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  • 3 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely conversion into a very comfortable holiday home with helpful friendly hosts."

    Very eco friendly with your own secure garden for dogs. Plenty of grounds to walk around as well as a beautiful flower garden. Would definitely recommend & intend returning next year.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Sep 2023

  • "If you’re looking for a peaceful, romantic hideaway, then this is it!"

    Really pretty property in beautiful surroundings. We couldn’t fault it - except for one very small suggestion - a shelf in the bathroom (nowhere to put things). The pub next door is also very friendly and dogs are welcome, though if you want to eat - you should book. We would definitely book this cottage again and have already recommended. Thank you so much for a lovely restorative holiday. Sally & John

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage , great location , lovely grounds , great base for exploring Somerset , great pub just a short walk."

    Ideal if you want to take your dog

    Reviewed by Leonard4.1Aug 2023

  • "Stayed 18.08."

    2023 for 7 nights barn was marvelous well equipped marvelously clean gardens lovely and own sun terrace Mr & Mrs Hood on hand if needed and were a terrific couple .

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful stay!"

    Accommodation was perfect with a lovely outdoor area and set in beautiful grounds which you are encouraged to explore. Location is fantastic for exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, garden and area of the country."

    A quintessential English holiday thats a step back in time. Dianne and Brian although always available for a chat, are never intrusive. Thank you for being yourselves and sharing your lovely world with us

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely and comfortable cottage in the most idyllic surroundings, yet close enough to many interesting places."

    As guest you are allowed to wander around the beautiful garden and woodland of the very friendly and helpful owner, which are an oasis of peaceful quiet. The property sits a very short walk from the local pub, which serves great food at democratic prices. We highly recommend this holiday home.

    Reviewed by St4.7May 2023

  • "Sunnyside is a lovely Cottage with everything you need very clean and ..."

    Sunnyside is a lovely Cottage with everything you need very clean and comfortable outside there’s a lovely paved area with flower borders also you can walk around the owners garden and woods we had a lovely sunny relaxing weekend thanks Diane and Brian and Ruby the Dog Jennifer and Colin Wimborne Dorset

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Apr 2023

  • "Sunnyside is a delightful cottage with every need covered As my husband is slightly disabled we were very pleased that doorways and bathroom catered for his rollator and wheelchair."

    Outside there is a flat paved area with glorious planting set around it and garden furniture where we could relax in the sunshine. Sunnyside is aptly named. The owners were very welcoming and extremely friendly, they were delighted to show us their glorious garden and suggested we share their garden, meadow and woods. All in all it was a wonderful week, we enjoyed it so much we decided to book another week later in the year. Thank you Diane and Brian.

    Reviewed by Jillian5.0May 2022

  • "Phone signal was poor but WiFi excellent."

    Bit frustrating for phoning but small price to pay for being in such a peaceful and inspiring place. Garden is stunning. Beautiful meadow and woods all on site. Charming hosts. Local pub very welcoming and even though I was one my own with my dog I didn't feel uncomfortable. Highly recommended for a relaxed break. The honey made on site is the best I've ever had. I don't normally like it!

    Reviewed by Christine4.7May 2022

  • "The cottage was excellent, although we feel the bathroom may be in need of updating."

    Also a whip round all the cobwebs wouldn't be a bad idea, neither if these points would stop us returning to a well positioned cottage for touring the area

    Reviewed by Antony4.7Sep 2021

  • "A wonderful holiday in a lovely cottage in a superb location."

    Well worth the journey!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful gardens my children loved playing hide and seek and also loved the stream."

    Very clean property. Such a beautiful place we loved it.

    Reviewed by Kirstie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Very good."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2021

  • "Sunny patio-great to sit out on and listen to the many birds, and in the evening a place to enjoy a glass of wine and listen to the owls."

    The owners have a beautiful garden and woodland to explore, as well as a stream with wooden walkways to get across into the owners' orchard. Pub is very handy-right on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.4Aug 2020

  • "Really lovely relaxing location."

    Accommodation was superb so clean and comfortable in beautiful surroundings. So central to visit Somerset and Devon and Diane was a lovey host nothing was to much trouble . Would like to visit again and highly recommend

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage and its settings were superb."

    A beautiful sun-trap courtyard and very quiet. Marvellous.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jun 2019

  • "Excellent property."

    Mobility friendly. Owners always willing to help. Also an excellent setting.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2019

  • "Sunnyside Cottage is set in the owners beautiful grounds."

    So peaceful and relaxing. It has its own enclosed sunny patio garden,with lovely views across the village and towards the church. The steeple was lite up at night. Hearing the owl hooting every night was so magical. The Cottage it's self was so homely and had every thing you could possibly need to make your stay comfortable. The Greyhound Public House just a short walk away was very friendly and served excellent food. It was ideally situated to visit places not only in Somerset but also Devon. For us it was the perfect place to stay. So much so we are going to stay later in the year again.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2019

  • "All on flat no steps,ideal for my wheelchair and wet room ideal."

    Owners friendly and their apples were delicious x

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a really lovely and well-equipped cottage in a pleasant location and the owners are equally lovely and helpful."

    I would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Aug 2018

  • "Diane and Brian at Sunnyside were warm and welcoming."

