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Hillside Cottage

(Ref. 21976)

Spaxton, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "The property could do with a good clean and freshen up."

    The kitchen and bathroom were needing a deep clean as shower screen was grimy and bathroom cabinet had toothpaste and other debris in there a bit off putting. The doors etc had grimy marks on and just overall felt like the whole place needed a proper clean. The covers on the furniture just made the place look tatty. I've stayed with Sykes many times and this was my least favourite place to stay. The cottage is old I appreciate that however cleanliness has no bearing on this.

    Michelle. We sincerely apologise for your experience. Our team strive to present the cottage to the highest standards, but it appears that regrettably this has not happened on this occasion. Given the opportunity we would have welcomed the chance to return and correct these issues. Thank you for letting us know. The cottage has been given a deep clean. We hope you were able to enjoy your time spent in Somerset despite this. Sandi & Colin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle3.4Jun 2024

  • "Really nice cottage well maintained and a pleasure to stay in such a property"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely cottage fully equipped and big garden."

    Easy to visit lots of places. Recommend as in a quiet village.Good neighbors too.

    Reviewed by B5.0Jun 2024

  • "This is a very good cottage."

    We enjoyed our stay very much. Warm, comfortable and all appliances worked very well. Kitchen well equipped. Location is lovely and quiet and the local community shop is great. Lots to do locally and a bit further afield. We will need to return to see and do the things we didn't have the time for! Highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Jun 2024

  • "The cottage is well equipped & well organised to enable guests to settle in quickly & easily."

    Our daughter enjoyed the garden & the playground down the other end of the village. We have had a nice break with visits to nearby towns.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2024

  • "We were both very pleased with our stay at Hillside cottage."

    It was very clean and tidy and very well equipped. Also the sofa and bed were very comfortable and cosy and warm in the evening with log burning stove, our dog loved the fully enclosed garden and close by walks. Highly recommend and hope to stay again soon. Thank you for the welcome tea and biscuits.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, we would love to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Mar 2024

  • "A very beautiful, very cosy cottage for a winter break, with a beautiful inglenook fireplace to snuggle round in the evenings."

    It is also very well equipped, and the location is perfect for exploring Somerset. I would book again without hesitation!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a splendid location."

    Wouldn’t hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2023

  • "We stayed for my wife’s 40th birthday, the cottage is well equipped so we only needed to buy our own food, the cottage is lovely and clean, cosy and decorated nice."

    The area is lovely with a shop not far away which we needed to visit for bread and milk etc. the ONLY negative is a neighbouring dog that barks and howls, we have a dog so it kept my dog on alert which in turned woke us up in the night to the barking. This is not a reflection on the owner, property or area. It’s beautiful and will 100% be returning.

    We are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay at Hillside Cottage. I am so sorry that the neighbours dog disturbed you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Oct 2023

  • "Hillside cottage was a very comfortable and clean place to stay, very well equipped with everything you may need to use away from home."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    We’ve been disappointed in the past when booking holiday properties but this one definitely came up trumps!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2023

  • "Property was great, very comfortable beds; lovely shower/bathroom; everything we needed in the kitchen and a beautiful garden."

    No complaints whatsoever. It felt very home from home.

    Reviewed by Sarahjane5.0Jun 2023

  • "A well-designed and comfortable cottage in a very pleasant village."

    An excellent location for those seeking respite from city life. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Tom4.7May 2023

  • "This was our second time at the property and it's a lovely relaxing place ,with ..."

    This was our second time at the property and it's a lovely relaxing place ,with a nice peaceful garden and only a short drive to the shops, and a very handy community stores ,

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, neat and clean, heating was a bit tricky to start with but got the hang of it."

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Mar 2023

  • "Had a great week at the cottage."

    We found it very dog friendly, stair gate supplied and covers on the seating furniture made it a really relaxing time for us and our two border collies. Lots of walks near by. Was a shame we didn't get to sample the food at the local pub( no chef ) but dogs welcomed there with water etc but alot of nice pubs near by. Would defiantly like to return for another holiday at this cottage.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage in a beautiful village, there are some great walks around and about the cottage."

