "The cottage is lovely and perfect for a couple or small family."

    We used the wood burner several times and it heated the whole cottage thoroughly. The garden is secure, which was great for our dog. The location is great for exploring Somerset.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2016

  • "I liked the quiet village location, with nearby country walks."

    Reviewed by RexApr 2016

  • "A really lovely cosy cottage with everything you could need."

    It had a great garden and was super dog friendly, really enjoyed our break.

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2015

  • "We had a fabulous holiday the accommodation was 5 star, the cottage was more than we expected!"

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2015

  • "A beautiful cottage with everything you could possibly need, and in a lovely village."

    The location is ideal for exploring Somerset. There were some lovely walks from the village which our dog also enjoyed.

    Reviewed by JulieJun 2015

  • "The cottage was very well equipped and furnished with a good garden for the dogs to play in."

    A peaceful location and ideally situated for touring Somerset.

    Reviewed by KathyMay 2015

  • "In our opinion it was like home from home."

    The cottage was very well equipped and comfortable. In a great location for touring Somerset. We couldn't of wished for a better place to stay, every need was catered for. Would hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by GillApr 2015

  • "Enjoyed the peace and quiet in Hillside cottage, which is a lovely well equipped cottage, gave us the chance to have a super relaxed holiday."

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2014

  • "An excellent location for a walking holiday with some easy walks from the cottage."

    Reviewed by DerekSep 2014

  • "A comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage in an excellent position."

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2014

  • "Beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings."

    A great deal of thought had gone into the design and furnishing of the accommodation, which made for a very easy and relaxing holiday. Really appreciated the safety gate and high chair for our young son, and the helpfulness of the man who called me with the key code and provided lots of useful information. The owners had also provided tonnes of information about the practicalities of the cottage and of local attractions, which again made planning our days very stress-free.

    Reviewed by MariaJul 2014

  • "Liked the peace and quiet, it was a pleasure to stay at Hillside Cottage."

    The owners had thought of everything to make your stay comfortable.

    Reviewed by RosalindJun 2014

  • "The cottage was 'perfect' in every way."

    Everything had been well thought out. We loved the garden especially the views and sunsets over the back field. Again, well thought through to enable visitors to get the most out of it. I can not rave enough to my family and friends about this lovely place. We have stayed in several cottages over the years but this is my number one! I hope we will visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by KellyMay 2014

  • "A very nice cottage with everything we needed available- a comfortable home from home."

    An ideal location for all nearby attractions with a good sized garden for pets. I would willingly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by SimonMay 2014

  • "Log burner made it warm and cosy."

    Reviewed by PaulaDec 2013

  • "Excellent standard of furnishings and décor."

    Reviewed by GiovanniDec 2013

  • "The cottage was very clean and homely."

    We would definitely recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by AlbertSep 2013

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    We had a wonderful holiday, and would certainly use Sykes Cottages again, and recommend you to friends and family.

    Reviewed by IreneSep 2013

  • "The cottage was quite delightful and this made it particularly good as was the weather."

    We liked the fact that you could sit in the front and back gardens to enjoy the sun. We thought the amenities in the cottage more than fulfilled all our needs. We particularly liked the fact that there was a king size bed, which was very comfortable, as this is what we're used to. Excellent Broadband

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2013

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The property

A semi-detached, character cottage in the pretty Somerset village of Spaxton, to the west of Bridgwater.

This attractive Spaxton cottage dates back to the early 1800s and was originally part of a farmhouse, which was converted into four cottages.

It has two bedrooms and provides cosy accommodation within a peaceful village setting, with far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

The sitting room of this Somerset cottage has exposed beams over the doors and an inglenook fireplace with a woodburner, ideal for a cosy evening after some walking in the Quantock Hills.

The fitted kitchen of this Spaxton cottage has a dining area and a door leading to a pantile roofed patio and sunny enclosed garden, which is a peaceful spot to relax.

There are plenty of country walks from this Somerset cottage and Spaxton has some interesting restored almshouses, a pretty historic church, a welcoming traditional Somerset pub and a well-stocked community shop selling quality local produce, plus there is no street lighting in the village, which means on clear nights you can see outstanding views of the night sky.

With the WWT Steart Marshes right on the doorstep and four RSPB reserves within easy driving distance; Greylake, Swell Wood, Ham Wall and West Sedgemoor, this wonderful cottage is perfect for wildlife lovers.

Nearby there is the whole of the Quantock Hills to explore either on foot, on horseback or on bike and this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers some excellent landscapes and fine views.

Exmoor and the North Somerset coast are just half an hour's drive from this Spaxton cottage where there are beach resorts, fishing villages, stunning moorland and National Trust coastal walks.

However, the Jurassic fossil beach of Kilve is 8 miles away, and WWT Steart is 7 miles, both reached in around 20 minutes.

This peaceful retreat provides a base for a memorable family holiday.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • External utility.
  • Electric convector heaters with woodburner
  • Electric double oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer box
  • Washing machine in external utility, dishwasher, Smart TV that can be used to access Netflix , Blu-ray, DVD, radio, iPod dock, high speed WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, infant's booster seat and stairgate
  • Electric car charging point
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Bike storage
  • Private front courtyard, rear enclosed, lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub 12 mins walk
  • Note: Mobile phone signal can be intermittent indoors, good signal available in front rooms
  • Note: Travel cot fits in each bedroom
  • Note: Electric car charging point by arrangement with owner
  • Note: This property accepts 7 night bookings with a Friday arrival.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


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

Please note Netflix is only available to use from you own account via the smart TV.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas
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