    Sunnyside it is a beautiful location and the gardens, private woodland and field were amazing for our little dog. It was incredibly private to the point we really only caught sight of the owner twice. Sunnyside is extremely clean and very well equipped. The small enclosed garden faces south and again is very private. My elderly parents slept in the bedroom on a very comfortable bed. I slept on the bed settee, unfortunately I did have lower back pain before the holiday and the mattress on the bed settee for an adult wasn’t padded enough ( the addition of a better mattress is needed). A child’s weight on it would be absolutely fine. The local pub is 5 minutes away on foot and is under new management and the food was very well priced and absolutely delicious. Diane and Brian make Honey it looks delicious and I have bought one to take home can’t wait to try it. Thank you for a wonderful stay, hope to see you again in the future.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was fantastic beyond our expectations , it was idyllic , picturesque , private and very quiet and peaceful ."

    It's great for wheelchair users , there being no step .The double doors at the front of the cottage have good access and the internal doors are extra wide . The wet room again , gives easy access . The gardens where a delight to walk around for a nice leg stretch . I have to say that Diane and Brian where a lovely couple that couldn't do enough for us . They was always at hand for any help or enquires we may have had and of course Ruby the little dog , what an absolute delight she is with her ball . Diane and Brians home made scrumpy and honey is a must try ! Thank you Diane and Brian for being lovely hosts . Best regards , Sherry & Mike Russell

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage is lovely and has everything you could wish for."

    Diane and Brian are so helpful and knowledgeable of the area. I can highly recommend trying their home produced honey. A lovely little escape in a beautiful setting.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Jul 2018

  • "This cottage was a real hidden Gem, the owners were so welcoming and it was so peaceful and relaxing."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2018

  • "The owners were lovely and friendly, the grounds of the property were amazing, beautiful garden and a lovely wood to walk in which was a blessing as the weather was extremely hot, lovely quiet location."

    Sunnyside was perfect for visiting the Black down hills, the quantocks and Exmoor. Will certainly return in the not to distant future.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jun 2018

  • "Staple Fitzpaine is a quiet village and any stay there is extremely relaxing."

    Sunnyside is just what it says - sunny and well appointed. There's excellent dog walking in the adjoining fields and within the wider property. The Greyhound Inn just up the road serves good food. We had a lovely stay and would recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet break.

    Reviewed by Alfred5.0May 2018

  • "Sunnyside Cottage, being centrally situated, is an ideal base to explore Somerset, Dorset and Devon."

    The well equipped cottage is set in picturesque, rural surroundings with stunning views from its picture windows. It also has the advantage of a pub in strolling distance.

    Reviewed by Stanley5.0Apr 2018

  • "Perfect hideaway holiday to get away from it all."

    We slept for England in the very comfortable bed. comfortable sofa , warm heating system, good walk in shower / wet room. Only a 5 minute drive to Taunton , lots of shopping and good restaurants . 20 minute drive to either cost for fossil hunting , 10 minute drive to the shooting range if thats what you like to have a go at. Hosts were a lovely couple who left us to our own privacy but were on hand if we needed anything ( try Dianes' honey from her own bee hives.....yum) Beautiful garden to stroll around...orchards...little pony in his field. Brilliant holiday, we didn't want to leave. Fay and Brad.

    Reviewed by Fay5.0Apr 2018

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  • Ground Floor: Kitchen/Diner/Lounge with 4ft convertible sofa
  • Bedroom with double bed
  • Shower Room with walk-shower, WC and washbasin.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave
  • TV/DVD, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels included free of charge
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Paved patio
  • One pet accepted
  • No smoking
  • Shop 4 miles
  • Pub 400 yards
  • Wheelchair accessible.

The property

Staple Fitzpaine is a quintessential English conservation village of cottages, almshouses, a church and a pub, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at the foot of the Blackdown Hills.

In the heart of the village is Sunnyside, a detached converted barn in the grounds of the owners' home, totally secluded with its own pretty, enclosed patio and garden.

The lovely open plan living area has a high raftered ceiling, wooden floors and full height picture windows and patio doors which allow the sun to flood in, giving the cottage its name.

The cottage has level access, wide doorways and a walk-in shower, making it a suitable choice for guests with limited mobility.

In addition to the double bedroom, a sofa bed is provided in the lounge.

Sunnyside, set in one and a half acres of grounds, including gardens, woodland, a summer house and stream, all of which you are welcome to use.

The adjoining fields have open access enabling visitors to enjoy the wildlife, flora and fauna.

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About the location


Bridgwater 11 miles; Tiverton 21 miles; Weston-super-Mare 30 miles

The county town of Somerset, Taunton is the perfect cottage holiday destination. The town has excellent buildings with charming stone and Tudor architecture, and there is also fascinating history in the town stretching back over 1000 years including a 10th century monastery. Taunton boasts a choice of museums and parks, one of which has held the Taunton Flower Show for over 150 years.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the Quantock and Blackdown Hills Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are easily accessible, as well as the Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks slightly further afield, plus Swell Wood, Ham Wall and Greylake nature reserves. If a day by the sea is what you're after, the coast is around 20.4 miles away and home to Blue Anchor Bay and St Audries Bay near Watchet; Burnham-on-Sea beach; Kilve beach near Minehead and, of course, the popular seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, 32.7 miles away but well worth the journey with its great range of activities.

Note: This property sleeps two in beds and two children on a 4ft convertible sofa (or maximum three adults). Short Breaks not available. Note: Pets are charged at £30.00 per pet, per week (or short break)Note: For any holiday starting between 16th September and 27th May, a heating supplement of £25 will be added to the cost of your holiday.