    We felt at home straight away when we arrived, the main bedroom had a kingsize bed and the rear bedroom had 2 singles, plenty of room for clothes, the kitchen was well equipped with all utensils and a lovely clean cooker, the inglenook fireplace in the lounge was gorgeous (I want one) all in all a great week for the 2 of us and our little terrier Lou Lou

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Sep 2022

  • "Third time of staying at the cottage never disappointed love the area we will hopefully be back next year thankyou"

    Thank you, it was a pleasure to welcome you back and we hope to see you again next year. Sandi & Colin Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful village location with a very well stocked community shop and post office handy walks for the dog."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was lovely and in a fantastic location."

    It was really cute and the garden was lovely. There was good information to be able to plan the week there, which was helpful. The sofa was comfortable but the 2 chairs were less so. For a couple, this wouldn't be a problem but for any more people, it wasn't as relaxing on an evening. Location was brilliant and perfectly placed for exploring the Quantocks and Somerset.

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage great location ."

    Lived up to our expectations.we had a great week and the sun shone

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a problem with a neighbour's dog,howling and barking whenever they went out."

    Pulling out of the driveway was very risky,some of the traffic very fast,a traffic mirror may help.There was evidence of mice or rat droppings in the kitchen,tissue rolls under the sink chewed up.Beds uncomfortable, need mattress toppers at the very least.

    We apologise for the problems you experienced whilst staying at the cottage. We will do our best to ensure the family's dog from nextdoor does not continue to be an issue, I'm sorry this impacted on your holiday. The speed limit on the lane is 30 mph, it is difficult if that is not being observed and awkward for us to control. Mice in the property is truly regrettable. In our 10 years of running the holiday cottage we have not had mice in the living areas. Steps have been taken to eradicate them. Our single beds do not have mattres toppers, the king size bed does have an integral memory foam topper. We will have a look at how they can be improved. All feedback we receive is valuable, thank you for taking the time to respond. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James2.8Jun 2022

  • "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.

    Thank you so much for your complimentary comments. We look forwards to welcoming uou back later in ghe year. Sandi Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryn5.0Nov 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 Anne5.0Nov 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 Peter5.0Sep 2021

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

    Thank you for giving feedback on your stay, alll the comments and suggestions we receive are valued and shape the way we update Hillside Cottage, especially when improvements are recommended. The shower has a water saving showerhead that restricts the flow, we endeavour to balance being eco friendly with being practical and hope the balance is about right. The lounge chairs are from IKEA and were bought recently I apologise that they were not quite right. Deckchairs and 2 reclining chairs are also available in the garden shed in addition to the bistro sets of table and chairs, I'm sorry this was not clear during your stay. Thank you for providing further detail and we will do all that is possible to improvefto improve our facilities. Many Thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith3.4Aug 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 Fabienne5.0Aug 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 Donna4.7Jul 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 Brenda5.0Jun 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 Jillian5.0Jun 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 Helen5.0Sep 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 Bryn5.0Sep 2020

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

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 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 Lynn5.0Jul 2020

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

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2020

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

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 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 Susan5.0Mar 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 Susan5.0Mar 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 Kathryn5.0Nov 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 David5.0Nov 2018

  • "It was very nice thank you"

    Reviewed by William5.0Nov 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 Helen4.7Sep 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 Pauline5.0Jun 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 Nigel5.0May 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 Karen5.0Apr 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 Terry5.0Dec 2017

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

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Oct 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 Graham4.8Aug 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 Sarah5.0Aug 2017

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

    Reviewed by Michael John3.8Jun 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 Karen5.0May 2017

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

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

    Reviewed by Diane4.2Oct 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 John4.8Oct 2016

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


    Reviewed by Roy4.6Sep 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 John4.8Aug 2016

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  • 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 with Induction Hob, grill and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer box
  • Washing machine in external utility, dishwasher, Smart TV that can be used to access Netflix ,DVD player, Blu-ray, radio, iPod dock, high speed WiFi, selection of books, games
  • 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

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.

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.

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